With the frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes set to increase in the next 60 days, our eyes turn to our natural defense, Carolina's coastal wetlands and beaches. The importance of these areas is directly related to how healthy and how big they are. The larger and healthier a coastal wetland is, the more energy it can absorb from storm surges. This weakens the powerful punch of hurricanes and tropical storms as they move over more populated areas.
"The number of people, poor families, elderly and total value of residential property that are most exposed to hazards can be reduced by half if existing coastal habitats remain fully intact." said Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of the Natural Capital Project.
The problem with keeping our coastal habitats intact is that every time a storm rolls through, it degrades and exhausts the health and wellness of the area. So while our wetlands protect us from one storm, if the same area gets hit again, the risk of property damage and loss of life go up. Restoration of our coastal areas is, therefore, paramount to improve the safety of life and property during the hurricane heavy months of August and September.
For more information and volunteer opportunities, you can contact the North Carolina Coastal Federation by going to the following website: