Navigating Fire Damage Recovery with SERVPRO
While the aftermath of a fire can feel insurmountable, remember that you're not alone on this journey. With the help of professionals like SERVPRO, you can rebuild your home and your life. By following these steps and prioritizing safety and expertise, you'll be well on your way to restoring your sanctuary and turning the page on this difficult chapter. In this blog, we'll walk you through the crucial steps to take if you find yourself facing the aftermath of a fire.
The immediate aftermath of a fire can be dangerous due to lingering smoke, structural damage, and potential hazards. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones should be the top priority. Ensure everyone is out of harm's way and refrain from re-entering your home until authorities deem it safe to do so.
Assess the Damage and Contact Professionals:
Once the fire is extinguished and you're allowed back into your home, assess the extent of the damage. Be cautious when inspecting the premises, as the structural integrity might have been compromised. Document the damage thoroughly for insurance purposes, taking photographs and notes. Fire damage restoration is a complex process that requires specialized equipment, knowledge, and experience. Reach out to a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO as soon as possible. Their expertise ensures that damage is properly assessed and addressed, minimizing further complications.
Secure the Property and Begin Removal and Cleanup:
If your home is structurally sound enough to enter, it's crucial to secure the property to prevent further damage or unauthorized access. Board up windows and doors and cover any openings in the roof to protect against weather elements and potential intruders. Fire not only damages through flames but leaves behind soot, ash, and water from firefighting efforts. Professionals will meticulously clean and remove debris, ensuring that no remnants of the fire are left behind. This step is crucial to preventing further damage and preparing for the restoration process.
Restoration, Rebuilding and Addressing Smoke and Odor:
After the cleanup, the restoration process begins. This involves repairing or replacing damaged structural elements, flooring, walls, and ceilings. Professionals work diligently to restore your home to its pre-fire condition, often using advanced techniques and materials. The pervasive smell of smoke can linger long after the flames are gone. Fire damage restoration experts use specialized equipment to eliminate smoke odor, ensuring that your home not only looks but also smells fresh once again.
The emotional toll of a fire can be significant. It's important to seek emotional support for you and your family during this challenging time. Counseling and support groups can offer solace as you work through the process of rebuilding your life and home.
Fire Prevention Measures:
As you rebuild, it's crucial to take steps to prevent future fires. Check smoke detectors, update your fire escape plan, and ensure all appliances and wiring are up to code. Fire prevention can spare you from the trauma of another devastating event.
The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming and heart-wrenching, leaving homeowners grappling with emotions and uncertainty. As the experts in fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is here to guide you through the daunting process of rebuilding and restoring your home. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville specializes in water and fire damage clean-up and restoration services for both residential and commercial customers. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call our office at (321) 264- 0205!
SERVPRO's Biohazard Cleaning Services
In life, unexpected events can arise that challenge our sense of security and well-being. Biohazard incidents, such as accidents, crime scenes, and unattended deaths, can leave behind more than just physical remnants; they can leave a lasting emotional impact on those affected. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of not only cleaning and restoring these spaces but also providing comfort to those who have experienced such events.
When it comes to biohazard situations, empathy and sensitivity are at the forefront of our approach. We recognize that these situations are often accompanied by trauma and distress, and our first step is to offer a reassuring presence. Our team arrives with the understanding that we're not just cleaning up physical matter; we're helping individuals and families restore a sense of normalcy to their lives.
Biohazard situations require specialized knowledge and equipment to ensure the proper removal and remediation of potentially harmful materials. Our highly trained technicians possess the expertise to handle a wide range of biohazardous materials, from blood and bodily fluids to hazardous chemicals. We adhere to stringent industry guidelines and safety protocols to safeguard both our team and the environment.
The SERVPRO Biohazard Cleaning Process:
Assessment: Our team conducts a thorough assessment of the affected area to determine the extent of contamination and develops a tailored cleaning plan.
Containment: We establish containment zones to prevent the spread of contaminants and protect unaffected areas.
Cleaning and Disinfection: Using specialized cleaning agents and equipment, we meticulously clean and disinfect all surfaces, ensuring the complete removal of biohazardous materials.
Deodorization: Unpleasant odors are effectively neutralized using advanced deodorization techniques, restoring a fresh and clean environment.
