SC 2.0 hours Floods and other Natural Hazards - Course Syllabus


Course Syllabus:

2.0 Elective Hours

If asked to recall an overwhelming national disaster, you'll likely name a hurricane. People remember Isabel in 2003, Katrina in 2005, Irene in 2011, Sandy in 2012, and other named storms for a reason. They caused widespread devastation and tens of billions of dollars in property damage. While most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in the Caribbean, hurricanes also form in the Pacific Ocean and affect the Hawaiian Islands.

Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level to heights impacting roads, homes and other critical infrastructure. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide.

This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is tremendous.

The greatest potential for loss of life-related to a hurricane is from the storm surge! The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported a $4 billion in flood losses and damages for 2016. Upon course completion, the real estate licensee will better understand the National Flood Insurance Program.