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Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it Hits

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it Hits SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Winter is on us and winter storms are expected in the Clifton NJ areas.

The best way to keep your family and yourself safe is to plan and prepare before the storm hits.

Listed below are tips and suggestions for preparing your family for upcoming winter storms.

Communication: If a power outage should occur, make sure to have the following:

  • Cell phone, portable charger, extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
  • Find out how your community warms you about severe weather (siren, radio, television, websites)elderly neighbors and family members 

Heating: Turning on the stove for heat is not safe

  • Have at least one of the following heat sources available in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats
    • fireplace up to code and extra dry firewood
    • portable space heater or kerosene heaters 
  • Have the following safety equipment:
    • Chemical fire extinguisher
    • Smoke alarms in working order
    • Carbon monoxide detector in working order
  • Generators should be located at least 20  feet from any window, door or vent and in a space where it will not get wet from rain or snow (Never use generators indoors or inside garages or near any intake to the home.)
  • Do not store gasoline indoors

Food & Safety: Have a weeks worth of food, water and supplies

  • Drinking water
  • Canned/ no-cook food
  • manual can opener
  • baby food / formula (if baby in house)
  • first aid kit
  • ice melt for sidewalks or walkways
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • battery powered lamps.  Avoid using candles if possible 

Household Water Supply:

  • Leave water taps opens slightly so there is a continuous drip
  • Keep indoor temps warm
  • Open cabinet door under sink to allow warm airflow

Should your pipe freeze and burst during a storm, call the service professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to clean and dry your structure to prevent further damage,

SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Get Your Home Winter Ready

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Making preparations ahead of time can prevent fierce winter storms from causing havoc to your home.

Getting the Outside Ready for Winter Storms

Trim or Remove Trees

  • Trimming: Trimming is far less expensive than full removal. Crews can thin out the branches to reduce the “sail effect” when those high winter winds blow. Trimming can also can balance out the tree’s load and keep one side from being heavier than the other, a condition that may topple the tree.
  • Removing: Tree removal can entail a significant cost, especially in dense, metro areas where mobility is limited.Many communities require that you apply for a tree removal permit or at least put in a written notification. In many cases, the permit or notice must be accompanied by an arborist’s report stating that removal is required.

Check Roofing and Flashing Stability

High winds can loosen roof shingles. Walk your roof and inspect it carefully. Shingles that are obviously loose should be replaced by a qualified roofer.

The condition of the flashing – the metal sleeves around the chimney and other roof protrusions – is more difficult to visually determine. Have a contractor or roofer inspect these areas.

Promote Drainage Away from House

When storms hit, massive amounts of water are directed at your house over a short period of time.  Re-grade the soil around your house so it declines away from the foundation.

Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts

One source of water damage to foundations and basements is downspouts that force water straight into the ground.  This can be easily and cheaply fixed by adding plastic downspout drainage lines that deposit the water away from the house.  Fix or replace gutters in the summer.  Clean gutters early fall, as soon as all the leaves are off the trees.

Remove Air Conditioners

By the end of summer, window unit air conditioners are no longer needed.  A/C units are weak points for water intrusion.  Even if there is a tight seal between the unit and the window, water can still enter through the back of the unit. 

Clean Wood Fire Burning Chimneys

Wood-burning fireplaces build up an oily substance that can cause chimneys to ignite. 

Call the experts if you experience Water, Soot, Smoke or Fire Damage

SERVPRO Of Clifton 973-928-3705

Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today ~ 973-928-3705

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today ~ 973-928-3705

Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Home From Summer Storms SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to your home.  Water damage, broken windows, power outages and even fires are some of the problems associated with summer storms.  Damage to your home can be expensive but there are ways to protect your home from costly repairs.

1.) Clean your gutters - Clear any debris from your gutters to make sure all that rain water can easily flow off your roof and away from your home. When water can’t get through your gutters, it pools on your roof and around your house in ways that can cause damage.

2.) Trim your trees - Some of the worst storm damage is caused by falling trees. A healthy, sturdy tree is unlikely to topple in high winds, but one with dead limbs, or disproportionate growth may. Maintaining them will help you protect both your property and the tree itself.