Proper Disposal: Biohazardous materials are carefully packaged and disposed of according to regulatory guidelines, minimizing environmental
Restoration and Support
While physical cleanup is a vital aspect of our biohazard cleaning service, our dedication goes beyond that. We understand the emotional toll that these events can take, and we're here to provide support every step of the way. Our goal is to transform a distressing situation into one where safety, cleanliness, and comfort are restored.
At SERVPRO, our commitment to biohazard cleaning goes beyond the surface. We understand that in times of crisis, our role extends beyond cleaning up physical remnants; it encompasses restoring peace of mind, providing compassion, and enabling healing. We take pride in being a reliable partner for those facing challenging situations, and our specialized expertise allows us to navigate even the most difficult biohazard scenarios with professionalism and care.
In the aftermath of a biohazard incident, our mission is simple: to help you move forward. With our dedicated team, advanced techniques, and compassionate approach, we aim to create an environment where safety, cleanliness, and well-being are restored, allowing you to focus on the journey toward healing. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach at 321-264-0205 today for more information.
Elevating Your Business with SERVPRO's Expert Commercial Cleaning Services
First impressions matter, especially in the business world. A clean and well-maintained workspace not only promotes a healthy and productive environment but also leaves a positive impression on clients, employees, and visitors. When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness and professionalism of your commercial space, SERVPRO stands out as a trusted partner.
A clean workspace extends beyond mere aesthetics. It influences employee morale, health, and productivity. Moreover, it communicates to clients and visitors that your business values professionalism and attention to detail. Maintaining a pristine environment can set the stage for success and create an atmosphere conducive to innovation and collaboration.
SERVPRO's reputation in the restoration industry extends to our comprehensive commercial cleaning services. From small offices to large commercial complexes, SERVPRO's experienced team understands the unique cleaning needs of different businesses. Our services cover a wide spectrum, ensuring every corner of your workspace receives the attention it deserves.
Tailored Cleaning Plans
No two businesses are identical, and neither are their cleaning requirements. SERVPRO works closely with each client to understand their specific needs and create a customized cleaning plan. This approach ensures that your business receives the attention it needs while avoiding unnecessary services.
Deep Cleaning and Disinfection
In today's world, maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is paramount. SERVPRO employs industry-leading cleaning practices, including the use of EPA-approved disinfectants, to ensure that your workspace is not only clean but also safe. This is especially important in shared areas such as break rooms, restrooms, and high-touch surfaces.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Carpets and upholstery can harbor dirt, allergens, and odors. SERVPRO's advanced cleaning techniques, including hot water extraction, can revitalize these surfaces, extending their lifespan and improving indoor air quality.
Specialized Cleaning Services
From industrial settings to healthcare facilities, SERVPRO has the expertise to handle specialized cleaning needs. This includes addressing biohazard situations, maintaining manufacturing environments, and providing post-construction cleaning.
SERVPRO's experience in disaster recovery uniquely positions us to handle emergency cleaning situations as well. Whether it's water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation, our trained technicians can swiftly address unexpected challenges, minimizing disruptions to your business operations.
A clean and organized workspace is the foundation of a successful business. With SERVPRO's expertise in commercial cleaning, you can maintain a professional, healthy, and inviting environment that supports your business's growth. From tailored cleaning plans to advanced techniques, SERVPRO's commitment to excellence ensures that your business will shine brighter than ever before. To find out more and schedule a free estimate call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach at 321-264-0205 today!
How High Heat Waves Effect Your Floridian Homes
High temps can have severe effects on your home or business property. Here are parts of your property that can be affected, according to experts.
Each summer, millions of residents, and tourists alike, flock to the Floridian outdoors to get their fix of warm days and sunny beaches. Most are unaware of just how hot it can get in Florida. In fact, experts are now saying that the globe had the hottest June on record, and is on track for the hottest July, with the first few weeks recorded as being the warmest on record.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Florida is always influenced by tropical moisture, especially in the summer. This is why we Floridians must not only keep in mind the actual climate temperatures, but also the overall heat index created by extreme humidity.
Excessive heat can be a danger to you, your pets, and your property. But what, exactly, can happen to your property in the event of extreme heat? Here are areas of your home or business likely to be impacted by high temperatures.
It can have severe effects on your home or business property. Here are parts of your property that can be affected, according to experts.
It goes without saying that water usage increases during heat waves. With more usage, comes more of a likelihood of them leaking or bursting.
Extreme heat has the capacity to warp and expand floorboards. And, unfortunately, hardwood flooring is the most susceptible to high temperatures.
