Posts Tagged ‘flood prevention’
Monday, June 13th, 2016
Soil erosion is a major concern all over the world. It may be a slow process that continues over time unnoticed, or a faster-paced disaster causing detrimental loss of topsoil. From Afghanistan, India, Nepal to Tibet, technologies preventing, mitigating or stopping soil erosion is a combination of learning to replace indigenous plants, make structural changes, and adopting new agricultural measures.
Damage caused by heavy soil erosion is often irreversible so it is important to be proactive and take conservation measures prior to events like flooding, drought, landslides, and roadside erosion. Developed countries have been increasingly aware of the use of natural plant fibers creating biodegradable fabrics or matting (made of jute, burlap, and coir) to pin exposed soil in place until foliage and new landscaping features can provide more permanence to unstable and sloping areas of land. Sharing these very inexpensive solutions with other countries help their development and economy.
As countries develop they alter the landscape as the population expands and the land is used more intensely. Without erosion control, soil can be destroyed as rainfall dislodges soil, reduces soil fertility, clogs rivers with sediment, and ruins the quality of drinking water. The land is unable to recharge groundwater levels, flooding issues occur, and urban and rural communities suffer.
Modern thinking aims to correct poor agriculture practices, the abuse of natural fields and forests, and improper irrigation and drainage systems in developing countries through simple landscaping practices such as contouring and terracing. The use of fibrous matting, rolls, and sandbags can prevent soil movement whether foliage repopulates naturally or through deliberate means.
Climate change and land use mismanagement have created serious disasters in tropical locations devastated by storms on steep grades causing landslides, flooding, building destruction, loss of life and serious economic issues. The aftermath of earthquakes is unstable slopes that result in major sediment flowing into rivers and streams, destabilization of levees and dykes, roadway and bridge erosion.
Coastal erosion in areas of Asia and other countries in the Indian Ocean are mostly natural processes caused by various weather elements, along with population growth and poorly managed economic development near the coastlines. This type of erosion is common in Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Malaysia.
Between nature and human intervention mangrove loss is making coastal areas more susceptible to erosion. Man compounds the natural erosion effects of fires, hurricanes, tidal waves, storms and natural erosion cycles of changing sea levels with logging, land cultivation, aquaculture, and salt ponds as well as urban construction and development stripping the soil.
In developing countries, soil erosion eventually affects the livelihoods of the communities that face difficulties in sustaining their farms and have to look for work alternatives. Teaching about causes of soil erosion and the uses of fibrous matting, rolls, and sandbags can keep these countries more economically stable. Proper erosion control efforts are necessary, very effective, and due to the use of natural plant fibers, very inexpensive.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Landscaping and construction industries use jute and burlap fabrics including mats, rolls, and sandbags for environmental remediation when planning and preparing land for new structures. Proper use and preparation of soil in advance can minimize natural and man-made disasters from happening. Plant fiber products are a valuable tool in erosion control because there are so many ways to use them. They biodegrade as new plants take hold and other landscaping structures are installed. They include:
- Burlap for immediate erosion control on very steep slopes susceptible to destabilization, biodegrading over time.
- Jute mesh with large square grids to allow plants room to grow through them biodegrades eliminating the need to remove it later.
- Coir mat made from the exterior of coconut shells after processing holds water and resists decomposition for longer periods of use than burlap and jute.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
After the floodwaters dissipate, the citizens are responsible for the cleanup, which includes the proper handling or disposal of emergency sandbags for floods. When handling and disposing sandbags, it is important to keep safety first. Soiled sandbags are exposed to much bacteria and other contaminants and must be handled with care. Learn more by reading a previous blog How to Correctly Dispose Sandbags After Flooding.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
By buying pre-filled sandbags you save valuable time by not having to find and fill bags yourself. Read a previous blog and learn how to protect your home from flooding this year.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
At the first sign of danger, our human instincts kick in. The very first thought that comes to mind is preservation. Homeowners develop a safety plan or a course of action, before hurricane and flood season begin. NYP Corp produces and distributes a full line of sandbags to help homeowners and businesses prevent flood damage.
The sandbags are made from burlap, acrylic, cotton and polypropylene in the following products; flood sandbags, filled sandbags, emergency sandbags, polypropylene bags, burlap sandbags, Military specification sandbags, and FIBC bags used for flood protection.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Floods are the number one cause of damage to private property in the United States. With a potentially wet spring and summer ahead, it is critical for you to act now to protect your property from floodwater damage.
You can use several techniques to protect your home and minimize the destruction and costs of repairs. Some of these methods are simple and only require a small investment in money, time and material.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
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Flooding occurs every month of the year and affects all regions of the country. People are generally more concerned with tornadoes, hurricanes and even snowstorms than flooding even though flash floods cause more deaths than any other weather related event. Educating citizens about various aspects of flooding is the primary goal of Flood Safety Awareness Week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) created Flood Safety Awareness Week to increase the public’s understanding of the causes of floods, inform them of the NWS’s role in forecasting and issuing flood warnings and educate them on how to protect themselves and their property. Flood Safety Awareness Week takes place each March with varying local events and programming.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
In terms of the cost and number of people affected, floods are the primary natural hazard in the United States. A single flood incident can cause billions of dollars in damages and displace thousands of people. Floods can destroy homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and kill humans, livestock, and other animals in their path. Structures which survive the flood itself may be damaged beyond repair. In 2011, 33 states were affected by some degree of flooding. Total damages for 2011 exceeded $8 billion dollars and over 100 people were killed.
Monday, November 12th, 2012
Each year, floods cause billions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses and communities. From crop damages to basement flooding, total destruction of buildings and loss of important belongings, the effects of a flood can be long-lasting and overwhelming. If your home or property has been damaged by flooding, there are steps that you can take right away and in the coming days to ensure safety and security.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Floods have been a natural affliction of the human race since long before biblical times; nature has gifted them with the potential power to wipe out entire towns, villages, and families. They have been recorded in almost every culture’s historical documents as destroyers of homes and livelihoods.