3.) Back Up Your Sump Pump - When heavy rains come, sump pumps can get overloaded. a flooded basement can cause all sorts of damage to your things–especially if it’s a finished basement. Plus, when water covers wiring or electric appliances, things get dangerous. Make sure your sump pump has a battery backup just in case the electricity goes out. You might also consider installing a second, battery operated pump that will come on if the main one fails.

4.) Gather Emergency Supplies -The Red Cross recommends keeping a three-day supply of food and water for your family, and a seven-day supply of any medications. You might also add a battery operated radio, and a car adaptor for your cell phone. Nothing fancy here, no need to build a bomb shelter, just a little stash in a duffle bag or plastic container in the garage or basement.

5.) Secure Windows and Doors - Windows and Doors often get damaged in thunderstorms.  Weatherproof windows and doors that are durable enough to withstand harsh climates and weather can avoid such damage.

Hurricane Watch & Hurricane Warning, What's the Difference?

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

During hurricane season it is important to be prepared and know the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds 74 mph or higher) are expected within a specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check your emergency supplies. Make sure everything is stocked and in working order.
  • Gas up your car.
  • Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, disassemble the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outdoor antennas.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Store drinking water.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Move your boat securely or transfer it to a designated safe area. Use rope or chain to secure the boat to a trailer.
  • Use tie downs to anchor your trailer to the ground or your house.

When a hurricane warning is issued, you should:

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If you are in a mobile home, make sure it is tied down and evacuate immediately.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Too many running appliances can create a power surge when the power is turned back on.

Water and Storm Damage Tips

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water and Storm Damage Tips If you have a storm emergency, Call SERVPRO of Clifton ASAP - 973-928-3705

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 983-928-3705

By preparing your home now, you can protect yourself and your family from a winter storm.

Follow these tips and suggestions on how best to prepare your home for winter:

  • Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days notice.
  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.
  • If you'll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside. Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • If you are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older adults are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors, and storm windows or thermal-pane windows.
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Checklist

  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.
  • Service snow-removal equipment.
  • Have chimney and flue inspected.
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Indoor Safety During a Winter Storm

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Indoor Safety During a Winter Storm SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use-don't substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don't need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. 
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor's home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won't remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

Protect Your Home For Hurrican Season

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Home For Hurrican Season SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

Hurricane season officially starts in June and runs through November. These tropical storms can wreak havoc on anything in their path. 

Review coverage with your insurer

Sit down with your insurance agent to find out if you have adequate insurance for your home, car and any boats or recreational vehicles. Does your policy provide temporary housing in case your residence is uninhabitable following a storm? Do you know your deductible and any policy limits? Tropical storms can impact inland areas, too, so these questions aren't just for those living on the coast.  

Your homeowners policy may cover damage caused by hurricane winds (sometimes subject to a separate deductible). However, a standard homeowners policy does not cover flooding, which is the most common type of damage from tropical storms. Ask about purchasing a separate rider for flood coverage if needed, but understand that any changes or additions to your insurance policy may take 30 days to take effect.

Inspect your home

To prepare for possible storm damage, walk around your home's interior and take an inventory of personal belongings with a short video. Anything stored in a garage or basement could get water-damaged in a flood, so consider raising items on blocks or moving them to other parts of your home. Secure outdoor furniture to prevent exterior damage.

Create an emergency evacuation plan, write it down and share it with all family members. Note where you're storing insurance documents and other important paperwork. Consider scanning these documents and uploading them to secure cloud storage online, or be sure to take hard copies with you in the event of an evacuation. 

Build an emergency safety kit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommends preparing an emergency safety kit in case you need to evacuate or you get trapped in your home. You may not be home when you're ordered to evacuate, so consider preparing kits for your car and workplace, too.

DHS suggests that your kit include enough water and non-perishable food for each person in your family for at least three days. If you have pets, don't forget to include extra water and pet food. Other useful supplies: a manual can opener for food, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit and wrench or pliers to shut off utilities.

