Recent Storm Damage Posts

Are you prepared for Flash Floods!

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for Flash Floods! Battling floods can be hard, let SERVPRO of South Worcester help you! Call (508)757-7885.

Prepare Now for Future Flood Damage

Heavy rainstorms are not unusual during the traditional hurricane season in recent years in the Worcester area, and area businesses anticipate possible damage from flash floods. Large amounts of water collecting in retail spaces, production floors, offices or other commercial buildings bring your business to a halt if you have no plan. Professional assistance to deal with the issues relating to flooding is crucial for full restoration to occur. 

Severe weather pounds the Worcester area, causing flood damage to downtown businesses including your concert venue. Electronic equipment, stage areas, patron seating, and food service areas are all involved. Your concert calendar is full, and both performers and fan rely upon you and your staff providing a safe and dry area for scheduled performances. The ability of our team to respond quickly with powerful water removal and state of the art drying equipment is the key to a fast turnaround. The show goes on with our help.

Our crews have familiarity with significant seasonal flooding activity in our area, and encourage businesses concerned about the yearly chaos flooding brings to work with us to develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) as a flooding safeguard and preparation tool. Prior to any catastrophe, contact us and we send an experienced manager to your business for a no-obligation assessment of your space. Creating your ERP is as simple as opening our mobile app and providing a thorough list of details.

The information you provide allows us to focus our response to your current crisis. You appoint key staff who can direct the restoration effort if you are unavailable. SERVPRO asks you to give us a blueprint of your layout, including utility shut-offs, so we can jump right in to begin work. You devise and share with us a list of your priorities when flooding occurs, including the names and contact information for experts who can assist in the safe recovery of the specialized equipment used in the music business. Your Emergency Ready Profile and Plan makes a significant difference in the success of our restoration efforts.

Decide to address the potential for seasonal flooding by partnering with SERVPRO of South Worcester. Call to set up an assessment at (508) 757-7885, and we welcome the chance to craft a personalized ERP for your business.

Visit http://www.worcesterma.gov/ for more information about Worcester.

Worcester - are you ready for hurricane season?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has officially begun and in full effect. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes and of course hurricanes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an escape route, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business for example boarding up you’re windows. Another tip is to consider hurricane straps for your homes roof, they will ensure that your roof is stable onto the rest of your home. For more tips and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Protect Your Cherry Valley Home against Flood Damage Today

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Cherry Valley Home against Flood Damage Today Save Money for Flood Damage Water Removal in Cherry Valley, Call SERVPRO of South Worcester.

Storms and Appliances Can Flood Your Home, Be Ready to Call SERVPRO

Finding a home that fits your family can be tough; when you finally make a purchase and start to settle in, you want to protect your investment properly. It takes some investigation to discover each and every problem that may exist in your home; you might even need some help. 
  
After you spend the time searching for the perfect home in Cherry Valley, flood damage is the last thing you want. However, every home is susceptible to flooding, even those placed nowhere near a natural water source. Your home appliances can easily turn against you, leaving you and your family wondering what comes next.  
  
To avoid issues related to major appliances found in most modern homes today, you want to have your home inspected by a trusted restoration company that specializes in recovering from flood damage. A company, like SERVPRO, can help you discover hidden problems by performing a full inspection and give you a better chance to avoid situations that commonly occur in your area.  
  
Many homeowners install dishwashers next to their sink in the kitchen, resulting in a series of connectors, feedlines, drain hoses, and other fittings that require periodic maintenance. Something similar happens when you install a refrigerator that has an ice maker, a washing machine, or even your water heater.  
  
All of these appliances can lead to significant flooding issues that cause severe damage in your home. Something as small as a 1/8th-inch tear or crack can release hundreds of gallons of water per day. Think about how fast things can get out of hand when the leak continues undiscovered. 
  
At SERVPRO we help customers become ready for whatever might happen on their property. You receive a no-cost assessment that contributes to providing solutions for issues found in your home. We discuss each problem individually, explain available services in detail, and consider every option available to limit losses you may experience. 
  
When you have a pre-existing relationship with SERVPRO and disaster strikes, we already have details about your property which give us the ability to respond quicker, providing you with the support you deserve during an emergency.  We can offer you our ERP, Emergency READY Profile Plan that suggests preventative measures for natural disasters, contact info for your, and us as your storm restoration specialist. All in a moble app.
  
Make the decision to plan ahead, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester for additional information and get started protecting your family home for whatever comes. (508) 757-7885  Visit the Area: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester,_Massachusetts

Facts about Flooding

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. 

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000. 

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips. 

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet. 
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of South Worcester is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins; the sooner order can be restored. 

when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of South Worcester will help you take it back. 

Storms, Floods, Hurricanes no match for us!

