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The phrase “wet floodproofing” may sound like a contradiction, but it is the label used to refer to a collection of methods intended to reduce damage to a building when flooding occurs. This publication explains how wet floodproofing lets water into the building but protects the structure, contents and building systems independently.
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Overview of steps that need to be taken if there is a flood in your pesticide storage unit.
Repetitive flooding affects thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses. In this publication and its companion videotape, a procedure to demonstrate a non-invasive method to flood proofing is explained as it was demonstrated by a Michigan contractor. Special attention is given to adapting the technology for use in Louisiana’s floodplains.
Elevating or moving slab-built structures has been practiced for many years in a handful of states.
Elevation is the most reliable method of reducing damage from floods.
The cost of elevating a slab using this method, from planning through landscaping, will usually be about half the cost of rebuilding.
The final elevation of your home or business may be set by building codes, subdivision covenants or engineering limitations.
The complete elevation project includes: design and drafting; preliminary site work; the elevation itself; rehabilitating the building with porches, etc.
There are a lot of decisions to make as you plan your elevation project. One of the biggest decisions is how high to go.
Ground-level building slabs in Louisiana are from 4 inches thick for residences to 6 to 8 inches thick for light commercial structures.
Elevation of a slab-built structure is “construction” or “development” in the legal sense of those words.
A floodwall is a self-supporting barrier to floodwater. It may look like a garden wall or privacy fence, but it has more internal reinforcing and a more substantial foundation. This heavier construction keeps the wall from tipping or sliding. The foundation also blocks seepage of water under the wall. This publication includes information on the cost, considerations and construction of floodwalls.
In most areas of Louisiana, the sewer system and rain drainage system are separate. It is not unusual, however, for floodwater to infiltrate the sewer system, causing it to back up into homes. This publication includes information explaining how you can use valves, plugs, caps and seepage barriers in flood protection.
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood. A panel closure is any flat, firm sheet material used to block one of these openings.This publication includes information about using panel closures.
Your new home can be safeguarded by using preservative-treated wood and following an integrated pest management program at the time of construction. (PDF format only)
When you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses and pay all your creditors, you face some difficult financial decisions.
When an individual or family faces reduced income, it's critical to take immediate action to stop all excess spending. Whether your situation is temporary or extended, you need to get the most for your money.
Losing a job can be emotional, stressful and financially devastating. It does not matter if you are male or female, married or single, young or old, experiencing job loss is very difficult for individuals and families. Use these financial survival tips for tough times.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about seafood from the Gulf and the oil spill
Understanding what you are feeling can help you to begin to cope. Grief is a human response and is inescapable. Understanding the stages of grief, giving in to them and going through them, are keys to getting past the disaster and moving forward.
Humor doesn’t just help the medicine go down; it can often be the medicine! Have you ever found yourself in a really sad situation yet you are laughing so hard you are almost crying? Here are some tips for using humor as a coping strategy.
During these tough economic times, many families are concerned about rising food costs. Here are some tips on how to stretch your food dollars through meal planning.
Children learn their responses to loss and how they will cope from their families. Following a disaster, children's views view of the world as a safe and predictable place is temporarily lost. They may be afraid another crisis is likely to occur and that they or their family will be injured or killed. It helps to remind children they are safe.
When you can’t find your way out of a crisis, turning to family and reconnecting to them can sometimes be the best strategy for managing anxiety.
Almost everyone is feeling the crunch on their monthly budgets these days. Being thrifty is important when you need to watch your food dollars. With a little planning and smart shopping, you will be able to keep more money in your pocket. Here are some tips on how to plan, shop and buy foods on a budget.
Many of us do not get as much from our food dollars as we could. Using coupons, however, often can save several dollars a week on groceries. To get the most from your coupons, try these ideas.
Chainsaws are popular tools for both homeowners and professionals because they have so many uses – tree trimming, cutting firewood, cleaning up after storms, etc. Although chainsaws are handy, they are potentially dangerous and must be used carefully to avoid serious injury. Information on protective equipment, kickback, fuel safety and cutting is included. (PDF Format Only)
Emergency generators become popular after disasters. They can help save food in freezers and refrigerators, but they also may be dangerous if not used properly. Follow these tips for using your generator safely. (PDF format only)
Complete English publication translated to Vietnamese.
