Hurricane Ian ripped through the southeast United States recently and people are starting to assess the damage. As with every natural disaster, loss of life and property is going to happen. Unfortunately, it was the deadliest hurricane to hit Florida since 1935 and has caused an estimated $30-60 billion in damages. Read on to learn more about Hurricane Ian construction impacts.
Job Site Impacts
After a hurricane or other natural disaster, job sites are bound to be affected. After the initial shock of a bad looking site, the most important thing about returning is checking out the safety prevention measures. As Ian hit speeds of over 150 miles per hour, some measures might have been moved out of place. For example, fall safety measures like guardrails might have been jarred loose by the storm winds. In fact, check out our blog on fall safety here, as it is one of the most important topics in construction today. Also, understanding that the site might not be ready within the original timeline. Planning for future surges and delays is critical during this time.
Rebuilding will take some time. Luckily, that is what construction is for! When rebuilding in an area recovering from a hurricane, be on the lookout for a couple of changes. First, better building codes. When houses and buildings are constructed to higher standards, they have a better chance of surviving the storms. State of the art materials might soon be considered basic. Second, more coastal protection. After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invested almost $15 billion to upgrade flood protection. After Hurricane Ida, storm surges did not pass the 200 miles of new construction. Other cities might look to follow in their footsteps. Third, possible relocation. As some historical data and current data can point to an area being unsafe for humans to live, choices are made about construction too. There is no need for construction with no people, so jobs might decline.
Weathering the Storm
At the end of the day, Hurricane Ian construction impacts are small compared to impacts on real people. It is important to recognize this significance. How we respond and improve will help prevent future damages. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted.