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September: National Preparedness Month – 2020, Week #4

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month – 2020, Week #4

Week #4 – September 20th-26th, Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness

When there are children in the home, it is very important to include them in your plans when thinking about disasters. While it is important, they are also likely to be a little scared of the thought of what could come. One of the best and easiest ways to help ease their nerves is to make sure they are educated on what to do. This way, no matter what happens, they know where to find you and how to keep themselves safe. With them also being a part of the planning process, it also helps avoid them freezing up during an emergency. Being comfortable, and able to think is the main goal of this week!

This week talk to each child in your household about their nerves and try to help sooth them. Using www.ready.gov/kids is a great resource to do this. This program has activities for all ages, from young children to teenagers. For younger kids, there are games they can play to learn and become comfortable. For teenagers, it talks about what they can do to be involved with the community and be prepared.

There are also resources on www.ready.gov/kids for families on what you can do to prepare together. There are also links for teachers that they can use to help their students be more prepared at home and at school.

This concludes this year’s National Preparedness Months activities! Remember to update your plans, and always be proactive. Join us again next year!

Hurricane Laura

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

With Hurricane Season being June – November, there is a large gap in the year where the coast has to be on high alert for any developing storms. On August 27th, 2020 the strongest storm of 2020 made landfall: Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura developed over several days and caused major damage not only in the United States, but also multiple smaller countries. While many states and areas of the coast got heavy rain and storms, Louisiana and Texas were hit the worst by the storm here in the US.

While Laura caused a lot of destruction while moving through the area, the one positive thing was that residents had several days warning she was going to hit. This gave local residents time to make plans and/or evacuate the areas that they believed would be hit the worst.

Now that the water has receded, families are now seeing the damage to their homes and businesses firsthand and beginning to put 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 enormous workload a disaster causes. This is when the franchise aspect of SERVPRO really comes in handy for the local franchise, and also the customers. If there is too many calls coming in for the local franchise to handle, the local franchise then reaches out to corporate for help.

SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties was asked by corporate to send teams to Louisiana to assist with the influx of calls coming in. We were glad to accept an invitation to help, and we have had boots on the ground for over two weeks.  

September: National Preparedness Month – 2020, Week #3

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month – 2020

Week #3 – September 13th-19th, Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies

Every area of the county has different threats when it comes to disasters. For this week of National Preparedness Month, take the list of natural disasters you made in week #1, and visit www.ready.gov/be-informed to learn more about each one. Take time to also go over non-natural disasters that you could face. Each of these emergencies are covered in depth: active shooter, attacks in public places, avalanches, 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, and wildfires.

There is also information to utilize about what you can do to recover from the disasters. Some of the topics covered are: what you can do to get involved with the community, volunteering, joining the local citizens corps, your local community emergency response team, getting involved with your neighborhood/neighbors and their plans, researching what organizations you can call during a disaster, and check out the “5 Simple Steps That May Save A Life.”

Other Resources:

Business Owners: www.ready.gov/business.

Parents of Young Children: www.ready.gov/kids

September: National Preparedness Month - 2020, Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September: National Preparedness Month - 2020

Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit

Now, it’s time to prepare your family with supplies to last at least 3 days! Last week we looked at the specific supplies you will need for each member of your family. This week, we want to add to that list, and begin to build your kit.

Basic Kit Items:

  • Water (for each person)
  • Food (for each person)
  • Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • Wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Wrench & pliers (for cutting off emergency lines)
  • Hand crank can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust masks & cloth masks
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape
  • Extra batteries

Additional items to consider including:

  • If you have a child in the family: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • If applicable: pet food & water
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person (including shoes)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Disposable paper products
  • Activities for any children
  • Soap & hand sanitizer
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Contact lens solution (if applicable)
  • Cash
  • Copies of important family documents. This includes: ID cards, bank account records, and insurance policies.

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Now that your kit is stocked and ready to go, you cannot simply forget about it until an emergency hits. You now need to make sure your kit is kept in a cool, dry place. Your food items should be stored in tightly closed plastic or metal containers. Items are checked for expired dates. Your families changing needs should also always be reflected in your kit. Example: if an infant no longer needs bottles, remove those items from the kit to save room.

Other Kits:

Now that you are on a roll, consider making smaller kits for your work, and vehicle. These kits should be much smaller, and a lot easier to create.

Your Work Kit should be packed and prepared to shelter at work 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. 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).

Check back on the 13th for the next set of preparedness tasks!  

September Theme of the Month – 2020

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month – 2020

Throughout the month of September, our marketing team is focused on the fact that September is National Preparedness Month! With hurricane season being at its peak this time of year, it is a great time to be proactive about you and your family’s safety.

Throughout the month, check back for each weeks tasks to make your families safety a priority! To kick us off, Week #1 – September 1st-5th, Goal: Make A Plan. This can be done in 4 simple steps.

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

Depending on where your located will help you decide what disasters you need to prepare for. Looking at the area and the typical natural weather patterns will help with this. Once you have your list, this will help you prioritize and remember each one of the different types of disasters. After you have your list, ask yourself these questions:

  • 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?

Asking yourself these questions will also help identify any areas of weakness you may want to look at throughout building your plan.

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

There are plenty of lists of items to have on hand in case of an emergency online, but this step makes your supplies list specific to your family’s needs themselves. Make a list of any specific needs of each family member. This can include how each member communicates, the daily care of infants/small children, elderly family members, pets, or anyone with specialized medical equipment or medicine.

