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.
From the Praetor’s Office-The psychology of a flood victim:
Living in denial is not a rational strategy, and those that do, usually suffer damage and loss the most; over the last six months we at Praetorian Disaster Supply have noticed a disturbing pattern of behavior from many of the potential victims of flooding that contact us, most are at imminent risk of flooding. One caller contacted us on Labor Day weekend, 2015, during record setting flooding in the Houston Metropolitan area. The caller from LaPorte, Texas advised that his business had been flooded at least 5 previous times and although he was not flooding at the moment he anticipated it would occur over the next 24 hours. The caller went on to state that he lost 100K in inventory, and loss of business, due to the last flood. The caller then described his flooding problem and I advised that we are confident that Praetorian could solve his problem with ease, the caller appeared satisfied with our suggestions and strategies.
Here is where the conversation takes a peculiar turn, after the caller stated he anticipated flooding to occur in a matter of hours he advised that he would “wait and see” an odd position, because as he stated, his business was predisposed to flooding and in fact flooded on 5 previous occasions. I advised the caller that once flooding has started there is little we could do to stop it, he advised he understood.
At 0440 hours I received a phone call from a frantic man stating that he was receiving approximately 10” of dynamic (rushing water) through his showroom and he needed us to fortify his business immediately. He further demanded that we arrive within the hour before it got worse. The caller was the LaPorte business owner from the previous day. I advised the caller that I could dispatch a flood analyst but it is unlikely we could help at this point. By the time we were on scene the caller had received 2 feet of stagnated water in his business, damaging his complete inventory.
This caller is in no way the exception, callers like this are the norm, so many take the “Wait and See” approach because they are either, in denial or, unwilling to assume the cost of preparation. Remember $1.00 spent on preparation, offsets $9.00 spent on recovery, furthermore of the 75 Billion dollars spent annually on flood damage, only 20% is covered by insurance. We can’t stress enough the importance of forward preparation, we fundamentally believe this to the extent that it is our core axiom “The only defense we have against flooding is preparation”
Don’t be like the above caller, take a forward attitude of preparation and planning, it may ultimately save your life, property and give you peace of mind.
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.
According to OSHA, slip, trip and fall injuries account for the highest rate of injuries in the work place. They are also the second leading cause of work-related accidental deaths behind auto accidents, with figures reaching 15%. Common injuries due to slip, trip and falls may include: sprains, broken bones, head and back injuries, as well as lacerations.
Company Losses Related to Slips, Trips and Falls:
The costs related to slip and fall accidents can add up quickly and drastically cut into your company’s bottom line. In 2006, the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index reported the average cost of a slip and fall to be $22,800 per incident, with workers comp claims averaging $19,000.
The out-of-pocket expenditures effect multiple areas of the company. Some of the most common outlays your company may be responsible for:
• Court costs
• Compensation for punitive damages
• Possible repair costs to equipment damaged during injury
• Loss of work and downtime on behalf of injured employee
• Higher insurance premiums
• Worker’s comp claims
• Loss of life
Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention:
Keeping your employees safe is crucial to your company’s success and growth. With better response you will see your employees are able to avoid more slip, trip and fall injuries.
Two responses that can greatly mitigate the possibility of slip, trip, and falls are: (1) A1 PowerSorb, which is an excellent multi-purpose sorbent powder that absorbs a myriad of hazardous compounds; its greatest benefit is that it’s a universal sorbent, able to absorb many different compounds; also (2) Super Absorbent Flood Barriers, pillows filled with a super-absorbent polymer that can absorb 500 x’s their weight in liquid. These two solutions combined can greatly mitigate the potentiality of slip, trip and fall accidents.
For more information contact PraetorianDisasterSupply.com or (281) 507-4639.
Know Your Risk
Knowing your level of risk ahead of time will help you make better choices when a storm comes. Visit the Houston Storm Risk Calculator at houstonstormrisk.org to find out what your level of risk is for flooding, storm surge, wind damage and power outages.
If you live in a hurricane evacuation area, know your zone, and be prepared to evacuate when the order is given.
If you don't live in an evacuation area, you most likely would not have to evacuate for a storm, so make preparations early to ride out a storm in your home.
You should be prepared to evacuate or to “shelter in place” for a hurricane. Take a moment to review your emergency plan with your family, as well as make sure you have all the necessary supplies to be able to sustain yourself without electricity and running water for 5-7 days. Download a copy of the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide for information on what should be in your plan and your kit.
Part of preparing is making sure that your insurance adequately covers your property. Homeowners and renters insurance doesn't normally cover damage from flooding, so make sure you have a flood insurance policy. Visit FloodSmart.gov for information on how to find the right policy for you.
During hurricane season, it's always a good idea to pay attention to developing storms. Pay attention to local television and radio weather broadcasts, as well as the National Hurricane Center website (hurricanes.gov) for up-to-date information on storms forming in the Atlantic and Gulf.
Sign up for Alert Houston emergency notifications from the City of Houston by visiting alerts.houstonoem.org. When storms threaten Houston, the City will use this system to tell you about steps you can take to prepare, and provide up-to-date information on conditions and evacuations. Emergency information is always available online at houstontx.gov/emergency.
Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Busienss Continuity of Operations
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Business Continuity of Operation involves the Preparedness and Response to serious Incidents in which essential functions may be impacted by disastrous events. Whether your organization is Public Safety related; (Police, Fire, Emergency Communication), or Private Sector/Free- Enterprise related; (production, distribution, sells), flooding or HazMat spillage can cause major disruption to vital operations and downtime, which may result in risk to lives, assets, and profits and may also incur costly EPA fines.
Most businesses lack a viable response to the threat of flooding; Praetorian Disaster Supply assists your business in responding to this threat and safeguards your assets, both human and material.
Praetorian manages flooding risks by offering a variety of aqueous solutions; we offer Super Absorbent Products and flood mitigation equipment designed specifically for your level of threat. These products keep your business functioning, reduces damage, and prevents potential injury. Your operation will be able to withstand a flooding or hazmat spillage event and rapidly recover.
To ensure your business is able to continue performance of essential functions under a broad range of circumstances. A Business Continuity Plan must be formed, it must include a collection of resources, products, equipment, and information that is developed, tested, and held in readiness for use in the event of a major disruption of your operations. Business Continuity Planning helps prepare you to maintain mission-critical operations after any emergency or disaster.
Purpose of Readiness Planning
- Provide for continued performance of essential departmental functions under all circumstances
- Ensure survivability of critical equipment, records and other assets
- Minimize business damage and losses
- Achieve orderly response and recovery from flooding spillage incidents
- Assure survivability of your business in most flooding and spillage events