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This Company Has a Smarter Approach to Flooding

This Company Has a Smarter Approach to Flooding

A new way to understand your flooding risk, build FEMA compliant, and use products that are more effective, light-weight, and cost effective

This Company Prepares Clients for a Flooding Emergency

This Company Prepares Clients for a Flooding Emergency

One company prepares client’s for a flooding emergency using both flood protection services and custom-made products to match their flood risk evaluation.

Flood Risk America Saves a Hotel!!

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate

 

A large commercial real estate owner had a Hotel on the water, paying $105,000 for flood insurance. 

Flood Risk America provided a complimentaryVulnerability Assessment, demonstrating how flooding and storm surge would affect the hotel, as well as incorporating the investigation of historical flooding. Flood Risk America then confirmed, from the Vulnerability Assessment,how the hotel could avoid future flood losses. 

FRA installed flood panels on the ground floor lobby to protect the elevators and lobby from avoiding a flood loss. FRA then went back to the insurance carrier and provided a customized flood mitigation plan for the Hotel. The insurance carrier then reduced the flood premium by $76,000.  

 

o  Cost of current annual flood premium:                         $105,000

o  Current savings with flood mitigation plan:                  $76,000

o  New current flood premium:                                         $29,000

 

“We saved hotel $76,000 on their Flood Insurance Premium.”
— Flood Risk America

 

 

To obtain a complimentary flood vulnerability assessment or to learn more about our services call Stephen Gill:

561-578-4220 or email  sgill@floodriskamerica.com

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 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