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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.

Contact us for flooding solutions, including the Aqua-Barrier® Flood Protection.

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.

7 Winter Preparedness Tips for Your Business

7 Winter Preparedness Tips for Your Business

Whether you work at a construction site or high-rise office building, the winter season brings a myriad of potential issues. No matter what the weather elements are, your business should be prepared to withstand any kind of emergency during the winter months. This season, don’t neglect to make winter preparedness a priority for the safety of you and all of your employees.

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Getting Your Business Ready for Cold Weather

As the weather forecasts start to predict cooler temperatures, the chance of snow and ice storms are increasing. Between the safety of your employees and the condition of your work environment, it’s important to know how to prepare for winter weather. Pay attention to these 7 winter preparedness tips for your business this season.

  1. Sign up for weather alerts
  2. Learn the severity of weather conditions
  3. Backup computers and secure important documents
  4. Create an emergency supply kit
  5. Perform regular exterior maintenance
  6. Make a communication plan for family members
  7. Consider temporarily shutting down

1) Sign up for weather alerts

It’s important to confirm that your cell phone is charged and able to receive weather alerts. In the event of a power outage or internet crash, your cell phone will likely be your main source of information. Whether it’s a weather app or email notification, pay attention to incoming weather, especially in the winter.

2) Learn the severity of weather conditions

If there’s a chance of severe weather near your workplace, it’s important to understand what the weather forecasts are predicting. In the case of a weather watch, the conditions are favorable and should be monitored. In comparison, a tornado severe thunderstorm, or ice storm warning indicates that a storm has already developed and is headed your way. In the winter, the severity of any thunderstorm is heightened due to freezing temperatures, hailstorms, and strong winds.

3) Backup computers and secure important documents

As you begin to prepare your business for the winter, don’t forget about your important data! In the case of a system crash, your files should be backed up on a separate hard drive. In the same way, your paper documents should be kept in a waterproof safe to guard against water leaks.

4) Create an emergency supply kit

An emergency supply kit should always be readily available to your employees. Don’t forget to include first aid equipment and an outside power generator to your supplies, especially for cooler temperatures. As a business owner, you should make sure your emergency kit includes a backup heating element for your employees. Body heat might keep everyone warm temporarily but it’s important to watch for against signs of frostbite in the winter, especially during a severe storm.

Pro Tip: Your emergency kit should also include a water barrier and shelter for your employees. Unfortunately, flooding and freezing temperatures could be a potentially deadly combination.

5) Perform regular exterior maintenance

No matter what the season, there should be a standard maintenance plan for the outside of your business. From caulking and weather-stripping your roof to protect your water pipes from freezing, it’s important to stay ahead of the freezing temperatures. If flooding or snowfall is predicted, we recommend installing a metal flood barrier for your doorway.

6) Make a communication plan for family members

Whether it’s an emergency situation or severe storm threat, your organization should have a communication plan prepared. If a family member is unable to make contact with one of your team members, consider sending text alerts or social media posts to keep them informed.

7) Consider temporarily shutting down

At the end of the day, your employees are your priority. If severe winter weather is predicted, let your team have the day off until conditions improve. In a matter of minutes, the weather could change and threaten their ability to drive home. Be sure to pay attention to weather forecasts and make changes to your work schedule if necessary.

Keeping Your Worksite Safe

The importance of getting your business or construction site prepared for extreme weather, especially in the winter, can’t be stressed enough. If you’re the owner or manager of your business, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your office or worksite is safe for your employees. If a winter storm were to unexpectedly head your way, will your business be ready?

How is your business getting prepared for winter? Share with us on social media!

Protect Your Business from Floodwaters

Protect Your Business from Floodwaters

Hurricane season lasts through the end of November 2019, and every new tropical storm forming in the Gulf brings the possibility of flooding along the coast. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a flooded home or business knows the huge amount of money and work involved in returning to normal. A much better solution to the problem is to act preventively and guard against flooding in the first place. What kind of commercial flood control measures have you set in place?

Protecting your commercial property from floodwaters involves plenty of work ahead of time. However, the safety of your business is well worth the investment of time and effort. Try these tried-and-true methods to keep flooding away from your workplace.

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Install Barriers on the Doors

If you aren’t expecting the floodwaters to get very high, you can protect your business by simply blocking off the entrances with waterproof barriers. One excellent choice for these barriers is the EZDam, a 3-4 foot tall metal cover that installs perfectly over a standard-sized door. The EZDam is easy to install or remove once the waters have receded, and because of its small size, storage is also simple. In a pinch, an EZDam is the perfect flood barrier for moderate water levels.

Acquire an Aqua-Barrier

Unfortunately, sometimes floodwaters may be too high for an EZDam to handle. That’s where the Aqua-Barrier comes in. This inflatable cofferdam is capable of holding off 6 feet of water when fully inflated. Before the flood arrives, simply unroll the Aqua-Barrier, inflate it with water, and overlap the ends for a fully watertight seal. A few hours of prep work will save you hundreds of hours and countless dollars on repairing water damage later!

