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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.

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

The impact of a flood doesn’t end when waters recede. The damage left in the wake of a flood isn’t limited to homes but can impact workplaces, schools, and infrastructure. This halts normal life and can make those affected feel powerless. It’s important to have a plan to guide you through this difficult time.

The Importance of Stress Management in Flood Recovery

The devastation of a flood can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. It’s crucial to keep your emotional wellbeing in mind.  Although it’s an incredibly stressful process, pace yourself by taking recovery one step at a time.

Get Organized

The first step in flood recovery is organization. Take inventory of everything you have, then make a list of items you still need to salvage or replace.  Prioritize items of particular value or importance, and note where they can be found in your home.  

Assess the Damage

Once it’s safe for you to survey damage to your home or workplace, be sure to bring a digital camera.  Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage by taking photos or video. This is important to do before you make any attempts to dewater or make repairs. Even if you don’t have flood insurance, pictures are helpful and sometimes necessary when applying for government disaster assistance. Keep in mind that flood water may be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Wear rubber gloves and boots any time you come in contact with flood water.

Register With FEMA

When a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by the government, property owners have access to more significant resources. This can include access to financial assistance and temporary housing. Your flood insurance company may have more information, but if you don’t have that, you can contact FEMA directly.

Salvage

Mold can develop in as little as 24 hours after a flood. Once you’ve documented the damage, it’s vital to remove wet material, such as carpeting and bedding. If furniture is submerged for more than a day, those items will likely need to be disposed of.

Weigh Future Options

Deciding whether to rebuild your home or cut your losses and move is a difficult one. This dilemma weighs financial concerns, sentimental attachments, and future risk.  This is especially true for homes that are not in floodplains or previously considered to be at risk for flooding. It can help to speak with a professional about what the best options are.  

Practice Prevention

Looking towards the future, it’s important to make sure you have a plan of action for flooding. Keep all vital documents, such as birth certificates, passports and emergency cash in one location. Keeping these items secure and portable will allow you to grab them quickly in the event of an impending flood.  Learn more about flood insurance policies available to you, and consider investing in a temporary inflatable bladder dam to protect your home from flood damage.  

Hope For The Best, Plan For the Worst

Flooding can happen almost anywhere, but especially if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, coastline or bayou. While no one wants to think about natural disasters, it’s important to prepare for anything.  Keeping an emergency kit with important documents, food, water, and clothing, is always a good idea. Being proactive in the face of uncertainty can give you a sense of control and reassurance to carry you through difficult times.

Contact Us to learn more about inflatable water dams for flood prevention.

Storm Preparedness: Why NOW is the Time to Think About Winter Storms

Storm Preparedness: Why NOW is the Time to Think About Winter Storms

While the Gulf Coast endures the wrath of hurricane season and wildfires consume lands in the west and northwest, winter storm preparedness may be the furthest thing from your mind. But snowmelt flooding can be just as devastating as the inland flooding brought on by the wrath of Harvey and Irma. And the time to prepare is NOW.

Inflatable bladder dams used for flood protection are in high demand following the recent devastation experienced by Texas, Florida and other regions in the Gulf Coast. At Hydrological Solutions, we are receiving dozens of calls and emails daily with the request to ship our WIPP® system ASAP in anticipation of other hurricanes or tropical storms that may develop over the season. We are working quickly to fill these orders but as a gentle reminder … as much as we would like to, we cannot ship during a major storm! That is why now is the perfect time to think about preparing for the upcoming winter storm season.

The Dangers of Snowmelt Flooding

Movies tend to depict the beauty of snow. Blankets of pure white snow falling on the ground. Kids (and adults!) run outside with huge grins on their face ready to make snow angels, snowmen or participate in winter sports such as sledding and skiing. Couples meeting under the mistletoe with snow falling in their hair… you get the picture.

If you live in an area prone to snow, you know that this is a very small portion of the reality of snowstorms. As the weather gets warmer, these massive amounts of snow begin to melt and the water has to go somewhere! Snow can be dirty and downright dangerous. Snowmelt flooding can quickly submerge your home or business. Winter storm preparedness should begin now to help you keep these investments secure.

Winter Storm Preparedness with WIPP®

As we enter the fall season, soon to be followed by winter, we urge you to think about winter storm preparedness and all that entails. Consider adding the WIPP® to help keep snowmelt flood waters from consuming your property. The WIPP® provides maximum flood protection for residential and commercial properties, reducing the actual damage that can occur during snowmelt flooding.