Attic and Roofs
As the highest part of the home or property, the attic generally lacks sufficient airflow. And, with the excessive moisture heat brings, it can even cause your roof and/or shingles to deteriorate. That’s because roofs can expand and warp in high heat, causing shingles to crack. And, with a crack in your roof comes the high possibility of leaks into your property.
Even the “below deck” is not safe from extreme temperatures. That’s because when the ground heats up, it causes soil to shrink and evaporate moisture. This excess can cause soil to separate from the footing of your structure, which in the end leads to damage to your foundation.
Lastly, excessive heat can cause paint to flake and peel. Believe it or not, cracks or openings left by paint can serve as doorways to moisture aka mold.
Protecting your Property Against Heat
Luckily, there are a few ways that you can protect your property against these elements, starting with sealing off the places for heat to enter—your doors and windows. By weather stripping or caulking, you can seal off the unwanted heat from entering your property.
As mentioned earlier your attic can be a prime target for heat-related intrusions. Make sure to insulate your attic and consider adding an attic door cover. Heat from the attic throughout the rest of your property can be reduced by installing a door cover in the hatch or stairway that provides access to the attic.
From an electrical standpoint, consider installing a multi-stage air conditioner. These devices actually adjust their cooling output and can even do so at lower speeds. All while reducing overall air conditioning costs. You could also install a programmable thermostat. These can be lower used when cooling isn’t needed (like at night or early mornings) when you aren’t actually present in your home or on your property.
Where Can You Go For Up-To-Date Info?
In the meantime, make sure to stay up to date with the current Florida temperatures—especially the overall heat index. See below for the top three sites to visit to stay in the know this “hotter than Hades” summer season.
SERVPRO is Ready 24/7
Excessive heat isn’t just a health hazard; it can also wreak havoc on your home or business. If you experience damage to your home or business because of heat-related issues, we are here to help!
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville, we are highly trained professionals that will help you recover from devastating fire & water damage if you do suffer a structure fire, but we believe that prevention is better than a cure. However, we know that accidents happen. That is why our team is ready to respond to your emergency 24/7/365!
Firework Safety for Floridians: Local Laws, Prevention, and How SERVPRO can Help Hinder Hazards this Holiday Season
July 4 accounts for double reported fires compared to any other day, with nearly half of these incidents caused by fireworks.
In about 24 hours, Floridians will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a time-honored tradition— fireworks. And while these are fun to look at, according to officials, they come at a catastrophic price.
In fact, it is estimated that July 4 accounts for twice the number of reported fires compared to any other day, with nearly half of these incidents directly attributed to fireworks. And, specifically, officials from Florida Fire Rescue division are urging residents to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. However, if you do decide to partake in the festivities, there are some steps that should be taken to avoid catastrophic events.
Here are ways to keep you, your family, home, and/or commercial property safe from the hazards of using consumer fireworks, according to officials.
Know Your Local Laws
Remember as a kid lighting tiny sticks on fire and then spinning them in circles until sparks almost landed on your wrist? Well those are still all you can have, according to Florida Fireworks Laws. And, a lot of local municipalities have their own approved list of sparklers you are allowed to purchase.
These are not just limited to humans. Volusia County's beaches, for example, strictly prohibit consumer-grade fireworks. That’s because they not only leave a mess but can frighten nesting sea turtles and cause birds to abandon their nests.
Instead, check out your community calendar for commercial firework viewings. You won’t be disappointed, as Florida ranks as one of the top spots for commercial firework shows in the nation, many of them in Orlando.
Prepare Before the Celebration
Along with studying up on laws and regulations, another key practice is to always prepare your own surroundings for potential incidents.
If your local officials allow for personal use, make sure you are purchasing your fireworks from a professional provider. Never try to create your own fireworks or purchase them from an illegal source.
Prior to setting off-- whether on your own property or at an outside location-- always clear any dry vegetation and debris from the area. Even if you have already followed the appropriate steps so far, it is imperative to always keep a water source, whether it is a full-bucket and/or fire-extinguisher, close at hand.
Remember, keeping you and your loved ones safe is not limited to children, family, and close friends. Your furry friends have ears that are much more sensitive than ours. Make sure your pets are indoors before you begin, to reduce the risk they will run loose or get injured.
Use Caution During the Celebration
Be sure when picking your viewing spot that it is at a safe distance from where the fireworks are being ignited.
