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.
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.
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
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.
A hurricane is imminent and your doors and windows are exposed to wind driven debris and torrential rains? We have a quick and easy solution,.... Hurricane Clips.
They require no tools for installation nor do they need nails, adhesives, screws or drilling to install. You simple slide the clip onto your pre-cut 1/2" plywood and push into place (for recessed brick, wood, or stucco, window and door frames.
Don't be misled by imitations, Praetorian's Stainless Steel Hurricane clips don't rust and are made of the highest grade 440 Stainless Steel; Hurricane season starts June, 1, 2015, no time like the present to get prepared!