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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.

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How to Ensure Flood Resilience

How to Ensure Flood Resilience

In 2017, the number of floods across the United States was disastrous. Between Hurricane Harvey impacting most of the gulf coast, Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, and the record-level high-waters in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, floods affected millions of people and destroyed homes, businesses, and lives. Building flood resilience is imperative in keeping people, businesses, and communities safe. Click To Tweet

Enhance Flood Resilience

In many cities across the United States, flood risk is real and it is important for communities and businesses to come up with a viable disaster risk reduction plan. With these top tips for ensuring flood resilience, the impact of floods will be less, causing minimal damage, if any.

Community Hazard Mitigation Plan

Community planning and communication is key to a productive flood resilience plan. The community needs to make sure there is a comprehensive flood plan in place, along with hazard elements. This plan should cover flood and erosion-prone areas, and be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Invest In Infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure can be extremely useful in ensuring flood resilience Investments can help with dispersing flood waters, and also in preventing secondary events, such as dams bursting or levee failures. Infrastructure improvements need to be worked into the community budget for bridges, culvert, and levee repairs.

Early Warning Systems

An effective early warning system should be a top priority in ensuring flood resilience. Warning systems should be people-centered and clearly understood. These warnings help keep people safe and, early action can be a major element of disaster risk reduction.

Prepare for the Aftermath

Being prepared for a flooding disaster and its aftermath can also help limit the damage. Funding and support efforts to rebuild are essential to post-event challenges. A comprehensive plan to discourage building in flooded areas should be avoided, or the elevation should be properly built up.

Flood Preparedness

There are, with today’s technological advancements, more opportunities to predict where flooding disasters will occur. This allows industrial and commercial areas to prepare with flood protection tools, like the WIPP® (Water Inflated Property Protector), which help maximize protection during flooding events. The WIPP is the ultimate flood barrier to guard areas and properties from the devastation floods produce.

Flood Resilience Program  

Floods affect more people than any other natural disaster, causing social and economic loss. On average, 250 million people globally are affected by floods each year. By following the above advice, you can help prevent and avoid tragedy.

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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.

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Your 2018 Spring Construction Outlook

Your 2018 Spring Construction Outlook

Construction is a booming industry, with few indications that it will slow anytime soon. Although the future looks bright, it’s important to observe a cautious optimism. Accordingly, you’d do well to prepare your employees, equipment, and business for the road ahead. A bit of preparation can make a world of difference when it counts.

Spring Construction Outlook: Things to Consider

Spring is a period of growth and change. The temperatures rise and the slow pace of winter life starts to speed up. Before things get too busy, take stock of your readiness. Get organized, make plans and set goals. This will enable you to stay focused on the things that are important to you.

1) Snowmelt Flooding

When snow falls in freezing temperatures, it accumulates on the surface of the soil. Once temperatures rise and it begins to melt, water from snowmelt behaves like rain. Flooding can occur when there is more water than the soil can absorb or can be contained in nearby rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. This can happen quickly, creating a raging river where there was once a drainage ditch. Protect your construction site from snowmelt flooding with an inflatable bladder dam. This will ensure that none of your progress is compromised.

2) Tool and Equipment Inspection

Preventive maintenance is essential to the regular care and inspection of tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles. Routine inspections limit downtime and extend productivity by ensuring that everything is in working order. Keep in mind that maintenance tasks are potentially hazardous and can result in injury. Workers should be vigilant in maintaining both worksite and equipment.

3) Prepare for 2018 Hurricane Season

Are you in a hurricane zone? Engineering and construction firms should take extra care in protecting themselves from hurricanes. Construction sites are vulnerable because of incomplete structures and exposed materials that are easily damaged by water. Don’t wait to prepare for a hurricane until it’s imminent. This can be a costly mistake. Give yourself adequate time to protect the project, and have an emergency plan for worst-case scenarios.

Staying Prepared

Preparation is key to a successful spring construction outlook. Preventative maintenance and planning will make a huge positive impact on your business. An old adage says, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” This is especially true in construction.

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How to Stay Busy All Winter in Construction

How to Stay Busy All Winter in Construction

Many industries experience different business cycles and construction is no different. As the temperatures begin to dip into the holiday months, construction projects tend to slow down. It’s important to make the most out of these slower months, however. It’s a great time to get ready for the new year.

Winter in Construction: Keeping it Hot Even When It’s Cold Out

Your major outdoor projects may be slowing down as the temperatures drop, but that doesn’t mean you need to. Take advantage of these slower months and focus on keeping your business moving forward. Get started with the following guide:

1) Look for Indoor Jobs

Interior remodeling is popular during the winter months. Focus on “interiorscaping” with things like painting, flooring, cabinetry, and lighting. Winter is especially ideal for interior painting in areas where it’s still warm enough to keep the windows open. Paint does well in cooler weather in places like the south. Be sure to involve your customers in their indoor renovations. If business is a bit slower, it’s a great time to give each project a little special attention and focus on your client relationships.

