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The difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning.

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

What to Do if There Is a Tornado

Have you thought about the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning? A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If there has been a tornado warning issued for your area, it is important that you take action immediately to find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

It would be good if you have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries available and ready to use in your selected tornado shelter at home.

When driving, if you are caught out on the road during a tornado, NEVER try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can take you by surprise and wreak absolute havoc on the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Huntington is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

How to Get Your Business Ready for Emergencies

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

There are various matters and tasks that must be taken care of while running a business, but one of the most important tasks to think about, which is often overlooked, is emergency preparedness.

While having a plan in place is not insurance against having a disaster of some sort occur, it can still give your business a leg up where safety is concerned and at least ensure that your employees will know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Making a Plan

We highly recommend that you make this a priority and take the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations.

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

Emergencies come in many shapes and forms, and it doesn’t matter if one is man-made or natural. Where there is no emergency plan for a business, you can be sure things will get chaotic quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

As you think about beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, consider which scenarios are most likely to occur—and even those that you feel are a longshot but could still happen. After all, it’s better to be over-prepared for any worst-case scenario and not be caught off guard.

You will find plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

You should also conduct a business impact analysis (BIA), which can help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

After you have developed an emergency preparedness plan, be sure to review it and practice it with your employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of North Huntington is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tornado Safety Info Everyone Should Know

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

When you know that the weather in the spring can be unpredictable, you can take steps to always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado to strike.

The months of April and May are notorious for the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24%, respectively. This means we are currently entering into the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Ideal Conditions for a Tornado

There are approximately over 1,000 tornadoes that occur in the U.S. each year, and they are the product of severe thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

The formation of a tornado occurs when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

At first look, you will not see the tornado’s signature funnel cloud because it will be transparent until water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up. A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Typically, tornadoes occur in the late afternoon, but it is vital to remember that they can occur at anytime and anywhere.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Huntington is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Here to Help!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Huntington is Here to Help! 

When storms hit, SERVPRO of North Huntington can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We have the resources, training and certifications to handle floods and storms of any size! Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of North Huntington today.

631-423-1734

SERVPRO of North Huntington is an IICRC certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

Mother Nature Can Be Unpredictable in the Spring!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

We welcome you, spring! Now we can enjoy your weather, but also get ready for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way!

An Increased Chance for Severe Weather

With the arrival of spring, we are able to enjoy longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also can produce some sobering severe weather events throughout the country. It’s the dealer’s choice at this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Unstable temperatures are the cause of changing weather, and they can change from warm to cold in the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

In studying the natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, the most common came from severe thunderstorms and they produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

Severe thunderstorms can be responsible for the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Check Out These Spring Weather Tips!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of North Huntington to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

How to Be Prepared

We may not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the technology and the tools available to them to at least give us fair warning of an impending severe weather event. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some preventive preparations you take to prepare your home for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongs if severe weather is in the forecast.

Also, having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first -aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

See signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of North Huntington.

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Do you see signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of North Huntington, 631-423-1734.  We are always here to help! 

What NOT TO DO if you see signs of mold:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

What TO DO if you see signs of mold:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Huntington for further information and questions about mold remediation services.

Water Damage? Call the experts for help!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Have Questions about Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Huntington Today!

631-423-1734

A water damage can occur in any area of your home or business, at any time. Basements fall victim to flooding most often during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of things that could cause a water damage or flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help with all of your water damage clean-up needs. We are always just a phone call away!

Why Call Us? Because Response Time Matters

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

When faced with disaster in your home or business, time becomes an especially precious commodity. When it is your home or livelihood on the line, you don’t have the benefit of waiting for help with the cleanup and restoration needed—you need it right away.

We know that a fast response is critical, which is why a faster response to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Fast Response Matters

When it comes to your belongings or business being on the line, time is not something you have a lot of regarding disaster cleanup. When water damage has come into play, this is especially true and can be caused by various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It only takes a matter of minutes for water to affect the walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings within your property, where it will saturate everything in its path.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

Water damage that is not properly treated for over a week can lead to a dramatically increased restoration time and costs and can also impact structural safety. Don't wait! Call SERVPRO of North Huntington today, 631-423-1734. 

We're here to help!

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

We’re Here to Help

SERVPRO of North Huntington's trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any given time, no matter what day or time it is.

Helping to minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restorations costs manageable, we can provide an immediate response to any size disaster.

Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in. A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of North Huntington is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.