Home and business owners along the southern coast would do well to asses the threat of damage due to a storm surge to their property. A SLOSH model is what emergency managers use to determine which are residents should be evaluated first in the event of a major hurricane.
SLOSH stands for Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes. The test is a computerized model used to estimate the storm surge heights and winds. The data used in making such determination is collected from historical data, hypothetical situation analysis and hurricane predictions. The test takes into account the pressure, size, speed, track and winds in a given area. These tests are considered to be accurate + / – 20%.
Emergency evacuation teams use the SLOSH data as they are tracking storms and engaging in potential emergency response.
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