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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
AMI, Merritt Alves, 866-367-6622, MAlves@marinaassociation.org

MEDIA ALERT: Learning from Hurricane Sandy: March 12 Webinar to Discuss Securing Boats on Land in a Storm Event

Sign up Now; Share Survival Stories; Answer Questions March 12, 2013, at 2:00 pm EST

WHAT:  The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) have teamed up to offer a series of three online webinars for marine facility operators and others interested in learning about how to secure boats to avoid damage in future storms. The second webinar, “Securing Boats on Land,” is on Tuesday, March 12, and will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard. Three hurricanes made landfall in Florida within six weeks of each other in 2004, and another three devastated the state in 2005. In the wake of those two record-breaking seasons, Florida marinas developed more storm-resistant strategies for storing boats on the hard that reflected the risks of individual marinas and the differences between power and sail boats in strong winds and high surge conditions. Beth Leonard, Director of Technical Services for BoatUS, will discuss those strategies, and examine whether they would have been helpful in reducing the damage from Sandy. She’ll also share some potential modifications to those techniques that have come out of debriefing the BoatUS Catastrophe (CAT) Teams after Sandy.

WHY:  Hurricane Sandy was the single-largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded, with over $650 million in damage to boats alone. Not included in that figure are the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to marinas, boat yards and yacht clubs. Boats that didn’t stay put in Sandy’s exceptional storm surge caused damage to other boats, marina infrastructure, and private and public property.

WHEN:  All webinars are at 2:00pm EST:
March 12- “Securing Boats on Land,” the next Webinar in the series, will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard, and discuss some potential solutions and best practices.
March 26- “Securing Boats in the Water,” will look at the challenges presented by moorings and by various dock structures such as fixed or floating docks, and also look at solutions and best practices.
The first in the series, “Sandy Overview: What We’ve Learned,” was held on March 5 and looked at what made Hurricane Sandy so destructive and the types of damage it caused to boats and marinas, and share some survival stories.

HOW:  The cost to attend is $10 per webinar for members of AMI or BoatUS and, for non-members, $25 for one webinar, $40 for two and $60 for all three. NY and NJ facilities are invited to attend for free, compliments of AMI and BoatUS, but they must still register. Any proceeds after costs will be donated to the NJ Recovery and Relief Fund to aid recreational marine businesses damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Go to http://marinaassociation.org/training/online-webinars to register, or, for more information, call (866) 367-6622 or visit MarinaAssociation.org.

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About AMI:

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides management training, education and information about research, legislation and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.

About the BoatUS Catastrophe Team:

The BoatUS Marine Insurance Catastrophe (CAT) Team salvages boats and processes insurance claims after major hurricanes. Comprised of insurance claims representatives, surveyors, adjustors, crane operators, transport staff, on-the-water towers, yard managers and administrative staff, its goal is to salvage damaged boats and settle BoatUS Marine Insurance Program claims as quickly as possible. With many of its members having over 25 years experience, the BoatUS CAT team has been asked frequently by local authorities to coordinate salvage efforts among multiple insurance companies.