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Florida hurricane preparedness tips

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Florida hurricane preparedness tips Florida hurricane preparedness tips

Hurricanes hit hard in Florida. Especially in the East Coast, hurricane damage can be severe. Having a hurricane preparedness plan will help to keep you and your loved one's safe and reduce the damage to your property.

First, keep in mind that hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean goes from June 1 to November 30. While hurricanes are most active in September, they could still happen at any time of the season. They also can affect areas more than 100 miles inland, so even if you’re in an inland city you still need to be prepared.

Hurricane preparedness is composed of different stages. In each of them, there are different steps that should be taken.

Basic preparedness: even before there is a hurricane alert, there are some things you should know and do.

  • Assess your area’s risk of hurricanes, storm surges, flooding and winds.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts, such as your city/county/state’s government, emergency services and local hospitals.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.
  • Become familiar with evacuation zones and routes.
  • Get to know the closest shelter location, such as a FEMA safe room or an ICC 500 storm shelter.
  • Review insurance policies.
  • If you have pets, make a plan for them, too.

When a hurricane is 36 or more hours away from arriving:

  • Prepare an emergency kit with food and water enough for at least three days, a flashlight, medication, batteries, cash and first aid supplies. If you have pets, keep an emergency kit for them as well.
  • Review your evacuation route and shelters with your family in order for everyone to be ready.
  • Create a communications plan with your family; preferably use text messages or social media as phone lines may be down or too busy.
  • Keep your car in good condition and with the gas tank full, and store it with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

When a hurricane is 18 to 36 hours away from arriving:

  • Bookmark your city’s or county’s website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Address outdoor objects that could become projectiles in the wind: bring inside loose, lightweight objects and anchor heavy objects that would be unsafe to bring inside.
  • Trim or remove trees that are close enough to fall on your property.
  • Cover all your home’s windows. If you haven’t installed hurricane shutters, cover them with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood.

When a hurricane is 6 to 18 hours away from arriving:

  • Turn on your TV or radio to a news station and/or check your city’s or county’s website every 30 minutes for updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cellphone so it will have a full battery when the hurricane arrives.

When a hurricane is 6 or fewer hours away from arriving:

  • If you’re in an area recommended for evacuation, go to your local shelter. If you’re not, plan to stay at home or wherever you are at the moment. In any case, let your family and friends know where you will be.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Close storm shutters and stay away from windows.
  • Turn your fridge to the lowest temperature and open only when strictly necessary. This is in order to keep your food cold in case the power goes out.

During the hurricane:

  • If you’re told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • If you’re not able to go to a FEMA safe house or ICC 500 storm shelter, take refuge in a small and windowless room or hallway in the lowest floor of the building that is not subject to flooding.
  • If you’re trapped in a flooding building, go to the highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn around and go away.

After the hurricane has passed, you still need to be careful. Keep on surveilling communication channels, such as TV, radio and the city’s website, for information and special instructions. Also, be careful during cleanup, do not touch electrical equipment and avoid wading in flood water.

To ensure better results in restoring your property back to normal, contact an emergency cleanup service such as SERVPRO of Martin County. We will assess the damage and repair it to leave everything "Like it never even happened."

Trained storm damage specialist

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Trained storm damage specialist Trained storm damage specialist

Whenever a storm damage your home or business it is important that you understand every disaster is different and requires a different solution, however the process to addresses this issue such as the cleaning and restoration remains the same.

The storm may come with heavy rains, tornadoes, severe weather and all of them can cause water floods and it requires immediate attention with a specific plan of action at your home or office.

Always keep handy our number 772- 334-8762 so you can contact our specialists, they are highly trained professionals in clean up and restoration process, equipment and techniques to overcome the storm damage fast and properly. For instance, we offer advance water inspection extraction and drying equipment operated by our trained specialists in storm and water damage.

A storm can happen at any moment, day or time of the year, this is why you can count with the immediate response from our highly qualified technicians, they are available the 24 hours, seven days a week.

We are leaders in the storm and water damage restoration industry, our specialists have advance training and expertise with a great hands-on experience they will use all of this experience and knowledge to dry and restore your house or office to pre-storm condition. They are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certification. This assure our staff is equipped with the necessary knowledge to properly restore your property after a storm  damage it. Our training programs includes:

  • IICRC training
  • Employee certification training
  • Initial franchise training
  • E-learning
  • Continuing Education Classes

These programs cover all topics and knowledge necessary to addresses your restoration emergency including storm and major events.

Call us to action the 24 hours, the seven days a week: 772-334-8762

Is your business ready to deal with heavy storms?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is your business ready to deal with heavy storms? Is your business ready to deal with heavy storms?

Did you know …

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Do you have a Disaster Recovery plan ready for your business? 

