National Preparedness Month Week Two - Build a Kit
Do you and your family have an emergency storm kit?
Texas is no stranger to severe storms that cause power outages, flooding, and severe damage. Therefore not having an emergency storm kit that has at least several days of supplies in it, can cause some serious issues whenever the Birmingham area does have a major storm come through. As the second week of National Preparedness Month wraps up, SERVPRO of South Frisco/The Colony wanted to address putting together an emergency kit. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Here are a few items to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Any medicine currently being taken
- Emergency food and water
- Extra change of clothes and shoes
- Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
- Replace expired items as needed.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
- Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
- Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.
SERVPRO of South Frisco/The Colony wants to make sure the surrounding North Texas Areas are prepared!
National Preparedness Month Week Three - Low Cost, No Cost Preparedness
The North Texas area receives tornadoes, hurricanes and an immense amount of rain each year. It is said that 30% of Americans make little to no preparations for a hurricane. And since, this month is National Preparedness Month and September is the most common month for hurricanes to make landfall, here at SERVPRO of South Frisco/The Colony we thought we would go over what kind of damage hurricanes can bring. Hurricanes can produce:
Here are some ways to prepare your home before a hurricane or any natural disaster comes:
- High Winds (155+ mph)
- Tornadoes & Microbursts
- Flying Debris
- Heavy Rainfall
- Storm Surges
Keep at least several days of food and supplies in your emergency kit and have many available throughout your home, car and workplace, because you never know when disaster will strike.
- Keep your emergency kit ready and easily accessible.
One of the most dangerous things about hurricanes is the aftermath of the hurricane. Sometimes, residents can be without power for weeks on end. Having a generator to keep food available to you and your family can make a huge difference.Many people do not think about the damage a tree could cause to a roof. However, in order to prevent damage to your roof, water leaks, and flooding. Dead trees need to be cut down and long branches that are touching the roof need to be cut. Doing this will reduce the probability of pieces of your roof coming and water coming through.
- Prepare for any power outages.
The last thing anyone wants to do after a hurricane has caused damage to your home, is find out insurance doesn't cover the damage. Make sure you have adequate insurance protection. Check also about if your insurance covers if any flooding happens. Put a plan in place.The last and most important preparation you and your family should make is putting a plan in place for whenever a natural disaster does occur. Each family should know where to go and where the emergency kit is. SERVPRO urges each and every one of you to PREPARE before a natural disaster comes. And whenever they do come, SERVPRO will be here to help.
- Verify insurance coverage.
Ready to Restore
September marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month as well as the month that historically sees the most named storms. The Gulf Coast is especially vulnerable to hurricanes and other disasters leading multiple goodwill and restoration personnel to prepare to make their way to provide help for those in need.
Among those making their way south west, SERVPRO crews are also assembling to assist in restoration efforts following these disastrous events.
Our Disaster Response Team has traveled all throughout parts of the United States to assist various businesses and commercial properties in getting back on their feet following storm events. These properties range from manufacturing plants to child daycare facilities; industries where quick production time is necessary to ensure business continuity.
In events such as storms, hurricanes, and large scale disasters, our designated Disaster Response Team has the capacity to scale up or down depending on the magnitude of the event. Large scale disasters such as the Texas/Oklahoma Freeze of 2021 required the presence of our team of over 100 technicians and experienced project managers to have boots on the ground for months at a time.
Our team has walked through multiple commercial buildings, met with various facility managers to assess the needs of their properties, and assembled and dispatched crews to begin the restoration and eventual reconstruction of these buildings. In large-scale events such as the freeze or Hurricane Ida, readiness is of the utmost importance and our team always proves that they are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Not only in our hometown of Frisco and communities in North Texas, but wherever the winds may blow: we are always Ready to Restore.
Into the "Ida" The Storm
Tropical Storm Ida is headed for the Gulf Coast and is expected to turn into a major Hurricane. Therefore here at SERVPRO of South Frisco/The Colony, we want you to be prepared in the event you may experience a storm similar to this one. Storms often cause flooding which may cause a lot of damage to your home or office. First thing is first: Know the Difference Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. What to do:
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).-
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.-
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.-
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S.
Lastly if you experience flooding or damage to your home, call us at SERVPRO.
Beware of Batteries
Technology turning against humans almost sounds like a 2000s horror movie. Unfortunately, that was the reality of a local family when their tech-savvy toys decided to spontaneously combust while charging.
As this family’s toys started charging up for a fun time, what they got was something else entirely. As the batteries began to combust, the living room quickly caught on fire and the flames began to spread throughout the entire first level.
How could this have happened?
The lithium-ion batteries used on the hoverboards, although small, store a lot of power. These batteries are also prone to overheating, which can unfortunately cause explosions; and as this family quickly learned — explosions big enough to set an entire house on fire. What seemed to be a fun time, ended up turning into a homeowner’s nightmare.
Thankfully, the fire was put out in less than 5 minutes after it started, but before the fire department arrived. Those 5 minutes however, caused extensive damage.
Once the fire got going, it moved into their newly renovated, all-white kitchen with customized cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Though the flames didn’t directly affect the hardware, the soot and smoke from the fire settled into the crevices of the heart of the home. If not addressed immediately, the soot could cause rust and the deterioration of the appliances and potentially causing them to lose their sparkle.
As you can tell by now, one small spark can set a house ablaze. The focus of attention now is what to do after the fire has been put out? Do what this family did: call SERVPRO of South Frisco /The Colony. Not only are our technicians restoring the fire and water damage, but our reconstruction team is also gearing up to ensure their house is back to feeling like home.
Is Your Business Disaster Ready?
Have you stopped to consider whether or not your business is truly ready for whatever happens?
