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Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Flooding occurs when there is a temporary overflowing of water in areas that are typically dry. According to the Red Cross, floods are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters in our country. Floods can occur in any U.S. state or territory and can leave behind destruction, and even death. Business owners should be aware that flooding can destroy both property and irreplaceable data. Click To Tweet

Various Type of Floods

You might not know this, but there are a number of different types of floods. It is important to learn the risks of each type of flood in order to properly prepare. Here are the five different kinds of floods that can affect you.

River Floods

If you live near a river, there is a chance that it will exceed its capacity. River, also known as fluvial flooding, is caused by an overabundance of rain, heavy snow, or ice jams. Flash floods can also cause river floods, which are highly destructive and dangerous due to the force of the water’s flow. Overbank flooding can occur in all streams and rivers and the overflow can affect smaller rivers downstream.

Coastal Floods

Coastal floods happen in coastal areas and are caused by higher than average tides, and worsened by heavy rains and winds. In coastal areas with lower elevation, coastal flooding has been known to occur multiple times a year.

Flash Floods

Flash floods occur when there has been excessive rainfall in a short period of time. They are typically characterized by torrents of heavy rain and can happen in a flash. They can happen in minutes or over a few hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods usually occur in six hours or less.

Storm Surge

Storm surges are another type of coastal flooding that is caused by strong storms such as tropical storms or hurricanes. Storm surges are characterized by strong winds, heavy downpours, and low atmospheric pressure that can cause tides to swell by 30 feet or more, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Inland Flooding

While coastal flooding happens along the coast, inland flooding happens, yes, you guessed it–inland. Inland flood risks can occur over several days of heavy rain, which causes the soil to become oversaturated and it can’t hold any more water. Rivers can also flood through inland flooding, putting life and property at risk.

Preparing for Different Types of Floods

Climate change models show that severe weather will continue, putting millions at risk of experiencing a flood. Understanding the different types of floods and learning which ones can affect you is the first step in preparing. Make sure to discuss with your family what to do in a flooding event, and also consider flood insurance. Another great way to protect your business is to invest in a WIPP®, or Water Inflated Property Protector.  A WIPP creates the ultimate flood barrier and prevents evasive water from damaging your property.

To learn more about the different types of floods and how to prepare for them, Contact Us.

Protecting Your Business in a Natural Disaster

Protecting Your Business in a Natural Disaster

Many of us have family emergency plans in place for the home, but many might not think about how important a business disaster plan can be for your business, also. According to poll conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business, natural disasters have affected more than 30% of all small businesses in the United States. Make sure you, your employees and your business have the tools necessary to get back to work once the threat of damage is over. Click To Tweet

Protect Your Business with a Disaster Plan

Whether you are starting a new business or already a small business owner, it is never too late to protect your business by creating a disaster plan. Below are some easy steps you need to do in order to protect your business when disaster strikes.

Risk Assessment

Consider which disasters might affect your business to evaluate your preparedness level. The American Red Cross offers free risk assessment tools to check the level of risk in your area, as well as tips to help improve your level of preparedness. Make sure to ask yourself if you are up to date and have spoken to your insurance agent recently? Is there emergency equipment available? Are any of your employees trained in medical care or emergencies?

Backup Data

One of the most critical issues for small businesses during natural disasters is whether their data is backed up. It can be disastrous if your intellectual property is lost. If you are using cloud-based services, you are a step ahead, because your data can be accessed from anywhere. Those without cloud-based data storage need to make sure to have backups of all data, including contracts, business licenses, and other corporate data in a safe place.

Continuity Plan

Make sure you can continue operating during or after the disaster. Review all business operations to assess which aspects are more critical for operation and business survival. Keep a list of all suppliers and customers and it can be a good idea to contact them after the emergency. It is also wise to have a secondary location available for temporary work so the business can continue to run.

Protect Your Property

Protecting your property should be a top priority when you own a business. Floods, tornadoes, wind storms and other natural disasters can wreak havoc on your business. Be prepared with tools like a Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP). A WIPP will drastically reduce the amount of water that enters your building or property, keeping things safe and dry.

Insurance

Always make sure to stay in communication with your insurance agent. Talk with them about your coverage and inquire about disaster insurance. Not all plans have disaster situations covered, and it is also good to consider business interruption insurance, as well. Business interruption insurance pays you lost income when your building or property is damaged due to natural disasters.

