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Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

We all know how devastating a hurricane storm can be, especially during the peak of hurricane season 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 19 to 25 named storms and 7-11 hurricanes. Also, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season might be worse due to a La Nina expected to develop a few months ahead.

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So, you need to start thinking of hurricane preparedness to protect your family and property when a storm is forming. Otherwise, you may not reverse all the damages caused when the hurricane or tropical storm hits hard. Thankfully, we’ll look at what you should do to prepare adequately for the hurricane season 2020. Let’s get started!

Construction Site Preparedness

The best way to protect a construction site from the devastating impacts of hurricanes is by creating a hurricane preparedness plan. Once a climate prediction center has named an impending hurricane, figure out what to do before, during, and after the hurricane activity.

Here are some ways to prepare a construction site for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Keep the site clean and well-maintained for quick emergency procedures
  • Deploy a water inflated property protector around the site to prevent flooding
  • Secure or move potential projectiles indoors, including the scaffolding

Pro Tip: You should always monitor the weather once the National Hurricane Center has mentioned an impending hurricane storm in your area.

School Safety Preparedness

Most schools use flood insurance policies to cover damage costs caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. However, there are measures you can take to prevent or mitigate the damages.

Here are some of the ways to prepare your school for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Devise an effective communication plan to inform everyone of potential floods
  • Create a flood emergency plan to promote the safety of everyone in the school
  • Install an inflatable flood barrier around school buildings to prevent flooding
  • Move computers and other expensive electronics to higher levels

Business Property Preparedness

If you’ve set up a business in a hurricane-prone area, you need to protect it from the storm’s impacts, such as flooding. Otherwise, your property might get damaged.

Here are the ways to prepare your business property for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Move treasured or expensive items such as furniture to higher levels
  • Invest in a water inflated property protector to protect your property from floods
  • Communicate a hurricane emergency plan with all your employees
  • Clear gutters and drainage systems to carry away water from your property

Are You Ready for the Next Storm?

An effective hurricane preparedness plan can help prevent or mitigate the storms’ destructive impacts during the hurricane season 2020. Major hurricanes such as Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Katrina can be catastrophic and require you to take advanced safety measures. Just follow all the tips we’ve discussed to protect your family and property.

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Flood Preparedness Checklist for Business Owners

Flood Preparedness Checklist for Business Owners

A flood preparedness checklist can help you avert the devastating impacts of floodwater on your business. This is especially important if you live in a flood-prone region like southern Texas. Although you can use flood insurance to reinstate your business, some damages are irreversible. It’s better to prevent the damages than to repair them.

Many regions in the United States experience unpredictable storms and flooding. While you may not always have a lot of warning, any preparation you can do ahead of time will help you immensely in an emergency. We’ve come up with an effective flood preparation checklist to get you started.

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Protect Items Inside the Building

If you have items that can get damaged easily by floodwater, you need to move them to safer points in your office. Move the delicate items to the second floor or at least a very high shelf to protect them from water.

Items you should work hard to keep protected include:

  • Photographs
  • Artwork/decor
  • Furniture
  • File folders
  • Papers

Pro Tip: Keep digital backups of all your business paperwork. If the physical copies are destroyed or lost in a flood, you won’t lose any important data.

Cover Fragile Equipment

Another way to prepare for floods is by covering the critical equipment that flood water can destroy in your commercial property. Cover these items when you get a flood warning:

  • Office computers
  • Field machinery
  • Business equipment
  • Important storage units (eg., filing cabinets)
  • Any furniture that is too big or heavy to move

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Before evacuating to a safer place, you need to prepare your emergency box. Pack everything in a waterproof container that you can easily grab and run at a moment’s notice. Your emergency pack should include:

  • 3 days’ worth of water and non-perishable food per person you’re evacuating with
  • Weather radio (preferably powered by a hand crank)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Any specialized medical supplies you require

Invest in Anti-Flooding Equipment

Installing a water barrier, such as the Aqua-Barrier, around your property is the best way to prepare for impending floods. Simply position the barrier around your business and fill it with water prior to the flood arriving. Our specialized flood barrier will keep out floodwaters up to 5 feet deep and protect your business from severe water damage.

Protect Your Business

Floods are one of the most devastating natural disasters, making preparation ahead of time essential. Remember to protect delicate items in the building, prepare an emergency box, and invest in an inflatable barrier to keep the water at bay. Although flooding can present numerous challenges to your business, we at Hydrological Solutions are ready to help protect your business from floodwaters.

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School Safety: Developing a Flood Preparation Plan

School Safety: Developing a Flood Preparation Plan

Across the United States, floods account for major property damage and lost lives each year. Texas in particular leads the nation in flood risk and fatalities each year. By having a proper emergency plan in place, your school can mitigate the risk of flood damage.

