Hospital Resiliency For Patients, Visitors, And Healthcare Workers

Today, flood damage is one of the most pressing risks facing hospital facilities and medical campuses in the United States. When floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy entered the NYU Langone Medical Center in 2012, they rapidly spread through the facility’s interconnecting conduits and corridors. As a result, the medical campus suffered major damage to critical utilities, electrical power generation systems, and HVAC appliances. In addition, components of center’s communications networks and medical offices were rendered inoperable. According to FEMA, life-saving medical equipment like oxygen tank sliders and respirators were inundated and contaminated with stormwater.

The Role Of Hospitals In The Community

Critical-need, acute care facilities are vital to provide 24/7 emergency care and a range of healthcare services to the community. These facilities administer life-saving pediatric treatments, surgical operations, and childbirth deliveries. Unprotected facilities face constant flood risks to campus-wide equipment, contents, and technology. A solution-driven flood mitigation strategy serves as a first line of defense, protecting critical need medical buildings.

To drastically reduce water damage risks, hospitals must implement flood protection barriers in these critical areas:

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • Emergency Room Departments
  • Surgical Operating Rooms
  • Delivery Rooms
  • Ambulatory Entrances
  • Nursing Stations
  • Medical Training Classrooms
  • Medical Offices
  • Oxygen Storage Areas
  • Public Entrances
  • Reception Lobbies
  • Parking Garages
  • Pharmaceutical Departments
  • Medical Storage Units
  • Cafeterias And Kitchens
  • Elevator Cores
  • Critical Building Systems
  • Power Generation Stations
  • HVAC Utility Room



Understand. On hospital flood mitigation projects, our solution-driven process begins with understanding and listening to the design professional’s or engineer’s needs. During this time, we assess, examine, and ensure that the client understands current facility risk. Then, we diagnose the problem that needs to be solved and evaluate your medical center’s risk tolerance. At this point, we begin to establish a unified flood mitigation strategy, and keep you informed with needs related to staffing and device deployment.



Design. Next, our solution-driven flood mitigation experts move on into the design stage. During this phase, we help you select resilient flood control devices and products that seal hospital perimeter from surging stormwater. Then, we lay out your design requirements, and put this all into our facility protection action plan.



Commit. Once device designs are completed, we begin preparing commitments for the hospital flood mitigation project. During this phase, Orange Flood Control, LLC plans, reviews, and distributes timelines. Then, we prepare comprehensive proposal reviews with a complete breakdown of budget, methodology, and outcome. Once approved, we prepare a final contract for architects, engineers, and design professionals to review.



Execute. Once contracts are signed, it is time to execute the hospital flood mitigation project. At this point, we finalize drawings, create documents, and begin device installation. After installation, our solution-driven team provides testing, training, and maintenance to your facility team.

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