Preparation for a Flooding Emergency Step 3: Flood Mitigation Measures

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The third step in preparation for a flooding emergency involves constructing flood barriers or shields around individual pieces of equipment or areas that contain essential equipment to prevent floodwaters from coming into contact with them. 

For dry flood proofing to be effective, the barrier must be high enough to protect essential equipment from floodwater, strong enough to resist flood forces, and sealed well enough to control leakage and infiltration. Dry flood proofing measures must also satisfy applicable codes and standards. 

There are many different types of dry flood proofing measures, one, which includes the use of a flood panel. There are many different types of flood panels on the market. Make sure you choose a panel that is lightweight, cost effective, and corrosion resistant, and meets the recommended codes and requirements. It is important that the panel is tested properly for assurance and durability, and is of adequate height and length, in accordance with your flood assessment. 

Besides flood panels, you can purchase flood barriers, floodgates, flood sacks, flood bags, and you can even flood proof your walls. As with the flood panels, make sure each product is both saltwater and freshwater friendly, adheres to adequate codes and standards, and is the correct width and height for your proposed area. 

 

For more information, visit www.floodriskamerica.com

Preparation for a Flooding Emergency: Step 2, Formulating an Emergency Plan

Preparation for a Flooding Emergency: Step 2, Formulating an Emergency Plan

Preparation for a flooding emergency: Step 2

Preparation For a Flooding Emergency: Step 1 UnderstandingYour Risk, Vulnerability Assessment

Preparation For a Flooding Emergency: Step 1 UnderstandingYour Risk, Vulnerability Assessment

Be prepared this hurricane season. Understand your risk with a vulnerability assessment.

Preparation for Flooding Emergency Step 1: Understanding Your Risk, Flood Risk Assessment

Flooding is devastating and is becoming a larger threat each year. With global warming, different weather patterns, and inaccuracy of flood maps, we must have a set plan in place to prepare for Mother Nature’s most common disaster.   There are 5 steps that will help you to prepare. The first step begins with determining your flooding risk.

Your community officials or local emergency management offices are a great resource to learn about the history of flooding for your region. Ask whether your property is in the floodplain and if it is above or below the flood stage water level. Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are what are used to determine your flood risk. If these have proved inaccurate in the past, or you feel the flood insurance is higher than expected for your given area, make sure to contact a highly trained company who specializes in flood prevention assessment and flood map modeling.

Flood risk assessments are available to show you historical flooding on your property and information about flooding in a 100-year storm. If you are building or own a commercial property, more in-depth assessments are available to show you modeling in a 1-5 hurricane and storm surge for each year, along with a detailed report assessing your flooding risks.  

 

For more information, contact Flood Risk America at 561-578-4220 or visit www.floodriskamerica.com

 

Introduction to Emergency Flooding Preparation- 5 Part Series

Flood Risk America has spent these past few months traveling around the country speaking to many victims of the recent flooding disasters from Harvey, Irma, and Sandy. We first traveled to Texas and met with the Houston victims, we even went to Galveston, who suffered a loss from the 1900 Great Galveston Storm, which was one of the deadliest storms of its time. We traveled to parts of New Jersey and New York, from the tip of the Florida Keys, Miami, and up each side of the coast. We covered both west and east, spending time in Naples and Marco Island, all the way up to Jacksonville and the panhandle.

The stories and pictures that everyone has shared have been both amazing and life changing. It has brought us even more incentive to help as many of these people as we possibly can, not allowing this damage to happen again. Glass falling from the ceilings of buildings and crashing in destruction, water levels reaching so high, covering an entire bottom story, people holding their doors down so they don’t blow off, and countless amounts of visible water lines showing on the existing wall structures that are lucky to still be standing, these were just a few of the memories and stories that were shared.

Flood Risk America is a proactive flood protection company, specializing in both products and services. We believe that by traveling to all of these places, we were able to best understand our clients on a personal level, reliving with them their experience and memories. Not only do we want to help save more people from this deadly disaster of Mother Nature, but we have also created a 5 series discussion on emergency flood protection. Each week we will release a new article on our online blog relating to interventions before, during, and after a storm to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

 

For more information, visit www.floodriskamerica.com

Flood Risk America Traveled to Miami and Spoke With Architects About Flood Protection Solutions

Flood Risk America Traveled to Miami and Spoke With Architects About Flood Protection Solutions

Flood Risk America Speaks to Miami Architects

Flood Risk America Travels to Houston 6 Months After Hurricane Harvey

When you leave this place, you will have physically seen what these people have gone through
— Stephen Gill, CEO

CEO Stephen Gill and COO, Tiffany Largey wanted to see how they could help more people around the Houston and Galveston area from becoming affected again from a devastating hurricane such as Harvey. They walked the streets of both Houston and Galveston, two large cities that have been greatly affected by floods and hurricanes reaching historical numbers.