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5 Keys to Flood Emergency Preparedness

Flash floods can occur when we least expect it. Develop a proper flood preparation plan by following the following five steps:

  1. Planning Ahead
  2. Training Teachers How to Respond
  3. Setting Up a Communication System
  4. Protecting School Property
  5. Arranging Safe Transportation

1) Planning Ahead

It is important to develop a plan well in advance of an actual flooding emergency. This will help minimize the chaos that may occur in case of a flood. As your plan evolves, keep everyone at the school updated at all times. The administration and students must know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. 

2) Training Teachers on How to Respond

Making sure your teachers know how to respond in the case of a flash flood emergency is extremely important. This is even more critical for large campuses with a significant number of students. Hold regular reviews of flood safety protocols to ensure your teachers are up-to-date on what to do in case of an emergency.

3) Setting Up a Communication System

Set up a solid communication plan to disseminate information out to the school population. Whatever method you choose, ensure that it delivers the message quickly. Plenty of effective communication tools exist to make the process easier–for instance, many schools use automated texts and calls or special apps to alert students and staff. Find a way to keep everyone updated in real-time.

4) Protecting School Property

Schools typically have expensive equipment and property that isn’t easy to repair. Consider purchasing an inflatable flood barrier that can easily be placed around campus during flood seasons. Additionally, consider placing expensive equipment, such as computers and lab equipment, in higher levels of the building. Floods will rarely rise beyond the first floor of the building, allowing anything on the second floor to escape relatively unscathed.

Pro Tip: If your school is in a high-risk flash flood area, consider purchasing flood insurance that covers damage to your property and equipment. 

5) Arranging Safe Transportation

During flash flood season, arrange safe transportation for your staff and students so that they can get home quickly and safely. For example, if the risk of flash floods is high, consider implementing extra buses that can take students and staff home. Make sure any vehicles you use are sturdy and can withstand heavy rain.

In rare cases, evacuation may not be possible. This is when your preparations ahead of time become potential lifesavers. Get students to higher levels of the school building and stay away from the floodwaters until help arrives.

Safety Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

When it comes to natural disasters, flash floods can inflict serious damage on property and equipment. By implementing strict safety protocols, you can mitigate the damage of property and ensure your staff and students are safe from any harm. Follow the guidelines above and develop a flood preparation plan to protect your students, administration, and property from damage in case of flooding.

Get in touch with us for more information about your school’s potential flood risk and how to prepare.

Hurricane Safety Tips to Ride Out the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Safety Tips to Ride Out the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are one of the most devastating natural events in the world. From major flooding, mandatory evacuations, property damage, and even fatalities, hurricanes can quickly cause destruction wherever they land. As the peak of hurricane season approaches, it’s important to know all the hurricane safety tips to keep your family safe. 

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Preparing to Hunker Down

When hurricanes hit land, they can create tornadoes, torrential rains, tropical storms, and landslides. These events can cause widespread devastations, such as deaths and property losses. In response, it’s important for both home and business owners to prepare early in order to avoid the devastating impacts of hurricanes.

Here are five hurricane safety tips to help you ride out the 2020 hurricane season.

  1. Keep your fridge as cold as possible
  2. Don’t enter the floodwaters
  3. Stay on higher ground
  4. Cover your windows
  5. Stock up on emergency supplies

1) Keep Your Fridge as Cold as Possible

Place a thermometer inside your fridge to ensure the temperature remains food safe when the power goes out. A refrigerator can keep your food cold for up to four hours and a freezer will continue to stay cold for up 48 hours. If you have a fridge, you can make freeze packs to keep it cold when the power goes out for more than four hours. In the event of a power outage, be sure to keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed.

2) Don’t Enter the Floodwaters

Flooding caused by hurricanes is devastating, especially in places where it isn’t adequate drainage in place. To avoid getting swept away by water currents, stay out of floodwaters. Most importantly, don’t drive in flooded areas. If the flooding comes into contact with the electricity grid, it can be hazardous to get into floodwater. Dire consequences such as electrocution could occur.

3) Stay on Higher Ground

If you live in an area prone to flooding or a hurricane evacuation zone, consider moving to higher ground to stay away from the floodwater. If your home or business starts to flood when you’re inside, move upstairs or to the attic where water cannot reach you. Remember to carry essential supplies with you, such as drinking water and food.

4) Cover Your Windows

When a hurricane hits hard, many pieces of debris can fly uncontrollably and shatter your windows. To guard against sharp flying glasses, be sure to cover all the windows in your home before the hurricane winds strike. Use affordable DIY fixes, such as hurricane films or marine plywood covers.

Pro Tip: Install plastic, metal, or fabric pieces on the windows or high-impact glass to protect against flying debris during a major storm.

