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Floods

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • The result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) 
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Survive DURING

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
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SMACNA-KC Associate Members 11th Annual Golf Tournament

May 7th, 2019
Shoal Creek Golf Course
8905 Shoal Creek Parkway Kansas City, MO

Check in: 10:30—11:30 am
Shotgun Start: 11:30 am
Practice facility available at 10:30 am

Entry Fee: $125.00 per player (limited to the first 30 team entries)

Includes:

  • Box Lunch
  • Practice Facility (driving range, chipping/putting green)
  • 18 holes with cart
  • Beverages/snacks on the course
  • Prizes (flight winners and hole prizes)
  • Awards Dinner banquet to follow the tournament
  • Tournament Gift

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Hole Sponsor: $200 each, or $150 with a 4 person team
Awards Dinner or Beverage Cart Sponsors: $500
Tent Sponsor $300

Click here for registration form

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Welcome New Associate Member Rapid Recovery

https://raprec.com

Rapid Recovery provides refrigerant recovery services for the HVAC, refrigeration, demolition, and marine industries. Projects range in size from single residential split systems to chilling systems operating on tens of thousands of pounds, to projects with thousands of units. Our crews recover millions of refrigerant pounds every year. We also work with our recovery customers to deliver refrigerant right to their jobsites. 
All with the same great service and EPA documentation.

Justo Cabanas
Business Development Leader
913-534-8640
Justo.cabanas@raprec.com

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Welcome New Associate Member Mechanical Sales Midwest, Inc.

http://www.MechSalesMidwest.com

To be the Manufacturers’ Representative of choice for World Class
HVAC Equipment and Systems Expertise. We will provide Contractors,
Engineers and Owners with Timely Manufacturers’ Information and
Systems Application Expertise to Successfully Design, Procure, Install
and Maintain Buildings with Comfort, Efficiency, Safety and Ease
of Operating Systems Application.

Mechanical Sales Midwest, Inc. has been in business since 2012.
We are an Independent Manufacturers’ Representative for Commercial
and Industrial - Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
systems and Sheet Metal Products.

“SERVICE IS OUR TRADEMARK”

Marcus Malich
CEO
mmalich@mechsales.com
Direct: (913) 945-0746
Office: (913) 815-3263
Fax: (913) 815-3269
11301 Strang Line Rd.
Lenexa, KS 66215

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Working In Extreme Environments

Heat, Cold, Wind, Rain, Sunshine, Darkness.

A stiff wind, especially when coupled with chilly, wet or frigid
winter temperatures, increases the misery factor sometimes
associated with working outdoors.
Brilliant sunshine, reflective glare from white or light colored
objects such as buildings, snow, water can reflect harmful UV
radiation onto your exposed skin and eyes.
Darkness in and around our work areas also carries its own
unique set of hazards that need to be identified and anticipated
in advance.
But the extreme weather conditions we sometimes work in can
be much more than an annoyance. They can actually have life-threatening
consequences, ranging from an increased risk for
hypothermia and frostbite to heat stress and heat stroke to the
possibility of being blown off a roof while working at heights, or
causing eye damage and the possibility of developing various
skin cancers.
Make Environmental Conditions Planning a part of your regular
pre-task planning to anticipate extreme conditions, and be able
to adapt to them and complete your tasks safely. Make sure
that your JHA includes these points:
1. What could the environmental conditions be at the time the
work will be scheduled? Optimal/ Inclement?
2. If Inclement conditions are a good possibility, then make
sure that you plan for and inspect for these items:

  • Temperature conditions of the work area.
  • Wind conditions of the work area.
  • Transportation of materials & supplies to and from the work area.
  • Structural and work platform integrity in the work area.
  • Protection of workers and bystanders from loose materials/ flying debris.
  • Fall protection in the work area.

Also, need to guard against frostbite and
hypothermia, a potentially fatal drop in the body’s internal temperature.
The risk for hypothermia and frostbite
increases under cold/ wet/ windy conditions.

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SMACNA-KC EDUCATIONAL EVENT AND TOP GOLF

SAVE THE DATE
March 12th, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Educational Event, CASH FLOW & 
CHANGE ORDER MANAGEMENT 
Lunch Provided
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Top Golf
Appetizers and Drinks Provided
MANAGING THE LIFEBLOOD OF CONTRACTING 
CASH FLOW
Cash flow is one of the most important issues facing contractors today. As the market continues to stay strong, companies are faced with starting new projects, hiring staff, and investing in assets to support the business. More companies go bankrupt due to cash flow issues than due to profitability. Many things can and should be done to improve cash management practices. We will explore a range of tools and techniques, from simple to complex, that allow firms to manage and control cash flow. Examples include contractual negotiation strategies, pricing and bidding practices, development of cost and resource-loaded schedules that tie to billing activities in the schedule of values, use of 12-week cash flow forecasts, project closeout procedures, and managing the billings and collection cycle. An interactive cash flow simulation provides hands-on experience that enhances the learning outcomes.
Learning Objectives:
• Learn the importance of cash management practices
• Increase profits with billings and collections
• Apply tools and techniques that optimize cash flow
• Maximize cash flow with process standardization
• Create transparency and accountability with measurement
CHANGE ORDER MANAGEMENT
Effective change order management can dramatically reduce a subcontractor’s risk and increase profitability. This four-hour interactive course explores the change order process from a subcontractor’s viewpoint and provides participants with hands-on training in recognizing, scoping, pricing, and negotiating change orders. This course culminates in a mock negotiation where participants can immediately practice the skills that they have learned.
Learning Objectives:
• How to properly notify owners and general contractors of changed conditions to reserve your rights
• How to scope, price and sell a change order
• Negotiation strategies to maximize outcomes

