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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

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.

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

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

    - Call SERVPRO of Westminster Today to set up your courtesy Emergency Ready Profile 714.248.9261

It Doesn't Cost to be Prepared

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Doesn't Cost to be Prepared FEMA.gov

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.
 
• Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

• Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

• Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

• Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list

• Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

• Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

• Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

• Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

• Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

• *The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!

- Call Us Today to set up your courtesy Emergency Ready Profile 714.248.9261

Floods Strike Everywhere

7/30/2018 (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 potential for suffering flood damage., In fact, nearly 25% of last year's claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to the NFIP, houses in the United State have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster. 
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current. 
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see. 

    Want to be better prepared for a storm?Ask your local SERVPRO of Westminster about setting your business up with an Emergency Response Profile.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

When flood waters rise...

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

...so do we here at SERVPRO of Westminster.

Be Prepared: 

Tips from FEMA for preparing your Westminster home or business for a flood. 

Before the Flood:

  • Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electrical panel if susceptible to flooding. 
  • Installing "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business. 
  • Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage. 

During the Flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches of valves if instructed to do so. 
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. 
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. 

After the Flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink. 
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. 
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. 
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

Wind & Storm Damage in Westminster

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

24/7 Emergency Services available. Locally owned and operated company with National Storm Resources. Strong winds, unexpected severe storms, flooding, and damaging hail can bring unprecedented damage to your property even if you’re insured and think you have prepared before the storm hits. SERVPRO of Westminster has the experience and staff to help you recover from wind and storm damage.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

Whether it’s a flooding issue, fallen trees, roof damage, or hail damage from severe thunderstorms, SERVPRO of Westminster will assist and restore the damage dealt to your property. Both residential and commercial properties. 

  • Board up & tarping services
  • Water extraction
  • Debris cleanup

Have Storm or Flood Damage with your home or business? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

When Storms or Floods hit Westminster, SERVPRO is ready!

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Westminster, SERVPRO is ready! Photo by Hans

SERVPRO of Westminster 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 Westminster, 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 [[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261