Emergency Plan

Make sure to discuss with your employees what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Have a building evacuation route in place, and have emergency kits available with water, flashlights, a fire extinguisher food, and first aid items. Set up a shelter in place area that workers can retreat to if not leaving the building. Make sure to review and rehearse your plan often to ensure the safety of your employees.

Protecting Your Business

You never know when disaster will strike, so it is important to have a disaster plan in place for your business. How quickly your company gets back on its feet again depends on a seamless plan with risk assessment, property and data protection, and the proper insurance.

To learn more about how you can protect your business during a natural disaster, Contact Us.

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

An emergency can happen in an instant and it is imperative you have an emergency preparedness plan in place so you can keep yourself and your family safe. When a real emergency occurs, it can be easy to panic. If you are mentally and physically prepared in times of crisis, you can keep everyone calm--and most importantly, safe. Click To Tweet

Be Prepared

Preparation and practice are the keys to an effective emergency preparedness plan. An emergency plan should include a disaster supply kit and any other emergency essentials. All supplies need to be easily accessible and your plan needs to be easy to remember for the entire family. Write up an emergency checklist and perform practice drills so everyone will know what to do if and when a disaster or emergency strikes. Here are six indispensable ways to ensure you are prepared for any emergency.

1. Inventory Family Needs

It is important to consider specific needs of your family and home. Don’t forget any necessary items. Keep in mind medical supplies and medications. Make sure your emergency checklist includes emergency contacts, as well as important items to take from the house, such as vital documents, spare keys, and anything else that is necessary to have once you’ve left your home.

2. Go Bags

Grab it and go! Everyone in your family should have an emergency bag ready for any disaster. Each bag should contain water, blankets, non-perishable foods, clothing, and any other items needed once you leave the house. When filling your emergency preparedness bag, make sure to ask yourself “Does this meet my basic needs? Or is this a luxury?” Only pack the essentials needed for living. Our basic needs include water, food, clothing, and shelter. Everything else is a luxury.

3. Give Each Family Member a Role

Everyone in the family should have a role in your emergency preparedness plan. Discuss what responsibilities each person will have. Perhaps one child will gather the pet dog, while another is in charge of calling a loved one in another state to let them know what is happening. By assigning roles to each family member ensures that everyone knows what they are supposed to, and expected do during an emergency.

4. Regularly Review the Plan

Emergency plans aren’t effective if they are forgotten. This is especially true for families with children or elderly adults. It is crucial to regularly review and practice your emergency preparedness plan. Practicing every couple months is a good way to make sure your family remembers what to do when an emergency happens, and they will be less likely to forget what to do.

5. Strategize Meeting Places

One of the main things to consider when developing your emergency preparedness plan is where to meet once leaving the home. Depending on what type of emergency is occurring, people might not be leaving the house at the same time. By having a set meeting place is critical for reconnecting with your loved ones and keeping them safe. There might be different meeting places, depending on the severity of the emergency. Make sure to choose familiar and nearby places to meet and report to after leaving the home.

6. Share Your Plan

It is also important to share your emergency preparedness plan with your community. Tell your neighbors if you plan to come to their home if you have a fire. Or, encourage them to come up with and practice their own plans. Building a proactive network of people during an emergency can further safeguard your family and also allow you to help others in need.

Protect Your Property

Even though disasters can happen, it doesn’t mean we can’t be as prepared as possible. There are some ways to protect your home, even if you have to leave. For high winds or hurricanes, you can reinforce doors and windows with plywood. For floods, a Water-Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) can help keep your home and property safe and dry.

Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergencies can come quite unexpectedly, but you don’t have to panic when you have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Don’t forget to plan ahead and have everyone’s go-bag all ready for when and if the time comes. Communicate with your family and community and, practice throughout the year to keep the plan fresh in everyone’s mind and your loved ones safe.

To learn more about how you can keep your family and home safe with an emergency preparedness plan, Contact Us.

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

The impact of a flood doesn’t end when waters recede. The damage left in the wake of a flood isn’t limited to homes but can impact workplaces, schools, and infrastructure. This halts normal life and can make those affected feel powerless. It’s important to have a plan to guide you through this difficult time.