Prepare the Interior

Unfortunately, sometimes water still manages to get inside your business. After preventive measures like flood barriers, the best thing you can do is prep the inside of your business for even a low amount of water. Store important documents and supplies on high shelves or remove them from the building entirely. Cover any appliances in waterproof materials and store them in a dry area. The fewer things are left in your business to potentially suffer damage, the better.

Pro Tip: If you can’t move a particular object that could take damage (like a checkout stand in a grocery store), make sure you’ve insured it. Even if you can’t avoid damage, insurance will make the repair process easier.

Reliable Flood Protection for Your Property

Temporary flood barriers will do an excellent job keeping water out of your commercial property, drastically reducing the need for cleanup or damage control afterward. Better yet, since you won’t need to spend a huge amount of time getting back on your feet, you’ll avoid expensive downtime and get your business up and running again in record time. Why wait to clean up flood damage? Take charge of preventive measures and decide what type of commercial flood control you’ll be using this fall!

Connect with us for more information on avoiding the flood threat this hurricane season.

3 Sandbag Alternatives

3 Sandbag Alternatives

What immediately comes to mind when you think about flood prevention? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine building walls out of sandbags to hold back the water. Sandbags have indeed been used for many years and are a reasonably effective way to prevent water damage. However, they’re far from a perfect solution. Laying down sandbags costs valuable time, and even then water can leak between the cracks. For modern businesses, the problem of flooding requires a better solution.

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Modern Flood Protection Solutions

As technology improves, better flood protection solutions are supplanting sandbags as the go-to flood barrier. These sandbag alternatives prevent flood damage while also reducing the time needed to set them up, the environmental impact of sandbags, and potential leakage of floodwater. Which of these is right for your business?

  1. Traditional cofferdams
  2. Inflatable barriers
  3. Metal flood barriers

1) Traditional Cofferdams

Cofferdams made of steel or concrete have been nearly as popular as sandbags for many years. While they do a good job holding back floodwaters, these cofferdams also present a cleanup challenge. Hauling away all the building materials can cost valuable time and money and potentially leave waste behind. Besides, who has the time to build a concrete wall when a flood is on the way?

2) Inflatable Barriers

Why not make the floodwater itself block the flood? With an inflatable bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier, the floodwater fills the bladder to form a wall. A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back as much as 6 ft of water and silt, protecting your business from any further damage. Once the flood is over, just drain the water. Not only is an inflatable flood barrier a great way to take advantage of your circumstances, but it also provides an environmentally friendly, waste-free solution.

Pro Tip: Install the Aqua-Barrier on a dry surface as a preventive measure against a flood. Setup is simple–just unroll and fill with water!

3) Metal Flood Barriers

While an inflatable dam will help hold back really deep floodwaters, a less threatening flood can be diverted with a metal barrier such as the EzDam. These dams fit perfectly over doorways and can block 3-4 ft of flood water. These barriers completely eliminate the need for any cleanup or disposal of your dam afterward–you don’t even have to drain them as you would an inflatable dam. Just move them out of the way once the water’s all gone!

Protecting Your Business

Water damage is expensive to repair and has the potential to get worse if the water is allowed to stay for too long. Additionally, the more repairs your business requires, the longer you’ll have to wait to start serving customers again, costing even more money. Take advantage of these high-quality sandbag alternatives to keep your business safe from flooding and get back to work as soon as possible.

Want to see our flood barriers in action? Connect with us to see how the Aqua-Barrier and other flood protection can keep back damaging water.

5 Solutions to Flooding

5 Solutions to Flooding

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What Steps Can I Take to Protect My Business From Flooding?

When you are appropriately ready with flood insurance, a solid risk assessment plan, and useful tools like an Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam, you can be less likely to experience damage to your business and assets. Here are five ways to make sure you are prepared for the next flood in your area.

  1. Flood Insurance
  2. Risk Assessment Plan
  3. Metal Flood Barriers
  4. Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam
  5. Always Be Prepared

1) Flood Insurance

It is imperative that you get flood coverage for your business–just in case. Typically, property insurance does not cover floods, so make sure to get the additional coverage through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.

2) Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. To prepare for a flood, consider an evacuation plan, as well as what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, and how to best keep them safe during a flooding disaster.

3) Metal Flood Barriers

A metal flood barrier can be a great way to help shield your business from high-velocity water loads. These highly resistant metal flooding protection systems have a long and effective flood barrier in flood-prone areas all over the world.

ProTip: Metal flood barriers can be installed across specific openings or as a perimeter defense to help protect from flooding.

4) Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier for commercial areas. Using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property. The Aqua-Barrier® is less timely to use compared to sandbags and is the environmentally friendly approach to flood protection.

5) Always Be Prepared

Minimizing potential water damage comes down to always being prepared. You can help keep your commercial company safe by keeping routine maintenance, such as keeping gutters and drains cleared, and that sump pumps are always in working order.

Top Solutions to Flood Prevention

The more prepared you are for a flood by creating a solid risk assessment plan and having the best tools ready, you can help protect your business from going underwater when floods are a threat.

Looking for a smart way to help protect your company from natural disasters like flooding? Join the conversation to learn how to keep your business dry.