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is officially underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1st through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30th. Hurricanes can be life threatening, and can cause some serious property damage, and threatening hazardous situations such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes - even here in our home town of Worcester!

Preparation is the best protection in fighting against the dangers of a hurricane. plan and escape route, take inventory of your property and take steps to protect your home or business, for instance if you live on a flat level property use sand bags to keep water from traveling inside your property. Also you can protect your windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters. For more help on preparing your home or business from our next storm, visit the ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes .  

Storm Flooding

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Flooding Cleanup after a Worcester storm

Flooding can cause catastrophic damage, however, SERVPRO of South Worcester can help restore residential and commercial properties. Often water damage restoration can be complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable staff. SERVPRO of South Worcester can restore a small water cleanup or a large scale situation. SERVPRO will work quickly to access the situation and make it “Like it never even happened.” At SERVPRO we understand that you need to have your home or business fully functioning. When an emergency situation arises, give us a call and we will be there fast with all the help you need.

SERVPRO of South Worcester specializes in restoration and cleanup of residential and commercial property after a water damage event. Please call us at 508-757-7885 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Trained Professionals to Cleanup After a Storm

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Trained Professionals to Cleanup After a Storm Storm Damage in a Worcester Basement.

When your home or commercial property has water damage from storms, SERVPRO of South Worcester has the expertise, experience, and equipment to properly restore your property. At SERVPRO of South Worcester we have the experience plus the scientific approach to water removal and cleanup to properly dry and restore your property. Every water damage is different and needs to be addressed, however, the general process is the same.

  • Step 1 - Emergency Contact
  • Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
  • Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
  • Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
  • Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 6 – Restoration

At SERVPRO South Worcester we take every job very seriously. Restoration is the process of making your home or business back to pre-water condition. We understand that a water loss is stressful. Our technicians will treat you and your family with great care and empathy. We are always here to help, please contact us at 508-757-8779 for any questions or to schedule a free estimate.

Flooding in Worcester is no match for SERVPRO

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding in Worcester is no match for SERVPRO Flooded Street

One of the most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. There is always the potential for flooding no matter where you live. Massachusetts is no exception. Pictured is a Worcester street that was flooded by a powerful storm. Many people were caught by surprise and their homes and businesses were severely damaged by the powerful flood waters.  

By knowing that flooding can be devastating and potentially dangerous, it is important to always be prepared. Being prepared will help you keep your employees and family safe. By taking the proper precautions to prevent damages to your home and business is always a good idea. At SERVPRO South Worcester we can help you be prepared by providing your business with an Emergency Ready Profile.

According to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never open after a disaster. By having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile will help minimize business interruption. The profile has critical information that will speed up mitigation services. There is no cost and you are provided a detailed profile document that will help your business recover quickly.

By contacting SERVPRO they can help give you ideas of how to plan ahead and provide you with the services you deserve to save your business. Remember that remaining safe during an emergency is of primary importance. SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience dealing with man-made and natural disasters.

Please call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885 for more information on our Emergency Ready Profile.

Flood Damage Protection for Our Own Worcester Colleges and Universities!

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Protection for Our Own Worcester Colleges and Universities! Dorm flood damage can quickly affect many residents. Call SERVPRO to quickly remediate so that the students can get back to learning.

SERVPRO can Help Get Things Under Control Whether the Flood Damage is Minor of Major

Many colleges and university's in our area offer dormitory living to their students. Plumbing problems, whether or not traceable to the inhabitants of the dorms, threaten living conditions for high numbers of students. Managing and recovering from the effects of clogged toilets or overflowing showers is easier with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO on duty.
 
Maybe just the result of an accident or mistake, or sometimes a prank with malicious intent, flood damage in a Worcester college or university is a serious problem for officials. Students and their families pay significant amounts of money for dormitory accommodations, and there are few alternatives for other living options if flooding makes rooms uninhabitable. We have the staff and the equipment to restore water damaged common areas and individual rooms quickly, limiting the disruption for the students and protecting the institution.
 
Flooding from toilets and showers contains contaminants, and the professional technicians we employ at SERVPRO know how to manage gray and black water. We extract the tainted water and dispose of it according to local regulations. Once the water is gone, we sanitize the affected areas with appropriate disinfectants. Drying with air movers and dehumidifiers completes the process and contents of the dorms remained unaffected.
 
Any contents in rooms or lounges that are porous risk permanent contamination. SERVPRO technicians evaluate beds, furnishings, and floor coverings that were saturated with the flow of water to determine whether they are safe to use or should be discarded. Machine washable and dryable items stay, but immersed articles that cannot be laundered or dry cleaned must go.
 
