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From the Praetor's Office-Don't Drown, turn Around October 24 2015, 0 Comments

Texas leads the Nation in flash flood fatalities with more than twice the number of the next nearest state. Some major factors contributing to this fact are Texas' extreme flood events and the fact that Texas has one of the largest road systems in the country. These roads have many rural and urban low-water crossings and this is where the majority of flood-related fatalities occur. The fact that so many people drive to their death in floodwaters year after year is a major for these flood fatalities.

Preliminary figures for 1995 show that 79 people lost their lives in flash floods/floods of which 55% were vehicle-related. Texas had 34% of the 1995 fatalities. Of the 79 deaths, 73% were male with an average age of 34 years old, while females averaged 37.8 years old. Most of the years with the greatest number of flash floods/floods can be directly related to the years with major land falling hurricanes, "Betsy" in 1965, "Camille" in 1969, and "Agnes" in 1972. During October 1998, the Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety shows 10 incidents involving flood casualties: of these 8 were vehicle-related, the remaining 2 were tornado-related.

In a nutshell, drownings in vehicles are a major cause of deaths in Texas and the U.S. 

 


From the Praetor's Office-Turn Around Don't Drown October 01 2015, 0 Comments

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters
The National Weather Service

From the Praetor's Office - Hurricane Joaquin September 30 2015, 0 Comments


Praetorian "Instant-Plumber" Leak and Drip Sacks (AB-300) August 30 2015, 0 Comments

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.   


Innovative Flood Containment Systems - "Muscle Wall" May 12 2015, 0 Comments

From the Praetor's Office

New and Innovative Flood Containment System

Praetorian would like to announce the partnership with Muscle Wall, Flood and Solution Containment Wall of Utah.  Muscle Wall is, quite simply, a flood control product that is quick, easy, reusable, reliable, and customizable. All traits that are essential for flood fighting solutions, yet hard to find in other competing products.

The speed and ease of the Muscle Wall system can save thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs after a flood. Muscle Wall floodbarriers can be used repeatedly. A crew of just four people can set up 100 feet of Muscle Wall in about 30 minutes. In fact, if a flooding event has already started, Muscle Wall can be floated into place, filled the very water they will soon be containing, and sunk into place.

The coupler system used on the 2-foot and 4-foot flood walls and the pin system used on the 8-foot walls allow any size of Muscle Wall to be connected quickly and easily.

Our job doesn't end with a sale. We train our customers on the most effective way to set up and utilize Muscle Wall flood barriers. Even though floods can pose a greater threat to a community than fires, often municipalities don't have people on staff who have flood-fighting expertise. We can coach you to success, even when it appears the odds are stacked against you. As we listen to you, we come up with new ideas and are constantly developing innovative products all aimed at meeting your needs.

Benefits:

Quickly Deployable
Re-Usable
Robust Defense
Simple and Easy to set up
Can be Customizable for any building, or site
Takes as few as two people to set up
Easily Stowable
Easily transported to emergency location

An essential for:

Critical Infrastructure Protection
Power Stations
Police Substations/Precincts/Commands
Hospitals
Museums
Emergency Communications
Multi-Family Housing/Apartments
Retirement and Convalescent homes
Office Buildings
Water Front Property

Call our flood mitigation analyst today

(281) 507-4639


Sub-Tropical Storm Ana - First named storm of the season May 08 2015, 0 Comments

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.


From the Preator's Office - Creating a Culture of Preparedness January 03 2015, 0 Comments

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


From the Praetor's Office-The Cost of Preparedness versus Response September 13 2014, 0 Comments

The Cost of Preparedness versus Response

Is it statistically feasible to calculate the level of resources needed to address a catastrophic flooding incident? Well, that’s the million dollar question; at Praetorian Disaster Supply our sole purpose is to prepare, and respond to the threat of a flood against life, or damage to homes or business.  We resolve to get you as close to readiness as possible.

The most important aspects of your focus is to establish a cost benefit analysis; Simply stated, determine the point costs of preparedness begin to outweigh the probable costs of the response; does it cost you more to prepare for an incident or respond to the consequences on taking no action, the answer is almost never the latter.