Bottom Line

Hopefully you'll never need to use your flood insurance or an emergency safety kit, but if you do have that unfortunate experience, you'll be glad to have them. Planning for a natural disaster and making sure you have the proper insurance coverage can also help give you and your family greater peace of mind.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Storm and flood damage can be devastating.  Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle at size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

We are Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialist

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business.  SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, We can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can handle any size disaster.  During catastrophic storms and major events our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms If your home suffered summer storm damage call us today! SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

What should I be doing to protect my home from spring and summer storms? Follow these seven simple steps to prepare for volatile weather.

Some simple steps can make a big difference in protecting your home from wind, hail and water damage.

  1. Fix your roof. Snow and ice from a tough winter may have damaged, which can cause problems during storms.  Replace any missing shingles  and also make sure your chimney has a cap on it.
  2. Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and make sure they're draining properly
  3. Seal windows and doors. Make sure the caulking around windows and doors are sealed.
  4. Trim trees. Trim and branches that could potentially land on your house.
  5. Check your sump pump. Melted snow and rainstorms are raising the water levels in lakes, streams and rivers which can lead to sewage backup problems.  Make sure your sump pump I working and consider a battery- backup which will keep if running if power should go out.
  6. Adjust your insurance. Sewage backup is automatically included in most homeowners insurance policies, but you can generally add a rider onto your existing policy.
  7. Sign up for storm alerts.

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Faster to Any Size Emergency

How to Check your Food After a Natural Disaster

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Few things are as scary and unpredictable as natural disasters.  While all emergencies are terrifying, there's something about the uncontrollable nature of these disasters that make them especially frightening. 


While it's impossible to know what exactly will result after one of these disasters, it always pays off to have some practical knowledge on hand, from the biggest issues to the smallest inconveniences.


When it comes to said inconveniences, nothing is as annoying as trying to guess whether your food has gone bad or not.  Often during a huge storm, electricity tends to get blown out, which means that your refrigerator has probably died and left your food to spoil.  One of two things will happen: the food will defrost, go bad, then maybe refreeze OR it will stay frozen or refreeze in time to keep the food edible.


We can feel a little safer with this practical, simple tip:


DIRECTONS


Place a cup of water in your freezer.


Freeze the water until it is solid, and then put a quarter on top of the frozen water and return it to your freezer.


Leave it in your freezer.


You're probably asking yourself, what does this tip accomplish?


It helps you determine whether or not your food has gone bad , or whether it refroze or stayed frozen while you were away.


For instance, if you return after you have been evacuated and find the frozen water has melted and the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, you know that all the food has defrosted and it should be thrown out.


However, if the quarter is either on the top of the frozen cup or in the middle of the cup, then your food may still be okay to eat.  The top tells you that the freezer was still in tact the whole time - the middle tells you that your food might have defrosted, but later refrosted when electricity returned.


Most importantly, as a general rule, if you feel your food is no longer safe, simply throw it out.  Safety is the utmost priority and eating food that may have spoiled can have numerous negative health consequences.

How to Build Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Build Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit Be Emergency Ready

Have you ever wondered about emergencies? Some people don't care to prepare a kit until after the disaster has happened, also known as too little too late.  With this sample checklist you can quickly create your own emergency disaster kit that could keep you alive and comfortable for 3 days.



  • Container for the kit, such as a plastic tote or a wearable duffle bag

  • 1 gallon of water per person/day

  • Portable tent

  • Small tarp

  • Poncho

  • 2,000 calories of healthy food per person/day (nuts, grains, food bars, canned food etc.)

  • Compact sleeping bag and bedroll

  • Hygiene Products

    • Toilet Paper

    • Baby Wipes

    • Deodorant

    • Bandana

    • Soap

    • Dust Mask

    • Potty bags

    • Latex gloves

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste

    • Feminine products



  • First aid kit

    • Roll of gauze

    • Medical tape

    • Alcohol wipes

    • Blood cagulant

    • Gauze pads

    • Painkillers

    • Burn/wound cream

    • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturier



  • Tools

    • Pocket knife

    • Whistle

    • Hand warmes

    • Duct tape

    • Small rope

    • Wire saw

    • Matches



  • Self powered flashlight

  • Self powered radio

  • List of doctors and family contacts

  • Spare cash

  • Pet supplies


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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage Put help in the palm of your hand

When Damage Strikes, You Can Be Ruined....Or You Can be Ready


Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research?  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.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens"  speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.