Our staff investigates where water migrated after the flood, searching for hidden areas that could be breeding grounds for molds. Walls painted with oil-based enamel clean up and disinfect well, but soaked drywall and insulation indicate even some structural elements need to be removed and replaced because there is no sure way to be certain they can be made safe. Tile or linoleum flooring responds well to sanitization, but carpeting, especially padding, often requires replacement. SERVPRO consults with insurers and the school officials to make the best decisions to restore the dorm without risking the students’ health and well-being.
 
Consider SERVPRO of South Worcester a teammate when errant plumbing flooding damages student living quarters. Call (508) 757-7885 day or night and welcome our flood damage team within hours.

Disaster Assistance Always Available from SERVPRO of South Worcester

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Assistance Always Available from SERVPRO of South Worcester Prepare for flooding by calling SERVPRO to assess your property.

Preparation is Key to Surviving Flooding and Subsequent Flood Damage

When you live in an area historically plagued by flooding, discovering ways to protect your home and family becomes vital. We can help you prepare your home against flooding, beginning with the information you find below.
 
Start by understanding that flooding can occur anywhere, even your Cherry Valley home is susceptible to flood damage. Creating a preparedness plan to get your family to safety and taking the proper precautions to prevent damages to your home is smart.
 
Helping by giving advice and preparing homeowners for battle against flood damage causing devastation in their homes is what SERVPRO does. We begin protecting your home by providing you with a ready plan app available online or on your mobile device.
 
This app allows you to share information about your home's location, entry options and any specifics concerning current circumstances, including requesting services to your home during an emergency. It can also help you keep track of all of your items affected by a disaster.
 
Flood waters can advance quickly, which is why it is so important to plan ahead for these types of events. If your basement or crawl spaces are prone to excessive water, there are services available to help you eliminate these issues before they become a problem.
 
You can have new drains and sump pumps installed to help with water removal during an emergency. Have professional technicians, like those offered at SERVPRO, perform proper grading in your yard to help keep water away from your building.
 
We can also offer crawl space encapsulation services to help improve your home's indoor environment and prevent damages to the structure of your building. However, these things need to be thought of before emergency strikes and are just as important as a well-planned evacuation.
 
Contacting your local SERVPRO office can help give you ideas of how to plan ahead and provide you with the services you deserve to save one of the biggest investments of your life, your home. Just remember that remaining safe during an emergency is of primary importance.
 
Therefore, practice an escape plan with the members of your family, prepare a survival kit ahead of time that includes clothing, food, and safety items that would be enough to cover a few days at least.
 
Make sure to give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call for help with surviving your next disaster. (508) 757-7885

Flood Preparation Steps in Cherry Valley

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Preparation Steps in Cherry Valley Call SERVPRO quickly after a storm to remediate flood damage and to protect your home from any further damages.

Taking Time to Prepare for a Possible Disaster can Pay off During a Storm

Among the most costly and frequent natural disasters, floods often occur after a hurricane or many days of sustained rain. Flash floods happen suddenly from water rapidly rising in a low-lying area or stream. You need to learn ahead of time what to do to keep your family safe. You need to know of a reputable flood damage remediation company as well who can help you afterward, such as SERVPRO.

Preparing in Advance
Be sure you and your Cherry Valley home are ready for a flood in advance. You’ll be able to keep you and your family safe, and perhaps lessen the amount of flood damage that your home sustains.  Put together an emergency preparedness kit and make an evacuation plan which includes any pets. Keep informed about your community’s response plans and risk for flooding.

Remember that standard homeowner's insurance policies will not cover flooding, but flood insurance does. SERVPRO can work with you and your insurance company after the flood to make sure you get the compensation you need for repairs.

Right Before the Flood
Have a battery operated radio you can use to listen to the local area station for the latest updates and information? Be ready to evacuate fast, and know what your routes and destinations are. Find a local emergency shelter where you can all go.

Check your emergency kit and any items that are in short supply or missing need to be replenished. Medical supplies and medications are of particular importance. Keep the kit nearby and accessible.

Staying Safe Indoors During a Flood
First turn off water mains and power if you are instructed to by local authorities. Boil tap water until water sources are deemed safe and avoid contact with floodwater. It can be contaminated with sewage, or contain dangerous animals or insects.

Keep listening to the radio for the latest information and any updates. Do not use electrical appliances which are flooded or any gas. Throw away any food that has come into contact with flood waters.

Staying Safe Outdoors During a Flood
Do not walk, drive or swim through floodwaters. A mere six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you down, and two feet will float a car. If you are stuck on a road where water is rapidly rising, quickly get out of the car and get to higher ground. Do not walk on river banks or beaches and don’t let your children play near flood water.

Do not come into contact with the floodwater and stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, low spots, dips, washes, canyons, etc. can quickly become filled with water.

Recovery
Let family and friends know you are safe and register yourself on the Safe and Well website. If you have been evacuated, only return when authorities say it is safe.

