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September: National Preparedness Month - Week #4

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month, Week #4

Week #4 – September 20th-26th

Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness

When you have children in the house, it is very important to make sure they know what to do in an emergency. When you have discussed emergencies and what to do, children are likely to be a little scared of the thought of what could come. One of the best ways to help ease their nerves is to make sure they are educated on what to do, and they know the plans that you have put in place. This also helps avoid them freezing up during an emergency and helps them think more clearly.

This week, make time for each child in your household to work through some activities on www.ready.gov/kids. This program covers all ages, from young kids to teenagers. For young children, there are games they can play to learn and become comfortable. For teenagers, it outlines what they can do to become more prepared and involved with the community.

There are also resources for families on what you can do together, along with what teachers can do to help their students be more prepared at home.

Thank you for following along for this year’s National Preparedness Month!

Hurricane Laura Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season 2020, June 1st – November 30th, 2020

This hurricane season, we have been warned of several large, developing storms. The most notable storm so far this year has been Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura quickly developed and caused major damage in multiple countries before making landfall in the United States. While many states and areas of the coast got heavy rain and storms, Louisiana and Texas were hit the worst by the storm.  

The one positive thing about Laura was that it took several days for her to gain the amount of power that she made landfall with. This gave residents time to make plans or evacuate the area. Now that the hurricane is completely gone, families are now seeing the damage firsthand, and working on putting their lives back together.

While most areas in the county have local franchise locations, in an event like this, they are often overrun with calls and cannot handle the workload. This is when the franchise aspect of our business really becomes a positive. If there is too large of a workload coming in, we are able to call in other franchises from around the country to come and help.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties was happy to accept an invitation to come help with the Hurricane Laura cleanup. Our team has been there going on two weeks, and will continue until all our clients' homes and businesses are taken care of.

As one of the primer restoration companies in the world, we are able to respond and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

September: National Preparedness Month - Week #3

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month

Week #3 – September 13th-19th

Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies

There are many different types of disasters and emergencies that can happen in your area that you may not think about. Find out what may impact your area, and visit www.ready.gov/be-informed to access information on each of these emergency situations:

  • Active Shooter
  • Attacks in Public Places
  • Avalanche
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical Emergencies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Explosions
  • Extreme Heat
  • Floods
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Home Fires
  • Household Chemical Emergencies
  • Hurricanes
  • Landslides & Debris Flow
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Pandemic
  • Power Outages
  • Radiological Dispersion Device
  • Severe Weather
  • Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
  • Space Weather
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires

It is also important to educate yourself on what you can do to recovering from disasters. You can get involved with the community, volunteer, join the citizens corps, learn more about your local community emergency response team, get involved with your neighborhood/neighbors, research what organizations are active during a disaster, and check out the “5 simple steps that may save a life.”

Other Resources:

If you are a business owner, is to prepare your business for disaster. Follow this link for everything you can do to prepare: www.ready.gov/business.

Have young children? www.ready.gov/kids is a great resource for information and games to help them prepare without being scared.

Glasgow / Barren County Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Golf Scramble

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties had a blast at the Glasgow / Barren County Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Golf Scramble on September 4th! With the current Corona Virus outbreak, we did not know if this annual event was going to be able to be held in 2020. After time and consideration, it was determined that all sponsors and participants it would be able to safely social distance during the event.

Service Marketing Representatives, Vicky Siebold and Madison Short were happy to attend the event representing SERVPRO, and be able to network with the community at a safe distance. We look forward to attending more events being scheduled in each of the counties that we cover.

Thank you for having us, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the 29th Annual Scramble!

September: National Preparedness Month - Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month

Week #2 – September 6th-12th

Goal: Build A Kit

It is now time to set yourself up for success if you are not able to obtain supplies for a few days during a disaster! Last week we looked at supplies you will need for each specific member of your family. This week, we want to add to that list, and build a kit that can help you be independent for at least 3 days.

Before you begin, start with how you will store these items. Putting them in airtight bags, then placing those bags in easy to move containers/duffel bags is the way to go. This way, no matter what happens, your supplies are safe and easy to move.

Basic Kit Items:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Battery operated radio or weather radio (with extra batteries)
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust masks
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape
  • Wipes, trash bags and plastic ties
  • Wrench & pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Local map
  • Cell phone chargers & backup battery

Additional items to consider:

  • Cloth face coverings
  • Soap/hand sanitizer/wipes
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • Pet food & water
  • Cash
  • Copies of important family document such as: ID cards, bank account records, and insurance policies. These should be stored in a waterproof container or electronically.
  • Sleeping bag or blankets for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches (in waterproof container)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Paper products
  • Activities for any children

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Now that your kit is stocked and ready, you cannot simply forget about it. You now need to make sure your kit is kept in a cool, dry place, food items are stored in tightly closed plastic or metal containers, expired items are replaced frequently, and your families changing needs are always reflected in your kit.

Kit Storage Locations:

Your Home Kit should be located near an exit, and be easy to grab and go. Make sure everyone in the home knows where it is kept.

Your Work Kit should be packed to prepare you to shelter in place for at least 24 hours. It is also important to have a comfortable pair of walking shoes in this kit, as you may not be wearing comfortable shoes at work when an emergency takes place.