Step #3- Fill Out a Family Emergency Plan

You may find that building your own plan is easier for your, but here is a great resource for an emergency plan: 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

Practicing and running over this plan thoroughly will help you identify any other holes in your plan. It will also help all family members feel safe and comfortable. This is a hard topic to discuss, especially with small children. Making sure they feel prepared is a great way to put their minds at ease!  

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

#TipTuesday - HVAC Air Filters

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

This week’s #TipTuesday has to do with some easy home maintenance!  

This is one chore that is easy to forget about when not done regularly: changing your air filters. Depending on home size, and amount of family members or pets living in the home, it impacts how often your filters should be changed. Here is a general guide on how often to change them, but it is always a good idea to check them even sooner for build up:

Vacation home/single occupant: Every 6 months.

Single family home with no pets: Every 3 months

Single family home with 1 pet: Every 2 months

Single family home with more than 1 pet OR family members with allergies: every 20-45 days

While the main concern with changing your filters is keeping your air clean and fresh, keeping filters changed regularly can also extend the lifetime of your air/HVAC unit. When dirt is built up on the unit, it as to work much harder to get the job done.

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

SERVPRO Storm Damage Tarping Services

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Over the years, SERVPRO has become known as being an emergency service to our surrounding communities and towns. While most people know us our fire and water cleanup services, we also offer other services that can come in handy when disaster hits. One of our most important services we are now providing is tarping. This includes both homes and businesses, roofs and buildings.

When there is a hole in your building or roof and the damage is getting worse by the minute, one of the fastest and easiest things to do to stop more damage from happening is to tarp up the area. With SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties having a rebuild division onsite, we are able to quickly respond to your needs: both big and small.

Even if you are unsure what you are going to do to fix the problem at that time, SERVPRO can help you minimize the damage until you know what your best course of action is. Just because you call us, does not mean you are required to use us to fix the project. We are here for you, in whatever capacity you need!

August Theme of the Month – 2020

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

August Theme of the Month – 2020

Throughout the month of July, our marketing team is focusing on something that has been weighing heavily on the minds of many families: going back to school. With schools being closed early at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, many families are ready to get back on a normal schedule, and have their children back learning in person. While there are unknowns at this time, schools opening back up are beginning of life going back to normal.

While there are many unknowns at this time, once thing everyone knows is school is going to look a little different this 2020-2021 school year. To prepare for this, the CDC has put out many tips on what you can do before school starts to help make the transition as smooth as possible for both students and teachers. Some of these include:

  • 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
  • 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

View the full list of tips here.

During this time, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties are continuing to provide sanitizing and cleanings at schools, daycares, businesses and more. When it comes to schools, our cleanings can include classrooms, restrooms, buses, gyms, playground equipment and more. Before cleaning, our team creates a specialized plan on how we handle each business we work for. Doing this helps maximize the value and quality of our services. Learn more about this program here.

The 3 C's - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

With over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises all over the United States and Canada, we are a trusted leader in cleaning and sanitizing both homes and businesses. During these times of uncertainty, it is important to partner with a business that has decades of cleaning experience, like SERVPRO. With SERVPRO being a franchise, you can count on us being able to handle all of your needs, both large and small, with the utmost quality and professionalism.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, SERVPRO began the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program to reflect our unique experience and capabilities that have been gained throughout the years. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties quickly adopted the program, and started using it on all of our COVID-19 potential, suspected and confirmed cases. This program is made up of “The 3 C’s”:  – Consult, Clean and Certify

Consult-

This is the first step in the 3 C’s system. With every business being different and having various needs, we send a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who is trained to help guide you in figuring out the best course of action for your business. Once this is done, they will then create a cleaning program that fits your individual needs. This includes looking at your type of business, building size, number of high touchpoints, incoming foot traffic, employee contact and congested areas of the building.

Clean-

Step two is the actual cleaning and sanitization based on the cleaning program created for your businesses. Our highly trained crew comes into your business to undergo a deep clean using our exclusive cleaning products. We not only go by the SERVPRO Corporate standards, but also the CDC’s guidelines. Our goal is to go beyond the scope of work to ensure maximum satisfaction and cleanliness for your staff and clients. These intensive cleanings typically include both porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of equipment, tools and/or supplies. We will also dispose of any hazardous materials that are created when there is a cleaning, or that is already onsite.

Certify-

Certify is the last stage in The 3 C’s. Once your businesses has undergone our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program, we will then post and date signage to give incoming customers and for your workers peace of mind that the business went beyond their normal cleaning standards to help make COVID “Like it never even happened.” In your initial consult, it will also be discussed if this is a one-time cleaning, or if there will be any type of repetition. At this point we will then schedule our next visit (if applicable) and discuss any further steps to help keep your business clean!

July Theme of the Month – 2020

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

July Theme of the Month – 2020

Throughout the month of July, our marketing team is focusing on the fact that schools will begin to reopen after the COVID-19 Virus cut this past school year short. While the school closings this past year were necessary to help slow the spread of the Corona Virus, many families are excited about the thought of children being able to attend this 2020-2021 school year and things beginning to go back to normal. While some are excited, many are also still concerned about how everything will work with students back in the classroom. Throughout the shutdown, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has always been considered an essential business, and our crews have been working around the clock at many local businesses to help them get ready for their reopenings. We are also able to use the same techniques we do on businesses on schools, school buses, buildings, outdoor play equipment and more.

If you have any questions on what we can do for your home, business or school, we are able to answer those questions over the phone. SERVPRO is also currently providing free quotes for all of our COVID/Corona Virus cleanings, so give us a call at 270-875-4883 to discuss your individual needs.

SERVPRO is Here to Help® get our lives back to normal!