2) Hold Classes and Events

You can also use the slower months to enhance your image and credibility by hosting classes and events to share your professional knowledge and experience. The classes and events could supplement your winter income AND bring you new referrals and clientele. Look into teaching a class at a local college or for industry newcomers. Hold an event to educate consumers about popular DIY projects. Plan some open houses for consumers, brokers, and agents. And finally, attend local networking events.

3) Check In With Past Customers

Your biggest opportunity lies within your existing clientele. Your reputation is already established and your past customers know you and your work. Review your records and look for opportunities for new work. For example, maybe you updated a kitchen or bathroom over the summer, and they could use new lighting or cabinets this winter. Don’t forget to ask your satisfied customers for referrals, testimonials, and positive reviews online.

4) Meet With Your Accountant

As many people, you may only think of your accountant around tax time or concerning tax issues. For this reason, they are often an extremely underutilized resource, as their knowledge covers many other areas beyond taxes. Winter is the perfect time to let your accountant analyze and streamline other areas in your business. Work with your accountant to cut unnecessary expenses and build in a financial cushion for your business. Analyze trends in your data to develop goals and action plans for the new year. Assess the current value of your business and explore options to increase your value. Your accountant is capable of even more than this. Schedule a meeting to simply go over all the ways he or she could benefit your business and determine where you want to begin.

5) Offer Seasonal Discounts

Seasonal discounts are a cultural expectation clients always look forward to. They’re a great way to reward existing and previous clients while attracting new customers. Be careful to not let discounts and specials eat away all of your winter profits. Add some urgency to your advertising. Let consumers know it’s a limited time offer they may miss if they don’t act soon.

6) Focus on Marketing

Your busiest months likely push marketing way off your radar. When business slows, however, it’s a great time to refocus your marketing to help line up business for the new year. Focus on increasing and enhancing your social media presence and refreshing or updating all your existing pages. Winter is a great time to develop an email marketing strategy like a monthly newsletter for the new year. Run ads in all your local media outlets. Focus on gathering testimonials and reviews for your website and social media pages.

7) Catch Up on Maintenance

It’s hard to stay on top of equipment and tool maintenance and repairs during your busy months. It’s easy for things to slip in the cracks. Take some time during the winter months to catch up on all your routine maintenance. Examine all your equipment and tools and look for items that need to be replaced or repaired. When all your existing equipment is taken care of, evaluate the equipment needs for the upcoming year. If you’re in an area with heavy snowfall, consider investing in an inflatable bladder dam to protect your equipment and job sites from snowmelt flooding.

Don’t Let the Cooler Weather Slow You Down

No matter what industry you’re in, it’s vital to your continued success to make the most of your time. This is especially true in the construction industry when it comes to the winter months. Don’t let the slowing projects slow your business down. Get started making the most of your time with this winter construction guide.

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5 Worst Winter Storms in US History

5 Worst Winter Storms in US History

The freezing temperatures, ice, and heavy snow of winter can cause serious damage. Winter storms bring power and water loss, make transportation near impossible, and cause fatalities. Recovery from these storms is often long and costly.

Some of the Costliest Winter Storms in the Country

Every winter brings ice and snow that makes transportation difficult and causes serious hazards in some parts of the country. Loss of power and damage to property is common. The following 5 storms were the costliest winter storms in US history.

1) Great Blizzard of 1993

On March 11th through March 14th of 1993, 26 US states experienced the “Storm of the Century.” This blizzard affected 40% of the US population with 270 fatalities and millions who lost power. Eventually, all major airports on the East Coast closed down. Four feet of snow was reported in some areas. This devastating blizzard cost the US over $8 billion in losses.

2) The Great Nor’easter of 1992

From December 10th through the 13th this great snowstorm settled over the northeastern United States. States of emergency were declared in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. There were 19 fatalities and over $5 billion in losses.

3) Southern Ice Storm of February 1994

This ice storm covered the south from Texas to Virginia in February of 1994, affecting many parts for weeks. 750,000 in Mississippi alone had no electricity or water for several days. This monstrous storm cost over $4.75 billion in damages.

4) Winter Storm and Cold Outbreak of January 2014

January 5th through the 8th of 2014 brought “The Polar Vortex” to the Mid-Atlantic states with wind chills as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit for several months. The heavy snow and record low temperatures in countless Mid-Atlantic communities brought 20 fatalities and cost almost $2.5 billion in damages.

5) Deep Freeze of December 1983

“The Bone Chiller” brought heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures in more than 12 states from December 17th to the 30th. The sudden cold of this devastating storm brought 500 fatalities and cost $2.36 billion in damages.

Snowmelt Flooding: The Other Winter Danger to Consider

Freezing temperatures, ice, and heavy snowfall create enough potential hazards for the winter season as it is. However, there is one other winter danger you can’t afford to overlook. As the temperatures begin to warm again and all the snow is melting, the ground is typically saturated already and can’t absorb the added moisture. The melted snow drains back to streams, rivers, and lakes, however the excess causes serious flooding. Protect your property and job sites now with an inflatable bladder dam.  

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Winter is a hard season for construction in many parts of the country. Ice, snow, and winter storms cause construction delays and damage to project sites and equipment. Once the temperatures start to warm up, snowmelt flooding is another serious threat to property, life, and projects. Be prepared this winter and stay safe.

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