Stephen, who is recognized as finding Flood Risk America, is a true advocate for flood protection and understands incredible devastation from working as a FEMA contractor during Hurricane Katrina. “As we entered the city, Stephen told me that when I left this place I will have been able to physically see what these people have gone through,” said Tiffany. This statement greatly affected her as she walked past the buildings that were still boarded up and the parking garages that had been flooded due to the intensity of rainfall that Houston had encountered.

Everyone in Texas welcomed these two Flood Gurus and helped them understand what they had gone through during the storm. While walking on the streets, they met a few people that spoke of their own story, how they were affected, and how some of their closest friends are still unable to return to their place of work. Stephen and Tiffany hit as many buildings that they could to teach about flood protection and ways to prevent floodwaters from entering, and how to properly save valuable/essential equipment. They met with some developers and contractors to find ways to improve the pre-construction development and how to properly flood proof a new structure.

 

For more information on how to protect yourself and business from rising floodwaters, visit www.floodriskamerica.com 

Houston Strong!

Taken by Tiffany Largey

A Grasshopper Versus an Ant

We are all familiar with Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper. The grasshopper spent the whole summer lying around in the shade, while the ant prepared for winter. The grasshopper had decided that there would be plenty of food left around for winter, as most winters he had found that food was not sparing. This particular winter happened to be worse than others, and the grasshopper was definitely not prepared, but the ant was.

This is how Flood Risk America feels about hurricane season. Although it is winter, and we have cold weather and shoveling snow, instead of water on our mind, it’s best to prepare early, especially in coastal or flood prone areas. 2017 was a hard year for a large portion of the United States; FEMA had been backed up for months with the amount of flood claims and damage. 2018 has been predicted to exceed what we felt was our worst year.

Many claims are still being handled, but many people are still in the mindset of the grasshopper. Let Flood Risk America help you understand your options when it comes to flood protection and mitigation assistance. We tend to lean on the favor of the ant, helping our clients prepare before a loss occurs. With our 24/7 flood deployment team, durable, corrosion-resistant flood panels, American-made products, flood consulting services, and team of experienced flood mitigation professionals, we will guide you in the right direction to not only protect your property from flooding, but we will save you money on your flood insurance premiums and deductibles. 

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EZ FLOOD PANELS SAVE NATIONAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER $93,000 ON THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

Flood Risk America leveraged their specialized team of engineers to perform a flood risk assessment on the client’s property and collaborated with their flood insurance carrier to save them $93,000 by installing the EZ Flood Panel on their building.

·      Cost of the annual flood insurance premium: $135,000

·      Premium Eliminated: $93,000

·      New Annual Flood Insurance Premium: $42,000

The EZ Flood Panel is the Only flood panel that is certified to provide flood insurance credits. If you are paying high flood insurance premiums and have high flood deductibles, take the opportunity to have Flood Risk America perform a flood risk assessment on your properties to help reduce your flood insurance rates, while protecting your property from having a flood loss.

 

To obtain a free, comprehensive flood risk assessment:

Call Steven Gill at 561-578-4220

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Company Launches New Product That Will Change Building Design & Flood Industry

Flood Risk America has designed a new flood mitigation product called the EZ Flood Panel. It uses patented, sustainable flood seal technology to protect elevators, windows, control room doors, and lobbies against rising floodwater. This device creates a sealed barrier around the desired subject, preventing water from entering. Each panel is designed specifically for a customized fabrication to meet individual installation requirements and custom shaping and contouring to meet job specific demands. It is both easy to install and remove, taking less than ten minutes. 

The EZ Flood Panel is durable, lightweight, corrosion resistant, cost-effective, and designed to withstand more than 13,000 PSI, unlike anything else in the industry.  It was developed with technology utilized in aerospace, marine, transportation, and can withstand harsh saltwater environments. 

The EZ Flood Panel will work on new construction site properties or existing structures. It has been rigorously tested, comes with a guaranteed lifetime warranty, environmentally friendly, and is made in the United States. Flood Risk America is proud to announce that it is the Only insurance certified flood protection panel in the market.

Product Benefits:

·      FEMA Compliant

·      ISO Certified 

·      Insurance Industry Certified

·      Lower Insurance Premiums

·      Lower Insurance Deductibles

·      Better Coverage Limits

·      Cost-Effective

·      Federal Grant Assistance

·      No business interruption

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How To Avoid Expensive Flood Losses To Your Buildings

Flood Risk America’s mitigation measures help protect your ground floor lobbies, elevators, essential utilities, valuable assets, and expensive equipment, while preventing interruptions in critical services. The benefits of flood mitigation can reduce vulnerabilities, lower flood deductibles and premiums, and allow businesses to obtain better coverage limits on flood insurance.