If you are the one who is providing the show, use safety eyewear, glasses or goggles, to protect your eyes while igniting fireworks. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
Back to sparklers again, children should never be allowed to play with or light anything other than these. Even then, sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision. While often considered a “safe” firework for the young, the tip of a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees or higher, which can cause third degree burns.
If you happen to get one of those dreaded duds that does not ignite (or does so, pathetically), release the urge to immediately pick it up and relight it. Instead let it sit for a minimum of 20 minutes and then carefully place it in a bucket of water.
Clean-Up after the Celebration
After the show, it is tempting to call it a night and clean up in the morning. It is important instead to wait for the fireworks to cool off and then safely place them in a bucket of water. This will prevent any faulty fireworks from reigniting and creating catastrophic fire damage.
Also, be sure to pick up all matches, lighters, and any unused fireworks. These should always be out of sight and reach of children before, during and after your celebration.
Of course, if you do not want to deal with the hassle of cleaning up or the stress of closely monitoring your children, you can always get in the patriotic spirit other ways. Use glow sticks as a safe alternative to sparklers. Or pick up some noise makers or patriotic silly string from your local party supply store. Better yet, throw a birthday party, cake, and all, for the USA.
Better yet, leave the celebratory fireworks to the trained professionals.
Call us Today
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville, we are highly trained professionals that will help you recover from devastating fire & water damage if you do suffer a structure fire, but we believe that prevention is better than a cure. However, we know that accidents happen. That is why our team is ready to respond to your emergency 24/7/365!
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville specializes in water and fire damage clean-up and restoration services for both residential and commercial customers. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call our office at (321) 264- 0205!
Restoring Peace of Mind: How SERVPRO Helps with Cleanup and Restoration
When disaster strikes, whether it's a flood, fire, or a mold infestation, the aftermath can be overwhelming. The road to recovery seems daunting, and the idea of restoring your home or business to its former glory feels like an insurmountable task. That's where SERVPRO® comes in—a trusted leader in the cleanup and restoration industry. With our expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, SERVPRO can help you navigate through the chaos and bring back your peace of mind.
SERVPRO boasts a team of highly trained professionals who specialize in disaster restoration. They have the knowledge, skills, and experience to handle a wide range of emergencies. From water damage caused by burst pipes to fire and smoke damage aftermath, they understand the unique challenges that each situation presents. Their technicians undergo rigorous training and certification programs to stay up to date with the latest techniques and industry best practices. When you call SERVPRO, you can rest assured that you are entrusting your property to capable hands.
Rapid Response and Advanced Technology:
Time is of the essence when it comes to disaster recovery. SERVPRO understands the urgency and responds swiftly to your call for help. Their 24/7 emergency service ensures that a team will be on-site promptly to assess the situation and develop a tailored restoration plan. SERVPRO utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology to expedite the cleanup process. From powerful water extraction tools to specialized drying equipment, they have the resources to mitigate further damage and prevent the onset of secondary issues like mold growth.
Comprehensive Restoration Services:
SERVPRO offers comprehensive restoration services that encompass all aspects of the cleanup process. We not only address the immediate damage but also work towards restoring your property to its preloss condition. Our services include water extraction, structural drying, soot and smoke removal, odor elimination, mold remediation, and much more. With our thorough approach, SERVPRO ensures that no stone is left unturned, providing you with the peace of mind that your property is in capable hands.
Navigating the insurance claims process can be overwhelming, especially during a crisis. SERVPRO understands this and aims to alleviate your stress by offering assistance with insurance coordination. We work closely with insurance companies, providing detailed documentation, and working hand-in-hand with adjusters to streamline the process. SERVPRO's expertise in dealing with insurance claims ensures that you receive the maximum coverage for your restoration needs.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO stands ready to help you through the cleanup and restoration process. Our professional expertise, rapid response, advanced technology, and comprehensive services make us a trusted partner in times of crisis. Whether it's a residential property or a commercial establishment, SERVPRO's commitment to restoring your peace of mind is unwavering. With our help, you can embark on the journey to recovery with confidence, knowing that your property is in the hands of skilled professionals dedicated to bringing it back to its preloss condition. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville today for emergency services or a free estimate at (321) 264-0205!
Protecting Your Furry Friends: A Guide to Pet Preparedness During Hurricane Season
Dog and cat laying together
As pet parents, we understand the importance of keeping our furry friends safe and protected, especially during unexpected emergencies or disasters. Whether it's a natural calamity like a hurricane or a personal crisis such as a medical emergency, being prepared can make all the difference for our beloved pets. That's why dedicating a whole month to pet preparedness is crucial, as it reminds us to take proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our four-legged family members.
