“Superstorm Sandy exposed the region’s vulnerability to catastrophic flooding and was a wake-up call for businesses in coastal flood zones,” said Tom Osborne, president and owner of Flood Panel, who has worked closely with the Association of Floodplain Managers nationwide, including in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. “Flood Panel’s expert planning and custom flood solutions give businesses the peace of mind that their business assets will be safe from flooding caused by extreme weather, hurricanes and rising oceans.”
In April, New York City selected Flood Panel and distributor partner F. William Brown LLC for funding through the $30 million RISE : NYC initiative to provide flood protection to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Flood Panel custom-designed a solution for the city that uses shipbuilding and bridge construction technology to withstand hydrostatic pressure, waves and the impact of floating debris.
“I was intrigued and inspired by the stories of the small business owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy and their ability to rebound from the devastation the storm caused,” said Russ Ellington, Business Development Manager for F. William Brown LLC, a Flood Panel Qualified Flood Expert and Distributor. “We are proud of our selection with Flood Panel for the RISE : NYC funding award and are looking forward to helping protect some of these business owners with forward-thinking flood solutions.”
Coastal cities could face $60 billion a year in losses annually from flooding by mid-century, according to ClimateCentral.org. Businesses at risk to flooding have four choices: move, elevate, surround with earthen barriers or floodproof. According to the Army Corp of Engineers, floodproofing is the best option for businesses in urban areas.
In Manhattan and coastal New Jersey, Flood Panel has completed more than 50 projects at locations including:
- New York AM Water (New York, N.Y.)
- 101 Barclay Street (New York, N.Y.)
- TD Ameritrade (New York, N.Y.)
- 150 Charles Street (New York, N.Y.)
- Rockaway Beach (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
- NJ Transit (Newark, N.J.)
- Equinox Data Center (Secaucus, N.J.)
- Boys & Girls Club (Lodi, N.J.)
- Margate Dairy Bar (Margate, N.J.)
- One Evertrust Plaza (Jersey City, N.J.)
- Avalon Bay (Bloomfield, N.J.)
Flood Panel’s comprehensive, expert consultancy services include the development of site-specific Flood Emergency Response Plans as recommended by FEMA. Required by many public building authorities, the response plan is a step-by-step guide to prepare structures for a flood threat, and is an integral part of any floodproofing design.
Flood Panel LLC, based in Jupiter, Fla., designs and manufactures high-quality flood protection products, including flood panels and flood doors, for commercial construction projects. The company provides a consultancy approach that includes an approved network of installers, structural engineers, architects and distributors, a complete range of flood product supplies, expert flood protection analysis and a highly-trained project management team to provide assistance from pre-construction through post-installation and maintenance. For more information, visit www.floodpanel.com