prevention

Preparation for a Flooding Emergency: Step 4: Pre-interventions

Three Key Steps in Pre-intervention Planning

 1.    Install flood mitigation measures in and around your property.

2.    Plan a safe retreat and have a meeting place

3.    Go over emergency plan and evacuation route

It is important to reduce the risk of damage to structures from flooding by elevating critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems, and waterproofing basements. Secure the property. Tie down or bring outdoor equipment and lawn furniture inside. Make sure that basements are waterproofed and that your sump pump is working. Install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure (FEMA, 2017).

Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warning signs as rain clouds or heavy rain. If instructed, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Fill the bathtub with water in case water becomes contaminated or unavailable. Before filling, sterilize the tub with a diluted bleach solution. Do not walk through moving water (FEMA, 2017).

Review your homeowners or renters insurance policy and update a list of your home’s contents by taking pictures or videotaping each room in the house. Keep papers in a fireproof and waterproof box. If records are stored electronically, keep a backup drive in your fireproof, waterproof box, or store files using a secure cloud-based service (FEMA, 2017).

If the danger is significant, local authorities may issue an evacuation notice to alert residents that flooding will be or is occurring. Evacuation orders vary by state and community, and may range from voluntary to mandatory. When authorities issue a mandatory evacuation notice, leave the area immediately. Don't drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground (FEMA, 2017).

If the waters start to rise inside of your house before you have evacuated, retreat to the second floor, the attic, and if necessary, the roof. Don't try to swim to safety; wait for rescuers to come to you. Below you will find an emergency supply list. 

Emergency Supply List: 

*     Water: one gallon per person, per day

*      (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

*     Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

*     Manual can opener for food

*     Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio plus extra batteries)

*     Sanitation and personal hygiene items

*     Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies

*     Drivers license or form of identification

*     Milk, baby food, sterilized bottles and spoons, nipples, spare clothing, diapers and favorite toy.

*     Family and Emergency Contact Information 

*     Waterproof clothing (including rubber gloves, rubber boots)

*     Towels 

*     Flashlight

*     One blanket or sleeping bag per person

*     Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses

*     Cell phone and charger

*     Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

*     Extra set of car keys and house keys

*     Matches 

*     3 days of extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes

*     CASH in small bills ($1, $5, $10)

(FEMA, 2017)

For more information, visit www.floodriskamerica.com or visit the FEMA website.

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

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.

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.