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Texas A&M professor weighs in on disaster risks in Texas

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COLLEGE STATION- As Gulf Coast residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Isaac a Texas A&M professor says the Lone Star state is ranked as one of the top states at risk for disasters.

The director for Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at A&M says the risk is high all along the Gulf Coast due to destruction of natural resources and poor community planning efforts.

Louisiana, Florida and Texas are ranked as the top three states most at risk of disaster according to a study by Kiplinger.com

Doctor Walter Peacock believes the risk of disaster increases due to poor strategy in developing and building communities in high hazardous areas.

"Coastal hazards are likely to increase with different kinds of climate change and climate variables." Dr. Peacock said, "We need to be planning long term. Emergency management, while extremely important, deals with it after the fact. We need to be dealing before the fact building developing responsibly and in responsible areas."

Doctor Peacock and his team have created a website where anyone can view the different vulnerable areas on the Gulf Coast. Find more information HERE .