The term “catastrophic flooding” is generally used to describe the occurrence of exceptional or rare high magnitude floods, unfortunately “rare” is becoming common.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service a general rule-of-thumb for flood forecasting in urban areas is that it takes at least 1 inch (25 mm) of rainfall in an hour's time to start significant ponding of water. The weather service routinely issues Flash Flood Guidance and Headwater Guidance, which indicate the general amount of rainfall that would need to fall in a short period of time in order to cause flash flooding or flooding.

The Private sector shouldn’t wait for government intervention, they should be proactive and provide a framework to address the potentiality or probability of a threat of a devastating flooding incident.  The private sector should establish a plan and implement effective measures to protect their business and employees during times of emergencies.  In your plan you should determine the resources needed to defend against a flooding incident, an also determine the projected benefit received.

In a recent real world example a local firm had fallen victim to numerous catastrophic flooding incident over the last 30 years; during Hurricane lke they suffered 5 feet of water in their main office management building, the damage cost them months downtime, hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair bills, and lost revenue; their comprehensive lost can easily be calculated in the millions.  Although this was catastrophic damage and couldn’t be totally avoided, much of it could have been mitigated and their downtime greatly diminished, they lacked a plan and resources to implement their plan.

Praetorian Disaster Supply provides aqueous solutions to address the effects of flooding on critical infrastructure; we offer a variety of measures that mitigate damage, expedite recovery, and strengthen resiliency.   

We are confident that we can protect your facility and sustain your continuity of operations in the event of serious flooding.  With the proper resources on-hand, and planning, the effects of flooding can be greatly mitigated and an orderly response achieved.  Your operation will withstand a flooding event and rapidly recover.

  • Establish a Plan
  • Hold resources and equipment in readiness
  • Decide at what point your plan will be implemented
  • Execute your readiness plan

  


From the Praetor's Office - Knowing your Level of Risk May 30 2014, 0 Comments

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.

Get Prepared

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.

Be Informed

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.

 

 


From the Praetor's Office - What is the cost of Flood and Wind damage? May 28 2014, 1 Comment

 

I hope you never have to find out, but unfortunately flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the United States, and the most prevalent cause for insurance claims. Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover flood damage and regrettably just a few inches of flood water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Wind driven debris damage, runs a close second to floods; doors, and windows are often breached by debris driven by high winds, so don’t be caught unprepared.  Just a few items can help you fortify your home or business for what may be an eventful hurricane season and potentially save you thousands of dollars.

Praetorian Disaster Supply understands that preparation can sometimes be expensive, and we don’t wish that any family lack basic home flood defense protection because it is too costly; so we have assembled a basic Hurricane “Wind and Water” Defense Kit that can secure your home:

  • 12 Standard Size Flood Sacks- 12 super absorbent standard size, synthetic sandbags, placed strategically around doors, seams in walls, crevices, and air bricks, will help you mitigate the invasion of flood water into your home by (1) absorption, and (2) forming an impenetrable barrier.  They are filled with a super absorbent polymer that absorb 500 x their weight in water, and can be stored indefinitely and weigh 1 lb. dry, inflated with water they swell to about 33 lbs.  If you don’t need them this year save them for the next, they have a long shelf life.

 

  • 2 Double Door Protection Sacks – Two very large and robust double door synthetic sandbags which protect vulnerable points of entry, i.e., single doors, double doors, and sliding glass doors.  Doorways are particularly susceptible to the invasion of flood water, so we designed a hardy response to counter this threat.  Each bag absorbs approximately 8 gallons or 66 lbs. of water.  Once activated by water they form an impenetrable flood barrier, re-directing water away from vulnerable doorways.

The Wind and Water Hurricane Defense Kit is normally a $250.00 value, but for a limited time we will provide it for only $179.99, with free shipping, and a 14 day, no questions asked return policy;   

But that’s not all, as a free gift we will also send you 12 Carbon Steel Hurricane Clips, with instructional video.  Hurricane clips secures your property against wind and rain damage in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, by adhering plywood without damaging your recessed wood, brick or stucco frame.  The typical window can be secured with 4 clips so there are enough for as many as three average size windows.  These rust proof stainless clips don’t require tools, nails, adhesives, or screws to install.  Once you cut your plywood to fit the recessed window frame, simply slide the clips on the plywood and push into the frame, negative tension holds them in place.  

 

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