TheGreat Galveston Hurricane of 1900
TheGreat Galveston Hurricane of 1900
TheGreatGalveston Hurricane of 1900devastated the island of Galveston with high winds. The winds werefollowed by heavy storms which roared by the sound of the strongwinds. The Hurricane left a majority of people on the island deadwhile others were injured (Simpson, Anthes, & Garstan, 2013). Thehurricane was characterized by destruction of buildings andfacilities.
Today,the Hurricane is considered rare because it happened to the practiceof development assigning the official names to the tropical types ofstorms (Simpson et al., 2013). Initially, it was characterized bythe development of different names.
Theevent became impactful in the history of the United States of Americadue to the pressure it possessed. The Hurricane was characterized bywinds moving at one hundred and forty miles per hour and a stormsurge of more than fifteen feet.
Inhistory, the Hurricane happened in a location, which was a developingport in the United States. The Galveston would develop to be a bigcity in the gulf coast. The Hurricane challenged the development ofthe prospective economic location.
TheHurricane happened in the town of Galveston. Galveston was anemerging development of an urban city (Simpson et al., 2013). Inthis relation, it would be among the largest cities in the gulfcoast.
TheGalveston town was inhabited by most of the port workers as well ascivilians. In this relation, economic activities developed in theregion before the calamity of Hurricane.
Peoplewere not prepared for the advanced disaster that befell them. This isdue to lack of technological advancement and advanced knowledge onthe occurrence of the tornado. Hence, the Galveston community by thattime could not know the adversity of the condition.
Thetown of Galveston was hit by the hurricane and massive destruction ofproperty occurred. The city lost most of its members to the disasteras well. In this relation, the society suffered greatly, as it wasleft to bury the dead as well as rebuild the city.
Thestorm destroyed the port of Galveston hence, destabilizing theeconomy. In fact, the storm left the area destabilized, as tradediminished and the society was left to rebuild the port, which wascostly.
Dueto the adversity of the hurricane, most families lost their member.Regarding the effect on the workforce of the port, the workers alsowere killed in the storm thus, productivity diminished.
Therebuilding of Galveston happened as the result of the necessity toimprove and rise from the disaster. In this regard, more buildingswere raised using jackscrews (Simpson et al., 2013). Development ofthe seawall at Galveston was meant to protect other parts of thecity.
Thecommunity learned from the storm in that the community developedweather forecasting organizations. Their development ensured theprovision of prior information in case of a recurrence of such acalamity hence, the society learned from the calamity.
Theculture developed new plans to deal with catastrophes that mighthappen, allocation of funds to help during the emergency was ensuredas well as forming a seal wall.
TheGalveston community has not experienced a repetition of a hurricaneof similar magnitude to the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Theculture in Galveston region experienced changes in the educationsector major interest was on how to manage calamities and preventionof fatal effects.
Afterthe calamity, development of a municipal government was ensured tohelp in the prevention of similar disasters. In this regard, thetraditional forms of governance were dropped, and development of acivil government was provided.
Simpson,R., Anthes, R., & Garstan, M. (Eds.). (2013). Hurricane!Coping with Disaster: Progress and Challenges Since Galveston, 1900.American Geophysical Union.