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The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.

Business Flood Recovery Guide

Every business is in jeopardy of experiencing a serious threat from flooding that can halt operations. This flood recovery guide can help you be ready for when a flood comes and affects your business. Click To Tweet

  1. Disaster Plan
  2. Risk Assessment
  3. IT Systems Back Up
  4. Recovery Resources
  5. Apply for Assistance

1) Disaster Plan

Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:

  • Staff emergency contact numbers
  • Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
  • List of supplier and their contacts
  • Operations and administration procedures
  • Asset inventories
  • IT inventories
  • Communication system specifications
  • Maintenance agreements
  • Insurance information

2) Risk Assessment

It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.

3) IT Systems Back Up

Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.

4) Recovery Resources

If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.

5) Apply for Assistance

After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.

Flood Recovery: Be Prepared

Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.

Contact us to learn more about our flood recovery guide and how you can keep your business safe from the next flood.

6 Aqua-Barrier® Facts That Might Surprise You

6 Aqua-Barrier® Facts That Might Surprise You

An Aqua-Barrier® is the essential tool when you are working on a dewatering project. These inflatable dams are used in a variety of jobs including the construction of boat ramps, bridges, dams, for concrete repair, pipeline construction and more. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is used for a multitude of jobs that require temporary water storage or dewatering solutions. Click To Tweet

Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam Facts

The Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam is an essential tool in many construction projects, but there are some interesting facts that many people aren’t aware of. Here are six Aqua-Barrier® facts that just might surprise you!

1) Withstand Invasive Waters

You know that cofferdams can help stop the flow of water, but did you know that they can actually withstand invasive flood waters? The pounding waves from floods can cause severe damage, but the internal baffle system locks into place, making the perfect barrier, even with the pressures of invasive water.

2) Easy to Install

One might think an inflatable dam might be difficult to install, but it’s quite the opposite! The Aqua-Barrier® can be installed in two easy and basic ways depending on if the water is moving or still. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your home, workplace, or construction site.

3) Cost Effective

You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it will actually save you money! Prior to inflatable dams, most people opted for sand-bags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost of using sandbags averages around $5.00 per sandbag and most use around 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.

4) Eco-Friendly Alternative

An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the environmentally friendly alternative to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. It takes roughly 20 minutes to install and is also quick to put away.

5) Versatile Locations

One of the top reasons for using an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable dam is because it can successfully be installed and used on any type of terrain in any location. All that is typically needed is a pump and an abundance of water and it will be inflated and working in no time at all.

6) Stopping Wildfires

Not only do Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dams help prevent flooding and erosion, they are also an ideal tool for stopping wildfires in drought-stricken areas. The inflatable dam can be filled and used as a water storage in areas where fires are expected.

Staying Dry with Inflated Cofferdams

A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for protecting your business or your home. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.

Contact us to learn more Aqua-Barrier® facts.

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.

3 Extreme Dangers of Winter Weather

3 Extreme Dangers of Winter Weather

A wintery day with snow on the ground is a truly beautiful sight to behold.  Despite this, it’s important to remember that the breathtaking beauty hides very real dangers. Each year as temperatures drop, Americans risk injury and death due to exposure to cold, car accidents, and CO poisoning caused by the improper use of heaters. Even when Sping begins to approach, the threat of flooding can linger.

Be Prepared

It’s important to prepare yourself and your home in advance of adverse winter weather conditions. Weather stripping windows and doors, making sure your vehicle is winterized and having an emergency plan ready are just a few ways to prepare. There is a lot to think about when preparing for the cold season, so it’s crucial that you understand the dangers of winter weather:

1) Low Temperatures

Low temperatures put you at higher risk of hypothermia. When hypothermia sets in, your body jumps into action to protect your vital organs. Blood rushes to the core to keep your heart and lungs warm. However, that lack of circulation and blood in your extremities can causes them to freeze. In cases where the body temperature drops below 96, hypothermia sets in.  Symptoms include confusion, exhaustion and slurred speech.

2) Decreased Visibility

During snow storms and heavy snowfall, visibility might be restricted.  This can happen suddenly and without time to reach your destination, which is why it’s critical to heed weather warnings. Avoid driving, and stay close to home when the threat of winter storm warnings loom. In poor weather conditions with low visibility, it’s easy to get stuck or turned around.  This is made even more dangerous by dropping temperatures, which can form dangerous black ice on the roads

3) Carbon Monoxide Risks

During the winter months, people are at an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, invisible gas produced when fuels are not completely burned during use. Automobile exhaust is the most common source of CO, but generators, gas ranges and furnaces also produce it. When appliances and furnaces are improperly adjusted and used in poorly ventilated areas, dangerous amounts of CO can build up.  This is especially true if heavy snowfall has covered up air vents in your home.  Invest in a CO detector, and be sure to use gas-powered devices only as directed.

Snowmelt

As the weather begins to warm, you might think that the worst is over. However, the last risk of winter weather is snowmelt flooding. If there is packed snow and ice on the ground, warmer temperatures may translate to a lot of runoff, which can increase the risk of flooding. Areas near creeks, lakes, or mountain bases are in more danger than other areas. In the event of snowmelt flooding, the use of an Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam will be needed to dewater and make necessary repairs.

Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Winter Weather

Between the snowfall, temperature hazards and possibility of snowmelt flooding, winter packs a lot of dangers. It’s important to plan ahead, stay calm, and stick to your emergency plan.  Once the immediate danger has passed you can start assessing damages for repair.

To learn more about options for flood prevention and dewatering, Contact Us.