Land Surveying After a Natural Disaster

In recent years, climate change (and potentially the actions of humans themselves) have lead to a marked increase in natural disasters. Indeed, since 1970, the total number of natural disasters has increased from 78 to a whopping 348 in the year 2004. Natural disasters include climatic disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts, wildfires, storms, heat waves, and cold snaps. Geophysical disasters are also a type of natural disaster, comprising avalanches, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and landslides. These varied disasters range from mild to severe and generally affect millions of people every year. Where does land surveying fit into this?

Picking Up the Pieces

Following a significant natural disaster, the immediate concern is the relief effort. Depending on the disaster and its severity, volunteer organisations and government entities will be deployed to assist in sorting through the aftermath. This is, of course, the first priority, as the safety, health, and wellbeing of an area’s inhabitants is of utmost importance.

But after the dust has settled, the time comes to rebuild. This is where land surveyors can have a remarkable hand in the reconstruction process. Communities and landowners often need to start over from scrtach, building from the ground up as they resurrect their homes, shops, and foundations of their civilisation. In disasters of the highest magnitude, this can be a massive undertaking, but land surveyors can play a vital role.

Re-establishing Property

An important task of the land surveyor following a natural disaster will be to reassess or confirm boundaries of property ownership. Ideally, there will be existing land records and other documents to help the surveyor in this process. Yet in certain regions, or in the event of massive destruction or changed landscapes, this can be an enormous challenge.

It is at such a time that a land surveyor steps in and can have a greater impact on the rebuilding process. Working often with other organisations, the surveyor can uphold integrity and structure by assisting displaced residents to reaffirm their old land boundaries. In the best of reconstruction processes, land surveyors are used intensively to assist in developing a redistribution plan which is fair and equitable for all. Studies show that following initial humanitarian efforts, victims of natural disasters begin to move on as a sense of stability regains a hold. Land distribution and ownership is a key way of incorporating this. And the necessary role of the surveyor in this task cannot be denied.

Leslie & Thompson

In the event of unfortunate natural disasters in NSW, you should know there is a land surveyor you can depend on. Our team is ready to assist in the reassessment and boundary setting of your property, to help you move on and re-establish a home base in the face of crisis. We’re always up-to-date on current changes in flood zone determination and other regulations and ordinances. With Leslie & Thompson, you’re in good hands for all your surveying and land mapping needs.