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It's Peak Hurricane Season, Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

With the formation of Hurricane Gordon and Hurricane Lane within the last week and rain falling hard on your Labor Day weekend, have you thought about the “what if” of hurricane season? With active numbers reaching in the peaks of September and October, it’s better to be safe and protected, than last minute shopping at your local hardware stores to ineffective methods of flood protection. Most people think about the bottles of water and canned goods that they need, but most do not talk about their flood safety plan or make sure that their existing flood protection methods have adequate seals and gaskets. 

At Flood Risk America, we want to make sure that you are protected. We offer flood vulnerability assessments to pre and post constructed buildings, create safety plans, and suggest the most effective flood protection needs for your residential home or commercial properties. We have a multitude of different flood protection products and services, and customize FRA flood panels to the size and thickness that best fits your individual requirements based on a flood risk assessment. By using our products and services, you not only become protected during a storm, but you have the chance to lower your flood insurance premiums and deductibles. 

We have a team of flood experts, architects, and engineers offering 24/7 assistance and customer service to best serve you.  Education is beyond important to us, so ask us about our flood mitigation-training program and online webinars. 

For more information, visit www.floodriskamerica.com 

Why Choose Flood Risk America

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One of the reasons why you would want to choose FRA’s Flood Panels over any other company would be our outstanding customer service. We have over 20 years of experience and are available 24/7 for questions and concerns. We have an outstanding team of trained flood professionals, architects, engineers, and educators.  At Flood Risk America, we believe that education is important for both safety and effectiveness.  Our trained professionals will simulate a mock deployment for you and your team and make sure that you and your staff are prepared for an emergency flooding situation. 

Most companies will sell you a product, but how do you know each year that it will still work effectively? At Flood risk America every year we inspect the gaskets, panels, nuts, bolts, anchors, and parts, and maintain a 24/7-flood deployment service. We want to make sure our clients (You) are satisfied and prepared for Mother Nature’s surprises. 

Our panels are lightweight, FEMA compliant, military grade, and come with a lifetime warranty. We knew that if this material was efficient enough for the military, in the haul of an icebreaker and marine vessels, than we could test it out as a superior FRA Flood Panel (Ask us for our testing video to see for yourself). We supply you with deployment blueprints, product and deployment training, and we can help you through FEMA funding. Overall, we are your one stop shop for any flood related concerns and would love the opportunity to protect you from any flood related damage. 

FRA Flood Panel Specifications

The FRA Flood Panel uses sustainable flood seal technology to protect elevators, storefronts, windows, control room doors, unmovable equipment, etc., against rising floodwater. This device creates a sealed barrier around the openings 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 FRA Flood Panel is the ONLY FEMA compliant, ISO certified, and insurance industry certified panel on the market. The FRA flood panel has the ability to lower insurance premiums and deductibles, give clients better coverage limits, and help them to obtain federal grant assistance for flood loss.

The FRA Flood Panel is durable, lightweight, corrosion resistant, cost-effective, and designed to withstand more than 13,000 PSI.  It was developed with technology utilized in aerospace, marine, transportation, and energy markets and scientifically developed to withstand harsh saltwater environments. It is made in America, has been rigorously tested by our certified team of engineers, and comes with a guaranteed lifetime warranty. 

Some of the biggest differences between Flood Risk America’s flood panel and the competitors are the lightweight, corrosion-resistant surface, difference in price, moldable surface to secure an area, and the only flood panel certified by insurance companies.  The FRA Flood Panel is 4 times lighter than steel, which is what most flood panels are manufactured from, and it is 30- 40% less expensive.  The FRA Flood panel can be customized to fit any area or size, comes with a vulnerability assessment, and deployment blueprint.

 

 

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.