Pet preparedness goes beyond the physical necessities; it also involves planning for temporary accommodations. Research pet-friendly hotels, shelters, or boarding facilities in your area that would welcome your furry friend in case you need to evacuate. Contact these places in advance to understand their policies, requirements, and availability. Additionally, reach out to friends or family members who may be able to offer a safe place for your pet if the need arises. Establishing these connections and options ahead of time can bring you peace of mind during stressful situations.
Preparing an emergency kit for your pet is another vital aspect of pet preparedness. This kit should include at least a week's supply of food and water, medications, a pet first-aid kit, and any necessary medical supplies. Don't forget to pack familiar items like toys, blankets, and comfort objects to help reduce stress during a crisis. It's also wise to have an extra leash, collar, and sturdy carrier or crate readily available. Remember, during an emergency, your pet may need to be transported quickly and safely, so having these items on hand is crucial.
Review and Update:
During Pet Preparedness Month, it's a great time to review and update your pet's emergency plan. Start by ensuring your pet's identification is up to date, including tags with your current contact information and a microchip registration. In case your pet gets lost during a chaotic situation, these measures greatly increase the chances of your pet being identified and returned to you if they are lost. Additionally, gather your pet's essential documents, such as vaccination records, medical history, and proof of ownership, and keep them in a waterproof and easily accessible place.
While we hope to never face an emergency or disaster, being prepared is the best way to safeguard our pets. Pet Preparedness Month serves as a reminder to prioritize their safety and well-being. By taking the time to update identification, create an emergency kit, and plan for temporary accommodations, we can ensure that our furry companions will have the best chance of staying protected and cared for, no matter the circumstances. In the case of an emergency while you are protecting your animals, family, and yourself, let SERVPRO help protect your home. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville today for emergency services or a free estimate at (321) 264-0205! Our calls are never outsourced so you will always speak to someone on our team! We are here to help and can return your property back to "Like it never even happened."
Preparing for Storm Season in New Smyrna Beach
Located on the beautiful eastern coast of Florida, New Smyrna Beach is known for its beaches, fishing, and surfing. However, it is also located in an area that is prone to hurricanes and other storms. As a result, it is crucial for residents and visitors to be prepared for the possibility of a storm. Especially during hurricane season which runs from June 1st to November 30th this year.
Here are some tips for preparing for storm season in New Smyrna Beach:
- Create an emergency plan. This plan should include a list of important contact information, such as the names and phone numbers of your family members, friends, and neighbors. It should also include a plan for how you will evacuate if necessary.
- Assemble an emergency kit. This kit should include food, water, first aid supplies, and other essential items that you will need in the event of a storm.
- Secure your home. This may include boarding up windows, securing loose items in your yard, and trimming trees.
- Stay informed. Monitor the weather forecast and listen to local news broadcasts for updates on storm conditions.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure your safety and the safety of your property in the event of a storm.
Here are some additional tips for preparing for storm season in New Smyrna Beach:
- Have a plan for your pets. If you are forced to evacuate, make sure you have a plan for your pets. Many shelters do not allow pets, so you may need to find a pet-friendly hotel or boarding facility.
- Consider purchasing flood insurance. Flood insurance is not required, but it can be a lifesaver if your home is damaged by flooding.
- Get to know your neighbors. In the event of a storm, it is important to be able to rely on your neighbors for help. Get to know your neighbors and make a plan for how you will communicate with each other during a storm.
By following these tips, you can help to make sure you are prepared for the next storm that comes your way.
Additionally here are more resources that can help you prepare for this year's storm season In New Smyrna Beach.
Should you suffer from storm damage or water damage this hurricane season, our SERVPRO storm disaster recovery team makes it so we can help all of those in need that had water damage and other storm damage losses. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville today for emergency services or a free estimate at (321) 264-0205! Our calls are never outsourced so you will always speak to someone on our team! We are here to help and can return your property back to "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Gives back to New Smyrna Beach Community on Saturday
On Saturday, April 29, volunteers participated in the city of New Smyrna Beach’s Community Outreach Giveaway.
On Saturday, April 29, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville participated in the city of New Smyrna Beach’s Community Outreach Giveaway at Pettis Park for those who are still displaced from last year’s catastrophic hurricanes Ian and Nicole.
