Safety - Newslines
Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEAs are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners included 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 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 on your mobile device. The WEA message will typical 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.
Not only does the thought of having mold scare most people, due to the fact they think it’s toxic. For some people it can be harmful unsafe to breath in mold. Mold comes is different strains, colors, textures, and growth rates. That's why you should leave it to the SERVPRO Professionals to come in and decide the best plan of action if you think there is a possibility of you having mold.
If you think have mold in any part of your house or place of business give our office a call. We’ll send an estimator out for a $155 fee to tell you where the mold is coming from if you do in fact have mold. Also our SERVPRO professional estimators will draw up a detailed plan to rid the structure of mold.
Mold in Basements
Mold in basements is a call our SERVPRO office gets just about every day. This is due to the fact that many basements are not built out correctly meaning there can be moisture present. Or another common problem is moisture seeps into the basement from sources like gutters, drainpipes, faulty foundations, leaking pipes, and the list goes on. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to spot the source of a water leak especially in the cases related to mold. When our professionals spot the mold they then draw up a detailed plan to rid the area of mold and correct the issue causing mold to grow in the first place.
Mold is also common in structures that have suffered water damages and were not dried out properly after the loss. So make sure you call SERVPRO for your water damage.
Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Draw a map of each level of the building and show all doors and windows or use a blue print. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for second and thirds levels. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of building. Mark the meeting place on the escape plan map.
Plan for everyone in the building with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company emergency plans.
Storms can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americas cope with an average of the following intense storms:
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 land falling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disaster 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 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. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
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 other to do the same.
SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial.
Commercial Properties - Arson & Vandalism
For many commercial properties like hotels, apartments, or offices there are a range of every day disasters that can strike that don’t include fire or water damage. Arson and vandalism are a common occurrence in commercial properties. SERVPRO professionals are recognized as experts at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damages but also when vandalism happens. Many times people think that you just paint over the graffiti or other methods used. That however is not the case. SERVPRO professionals come in and provide general vandalism cleaning and deodorization services for graffiti, egg and spoiled foods, and human or animal waste that people feel the need to use. SERVPRO professionals are have specialized chemicals the SERVPRO makes to rid a property of smell and remove the cause of the smell.
Commercial Properties - Bloodborne Pathogens
For many commercial properties like hotels, apartments, or offices there are a range of every day disasters that can strike that don’t include fire or water damage. Bloodborne pathogens are a common occurrence in commercial properties. SERVPRO professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO professionals thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure after a bloodborne pathogen job.
Though it is uncomfortable to talk about many people that live in apartments or travel for long periods of are alone. Meaning that if they have a heart attack or pass on for some reason it is usually several days before the situation is discovered. That is where SERVPRO professionals are called in the clean the area of blood or bodily fluids after a body has started to decompose.
Mold is something that most people do not want to deal with in their homes or place of business. Mold tends to be an unknown subject for the average person so here are a few facts for you about mold.
When excess moisture is present within a structure, mold can begin to grow in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Indoor air quality concerns and potential liability issues make it imperative that the structure is thoroughly dried and the mold is quickly and safely remediated. SERVPRO professionals provide reliable mold cleanup and remediation services in accordance with nationally recognized mold remediation standards.
Our office provides air samples for $190 which comes back in usually one week. This test measures the spore count in the outside are sample compared to the inside sample. This is a quickly and reliable way of knowing what your breathing in.
Fire Damage Tips - while you wait
When fire damage happens at your home or property it is a terrifying moment, because you don’t know what to do once everyone has made it out safely. So here are some tips to help you while you wait for our crews to reach your property:
Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
If electricity is off, empty freezer/fridge completely and prop doors opens to help prevent odor
Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim, appliances then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes
Change HVAC filter; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC