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Flood Damage Mitigation / Protection for Military Airbases and Airports


     Heavy rainfall or storm tidal surges can lead to flooding at airports and military airbases.  Runways, flight lines and taxiways are particularly vulnerable to flooding since they are large, flat areas that tend to attract water runoff.  When airports and airbases encounter flood conditions, flight operations are suspended until safe airfield operating conditions are restored.  This can be a prolonged suspension since flood waters bring debris to runways, taxiways, and the flight line.  The hazard presented by this debris cannot be underestimated since Foreign Object Damage (FOD) can cause serious damage to aircraft.  So the removal of flood debris and FOD is a primary concern when flood waters encompass an airport or airbase.

     Another serious hazard realized by heavy rainfall or tidal surges is the damage to facilities and aircraft caught in the deluge.  Water saturation can damage buildings in three ways:

      1) Water causes damage to materials. Drywall disintegrates; wood can swell, warp, or rot. 
      2) Electrical systems and components can short out and cause fires or shock. 
      3) Mud, silt, and chemicals in the water can cause contamination and corrosion.

     Floodwater is more damaging than rainwater.  Dampness promotes the growth of moisture-related mold, mildew, and fungus that leads to dry rot.   Once a building has been exposed to a large volume of water, either floodwater or rainwater, steps must be taken to dry the building out.  The damage must be assessed and remediation measures initiated.  Repair and restoration can be expensive and time consuming.  Professional damage assessment will ascertain whether allowing natural ventilation and evaporation is better for the building than the using heated forced-air or air conditioning systems. The rapid drying out of a building using hot air power drying systems can sometimes cause permanent harm to the infrastructure of an affected building. . 

     Flood waters bring significant health risks to airport / airbase personnel.  There is the risk of exposure to mold, chemical hazards, and injuries.  To counter these risks mold clean up actions will be needed to dry out buildings quickly (within 24 to 48 hours).  The doors and windows of affected buildings must be opened and well ventilated.  Industrial fans are used to dry out the buildings.  Chemical hazards are another health risk encountered during airport / airbase floods.   Flood waters may have moved containers of hazardous chemicals from their normal storage places.  Fuel, lubricants, and chemical spills on the flight line or in aircraft servicing areas can be dispersed across wide areas.  Likewise, electrical hazards can be a lethal danger to personnel entering flood areas.  Downed power lines, and electrical shortages from ground equipment and aircraft are an ever present danger that must be addressed prior to allowing personnel access to flooded areas.  

     Flood mitigation is a rapidly evolving technology.  Flood mitigation is based on the simple principle that prevention is better than repairing the damage after the fact. Flood mitigation products include such technologies as: barriers, panels, gates, shields and doors.  There is no single barrier or shield system to suit all flooding scenarios or site specific requirements.  Flood barriers, also known as flood shields and flood panels, are designed to protect different kinds of openings from damage caused by floodwater inundation.  Flood barriers can be quickly installed and will create a watertight seal for openings.  Each opening in a building or work area may require a different barrier design. 

   

Protecting Airports and Airbases from the Destructive Forces of Nature

     The National Aerospace Organization is hosting a symposium and exposition on November 15th, 2012 to address new technologies and innovations for effectively mitigating flood damage at airports and military airbases.  At this event, other destructive natural forces such as fire, hurricanes, snow and ice, earthquakes, and lightning will be addressed.  Exciting presentations will be provided to explain and demonstrate the most effective technologies and equipment for protecting airport runways, flight lines, taxiways, aircraft hangars, terminals and support facilities.  

 

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Protecting Military Airbases
and
Commercial Airports
Against the Forces of Nature

Exposition and New Technology Presentations


November 15, 2012
Hilton Oceanfront Hotel (Cocoa Beach, Florida)
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