Contractor Members, Networking Committee and Board Members Welcome.

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Welcome New Associate Member Victaulic

Victaulic is the leading producer of Mechanical Pipe joining solutions. Building technologies and providing engineering services, addressing most complex piping challenges faced by site owners, engineers, contractors, and distributors.
ENGINEERING BENEFITS: When installed, Victaulic’s piping components are engineered to take into account numerous environmental factors, from seismic and thermal movement to noise and vibration attenuation.
MECHANICAL JOINING: Togetherness — that’s what our Mechanical Joining systems are all about. Gasket Technology and Grooved Technology form the basis for our advanced couplings. All are manufactured to exacting standards and for optimal performance to satisfy your piping requirements.
PIPE SYSTEM INSTALLATION: Victaulic piping system are safe, efficient and cost-effective, eliminating hazardous and lowering risk during installation.

Jeff Wickham
jeff.wickham@victaulic.com
816-266-1938

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Save-the-Date Kansas City Competent Person Fall Protection Class

Save-the-Date for Kansas City, November 13 & 14, 2018

This is a 2 Day Course Competent Person certification will allow successful attendees to train Authorized Users and Competent Inspectors for their employees. Successful students will receive training to meet or exceed requirements of OSHA and ANSI. Students who successfully complete the course and pass the written test will receive a Competent Person Certificate. Please note per ANSI standards, the certificate is valid for a 
period of two years.
Mark Damon is trying to detriment the level of Interest in the class,
please see the link below. 

Click here for more information
 

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SAFE + SOUND Week

Join OSHA for Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018
What Is Safe + Sound Week?
A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Why Participate?
Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one.
Who Is Encouraged to Participate?
Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate.
How to Participate
Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. To get started, select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. You can host an event just for your workers or host a public event to engage your community. Examples of potential activities and tools to help you plan and promote your events are available. After you've completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers.
Need more inspiration? Watch a webinar to get ideas from organizations that participated in last year’s event.

For more information. https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek
 

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SMACNA-KC and OSHA Sign Safety Alliance Agreement

SMACNA-Kansas City is proud to announce the establishment of an Alliance with OSHA. This agreement will enhance the advancement of common goals to keep SMACNA-KC Contractor employees safe on the job and raise safety awareness as well as further training, education and outreach initiatives. We look forward to our continued relationship with our local OSHA office and staff.

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Welcome New Associate Member DeWalt

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®.

Jenna Rhodes
Enterprise Solutions Specialist 
Power Tools & Equipment | Anchors |
Hand Tools | Accessories | Storage


Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.
Phone: 402-266-1037
Jenna.Rhodes@sbdinc.com
 

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Welcome New Associate Member Inventory Sales Company

Your competitive construction project needs are finally met with new solutions from the Inventory Sales Company. The Inventory Sales Company has been helping build Kansas City for over 45 years. ISC specializes in products that support pipe and duct work, such as Gripple cable systems, pipe hangers, strut and threaded rod. ISC also has a full line of fasteners, including self-drilling screws, sheet metal screws, nuts, bolts and concrete anchors, accompanied by a full line of Milwaukee power tools and accessories. 

Our warehouse space allows us to offer you unique shipping options. With over a 100,000 square feet and on time deliveries, ISC is your one stop construction source.

Keith Leftridge
keithl@inventorysales.com
http://www.inventorysales.com
913-371-7002

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Welcome New Associate Member Federated Insurance

For more than a century, Federated Insurance has been providing quality insurance products to businesses of all sizes. Federated’s highly trained representatives understand the insurance needs of the contractor industry, so you can expect to get personalized service and coverages specially designed for your business. Federated’s many outstanding risk management programs and services include industry-specific Risk Management Academy seminars, and Federated’s Shield Network®, offering clients anytime online access to a variety of risk management resources.
Kyle Bluestein
kebluestein@fedins.com
http://www.federatedinsurance.com
513-884-5154
 

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The Builders’ Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to SMACNA-KC's Contractors
Builders' Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners


Mark Banden Safety Professional of the Year Award
Mike Zykan
US Engineering Company
 

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The Builders’ Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to SMACNA-KC's Contractors
Builders' Association 2017 Safety Excellence Award Winners

Over 500,001 Work Hours
3rd Place - Flynn Midwest, LP

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