Your Car Kit should always be in your car and stocked up. This includes jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, ice scraper, cell phone charger, blanket, map and cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if stuck).

Join us next week on the blog for more information on how to prepare your family for a disaster!

September Theme of the Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month

Our September theme of the month is focused on the fact that September is National Preparedness Month! With hurricane season being at its peak during the months of mid-August through late October, this is the time of year to be proactive about you and your family’s safety for all natural disasters that may impact your area.

Week #1 – September 1st-5th

Goal: Make A Plan

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

When beginning to make a plan, make a list of all the main types of disasters that could hit your geographical area. Doing this will give you a solid jumping off point and will guide you in the right direction. After that, ask yourself these questions while referencing your list:

How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

What is my shelter plan?

What is my evacuation plan?

What is my household communication plan?

Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

When building your emergency plan, look at the specific, daily needs of each family member. This can include how each member will communicate, the care of small children, elderly family members, pets, or anyone with specialized medical equipment.

Having a list of any special needs for your family unit will ensure that you are taking care of each need and are ensuring that members safety in all aspects of their life.

Step #3- Fill Out a Family Emergency Plan

Find a premade Family Emergency Plan to fill out, or create your own. Here is one plan that is a great resource: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/create-your-family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

Going over this plan thoroughly will help you find any holes you may not have noticed and will also help all family members feel safe and comfortable! It is also a good idea to put a reminder on your calendar to go over the plan again in 6 months.

For more information, visit: https://www.ready.gov/plan

#TipTuesday - Changing Air Filters

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

This #TipTuesday is about home maintenance!

While this chore is typically easy, it is also easy to forget. Depending on the size of your home and amount of family members or pets, your filters should be changed anywhere from every 3 months to every 3 weeks.  A general guide to how often to change-

Vacation home, or single occupant: 2-3 times a year

Suburban home with no pets: 3 months

Suburban home with 1 pet: 2 months

Suburban home with more than 1 pet: every 20-45 days

Keeping your filters changed regularly can not only improve the quality of air being breathed in, but it can also extend the lifetime of your HVAC unit. Without the buildup of dirt, the unit can work much better and more efficiently.

Fore more information, visit: https://www.betterhomeguides.com/home-improvement/how-often-to-change-air-filter-in-homes/ 

Storm Damage Tarping Services

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is considered an essential business, and provides emergency services to our surrounding communities. While we are typically known for our fire and water cleanup services, another emergency service we provide is tarping. This includes both homes and businesses, roofs and buildings.

When a severe storm hits and causes major damage, it is important to do what you can to minimize the continued damage being caused. When there is a hole in your building, one of the fastest and easiest things to do to prevent more damage is to tarp up the area. With SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties having a complete rebuild division, we are able to quickly handle any of your tarping needs, both large and small.

We have worked on jobs where trees made holes in roofs, cars ran into the sides of buildings, homes finding leaks in their roofs, or even buildings having construction done to them. Any situation, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Contact our rebuild division at 270-659-0067 for more information and to get on our schedule!

August Theme of the Month

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

August Theme of the Month

Our August Theme of the Month is all about something that has been weighing heavily on the minds of many families: Back to School. With school closing early during the 2019-2020 school year, many are ready to get back into the routine of kids being in school and life beginning to go back to normal after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many families are worried how the school experience is going to change from previous years, and what that will look like for both their children and their teachers. The CDC has put out many tips on what you can do before school starts to help make the transition as smoothly as possible. Some of these include:

  • Checking your children’s temperature every morning for signs of sickness
  • Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home, and stress the importance of washing hands
  • Find out how water will be provided to children during the school day, and consider investing in reusable water bottles for your children to use
  • Make sure to have plenty of masks available, and have an extra one in your child’s school bag

Check out this link for more information from the CDC.

SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is also available for sanitizing and cleaning at schools. This includes classrooms, gyms, buses, playground equipment and more. We have a specialized plan on how we handle each businesses we work for, and we create a individual plan for them. Learn more here.

For more information on any of our COVID-19/Corona Virus Cleaning, give us a call at 270-659-0067!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

When you are going through any time of emergency, especially dealing with viruses and germs, it is important to partner with a business that has decades of cleaning experience under their belts. During the COVID-19 outbreak, SERVPRO began the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program to reflect our unique experience and capabilities. This program is made up of “The 3 C’s”.

The 3 C’s – Consult, Clean and Certify

Consult-

With every business being different, we send a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who is trained to help you figure out the best course of action for your business. They will then create a cleaning program that fits your individual needs exactly. This includes looking at your category of business, size, number of high touch points, incoming foot traffic and congestion points.

Clean-

Based on the cleaning program created for your businesses, your business then undergoes a deep clean using our exclusive cleaning products, by the CDC’s guidelines. With our employees having extensive cleaning experience and training, we will go beyond the scope of work your regular janitorial duties. These intensive cleanings typically include both porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of equipment, tools and/or supplies. We also dispose of any hazardous materials.

Certify-

Once your businesses has underwent our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program, we will post signage to give incoming customers and for your workers peace of mind that you have went beyond your normal cleaning standards to help make COVID “Like it never even happened.”  We will also date the signage so everyone knows that the cleaning was done regularly.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation!