shear valve and piping was pulled up approximately one foot.
Fiberglass lines do not stretch.
• Flexible connectors. Over the past few years, flexible
connectors have been given a bad rap. In Joplin, not a single
broken flexible connector was found after the storm, even when
the fiberglass piping was damaged or destroyed. The flexible
connector was pulled, tugged, twisted and torqued as the
dispenser was violently removed, but the fiberglass piping broke
just below the fittings.
• emergency generator fuel storage tanks for non-retail
facilities. The staff at St. John’s/Mercy Hospital probably has
thousands of lessons that they can share. One is particularly
Evidence of straight upward wind
relevant to our community: the importance of thinking about
when you will need a generator and taking whatever steps are
required to protect it.
The emergency generators for this hospital were in a
separate concrete-block building next to the hospital. The tanks
also were outside, with a small portion of the piping coming
out of the ground and into the side of the building. The Joplin
tornado created a chain reaction. First, the concrete-block
building was blown away like cardboard. Second, the concrete
blocks smashed against the generator. Third, an air handler
came off the hospital roof and crushed the generator. Finally,
the piping was destroyed when the wall through which it
Generator piping destroyed
GO WITH THE FLOW.
HORNET W 85 H INOX
DEF Transfer System.
Made in Germany
DEF Transfer Pump
HORNE T W 85 H INOX
• Patented Hybrid Principle
• Stainless Steel Mounting Bracket
• MicroMatic Coupling & Valve
• Options: FMT ll Electronic Flow
Meter and Stainless Steel Nozzle
• Made in Germany
• Self Priming
• Rugged & Reliable
• 20% Higher Flow Rate
than PIUSI Suzzarra Blue
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