As soon as you can, contact a SERVPRO technician for help so they can come out to your property quickly, assess the damage and create a plan for remediation. They have professional equipment to remove the standing water and dry your home and possessions out. Dehumidifiers and dryers, plus protective gear are just some of the things the technician will bring.

SERVPRO of South Worcester has someone standing by at all times to take your call. When your home suffers flood damage, don’t hesitate to contact us at (508) 757-7885.

Flood Damage Results in Damage to Your Home and Possessions

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Results in Damage to Your Home and Possessions Flooding in Worcester Calls on SERVPRO for Restoration

Rely on SERVPRO To Extract Flood Waters and Mitigate Damage

According to FloodSmart.gov, all 50 states have experienced natural flood events in the last five years, and flooding is ranked as the number one natural disaster in the U.S. As for in-home flooding caused by plumbing failure, water damage, and freezing pipes make up over 21% of all insurance claims.

Flood damage in Worcester is always a possibility. However, if you have experienced this type of event, you do not have to spend any extra time worrying about this traumatic event. Call the experts. Our SERVPRO professionals are incredibly understanding and sensitive to your experience. Flooding requires the expertise, equipment, and knowledge that we possess.
 
Act Quickly After Flood Damage
Once water has flooded your home, be it from natural to failure infrastructure factors, it is crucial that you immediately call on SERVPRO professionals to deal with the aftermath. Fast action is imperative because flood damage is unlike small leaks. Flood damage has the capability of ruining nearly everything it touches in your home. This includes furniture, electronics, appliances, cabinetry, carpeting/flooring, and even your walls.
 
Flood Water Damage Within the First Hour
The types of flood damage that occur in the first hour of a water event typically cannot be prevented. The water intrusion is both massive and rapid. Whether from a storm surge, rising groundwater, or a burst water main, the initial water attack can cause significant loss. Your home's structural integrity, carpet staining from furniture, curtains, and other items that bleed color can all be damaged requiring rapid drying for a chance at restoration. SERVPRO has the certified technicians to deal with wetted documents, books, photographs, and other sensitive material.
 
Flood Water Damage Within the First Day
A lot of destruction can occur if your flooding event goes a single day without attention or remediation. After the initial damage of the flooding and exposure to the water, there are additional types of damage that can occur within the first 24 hours. While not all are irreversible, they can certainly create serious problems and lasting issues if water extraction is not performed.
 
Flood damage within the first 4 hours will harm furniture/furniture legs; warping and cupping of hardwood flooring, the ruin of drywall, waterlogged carpets and padding and appliances. Typically, groundwater contains contaminants such as fecal matter, pathogens, plant and soil debris and possible combustible materials and chemicals that will require specific PPE (personal protection equipment) for safe removal.

Contact Us
Do not let prolonged flooding exposure ruin your home. Contact SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO South Worcester is always ready to heip

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO South Worcester is always ready to heip Damaging Flood Water

Ready for Whatever Happens

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 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, 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.”

2016 Houston, TX Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County which saw a total of nearly18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs mitigating over $3 million in damages.

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 inches 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.

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.

When Storms or Floods hit Worcester SERVPRO is ready!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Worcester SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Worcester.

SERVPRO of South Worcester specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (508-757-7885

Be Storm Smart - Be Storm Ready

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can aff ect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

*Facts provided by http://www.stormready.noaa.gov.

SERVPRO Storm Teams Are Ready!

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of over 1,600 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, 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, including those listed here. 

In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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.

2012 Hurricane Isaac: Hurricane Isaac caused flooding and damage across five states before weakening, including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Nearly 100 SERVPRO® Franchises were activated to assist in the cleanup and restoration efforts. 

2011 Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee: With storm damage spanning from North Carolina to New England, activation of the Disaster Recovery Team®, combined with local resources, placed approximately 1,000 crews in affected areas. 

2011 North Dakota Floods: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provided restoration services to more than 400 residents and businesses, including municipal buildings and the area hospital. The SERVPRO® System sent hundreds of crews to help.

Learn More About Wireless Emergency Alerts

5/29/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Learn More About  Wireless Emergency Alerts Example of a WEA

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA may be used to share:

  •  Extreme weather warnings.
  •  Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.
  •  AMBER Alerts.
  •  Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine if your mobile device is WEAcapable.

Some Myths About Lightning

5/22/2014 (Permalink)

According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.

Myth: If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from rainfall. 

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately. 

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry. 

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.

Facts provided by fema.gov

Tools To Help You Be Prepared.

5/12/2014 (Permalink)

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations, such as an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts. 

Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features.

  • Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear).
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).
  • Ease of programming. 

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

5/7/2014 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. 

In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.* These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts (see right inset). Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action 

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. 

Be an Example

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

*information courtosy of ready.gov