For Hurricane Sandy victims, deterrance against mother nature was largely impossible. Large manmade structures were washed away, countless citizens were displaced, businesses suffered catastrophic damage. Even after a few weeks removed from the disaster, there are already many forgotten stories.
Take this story from the Huffington Post; in a small slice of life, a man returns to his Mochi ice cream factory to find thousands of dollars in melting ice cream in his freezers. Once a business with $1.5 million in yearly revenue, Yoshiaki Yuyama found himself surrendering to the realities of mother nature. Countless other businesses have been forced to rebuild, shut their doors, and in most cases, are squeezed into a legal battle with the insurance companies. Flood insurance is a tricky and complicated legal issue, and is the next unfortunate step for many of these business owners as they attempt to recoup their losses.
The New Reality
The scope of Hurricane Sandy was overwhelming for many small business owners and homeowners, and as the legal processes begin and the fingers begin to extend the blame, what can we learn from this disaster? Temperature@lert recognizes that while news outlets and Weather.com can give us the basic information on a storm, the possible effects, after-effects and the strength of the system, businesses and homeowners must take both practical and legal steps to protect their assets. While all businesses in potential flood areas should have (at least) standard flood insurance, a legal agreement is not the only step to take. Floodsmart.gov notes that the average flood insurance claim is around $75,000, a testament to the damage that can be caused by flooding. For some smaller businesses and homeowners who are beyond danger zones, the legal option can often feel like an unneccesary extra. Hurricane Sandy's power extinguished that philosophy, as some are witnessing the costly consequences of flooding.
What you can do:
Aside from the insurance question and beside the massive damage reports of up to $50 billion, how can those in lower-risk areas prevent a disaster in the future? How can we save the businesses and homes that are outside of the sweet spot of a disaster, but within the "strike" zone?
-Review all emergency procedures
-Keep steady communication: Establish means of communication (Phone, E-Mail, Social Media) with family members, employees and superiors.
-Use alerting devices to respond quickly.
-Raise electrical components above projected flood levels.
As a provider of Flood Sensors, Temperature@lert indeed believes that the value of installing any flood sensor can be invaluable in deterrance of flood damage. Flood Alert devices can provide smaller businesses and those outside the "sweet spot" with an extra level of confidence; reponsive flood sensors will alert owners to a flood problem almost immediately. From there, depending on the situation, owners and individuals can respond to their flooded zone in a timely fashion. In these cases, the difference between instant response and delayed discovery can be a blank check. See the infographic for more information on protecting your home or small business.
Depending on the size of your business or home, and the proximity to a disaster, a flood sensor is one way to protect yourself.
Conventional door alarms work by circuit completion; if an alarmed door is opened, the circuit between the sensors is broken and an alarm is sounded.
Flood Sensors work in the opposite mechanical fashion. Metal contact points are installed onto the bottom of the sensor.
Once two of the metal contact points are in contact with water, an electrical circuit is completed and the device sends a flood alert. These devices are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and are typically resistant to distilled water or other non-flood substances.
When using a flood sensor, it's important to test the device regularly to ensure that it's functioning properly. Malfunctioning flood sensors can lead to severe damage, especially if there is pump automation involved, as seen in the (still) developing Kempsey situation.
The Temperature@lert Flood Sensor is a low-cost method of ensuring flood protection and alerting. Download our Free E-Book to learn more about Temperature@lert's monitoring solutions and flood sensors.