It is important to understand your properties vulnerability and create a flood safety plan. We can help you prepare for flooding and protect your property. If your building is at risk of flooding, our 24/7-flood deployment team is dispatched to your location immediately, providing protection and avoiding flood loss.

24/7 Flood Monitoring – When flooding occurs in elevator pits or mechanical rooms, the Flood Sensory Systems sound alarms and will notify you and our monitoring center in real-time via email or text, sending the elevator up to the next highest level.   

 Benefits:

·      Lower flood insurance premiums and deductibles

·      Free flood risk assessment identifying your properties vulnerability to flooding

·      Remain operational during and after the flooding

·      Avoid a flood loss

·      Biodegradable materials

·      Environmentally friendly 

Flood Risk America Launches New Flood Mitigation Training Program

Flood Risk America (FRA)  is a  proactive Flood Risk Management company specializing in thorough evaluation and reporting of flood risks throughout the United States and Canada. This training program emphasizes the conceptual elements of flooding, how to prevent, mitigate, prepare, and recover from an emergency flooding situation. Some of the goals of this new state accredited program is listed below.

 

Goals:

To educate participants on the following concepts:

·      FEMA standards/Definitions

·      Preparation for Flooding Emergency

·      Flood Assessment

·      Emergency Plan

·      Flood Mitigation Measures

·      Pre, During, Post Flood Interventions

·      Federal Grant Funding

 

Evaluation:

At the end of this training program, participants will be able to:

·      Define conceptual elements of flooding and FEMA standard codes

·      Understand the elements of a flood and vulnerability assessment       

·      Create an emergency plan

·      Comprehend the available dry and wet flood proofing mitigation measures

·      State the known interventions before, during, and after a flooding emergency

·      Comprehend the available funding for flood mitigation solutions

 

By creating this Flood Mitigation Training Program, we hope to encourage the safety and education of the potential of a flooding emergency and to better prepare individuals for natural disasters such as hurricanes and the flooding effects associated with them. 

 

Company Launches New Flood Inspection and Maintenance Plan

Company Launches New Flood Inspection and Maintenance Plan

Flooding has been a concern for many people across the United States. Flood Risk America has decided to launch a new program to help clients become more aware of their flooding risks. 

One Company's Solution to Repetitive Loss Claims

One Company's Solution to Repetitive Loss Claims

Nationwide, 11,000 repetitive loss properties dot coastal zones or other low-lying areas with their numbers continuingly increasing. This rise is in part because of the effects of climate change and ongoing development. Flood Risk America is a company dedicated to decreasing these numbers.

Flood Risk America is Keeping Their Beaches Clean

 

Flood Risk America and Flood Risk Canada are concerned about the contamination and garbage that is occurring on our beaches. We are taking action and have created a schedule of beach cleanup days. Join our volunteers in making steady progress to clean up beaches in both the United States and Canada

 “Our mission is to protect both the environment and

marine wildlife, while making our beaches beautiful again.”

-Stephen Gill, CEO

 

What to expect on beach cleanup day:

·     Clean up will start at 8am

·     Work gloves and trashbags will be supplied

·     Don't forget sunscreen and a bottle of water

·     A parent or guardian must supervise all children under 18

·     Fun in the sun and happy beaches 

 

To Volunteer or if you would like more information about a particular beach cleanup near you, visit: www.floodriskamerica.com

 

Company Reaches Out to Architects With New Services to Advance the Industry

Integrated Project Delivery is an important trend in the AEC industry. Flood Risk America introduced their pre-construction consulting services to the architectural industry to help their IPD systems change in a unique and positive way that may influence a revolution in team collaboration.

For years, there has been a disconnect between FEMA and NFIP regulations. This division has impacted the insurability once construction has been completed. Flood Risk America has found a solution to identify problems and procure solutions to this matter, as well as educating their clients on how to understand FEMA compliant standards and available grant money for flood mitigation services.

Flood Risk America is using their expertise in guiding architects on understanding flood maps and challenging inaccurate flood zone delineations from FEMA for potential qualifications for LOMA and LOMR submissions. They have patented products that are FEMA compliant and certified for flood insurance credits, helping architects to mitigate problems and build in compliance with NFIP regulations. Flood Risk America is revolutionizing architectural design for flood mitigation and integrating project delivery for the AEC Industry.

 

Benefits of Services:

•       Reduce Construction Cost

•       Avoid Costly Flood Proofing Errors

•       Expedited Permitting Time

•       Building FEMA Compliant

•       Navigation Through Floodplain Requirements

•       Increase Property Value

•       Proper Mitigation Measures Against Potential Flooding

•       FEMA Grant and Mitigation Funding

Company Finds way to Save Companies Money, Without Having Them Spend Out-of-Pocket For Their Services.

