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Prepping Your Family for Severe Weather
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What to Think About in Severe Weather Planning
Being prepared is one of the best ways to come out ahead of the weather, and having an established family emergency plan is a smart move.
If your family already has an emergency plan in place, that’s great. Just be sure to practice and discuss your plan at the start of the various weather seasons so everyone knows exactly what to do.
If you’ve not yet created your family emergency plan, start here by taking a look at some things to take into consideration when creating it:
1. Receiving Emergency Alerts
We still have radio and television to broadcast warnings and alerts, but thanks to today’s technologies, it is very easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you can quickly receive emergency alerts, which gives you with valuable time in severe weather situations.
2. Knowing Your Storm Shelter Options
If tornadoes are a common occurrence where you live, the lowest part of your home (i.e., the basement) is safest, but if there is no basement, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home in an interior room away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. However, tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstance that requires a form of storm shelter, and you can visit ready.gov to learn more about these situations.
3. Knowing Evacuation Routes
Having several evacuation routes mapped out before you need them can help should a hurricane, flood or fire force you from your home in a hurry. It’s wise to have multiple routes mapped out in case one is impassable. Remember to locate places that will also allow your pets to stay with you along the way.
4. Keeping Communication Open
Your family will need an emergency communication plan in place. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but sometimes that will not be feasible as cell communication is reliant on towers that could sustain damage during the storm.
Power could also be lost, phones could be misplaced, and if there is no power, you will not be able to recharge them when needed. Also, set up a safe meeting place for your family, so that you can all meet there if separated.
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of North Huntington to get the cleanup and restoration process started.
The Importance of a Disaster Plan for Your Business - Part 2
Protecting Your Assets From Disaster
If you have a business that is located in a brick and mortar location, you’ll still need to make careful decisions about how to protect the assets within the building. From equipment to merchandise, there are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes.
Keep an updated and complete inventory of your assets, equipment and merchandise, and whenever possible, having photographs prior to a disaster is always desirable if insurance claims will have to be made. Computer servers are often used to store your assets, so you should take the necessary steps to ensure that a backup system is working and the storage system, such as a cloud storage option, cannot be damaged.
As a building owner, you can enlist the help of a contractor who will work with you to uncover areas that may need to be improved upon with regard to the building’s structural integrity. The contractor can discuss with you possible safety upgrades and offer advice on any areas that may need to be upgraded for certain weather situations.
Back to Business Following the Disaster
When a natural disaster does occur and if your business suffers damage, it is possible that your business will have to be closed due to damage sustained. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. Build a disaster relief fund to help cover any additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.
Make up a list of contractors who will be available for any construction repairs, and find a cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of North Huntington to be there for you.
The Importance of a Disaster Plan for Your Business - Part 1
We hear news every day about everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes. In order to survive these devastating events, the key to being able to roll with the punches, so to speak, is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.
Being prepared for those scenarios means creating a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog will discuss some of the aspects to consider when designing that plan.
What to Include in a Disaster Plan
There are many things and areas you will need to consider when putting together a disaster plan for your business.
Included in those considerations should be:
- Providing protection for your employees - Part 1
- Securing your assets - Part 2 will follow in future blog
- How to get business up and running again - Part 2 will follow in future blog
Many checklists have been compiled by sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov to help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also let you see how prepared you truly are.
Safety Planning for Your Staff
If a disaster were to strike without warning, people come first. Having a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors will be of the utmost importance.
Ask yourself questions like are evacuation routes and exits from your facility properly marked, is there an area that can serve as a shelter space, is there a need to install emergency lighting, and do I have a volunteer team in my staff designated as “safety wardens” who are properly trained and ready to aid in all emergency efforts?
When choosing a space for a shelter, investigate using a basement or storm cellar in case of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If there is no basement space, find a small interior room on the lowest level of the building, such as a closet or interior hallway.
With SERVPRO® of North Huntington, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.
Understanding Mold and Mold Spores
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.
It is impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Water Damage and Insurance Claims
If your home has experienced any type of water damage, the team at SERVPRO® of North Huntington is available 24⁄7 to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Severe storms and water damage. It’s one of the first things that comes to mind for many, but while severe storms and flooding can cause extensive water damage, they are often not the main culprits.
Were you aware that various items in your home could be responsible for many situations that result in water damage?
Water Damage Is a Major Threat for Homeowners
Homeowners may at some time face water damage as it is the third most common reason that homeowners filed homeowners insurance claims between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.
Understanding the difference between water damage and gradual damage and how they can impact insurance claims is important. Examples of gradual damage are things that have been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Some aspects of gradual water damage are not covered by homeowners insurance, unfortunately, while some storm-related water damage is.
Protect Your Home From Fire
Experiencing a home fire is a nightmare scenario.
For many Americans, experiencing a home fire is a nightmare scenario that has become a reality. Each year more than 350,000 house fires occur in the U.S. Fortunately, you can take steps to help protect your home from fire by learning about and watching for fire hazards within it.
The primary cause of house fires is cooking, but smoking is the primary cause of home fire deaths. An estimated 17,200 house fires were reported in 2014 due to smoking materials such as cigarettes, pipes and cigars.
There were 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage from those fires, according to the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.
If you smoke, it is safest to smoke outside, as most deaths resulted from fires which started in living rooms or bedrooms. Fire-safe cigarettes are the best option, and using a deep, sturdy ashtray is safest.
SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help should you experience fire or smoke damage.
Candles Require Caution!
Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by the water damage from firefighting efforts.
Candles Require Caution
The National Fire Protection Association found that fire departments in the U.S. were called to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015. These fires resulted in 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.
Candles were reported to have caused 2 percent of home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent with injuries. There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day during those five years, with December having the highest amount of calls for the year.
Candle fires during this time span were responsible for 37 percent of bedroom fires and 36 percent of the associated deaths and 51 percent of the associated injuries.
Things to remember when using candles:
- Keep lit candles at least one foot away from flammable materials.
- Always use a sturdy holder that won’t tip over.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Don’t go to sleep with a candle burning.
- Do not use candles if oxygen is being used in the home.
SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition. 631-423-1734
We pride ourselves in being an IICRC certified firm.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for the restoration industry. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
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.
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We Are Ready to Help You 24/7!
SERVPRO of North Huntington is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.
We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Huntington has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.
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When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Call now for more information!
Faster to any disaster!
SERVPRO of North Huntington is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster! We provide 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
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When your home needs emergency flood damage or storm cleaning, you can depend on SERVPRO of North Huntington. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for flood or storm damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of North Huntington has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial Cleaning Services
The Right Equipment
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON knows how important the use of proper equipment is when your home or business has a water damage. Placing the right type and amount of equipment in a timely manner can significantly reduce damage, which is our goal. In addition to our drying equipment, air movers and dehumidifiers, we also use moisture sensors and meters to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. This ensures that even materials that don't "appear" to have been affected are double checked. There is a science behind the drying process.
If you have questions about our process or equipment usage, don't hesitate to call our office. SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON is always here to help and just a phone call away! Call us now. 631-423-1734