April showers bring…

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Flood week…An increased likelihood of flooding. You were thinking “May flowers,” weren’t you?
 
But, before you head out to purchase topsoil and plant your garden, be sure that your facility—and your home—is ready to withstand a flood. March 16–22 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week—a coordinated effort between FEMA, NOAA and other federal agencies to promote awareness of the need to be prepared for floods.
 
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and cause more property damage than any other type of weather-related event. Floods are commonly brought about by:
 
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Can Your Facility Weather the Storm?

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PreparednessMarch 2–8 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. For those of you shivering through the latest polar vortex with us, and wondering how close Tipton, PA (where New Pig is located) is to Punxsutawney—it’s less than 60 miles, and there is a long list of folks who have dibs on taking care of that groundhog.
 
Prognosticating rodents aside, there are a lot of different types of severe weather that could affect your facility. Although you can almost assuredly put zombie apocalypses and the threat of sharknadoes aside—threats from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires are still very real in different regions of the country—and it pays to be prepared for them.
 
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), here’s a quick look at a few of last year’s disaster numbers:

• 903 reported tornadoes
• 2 hurricanes, 14 tropical and subtropical storms
• More than 20 areas with minor to major flooding

 
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Save Money by Choosing the Right Drain Cover

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Rapid Response DrainBlockerFacilities that transfer, store and use oils or hazardous materials need to have plans in place to prevent spills from leaving their facilities. For many sites, these plans often include the use of drain covers – especially during bulk deliveries and bulk fluid transfers.
 
Because most environmental regulations are performance-based, covers can be used proactively (put in place every time fluids are transferred, or for maintenance applications) or reactively (pulled out only if there is a spill). Knowing how a drain cover will be used is the first step in getting the right one for your needs.
 
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Customer Questions: What dike can I use outdoors to confine liquids, and vehicles can still drive over it?

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PIG Drive-Over LeakBlocker DikeAfter years of customer requests and product testing, New Pig developed the perfect dike for outdoor use – The PIG Drive-Over LeakBlocker Dike!
 
We knew that UV protection and the ability to drive over the product were most important for customers looking to contain leaks and drips outdoors.
 
The PIG SpillBlocker Dike is great for controlling leaks and spills indoors where vehicles do not travel, but if you need long-term, outdoor leak control where vehicles travel frequently, you need another solution.
 
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When does one quart of paint cost $78,000?

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Hazmat ShippingWhen it is discovered leaking on an aircraft without the appropriate packaging, labeling or paperwork.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services for an incident in August involving a quart of spilled paint discovered in a FedEx Aircraft.
 
Amazon Fulfillment Services does have an established hazardous materials policy that prohibits many hazardous materials from being stocked or shipped from their fulfillment centers. Looks like this particular quart of high gloss enamel paint snuck through a few of those checkpoints.
 
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