5) Stock Up on Emergency Supplies

Emergency plans and supplies are essential, especially if you live in high-risk areas. As you assemble an emergency kit, be sure to include all the materials for first aid and medical supplies. If you use life-support devices that use electricity, get a generator to supply power during an outage. Other emergency supplies might include flashlights, batteries, and a weather radio that picks up frequencies from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Be Ready for Severe Weather

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, follow these hurricane safety tips to keep your family and property safe. If a hurricane is headed your way, don’t forget to cover your windows, move to higher ground, and stock emergency supplies for your safety. By being prepared beforehand, you can ensure that you will be ready for whatever major storm is forecasted in your area.

For more information regarding flood protection and severe weather preparedness, contact our team today.

Effects of Flooding in 2020

Effects of Flooding in 2020

Floods are no joke. The impact they leave on the local community and environment can still be felt years after the disaster. Even minor floods can do a remarkable amount of damage.

Understanding the dangerous effects of flooding is an important step in understanding flood safety. Knowing the risks gives you an idea of how to respond to an approaching flood, both proactively and after the fact. Let’s take a closer look at the impact a flood might have on a local community.

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Local Populations

Towns or neighborhoods in the path of a flood experience significant devastation. People’s homes are damaged or destroyed entirely. Others may only suffer a loss of power or running water, but extended periods of either can make life very difficult. But there are more hazards than the immediate danger of a flood. Floodwaters can bring diseases, wild animals, and hazardous substances uncomfortably close to local residents. Even a mild flood affects everyone in some fashion.

Environmental Consequences

Floods can devastate local animal populations for rather obvious reasons. However, a more significant risk comes from the substances floodwaters tend to spread. Gas, oil, biohazardous waste, trash, and even nuclear waste in one recorded incident can spread for miles from their point of origin. This is dangerous enough for people living in the affected area–imagine the impact that can have on the surrounding plant and animal life!

Economic Impact

Floods cause extensive damage, and repairing that damage costs a significant amount of money to both residents and local governments. From rebuilding homes and businesses to deploying emergency response teams, there’s no shortage of costly requirements for recovery. Impacted communities may not fully recover for years to come.

Pro Tip: When it comes to floods, the best long-term strategy is to be proactive. Learn what you can do ahead of time to reduce the risk of flooding and reduce the impact when it does happen.

Picking Up the Pieces

Floods can devastate large areas, displace many people, and cause significant damage to infrastructure and natural environments alike. Fortunately, there’s always hope after a flood. Working with your community and emergency workers can help rebuild the area and prepare for a future flood.

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Flash Floods vs. Floods

Flash Floods vs. Floods

We’ve all received weather alerts before, whether via text message, radio broadcast, or TV spot. While most of these alerts present straightforward information, sometimes certain types of alerts can seem redundant. This is particularly obvious when you realize we receive different alerts for flash floods and floods in general. Why is this distinction necessary?

Flash floods are a different category of flood all their own. Either type can cause significant damage, but a flash flood forms and moves much faster than a typical flood. This makes flash floods especially dangerous. Understanding the difference between flash floods vs floods will give you an idea of how much danger you’re in the next time you get a flood alert.

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Characteristics of Common Flooding

The National Weather Service’s definition of a flood is short, sweet, and to the point: “ an overflow of water onto normally dry land.” While this definition is technically broad enough to encompass both flash floods and slower flooding, the term “flood” refers to a generally slow process. Water levels creep up over hours or even days as rain overflows nearby bodies of water or combines with other factors to create a perfect storm. The major 2019 flood in the midwestern United States illustrates a rather complex set of conditions for flooding. Increased rainfall from the previous year caused the ground to freeze solid when winter came, and as the snow began to melt later on, the water had nowhere to drain and spread out, causing widespread flooding.

Characteristics of Flash Floods

Unlike floods that require a gradual buildup of the right conditions, flash floods can occur seemingly out of the blue. The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as a sudden influx of water into a dry area, often within a time period of 6 hours or less. Culprits can range from heavy rain to a collapsing dam nearby.

As Popular Mechanics succinctly puts it, the difference between a flash flood and a typical flood is “the difference between simmering and rapid destruction.” Floods bring a gradual increase in water level and can cause widespread damage over a long period of time. On the other hand, flash floods occur in mere hours or minutes and rip through river beds or streets, lasting much less time but causing as much or even more destruction.

Pro Tip: A flash flood warning signifies a higher level of danger than a more common flood warning. Get to high ground fast!

Staying Safe During Hurricane Season

As 2020’s hurricane season continues, it never hurts to brush up on your preparations for severe weather. That definitely includes understanding the differences between a flood and a much more immediately dangerous flash flood. But at the end of the day, remember that floodwaters of any kind are never safe. Stay out of the water and get to high ground immediately!

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