The funding for this program is coming from a federal grant from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) through the Federal Department of Housing and Development (HUD).
Small businesses in New York must comply with new building codes for flood-resistant construction in the wake of the extensive damage caused by Sandy.
Commercial buildings and small businesses can look for flood protection from F. William Brown, a construction company based in Connecticut, one of the eleven winners of the RISE NYC $30 million funding, which will install the flood panels on small businesses in Sandy-affected areas.
“We are going to initially work on eight to ten buildings and go from there,” said business development manager Russ Ellington.
F.W. Brown and Flood Panel's system allows business owners to have their flood panels installed, then taken down and stored until needed for extreme weather.
Installation of the Flood Panel system begins with a building review, and initial construction shouldn’t interrupt normal business.
Brackets are put into place in the structure of the building that the flood panels attach to, and while business owners have to deploy the panels themselves, it shouldn’t take more than two people depending on the size of the building.
“You aren’t going to pull them out every time it rains,” said Ellington.
Ellington said preventing flood damage from extreme weather can mean the difference between saving a business or going out of business.
“If you have to close for repairs, your clients are going to find someone else to meet their needs,” he said.