A good way of minimize interruption is by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and storm damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a heavy storm, tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

At SERVPRO of Martin County, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO, for us any disaster is too big.  Call us today! (772) 3348762 

Helping to reduce the risk of Storm, Tornado and Hurricane Damages

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping to reduce the risk of Storm, Tornado and Hurricane Damages Helping to reduce the risk of Storm, Tornado and Hurricane Damages

Florida is located in one of the most exposed areas to hurricanes, tornadoes or huge storms. That’s why we stay alert and heed all of the warning signs that can suggest more damage to our home when faced with a big storm. The cost of rebuilding after a storm, -even with the help of insurance-, can be huge.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Uprooted trees, broken branches, and stray debris are common post-storm eyesores. Get ready and prepare your house to help reduce the cost of damages from potential upcoming storms.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Choose SERVPRO, we are:

  • Faster to Any Size Emergency: When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
  • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. 
  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teamsstrategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

If you think ahead about how to reduce the costs of damage from a storm, you can save money, time, and also protect your family members. But if you have just experienced a storm, and have some damage of your property, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO.

Remember that a fast response is crucial with respect to flooding and storm damages, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Choose SERVPRO Call us today: (772) 334-8762

Why SERVPRO?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why SERVPRO? Why choose Us?

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

Why choose Us?

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings

Did you know that SERVPRO offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff, and these programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events.

Why Take the Risk?

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to restoring your property to “Like it never even happened.” As a locally owned and operated company, providing the best possible customer service is our business…Thank you again for choosing SERVPRO.

Addressing scenarios such as Fire & Smoke Damage, Water Damage, or Mold infestation? Call SERVPRO Today (772) 334 8762 

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage? Storm Damage

Did you know that the stormy weather across the United States continues through the summer months and remains until November 30th?

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

How we procedure?

We responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today!  We're faster to Any Size Disaster (772) 334-8762

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, Ready for whatever happens.®

12/29/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, Ready for whatever happens.® SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of nearly 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2015 Siberian Express: Record sub- zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperatures resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO® Franchises completing nearly 2000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2” per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO® Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO® Franchise System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder and surrounding Colorado mountain communities. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO® Franchises in the emergency response.

2013 Alberta, Canada Floods: Heavy rainfall triggered flooding affecting more than 120,000 residents, and ultimately, the costliest disaster in Canadian history with damages estimated at C$5 billion, with C$1.7 billion in insurance damages.

2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine. The Disaster Recovery Team® placed nearly 1000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO® Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

WEATHERING Summer Storms

7/28/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage WEATHERING Summer Storms Summer Storms

The spring season is known for the potential to see stormy weather across the United States, but that threat still exists through the summer months. In fact, the potential for severe weather actually increases in some areas. June 1st signals the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th. While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, you can take necessary steps to protect your home and business now to ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most fierce and unpredictable forces. According to the National Weather Service, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico each year. Many remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coastline. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. Hurricanes can produce additional hazards including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. It is important to be prepared for all of these threats.

  •  Know if you are located in an evacuation area. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge; inventory your personal and business property. 
  • Check your emergency supplies, replace batteries and stock necessary supplies. 
  • During the season, monitor the tropics. Program your NOAA weather radio. 
  • If a storm threatens, heed advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.

Tornadoes

Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can affect any region of the United States, though some areas are more likely than others. “Peak” season runs May through July, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, if conditions are favorable. Around 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States each year. Damage is usually caused by strong tornadic winds that can reach 300 mph. It is important to be prepared if a tornado watch or warning is issued for your area, and to know the difference.

  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plan and check supplies. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps save lives. 
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately to a storm cellar, basement or interior room such as a closet, hallway or bathroom. 

For more preparedness tips, contact SERVPRO® Martin County (772) 334-8762 or visit http://www.SERVPROmartincounty.com/

Call the CLEANUP TEAM that’s faster to any size disaster

4/28/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call the CLEANUP TEAM that’s faster to any size disaster Storm Damage

FASTER TO ANY SIZED DISASTER.

For SERVPRO®, this is not just an empty tagline. It is a commitment from SERVPRO® of Martin County to be there when you need them most.

Whether you are a small business owner who has to close your doors after a minor fire damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® System has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins. The sooner restoration begins, the sooner you or your customers can resume life and business as usual.

SERVPRO® of Martin County is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster occur, such as a flood or wildfire, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed. Learn more about this elite team inside this issue of the Restoration Newsline.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO® of Martin County. Backed by a System of Franchises more than 1,600 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Martin County Emergency Ready Profile

8/20/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Martin County Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO Martin County Emergency Ready Profile

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Martin County Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Martin County Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO® Martin County Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® Martin County is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Why Take the Risk? Call SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 3348762