How Hurricane Katrina Inspired A Revolutionary New Disaster Shelter
Praetorian prides itself on recognizing revolutionary and innovative new technology in the field of disaster response, and so it is the case with the "Exo Shelter" Kudos to the designer Michael McDaniel for his perseverance in designing a quick deployment shelter.
The crisis that followed Hurricane Katrina eight years ago inspired Michael McDaniel to create EXO. The innovative emergency housing system offers a surprisingly simple alternative to house the over 32 million people who are displaced from natural disasters every year.
Praetorian Leak and Drip Sacks,
Praetorian AB-300 Domestic leak and drip sacks are an essential part of any Home, Business, Hotel/ Motel, or Multi-Family developments, plumbing defense. They are designed to absorb and contain domestic plumbing mishaps that can cost thousands if left unattended. The AB-300 absorbs 20 Lbs. of contaminated liquids from toilets, sinks, faucets, dishwashers, washing machines, hot water heaters, leaky roofs or, ice damming.
- Each sack contains a super absorbent polymer that swells on contact with sewage water
- The sacks are light weight and easy to stow
- They are easily deployable, just drop in overflowing toilet or around leak and they activate
- Absorbs approximately 30 lbs. of contaminated water
- Long Shelf life
If you manage a Hotel, Motel, or Apartment Complex the AB-300 is a must have!
If you have ever had to clean up after Grandpa's business that overflowed to the downstairs kitchen, then this product is for you.
If you have ever had a third story tenant's kid overflow the tub, and cause flooding on the second, and first floors, the AB300 should be in your arsenal of flood and leak defense.
From the Praetor's Office
Subtropical Storm Ana has formed off the southern Atlantic coast of the United States, making it the first named tropical system of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday night that Ana had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was centered about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The storm, which had been stationary over the past few hours was moving north at 2 mph (4 kph). Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for parts of both Carolinas, and the Hurricane Center also warns of rough surf and rip currents.
Ana is expected to deliver 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend, with some areas getting up to 6 inches.
Creating a Culture of Preparedness
During this post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina era, there has been more emphasis placed on government/FEMA preparedness, but the vast majority of Americans have not grabbed onto the need to be prepared at home and at work for potential disasters. One of the harshest lessons learned from recent disasters, especially Katrina, is that you are your own first responder.
We need to prepare ourselves, our families and our homes. In many cases, family and personal preparations can be fairly simple. All it takes is a shift in our thinking. Here’s an easy three-step jumpstart:
Step 1: Have a plan to evacuate;
Step 2: Have an emergency evacuation kit and three days’ supply of food and water on hand at your home; and
Step 3: Have a weather radio or some other means of staying informed. (When Granny's birthday comes around and you’re thinking of giving her one of those silver picture frames with a photo of the kids, give her a weather radio instead).
Of course, on a national scale the task is far more complex. The recent series of disasters in the United States and around the world have demonstrated with startling clarity that we are living in a “new normal.’’ In this new normal, we need a preparedness that is ingrained and intertwined in every part of our daily lives, but is mostly common sense and based in the American spirit.
To create a Culture of Preparedness, we need to focus "left of the disaster," which means investing in preparation. We can start by personally being Red Cross Ready www.redcross.organd making first aid and pandemic prevention and response required courses on a high school and college level.
We need to create a national preparedness plan, with a local civil defense corps. Government has to set standards for institutions like nursing homes and hospitals (they should be evacuated well before the general population). We need dual-trained teachers who can be disaster responders. We need generators in drugstores in each geographical area (if power is lost, people can still get medicine) and gas stations along all interstate highways. We need cell-phone towers that can be lowered before a storm and then raised after the storm.
Will these things be expensive at a time of economic hardship? Of course, but for every $1 spent on preparedness we can save up to $9 in response costs after a disaster.
It's time for America to wake up to this reality. Our task as Americans is to be ready. In this new normal, we have only two options: We can exist in fear and dependency, or we can do the responsible thing and live comfortably in a culture of preparedness.
I hope this Website and my ongoing efforts will help this become reality.
Lieutenant General Russell L. Honore
Staying in Contact, a matter of survival
The Mission of Praetorian is to arm its clients with lessons learned, best practices, and equipment that will mitigate the loss of life or property when catastrophic events occur.
Imagine this, A massive storm has just devastated your city, power is out with no signs of being restored, cell phones and towers are out, flashflood waters are quickly rising around your home and your family is completely cut off from any possible rescue or human contact. How will you know if there is an order to evacuate? How will you know which shelters are open? Calling 911 may not be an option.
Are you prepared?
Most Americans are not, because emergency preparedness is not what we like to think of. Staying informed could be a matter of life and death, that’s why, the US Department of Homeland Security mandates that every American home should have an emergency radio.
Something as simple as an inexpensive Dynamic/Turbine Crank Emergency Band NOAA Weather Radio, can keep you informed and updated when all else fails; The average cost of a good Emergency Band radio is roughly $50.00. Remember when a catastrophic event occurs, i.e., Hurricanes, Tornados, Chemical Spills, Riots, etc. Your local Office of Emergency Management continually broadcast over emergency channels providing lifesaving information and instructions to the public, if you are not connected you may be in danger and not know it.
Features of a good Dynamic Crank/Turbine Emergency Band NOAA Weather Radio are: (1) Redundant power sources, Power Crank, Solar Charger, AC adaptor, Internal Rechargeable Batteries, Regular Batteries, (2) Weather Alert, (3) FM and AM channels, (4) Weather Channels, (5) LED light, (6) LED Lamp, and (7) Ports for recharging Cell Phones.
The most innovative feature is that these radios do not keep you tied to a power outlet, they have redundant power sources. Emergency radios ensure that you will never be left in the dark, literally and figuratively.
From my own personal experience during Hurricane Ike, for three weeks after the storm we were without power, my Eton dynamo/crank radio needed no batteries, the only information we received was from that small $50.00 radio that keep us informed, without it we would have been in the dark, literally.