Sure, you may have your shelves stocked and your labels printed with restock orders on the way. But do you have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens and you’re stuck with picking up the pieces?
Disasters are a natural part of life here in north Texas. When you take into account the year, or better yet, the decade, we’ve had so far, it would be wise to consider how your business may be affected when these disasters strike. Whether it’s an unprecedented pandemic, a historic freeze that forced the whole south central region of the United States to come to a screeching halt, or your average thunder, lightning, and hail storms that seem to make a weekly appearance. In this region, anything can happen.
You may know SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony as your go-to disaster restoration company, which we are. But do you also know that we specialize in helping your business get disaster ready as well? One of the ways we enjoy serving our community partners is by creating Emergency Ready Profiles, or ERPs, for their commercial properties.
When our dedicated, local SERVPRO Representatives meet with local business owners and facility managers, we gather important materials such as building information, utility shut off locations, and key contacts. Not only is this information important as it pertains to the daily tasks of a facility manager, but it’s also pertinent in the event of an emergency or disaster when time is of the essence.
One of the key benefits in setting up an ERP with our team is having all of your essential property information in one place. In addition to keeping such relevant information organized, your local SERVPRO representative will contact you periodically to update any changes to your profile.
Becoming disaster-ready is a process and our team is eager to help you get started! To set up your free Emergency Ready Profile, call our office today to speak to one of our representatives and ensure that your business is "Ready for whatever happens", just like SERVPRO.
Can Your Business Get Through Disasters?
Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster never recover?
Those are sobering statistics. Oftentimes as business owners, one can be focused on merchandising, services, customer retention, pricing... the list goes on. Disasters are usually not the main concern. After a year like 2020, it can be hard just to stay above water. Especially as statistics indicate that our Frisco and North Texas region is the fastest growing region in the country! And you know what they say, with growth comes growing pains.
While disasters may not be your top priority, it is ours. Which is why SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony is committed to making sure businesses stay up and running even if disaster happens. Our trained and certified technicians are available 24/7/365 days a year, including years like 2020, to handle disasters on commercial properties with the least amount of business interruption possible.
Disasters shouldn’t have the final word when it comes to running your business. And because SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony works to restore your business back to preloss condition, they won’t.
Red, White, & Barbecue
Red, White & Barbecue... One of the main ways The Fourth of July is celebrated in America is through fireworks and grilling. Every year thousands are injured by unsafely handling grills. Here at SERVPRO of Birmingham we care about fun and safety: therefore, we are giving you a few do's and don'ts when grilling, that way you can stay safe and grill your favorite meal at the same time.
What TO DO when grilling:
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.
- Clean your grill regularly, this will decrease the amount of fuel the grill would have if there was ever a fire.
- Check for gas leaks.
- Keep decorations like umbrellas or plants away from your grill.
- Keep a bottle of water near your grill just in case it is ever needed.
What NOT To Do when grilling:
- Don't turn the gas on when the lid is closed: this causes gas to build up.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Overload the grill with food.
- Never use a grill indoors.
- Do not panic if an emergency occurs, instead call SERVPRO.
- Keep safety always at the forefront of your mind.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment
Team Wilson Leads In The Restoration Industry
When you’ve been in the restoration industry for over 26 years, you get a very good sense of what to do in the aftermath of disasters. That’s especially true when you’ve been a leading franchise in one of the most well known restoration companies in the country. That’s the experience and expertise you get when you choose SERVPRO of South Frisco /The Colony, a SERVPRO franchise owned and operated by Team Wilson.
It’s no secret that ever since our team started restoring homes in 1984, we’ve continued to build on the foundation of excellence, fairness, and mutual respect in which our original owner, David Wilson, had laid. This is the legacy that lives and breathes in each member of our SERVPRO organization today. And it’s this legacy that has consistently placed us in the top ten out of 1700+ franchises for the past 26 years.
As far as the quality of our service, we strive to always turn our customer’s ordeal into a positive experience with our company. We see disasters as an opportunity to serve our communities through our experienced and highly skilled technicians.
When you call on SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony for your disaster, you’re not just calling one of the leading brands in the restoration industry, you’re calling on a team that leads within the restoration industry.
Firework Safety Precautions
TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS BEFORE LIGHTING FIREWORKS! As Memorial Day and the 4th of July approach, make sure you and your family are aware of firework safety! We want the holidays for you and your family to be just as they were meant to be, FUN! Oftentimes, though people handle fireworks in an unsafe manner. I am sure everyone has seen the viral video, "Back up Terry." In this video a man in a wheelchair lights a firework and there is a malfunction with his wheelchair. He can't get away from the firework fast enough, and the fireworks start going off right next to him. And yes, although we thought this video was funny, we need to realize that this could have ended entirely differently and Terry could have been badly injured. DID YOU KNOW? During the holiday months, on average 180 people a day go to the hospital for firework related injuries. We encourage you here at SERVPRO of South Frisco / The Colony to:
- Store fireworks away from children
- Always read the labels and follow directions
- Keep small children and pets indoors: they are easily frightened
- Always have water near, in case of an incident
- Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water afterwards
- Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly
- Never re-light "dud" fireworks
- Never keep fireworks in your pockets: the friction could set them off
- An adult should always be the one lighting the fireworks
- Keep matches & lighters away from children
- Use fireworks outdoors only
- Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand
- Don't be like "Terry", light firework and move away quickly
- Use only legal fireworks
- Make sure you are able to set off fireworks (every state is different)
- Fireworks are prohibited on all state parks, and state or federal forest land
- The National Fire Protection Association estimates that the local fire department responds to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year. THEREFORE, DO NOT point fireworks toward homes and keep away from bushes, leaves, and flammable substances.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FIRE, SERVPRO CAN HELP!