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6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

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.

3 Construction Projects That Require Fast Dewatering Solutions

3 Construction Projects That Require Fast Dewatering Solutions

When preparing for a construction project, the idea of dewatering can be daunting. This is especially true if you’re on a strict deadline. Much of this dread is born from outdated dewatering methods, which proved costly and arduous. 

Unique Requirements

Construction sites that lie underwater pose unique challenges and requirements. Not as cut and dry and most projects, the need for dewatering makes underwater construction especially unusual. This means that when approaching such project it’s always a good idea to assess safety regulations, timeline expectations, and dewatering options.

1) Dam Repair

The safety and viability of dams are a major priority for city and state engineers. Dams store water in case of fluctuations in demand, but they also impede floodwaters from rising. This stored water is then either released to the river below the dam or diverted for other uses. Vulnerabilities in a dam should be immediately repaired to avoid catastrophic damage. In order to get to the damaged material, temporary dewatering is necessary.

2) Boat Ramp Construction

A boat ramp is usually constructed of a concrete ramp poured over a steel frame. They provide an easy and safe way for vehicles to back boats into the water. Most boat ramps go well under the water line to account for low tides. To build a boat ramp,  the area must be dewatered for digging and construction.  Once completed, the water is released and the boat ramp can provide access to the water.

3) Pipelines

Oil and gas pipelines require regular inspections. Make them quicker and easier with an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam. These are capable of controlling surface water up to 6 ft. deep and can be used in a variety of environments. During these inspections, pipelines that show damage or corrosion are flagged for repair. Such damage is an extreme concern for oil and gas operators. Repairs must be made safely but speedily, to avoid the risk of contamination or danger. With the right dewatering solution, inspections and repairs are manageable and safe. 

Know Your Options

In the past, dewatering was a long and arduous process that usually involved sandbags, heavy earth or stones piled high to keep the water at bay. Not only was the process time-consuming, but posed some serious safety concerns. With new technology, dewatering is easier and safe than ever.  Embracing new, eco-friendly solutions like the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam can save you and your crew time and money.  

Safe Dewatering for a Successful Project

The success of your project is based on how safe the process was, how quickly it was completed and how efficiently your materials were used. With smart dewatering, such as that with an inflatable bladder dam, much of the chance and guesswork is eliminated. Click To Tweet

To find out how to ensure the success and safety of your underwater construction project, Contact Us.

5 Essential Construction Safety Tips

5 Essential Construction Safety Tips

Worker safety is critical to running a successful construction operation. Beyond regulatory compliance, your workers are a critical component of each project completion. Their skills, morale, and well-being play a major role in the quality and efficiency of your final product.

Construction Safety – The Basics

While safety in construction covers a range of topics, there are a few essential areas to consider. Your baseline for employee and worker safety is the regulations and safety guidelines lined out by OSHA and all other regulatory agencies. This is a minimum, however, and does not guarantee maximum safety for your workers. To achieve maximum safety, it will take a little more research and preparation. Get started with the following quick guide:

1) Tool Maintenance

Incidents with tools are a common source of worker injuries. Worn and broken tools eventually fail, causing serious and sometimes fatal injury. Implement and maintain a tool maintenance schedule which includes regular inspections. That way, you will find problematic tools as early on as possible. Repair or replace all worn and broken tools immediately.

2) Heavy Equipment

Getting on and off heavy equipment is another common source of worker injury. Make sure your workers are wearing proper footwear and gloves with high grip when using heavy equipment. Train them to check their boots and gloves before climbing and to clean off the mud. Look for the largest size holds for both hands and feet. If needed, use a step ladder. Don’t carry anything while climbing.

3) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Make sure all your workers have and use all appropriate personal protective equipment. Back braces for lifting heavy objects, protective eyewear, gloves, appropriate footwear, and safety harnesses are all essential to keep on hand for each worker according to the jobs and tasks they perform.

4) Safe Loading and Unloading

Loading and unloading heavy equipment and other items is another common cause of serious worker injury. Injuries from equipment rolling over and improper lifting techniques occur frequently. Use straight ramps cleared off all objects and debris. Always leave sufficient space between the equipment and all workers in case of emergency. Train your workers in proper loading and unloading procedures to lessen the chance for serious injury.

5) Construction in Water

Construction in water presents many opportunities for danger and injury. Ensure all your workers are equipped with proper tools, safety gear, and hazard training. Consider using an inflatable bladder dam as your dewatering solution to maximize safety and efficiency.

Better Productivity

Construction safety is essential for numerous reasons. At the end of the day, you are required by law to meet all regulatory safety requirements. Beyond that, however, when your workers feel safe, morale is higher, productivity is increased, and overall output is generally of higher quality. Safety must remain priority #1 Give your workers the best chance of success by providing, the safest, most productive environment possible.

To learn more about the use of inflatable bladder dams to increase worker safety and productivity, Contact Us.

Is the Aqua-Barrier® the Dewatering Solution You Need?

Is the Aqua-Barrier® the Dewatering Solution You Need?

Inflatable bladder dams are flexible, eco-friendly and quick to use. Most systems are installed in just one day, ensuring that you stay on schedule. No more putting projects on hold while you wait for costly dewatering. Time is money, and with an inflatable bladder dam, you can save both.