Company Finds way to Save Companies Money, Without Having Them Spend Out-of-Pocket For Their Services.

The mission of the company is to keep clients happy and to not only save them money on their flood premiums and deductibles, but to provide that service free of charge.

Avoid Flood Exposure to Your Elevators and Essential Equipment

Consequences of flooding on elevators and valuable assets can devastate a facility’s ability to function and can also cause loss of business and interruption to both the clients and owners. In various instances, many facilities could not function for long durations because essential equipment was placed in basements, sub-basements, or ground floor levels that flooded. In some cases, components of vital systems were elevated well above the floodwaters, while other elements such as transformers, transfer switches, fuel tanks, pumps, etc., were placed at lower levels, leaving them susceptible to flooding and the elevators and essential equipment in the control rooms and other places were then rendered inoperative.

Our vulnerability assessments provide information and recommendations to improve the functionality of critical facilities by preventing flood exposure to elevators and valuable assets. These assessments describe how essential equipment must be protected from flooding to allow a critical facility to perform its primary function during and after a flood event. Flood Risk America and Flood Risk Canada will help you identify vulnerabilities in essential facility systems and equipment using our comprehensive flood mitigation approach.

Benefits of Our Vulnerability Assessments:

·     Reduction to the vulnerability, damage, and disruption of operations during severe

      flood events

·     Remain operational during and after a major disaster

·     Education on code requirements and FEMA recommendations

·     Customized mitigation plan for protection of essential systems and equipment

·     Designed mitigation plan to account for loss of power

·     Provision of new construction flood code requirements

·     Flood assessment including the investigation of historical flooding on specific

      location

Company Launching New Flood Insurance Program For Golf Courses

Stephen Gill, Partner and CEO of Flood Risk America & Flood Risk Canada, announced today that they would launch their new Flood Insurance Program at the Golf Course Industry Show in Orlando, Florida on February 8, 2017. Flood Risk America and it’s sister company, Flood Risk Canada will have a booth set up to explain the benefits and terms of conditions related to their new program.

A few months back, golf course owners and superintendents contacted Stephen Gill and told him of the problem they were facing regarding the inability to obtain flood insurance on their bunkers and greens, also they included the amount of business they were losing from flood damage on their courses. Stephen, along with his team of engineers and flood plain managers, began a thorough flood risk assessment on the various surrounding golf courses, pointing out the different areas of the courses that were at risk of flooding. “Not only can we do a flood risk assessment, but we can prevent flooding, water damage, and loss of business with our new products,” said Stephen Gill.

Flood Risk America & Flood Risk Canada service locations all across North America and solve flood problems in a multitude of industries. With one of their businesses located in sunny Florida, the golf industry for flood risk hits home for them.  “Our clients are the most important aspect of our job, when they contact us regarding a problem, we want to find them a solution, and in this we take great pride,” said Tiffany Largey, Partner and COO. 

How To Become Successful In Life and In Business

We spend our whole lives searching for the perfect house, the perfect relationship, the perfect job, that we forget about the most important part of life… living. Living in the moment, experiencing the present, understanding our purpose is already within us, but finding that which we already hold in our hearts. This seems like a pretty easy concept, right? Unfortunately, to become successful in life and in business, this is one of the hardest ideals to learn. Success is first created in our mind, and then followed by our footsteps.  The real search should be for our true passion, because once that is found; everything else will begin to follow. 

Tony Robin's famous quote on success is, “ The path to success is to take massive determined action.” We can agree that success in both life and business will not happen if we don’t make strides in the right direction, but can we also agree that happiness may not be present if we don’t first find it within ourselves? How do we do that? 

1.    We get dirty. We open ourselves to the things in life that are holding us back from creating what we were made to do. We face our fears. Maybe our lack of success comes from the fear of failure, if this is the case, we must first find healing within.

2.    We love. We forgive not only the people around us, but ourselves. We stop judging, condemning, and harboring unresolved feelings and spend time finding what makes us, and the people around us truly happy. 

3.    We communicate. We pray, meditate, write, journal, or whatever is in your practice, to establish healing and direction. This healing may not just be centered on you, but everyone around you, including co-workers, friends, family, and anyone else that crosses your path. 

4.    We have faith. We understand that if we are living and working based on our life’s passion, success will soon follow. 

I posted this picture of my business partner and I to not only represent the passion we have behind our company, but to help enlighten more souls. We are in this giant bathtub cleaning life’s most soulful animal, yet in a sense we are cleansing ourselves.  We are working as a team, learning new cultures, and not only enjoying the journey of life, but the ride. At Flood Risk America and Flood Risk Canada, we are here to keep you dry, not only from flooding, but from life’s downpour. Let us help you secure your passion. 

"The real search should be for our true passion, because once it is found; everything else will begin to follow. "