Interested in helping with some local climate change research and maybe winning some cash to spend at Home Depot? Rhode Island Sea Grant is running a survey for homeowners in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts regarding attitudes and actions to reduce storm damage. The basic premise is to gauge buy-in on the idea that climate change is raising sea level and making storms more extreme, and that demands action to reduce risks from wind and flood damage.
I just spent about half an hour taking the survey, largely out of curiosity, and I can’t say that I recommend the experience unreservedly. I found it a bit frustrating, at times. The wording of some of the requests just didn’t quite make sense to me … but maybe it’s just me. And I did learn a bit about what officials think we should be doing to reduce the risk of damage from hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. I also learned a bit about myself (To be quite honest, I think I came off looking pretty blasé and a bit over-confident). So it certainly wasn’t wasted time.
In case you’re not interested in the full experience but would like to see how you stack up in terms of storm preparedness, here are a few sample questions:
- Do you have – or intend to install – hurricane clips on your roof rafters?
- Do you have hurricane shutters or fitted plywood window covers?
- Have you trimmed or cut down trees that could damage your home?
- Are your furnace, water tank, and electrical panel above flood level?