Hiring a qualified contractor for mold remediation is not required but generally is safer and more effective than a "do-it-yourself" approach because of the use of specialized equipment. In either case, you should carefully follow safety precautions to reduce exposure to mold. This publication provides guidance on safe and effective mold remediation practices and how to select a qualified remediation professional.
Whether you are just replacing a few shingles or have damage that requires you to strip your roof down to the rafters, you can take steps at every stage of work to minimize future storm damage. In addition, for new construction and substantial remodeling or repair, you’ll have to meet residential building codes designed to reduce potential roof damage from storms.
Storm shutters are an important type of window opening protection for Louisiana homes. An alternative to shutters is impact-resistant glass windows. In high winds, loss of a window can result in severe structural damage, including roof damage. (PDF Format Only)
When you are on the go, eating healthy isn’t always easy. Learning to make the best food choices with limited time is key to a healthy lifestyle.
In times of crisis, volunteers may be essential in supporting the work of medical and mental health providers. Ethically, it is essential that helpers understand and act within the limits of their knowledge and skill base.
One of the coping strategies families identify as helpful for returning back to “normalcy” after a crisis or disaster is a return to family traditions. Family traditions and rituals have been shown to help strengthen families – both the individual members and the family as a whole – in good times and in bad.
When you’re under stress, one of your best defenses is good health. To keep your body healthy, a well-balanced diet and a regular program of exercise are essential.
This presentation outlines the AgCenter's response to Hurricane Katrina. The strategic plan illustrates how the AgCenter will address the needs of the Louisiana storm victims through volunteers, education and outreach.
Rising energy prices, ﬂoods and hurricanes happen, but they don’t have to bust your budget, damage your home, rob your time or deny your comfort. (PDF format only)
In the wake of a natural disaster, homeowners who may have also lost income often face the daunting challenge of making monthly mortgage payments on badly damaged, perhaps destroyed residences. Find out what to do if you can't pay your mortgage. Includes information on SBA loans and mortgage and disaster insurance. (PDF Format Only)
A floodwall is a self-supporting barrier to floodwater. It may look like a garden wall or privacy fence, but it has more internal reinforcing and a more substantial foundation. This heavier construction keeps the wall from tipping or sliding. The foundation also blocks seepage of water under the wall. This publication includes information on the cost, considerations and construction of floodwalls. (PDF format only)
Sandbags can be used to fill gaps in a permanent flood protection system, to raise an existing levee or to build a complete emergency levee.This publication contains information on filling and stacking sandbags and on using them for short walls and full levees. (PDF Format Only)
Plastic sheeting is a versatile flood barrier. Using plastic sheeting in a sandbag levee improves the levee’s performance significantly. This publication includes information on several ways to use plastic sheeting correctly. (PDF format only)
If you protect a building with a floodwall, sealant, plastic wrap or any other barrier, you will need to pump water during floods. This publication includes information and tips for designing and constructing your flood protection system when using pumps. (PDF format only)
LaHouse is a showcase for best practices and code-plus construction. Its flood- and wind-resistance features meet or exceed the criteria of the Fortified for Safer Living program of the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). LaHouse showcases multiple solutions across a range of price points, integrating durability with other goals of sustainability: resource efficient, healthy, practical and convenient. (PDF Format Only)
Grocery shopping can be a real challenge, especially if you are on a limited budget. Food expenses are a flexible budget item, and you can reduce the costs when money is tight. By planning ahead and managing your money wisely, you can still serve meals that are appetizing, easily prepared and nutritious.
Topics include Be Safe: Stay Healthy After Disaster, Surviving and Recovering from a Power Outage, Restoring Storm-damaged Buildings, Salvaging Water-damaged Belongings, Lawn and Garden Losses, Financial Recovery and Risk Management. (PDF Format Only)