Red Hook businesses are using the lessons they learned from Hurricane Sandy to shore themselves up against future storms. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
Business owner Susan Povich admits that she wasn't prepared for last year's storm.
"I did not take Sandy seriously enough when it was coming, and I paid the price," she says.
Physical damage to the Red Hook Lobster Pound: $250,000. Another $100,000 in lost inventory.
Insurance covered a fraction of the inventory, but none of the physical damage.
"Because it was flood, we didn't have flood insurance here," Povich says.
Mark Snyder of the Red Hook Winery is in a similar boat.
"To date, we've gotten zero from insurance," Snyder says.
He estimates $1.7 million in losses, but he also had no flood insurance. First lesson learned. He now has $500,000 in coverage. Povich went with $200,000.
Both have also taken steps to insure they won't be crushed by another disaster. For one, Povich says her business "moved all of our air conditioning and heating to the roof." She also plans to move anything that's not nailed down to higher ground.
Snyder's machinery is too heavy for that, so he's devised his own method of protection, involving tarps.
"We would lay the tarps out, put the equipment out and wrap the equipment around, and hook them onto the ceiling," he says. "So at least if and when the water comes in, it would not hopefully penetrate into those tarps, and therefore flood the equipment."
Businesses say city and local organizations have also been helpful throughout the recovery, pooling resources and information and holding preparedness seminars. One was sponsored by the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, which has put together a book of templates and worksheets to help businesses gather important information.
"Having all of their tax information in one place, maybe getting their licenses in place because they were required for loan applications," says Elizabeth Demetriou of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. "Do they have all of the phone members of all of their vendors all in one place
That information should be stored on a jump drive and in a cloud so the data isn't washed away.
Snyder has found the advice helpful as he makes his own plan, because one thing he isn't planning on doing is moving.
"Red Hook is our home," he says. "It's a really important place for us, so we just have to make it work and be smart about it and not allow ourselves to be destroyed by another storm."
A list of resources and emergency preparedness tips can be found at nycbusiness-solutions.com.