The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers, both residential and commercial.  It allows the creation of an emergency READY profile.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Prolife for our home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.


Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.


Are You Ready? CLICK HERE to get started today.


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What is the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

During hurricane season it is important to be prepared and know the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds 74 mph or higher) are expected within a specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check your emergency supplies. Make sure everything is stocked and in working order.
  • Gas up your car.
  • Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, disassemble the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outdoor antennas.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Store drinking water.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Move your boat securely or transfer it to a designated safe area. Use rope or chain to secure the boat to a trailer.
  • Use tie downs to anchor your trailer to the ground or your house.

When a hurricane warning is issued, you should:

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If you are in a mobile home, make sure it is tied down and evacuate immediately.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Too many running appliances can create a power surge when the power is turned back on.

Be Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency SERVPRO of Clifton Supports the RED CROSS

Do you know what to do to keep your family safe in an emergency? Plan to Protect Yourself and Your Family.


Being prepared for natural disasters - floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes - is the best way to protect you, your family, your pets and your belongings. When a natural disaster is imminent, you'll have to act quickly, so it's important that you do everything you can before disaster strikes. Your pre-disaster prep should include assembling your supply kits, gathering food, water and medication for all family members and pets, developing evacuation plans and securing your possessions. The information below will help you get started.


GET A KIT


Gather the necessary resources you need to act on your plan in the event of a disaster. Have at least three days of supplies in an easy to carry evacuation kit with additional supplies at home in case you cannot leave.


An easy way to get your kit started is to contact your local Red Cross or go online to www.redcross.org to order an emergency preparedness kit today. Store it where it is easily accessible.


Remember to check your kit and replace the stock every six months.


MAKE A PLAN


It’s important that in an event of an emergency that your entire family is prepared for the event. If a situation arises were your family isn’t together, there should be systems in place for contacting one another. 


 The following are a few basic steps to remain safe:


– If one of your family members is enlisted to serve in the military, then make sure to plan out what would happen if they were deployed.


– Allocate responsibilities to each family member in the household so that in the event of an emergency, everyone can work as a team.


– Discuss between your family how all of you intend to prepare and respond to an emergency.


How to prepare incase your family is separated during an emergency:


– Discuss two locations that all of you can meet out. Two locations are vital in case the one of the locations isn’t accessible due to the emergency.


– Make sure to have an out of state contact in case it’s impossible to call or reach anyone in your area. Every person in your family should have this contact.


How to prepare for an evacuation:


– It’s always important to know where you plan to go if an emergency strikes. This could be a hotel, a friend’s home or a relative’s home. It’s preferable to also have a location that is slightly out of your area.


– Make sure to run drills. Practicing an evacuation twice a year will keep you plenty prepared for a real disaster. Remember to also drive your planned evacuation route.


– Have pets? Then make sure to prepare for them as well. Not all hotels or motels will accept pets, so make sure to have a list beforehand.


BE INFORMED


An important step in preparing yourself for a possible disaster is by learning the types of disasters that might occur in your city.  These events could could simply be events that would only effect you and your family such as a home fire or a medical emergency, to larger disasters such as floods or earthquakes.


The following are further steps you should take to be informed:


– Figure out ways in which local authorities would be able to convey a disaster to you, such as over the radio or television.


– Educate yourself on different weather alerts, specifically knowing the difference between watches and warnings. It is also crucial to know how to react to both of those alerts.


– Prepare yourself for the type of disaster you would expect in your own city or in the city that you’re traveling to. If you’re visiting an area that is prone to floods, then prepare for a possible emergency evacuation if there is a possibility of the disaster striking.


– There should be at least one individual in your family that is trained in first aid and CPR. It would also be beneficial if they know how to use an automated external defibrillator.


Additional Tips:


Make sure to print out emergency contact cards for all your household members. On these cards should be the contact information for each household member, along with their work information. These cards should be kept in a wallet or a purse.


You may download an emergency contact card template from Red Cross at the following link.