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At Hydrological Solutions, we are pleased to be able to help you protect your properties with our patented Water Inflated Property Protector. Contact Us Now to find out the best time to get your order in to be sure you are prepared for the upcoming winter storm season.

Flood Protection: Choose Preventative and Restorative Methods

Flood Protection: Choose Preventative and Restorative Methods

The best form of flood protection will include both preventative and restorative measures. Inland flooding is one of the biggest causes of property damage and/or loss and threatens the lives of millions of people at a time. Even if you are not directly affected by flooding, the looming threat can cause lingering anxiety for anyone.

Texas can attest to this after Hurricane Harvey hovered over the great state for days engulfing areas that had never flooded before with its savage waters. Harvey alone has caused billions of dollars in accumulative damage over multiple counties in Texas. Whether in Texas or other areas prone to flooding, you need a reliable and effective method to protect your business, homes and work sites from natural disasters where flooding is a threat. 

Flood Protection vs. Flood Restoration

As Hurricane Irma threatens Florida and other states along the East Coast, those affected by Harvey will continue to face months, even years, of restoration. Many businesses in flooded areas are scrambling to repair and reopen and for many, it’s not the first time. Much to the dismay of loyal customers and patrons, some businesses in heavily affected areas have decided to close their doors for good.

While flood insurance will help many of these businesses get back on their feet, nobody should have to face this scenario again. Especially if it can be prevented. That’s why many business owners are turning to flood protection as an added measure to help keep their property safe. 

Inflatable bladder dams like Hydrological Solutions’ Water-Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) keep flooding waters from enveloping businesses and other structures.

The WIPP® is the most popular method of flood protection and here are several reasons why:

  1. It’s easy to deploy and easy to remove.
  2. Foreign materials are not needed – the WIPP® is filled with water – a powerful force against itself.
  3. The WIPP®, like all of Hydrological Solutions products, is environmentally friendly and reusable.
  4. It can be used for both residential and commercial properties.
  5. The WIPP® effectively reduces your risk for flood damage and minimizes any actual damage that may occur, maximizing flood protection for your property.

The Time to Act is Now

Many homeowners and businesses are finding peace of mind in the WIPP® for flood protection. However, it’s important to not wait until the storm hits to prepare. If you are in an area where flooding is likely to occur this hurricane season or any other time throughout the year, you’ll want to go ahead and secure flood protection now. Contact Us us to learn more about how the WIPP® can help you protect your home or business today.

Using Inflatable Bladder Dams for Flood Protection

Using Inflatable Bladder Dams for Flood Protection

Whether a work site, commercial building, or a house, flood damage can be devastating. It can cause thousands of dollars of water damage and put your projects seriously behind schedule. You need a reliable and effective method to protect buildings and work sites against flooding.

The Best Option for Flood Protection

More effective than conventional methods, inflatable bladder dams like Hydrological Solutions’ Water-Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) keep the flood waters away from work sites and other structures. It is the best option for flood protection for the following reasons:

1) Easy to deploy

The WIPP is easily deployed and removed from your property. It can be installed several times faster than conventional flood protection methods. With as little as 2 people, installation of the WIPP requires minimal man labor and heavy equipment. This reduces the potential for injuries and saves you money.

2) Foreign materials not needed

WIPP is inflated with water typically available on site. Foreign materials are not needed to fill the cofferdams as with sandbags.

3) Environmentally safe

WIPP is reusable over a period of years. There are also no hazardous materials to dispose of when removing it from the property. This makes WIPP a much more environmentally safe option.

4) For residential and commercial areas

WIPP can be used to protect your work site from an impending flood. It can also be used to protect a commercial building, a house, or other structures. Simply deploy the bladder dam before the flood waters arrive.

5) Effective flood protection

The WIPP system effectively reduces your risk for damage and minimizes actual damage to valuable property for businesses and consumers. It maximizes the protection of work sites, buildings, houses, and other structures during flooding.  

Easy, Effective Flood Protection

Though flood waters can rise quickly, flooding normally doesn’t take you by surprise. When you know flooding is likely coming, it’s time to deploy your flood protection method of choice. Why not choose the easier, safer, and more effective option? Make WIPP your choice for flood prevention today.

To learn more about safer, more effective solutions for flood prevention and dewatering, Contact Us.