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Is Your Business Ready for Any Potential Disaster Situation? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

How would your business and your employees survive an emergency or natural disaster? This is just one of the multitude of things that must be taken care of when running a business, but it is one of the most important factors to think about—emergency preparedness.

This process will not stop all disasters from potentially happening, but it can still give you a head start for safety’s sake, and at least, make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Creating Your Plan

Is this something you have already done? If not, how about taking the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations?

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

It doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or one stemming from nature, if there is no emergency plan for your business, the emergency could get even more stressful quickly.

You should make sure to include safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans in your company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

So, where should you start when beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business? Start by evaluating which scenarios are most likely to occur—and even those that are a longshot but could still happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA), which aids in the prediction of the potential effects a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

After you have completed an emergency preparedness plan, don’t stop there. Be sure to go over it and practice with employees. By reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios, it will help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Springtime Means an Increased Chance for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here, and while it’s always a welcome season, it can also come with some increased weather threats. Be sure that you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature may decide to throw our way by reviewing these tips.

Increased Threats of Severe Weather and Spring

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine. It can also bring unpredictable weather, often severe, throughout the country. It’s a time of year where the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Unstable temperatures cause changes in the weather, and temperatures can go from warm to cold in a matter of hours, resulting in extreme weather.

Thunderstorms become more common during spring and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Severe thunderstorms were the most common cause of natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

Storms of these type can cause flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for Severe Weather

At this point in weather predictions, we may not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the tools available to at least predict the possibility for severe weather. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Take a look at some of the things you can do to prepare your home for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

 

Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Tornado Season | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

We all know that the beautiful springtime weather we are enjoying can also be unpredictable. It’s always wise to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

April and May are the traditional months for having the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in that tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

The Right Conditions for a Tornado

There are roughly 1,200 tornadoes that occur in the U.S. each year, and they come from those spring thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado starts to take shape when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

As the tornado gets started, its signature funnel cloud is transparent until water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or it picks up dust and debris where it then becomes visible.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes usually occur in the late afternoon in the spring and summertime, but it is good to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What to Do During a Tornado Warning

If you don’t understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning, take the time to learn. Basically, a watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If there has been a tornado warning issued for your area, immediately take action and find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include: - Underground options like a basement or storm shelter. - The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options. - If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option. - If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Stock your tornado shelter at home with flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries.

If a tornado is on the ground and you are caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can be devastating to the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Storms In Lawrenceville

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

People often think that because we live in  Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, we are immune to the storms that often devastate other parts of our country.

That kind of thinking is not only incorrect it leads to homeowners often being unprepared for these events. Fortunately SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville specializes in storm and flood damage. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources which is extremely important and can prevent further damage and reduces mitigation cost.

Whether it is extreme rain or the impact of a Hurricane or Tornado, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is ready. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country and our elite Diaster Recovery Teams stand ready to assist us with Cataclysmic events.

Remember to call SERVPRO Of North Lawrenceville at (678) 376 5515 when disaster strikes. 

What is New at SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

As a locally owned and operated small business, our efforts continue to be focused on providing confidence and reassurance that remediation efforts on their fire, water or mold problems will be would be handled quickly and efficiently. Additionally, our stated goal of "making it "Like it never even happened." is always there providing comfort to our customers.

During the last 10 years, we have focused on purchasing new equipment, increasing our workforce, training and development. Most recently, we have added two new service vehicles, increased our workforce and expanded our equipment inventory.

Call us at (678) 376-5515 so that we can make you feel confident that the professionals at SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville are available, trained and have the newest technology to maintain your trust.

Plans for Traveling

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

We have all been there, anxiously awaiting our planned vacations to commence. Whether heading to the beach for our summer vacation, home for the holidays or just the short weekend "get away" for some much needed R&R, it is an exciting time.

However, before you depart and leave your home vacant for any period of time, you may want to consider doing some preventative maintenance to insure you don't arrive home nice and relaxed but with a mess on your hands.

First, check all the supply lines to items such as toilets, refrigerators and fittings on dishwashers and washers. Second, you may want to consider turning off the water to your home to prevent a serious water leak.

Lastly, remember SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville  is here to assist you in any situation so if you should arrive home and find that the unthinkable has occurred, call us at (678) 376 - 5515 - 24/7. Our trained technicians will make it seem like "it never even happened" 

Smoke Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

We all have fond memories of our youth. Many of them center around camping with family and friends. Sitting around the campfire, sharing stories and memories, roasting marshmallows or making smores and trying to gleefully stay away from the smoke.

Unfortunately, the memories of "what smoke"  can do and how it invades our livings areas, impacts our clothing or electronics is often forgotten no matter how small or large. Smoke damage while often limited in sight and forgotten about can result in significant damage if left untreated.

Let the service professionals at SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville assist you in identifying and then remediating your smoke damage. Whether it is cleaning your structure, re-painting walls, cleaning carpets or cleaning apparel we do it all and will make sure your experience of fire is "Like it never even happened."

Impacts of Water Losses

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Accidents occur, it is part of life. When water accidents happen, be it from an overflowing sink or bathtub, just cleaning up the water is not enough. Usually it is the water you don't see that causes the problem and creates a larger headache in the future.

While mitigating surface water is imperative and prevents more extensive damage, those water intrusions can find there way to cracks in floors, ceiling and walls and to the lowest point of your home. It is this water, searching for the low point that if not addressed, can result in greater damage.

No loss is to small for SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville at 678-376-5515 immediately. Our trained professionals will mitigate the situation quickly and prevent further damage.

Freezing Temps

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Depending on where you reside, frozen temperatures can be a common occurrence or an infrequent event. What is common however, is the impact homeowners experience when broken pipes  result in a flooded residence and the adverse impact it can have.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps that can be taken to limit potential damages. The first is to leave water running (both hot and cold) in one of your inside rooms. The amount of water left "on" is minimal and should only amount to a trickle. Other housekeeping items to complete include insuring outside water lines (such as outside faucets, in ground sprinkler systems, etc.) should be drained and turned off.  Lastly, any pipes that are exposed should be insulated (or re-insulated) to be protected. Additionally, move any plants "inside" along with pets to prevent harm.

Finally, keep the number to SERVPRO handy (678 376-5515) in case something does go wrong. Remember we are here to insure it looks like "IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED".

Winter in Lawrenceville

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Its almost that time of year again. The leaves are about to start changing. The weather will start cooling down. Its that very same cool weather that SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville wants you to be ready for.

When the weather begins to cool down, you need to start watching out for pipes bursting within the home. If you have a property that is vacant, it may be a good idea to maintain some form of heat during the cooler winter months to prevent any issues from arising. 

However, should you have any damage occur from burst pipes this winter season, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is here to help you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist you. Call us at 678-376-5515 and our trained professionals will be there to help.