A new way to understand your flooding risk, build FEMA compliant, and use products that are more effective, light-weight, and cost effective
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.
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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)
* 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
* 3 days of extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
* CASH in small bills ($1, $5, $10)
For more information, visit www.floodriskamerica.com or visit the FEMA website.
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