Aqua-Barrier®: The Ideal Dewatering Solution

Flexible, inflatable bladder dams are the tool of choice for dewatering. They’re easy to inflate, repair and are completely reusable. Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams are the most cost-effective way to dewater your site.  This prevents water from reentering the job site during construction. That is just one of the distinct differences that set the Aqua-Barrier® apart from other dewatering solutions.

1) Superior Construction

The Aqua-Barrier® consists of industrial grade vinyl coated polyester. This fabric features a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. The result is a durable, strong material made to withstand harsh conditions and a variety of terrains. This material allows for easy repairs, is reusable, and can be stored compactly.

2) Innovative Stabilization Method

Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams use internal baffles that lock into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. (This occurs as water drains from the worksite.) The amount of inflated barrier above the water level is called freeboard. To ensure stability, there should be at least 25% freeboard.  Aqua-Barriers® will shift to stabilize when exposed to uneven water pressure. In some cases, weak soil or hazardous conditions may require additional freeboard.  

3) Sizes for Every Scenario

Whether you’re working on a small residential boat ramp or large bridge, the Aqua-Barrier inflatable bladder dam can work for you.  They come in a variety of sizes, which makes it a versatile product for your worksite.

4) Easy Installation

Bladder dams are easy to install, no matter if you have no water, standing water, or moving water.  Installation calls for minimal manpower and machinery.  Inflatable bladder dams are easy to remove when dewatering is complete.  

Staying Competitive

Construction projects operate on tight schedules with firm deadlines.  Delays not only set the project behind but set the budget back as well.  With the Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dam there is minimal installation time, and removal leaves no trace of the device. It’s a simple solution to a big problem!

You can spend days hauling sandbags and dirt to your worksite, or you can Contact Us to learn more about inflatable bladder dams.

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is proud to announce we have rebranded as HSI Services, Inc! With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer water management expertise for various industries. More than a simple name change, we are excited to provide you our streamlined services and new products. HSI Services is ready to help with all your flood protection and dewatering needs.

About HSI Services, Inc.

HSI Services is dedicated to supporting our clients in achieving their objectives. We strive to provide the highest quality products and client services. We are committed to ongoing research and development to improve our existing products and develop new products to serve our client’s needs. Our objective is to offer the safest, most effective temporary cofferdams and flood barriers available to the industries we service.

What’s New

We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams and Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) even better with key enhancements and upgrades. In addition, we now also offer various other products and accessories to fully equip you for all your water management needs.

1) Improved Products

Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment to refine our material testing process. Our repair process has also been evaluated and improved.

2) Regional Equipment Rental

Check out our new regional equipment rental service featuring items such as water pumps, air compressors, light stands, and blast pots. These products make HSI Services your one-stop shop for dewatering and flood protection.

3) Accessories

You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops.  Your safety is important to us, so we offer the tools you need to get the job done right.

Superior Products

Our inflatable cofferdams remain the best in the market. We only use the highest quality materials, and all our products are reusable. For the best dewatering and flood protection solutions, choose HSI Services.

Read more on the Distinct Differences page on our website.

Ready to Serve You

At HSI Services, our goal is to continually improve our quality and increase the value we bring you. We strive for innovation, finding effective and cost-efficient ways to solve problems.  We are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in water management and making your job easier, faster, and better.

To learn more about our temporary cofferdams and rental equipment, Contact Us.

Choosing the Best Dewatering System

Choosing the Best Dewatering System

Dewatering is a necessary part of many construction projects. It allows you to clear the work site of water until construction is complete. Choosing the wrong system can prove disastrous, which is why the process can be so stressful! When choosing the best dewatering system for your project, carefully consider each option.

Which Dewatering System Works Best for You?

Every project brings with it a unique set of ground conditions. Other factors, like weather, tide and water level must also be considered. Choosing the best dewatering system will ensure that the site stays dry and safe for workers. The right equipment can make a big impact on the timely completion of the project.

Assess Your Needs

Consider the scale of your project when choosing a dewatering system. Also, take into account the project timeline. A small-scale project should not take long to complete and should not need a complex dewatering system. If the project is in an area at risk for erosion, steps should be taken to protect the environment around the site.

Inflatable Cofferdam

The simplest option for dewatering is the use of an inflatable cofferdam. Better than sandbags and traditional cofferdams, this innovative type of cofferdam is simple to install and remove when the project is over with minimal manpower and machinery. It’s used to protect a working area against a large influx of water. The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam, for example, can be reused and repaired, cutting down on waste. Cofferdams can be used for bridge construction, boat ramp renovation, and dam repairs.

Caisson

Another option would be a caisson, which can be constructed onshore and floated to the site. This option would be appropriate for underwater construction on a very large project. A caisson is a permanent structure and is not removed once the project is done. It usually acts as a foundation for all or part of the structure once finished. Anchoring a bridge is one example.

Get Started

Each project is different, but dewatering has become easier than ever. Tried and true methods have been enhanced and improved with new technologies. Consider upgrading your dewatering system to inflatable cofferdams to keep your competitive edge.

To learn more dewatering your next project with inflatable cofferdams, Contact Us.