The Importance of Stress Management in Flood Recovery

The devastation of a flood can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. It’s crucial to keep your emotional wellbeing in mind.  Although it’s an incredibly stressful process, pace yourself by taking recovery one step at a time.

Get Organized

The first step in flood recovery is organization. Take inventory of everything you have, then make a list of items you still need to salvage or replace.  Prioritize items of particular value or importance, and note where they can be found in your home.  

Assess the Damage

Once it’s safe for you to survey damage to your home or workplace, be sure to bring a digital camera.  Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage by taking photos or video. This is important to do before you make any attempts to dewater or make repairs. Even if you don’t have flood insurance, pictures are helpful and sometimes necessary when applying for government disaster assistance. Keep in mind that flood water may be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Wear rubber gloves and boots any time you come in contact with flood water.

Register With FEMA

When a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by the government, property owners have access to more significant resources. This can include access to financial assistance and temporary housing. Your flood insurance company may have more information, but if you don’t have that, you can contact FEMA directly.

Salvage

Mold can develop in as little as 24 hours after a flood. Once you’ve documented the damage, it’s vital to remove wet material, such as carpeting and bedding. If furniture is submerged for more than a day, those items will likely need to be disposed of.

Weigh Future Options

Deciding whether to rebuild your home or cut your losses and move is a difficult one. This dilemma weighs financial concerns, sentimental attachments, and future risk.  This is especially true for homes that are not in floodplains or previously considered to be at risk for flooding. It can help to speak with a professional about what the best options are.  

Practice Prevention

Looking towards the future, it’s important to make sure you have a plan of action for flooding. Keep all vital documents, such as birth certificates, passports and emergency cash in one location. Keeping these items secure and portable will allow you to grab them quickly in the event of an impending flood.  Learn more about flood insurance policies available to you, and consider investing in a temporary inflatable bladder dam to protect your home from flood damage.  

Hope For The Best, Plan For the Worst

Flooding can happen almost anywhere, but especially if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, coastline or bayou. While no one wants to think about natural disasters, it’s important to prepare for anything.  Keeping an emergency kit with important documents, food, water, and clothing, is always a good idea. Being proactive in the face of uncertainty can give you a sense of control and reassurance to carry you through difficult times.

Contact Us to learn more about inflatable water dams for flood prevention.

Storm Preparedness: Why NOW is the Time to Think About Winter Storms

Storm Preparedness: Why NOW is the Time to Think About Winter Storms

While the Gulf Coast endures the wrath of hurricane season and wildfires consume lands in the west and northwest, winter storm preparedness may be the furthest thing from your mind. But snowmelt flooding can be just as devastating as the inland flooding brought on by the wrath of Harvey and Irma. And the time to prepare is NOW.

Inflatable bladder dams used for flood protection are in high demand following the recent devastation experienced by Texas, Florida and other regions in the Gulf Coast. At Hydrological Solutions, we are receiving dozens of calls and emails daily with the request to ship our WIPP® system ASAP in anticipation of other hurricanes or tropical storms that may develop over the season. We are working quickly to fill these orders but as a gentle reminder … as much as we would like to, we cannot ship during a major storm! That is why now is the perfect time to think about preparing for the upcoming winter storm season.

The Dangers of Snowmelt Flooding

Movies tend to depict the beauty of snow. Blankets of pure white snow falling on the ground. Kids (and adults!) run outside with huge grins on their face ready to make snow angels, snowmen or participate in winter sports such as sledding and skiing. Couples meeting under the mistletoe with snow falling in their hair… you get the picture.

If you live in an area prone to snow, you know that this is a very small portion of the reality of snowstorms. As the weather gets warmer, these massive amounts of snow begin to melt and the water has to go somewhere! Snow can be dirty and downright dangerous. Snowmelt flooding can quickly submerge your home or business. Winter storm preparedness should begin now to help you keep these investments secure.

Winter Storm Preparedness with WIPP®

As we enter the fall season, soon to be followed by winter, we urge you to think about winter storm preparedness and all that entails. Consider adding the WIPP® to help keep snowmelt flood waters from consuming your property. The WIPP® provides maximum flood protection for residential and commercial properties, reducing the actual damage that can occur during snowmelt flooding.

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At Hydrological Solutions, we are pleased to be able to help you protect your properties with our patented Water Inflated Property Protector. Contact Us Now to find out the best time to get your order in to be sure you are prepared for the upcoming winter storm season.