Terms like '100-year hurricane' create a false sense of security
The disconnect between the common understanding and the scientific meaning is leading local and state officials to seek clearer verbiage for discussing hurricanes, floods and the levels of protection that the government provides.
By Sheila Grissett
OpEd: Educating people on risk
NEW ORLEANS — When the Army Corps of Engineers promises to protect southeast Louisiana from flooding triggered by a "100-year hurricane," the all-too-common assumption is a storm that will occur only once a century.