The event which began at noon and lasted until around 4 p.m., was in the city’s historic west side. Sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach, as well as numerous local religious affiliates and commercial businesses, the event gave away free food, clothing, and door prizes, as well as providing plenty of activities for all ages.
Volunteers from SERVPRO of New-Smyrna Beach-Titusville contributed to the event by raffling off four major door prizes, one specifically for the overall event, and the other three as part of their hurricane preparedness/continuing education initiative. These prizes included a solar-powered radio with an additional phone charger, and two emergency preparation backpacks (one for an adult, the other for a child) filled to the brim with items necessary for the health and safety of individuals during catastrophic storms.
These items were also carefully selected in conjunction with the city to provide continuing education for community members in anticipation of the upcoming hurricane season. Other continuing education materials provided to the public included SERVPRO’s Home Emergency Kits, which contain individually filled booklets stored together in a waterproof, plastic zipped folder to be stored in an easily accessible spot in case of emergencies. Volunteers also gave away plenty of other SERVPRO pens, notebooks, and other swag to community members who visited their tent.
The overall participation in the event was part of SERVPRO’s continuing education efforts. By playing a role in the community by providing the tools necessary to get through catastrophic events, SERVPRO is there every step of the way, helping people take back control of their lives.
Is Your New Smyrna Beach-Titusville Business Hurricane Ready?
In less than a few months, Floridians will kick off the official hurricane season, which, according to the National Weather Service, starts June 1 ends on November 30.
According to a report released by AccuWeather, those in the Sunshine State who are still recovering from punishing hurricanes, such as Ian and Nicole, say the state will once again be at a higher risk than other parts of the country. And, as many of us have seen, hurricanes are not particular about what type of properties it effects. Many commercial property owners and building managers fall victim to catastrophic damage.
As a building owner or manager in a coastal state, especially small businesses, losing your storefront and merchandise can cost more than just money. It can cost your very own livelihood. Sometimes, this damage is unavoidable. But oftentimes, it is a matter of careful planning and preparedness before the storms that can be a matter of your overall business’s survival. Here are a few key steps to take to remain vigilant about hurricane preparedness.
This might seem cut and dry, but it is crucial for those who operate along the coastline to know their risk. And this doesn’t exclude those who are further inland. Ask your local emergency management office about the history of hurricanes in and around your facility. Contact your local SERVPRO franchise to schedule a full-walk through, including an emergency readiness plan created by our field experts, specifically tailored to your commercial business. Consider investing in flood insurance if you have not already. This will greatly speed your recovery if a hurricane does cause flooding. To learn more about flood insurance, contact your insurance company, or visit floodsmart.gov.
Prepare your site by having a local roofer or facilities crew member remain diligent about keeping your roof free and clear of debris. This also includes trimming any overhanging tree branches, as well as removing any loose objects. Get a pre-storm inspection from your local SERVPRO professional. Our full-service mitigation services also include maintenance performance such as sealing, clearing out drains, and more. Verify electrical wires are adequately anchored to the roof, and check that hatches and doors on HVAC units, electrical boxes, and other fixtures are closed and locked.
Along with your local SERVPRO franchise, make sure to have a good list of preferred vendors that operate inside and outside your business. These third parties, which are also listed in every specific ERP created by your SERVPRO professional, are vital, especially during state-wide emergencies.
Do you have the contact information for your power company handy? What about your internet provider? This includes, along with the phone number, a direct link to the company website, which often will post regular updates to outages. Having your insurance agent or broker’s contact is critical. Make sure to touch base to ensure you are fully ready and covered by storm protection. Have the local number for your emergency responders and local law enforcement. Be aware of your location within the municipality to ensure you get the most accurate and quickest response.
Property damage not only leaves you exposed to the elements, but also makes your business vulnerable to other forms of serious loss.
Make sure to back up all of your data. Ask yourself: is my data backed up off-site? How often? How are my proprietary company secrets protected? Check with your insurance provider about your coverage prior to any storm. Do you have a phone chain for contacting employees regarding closings? Have you correctly identified essential workers? Does everyone know where to go in an emergency, whether to evacuate or shelter in place?
Consider implementing a contingency operations plan for after the hurricane strikes. Practice your plan with employees and stakeholders every few months. This will also help you to anticipate any changing variables and challenges.
Along with a hurricane preparedness kit, commercial businesses should also set aside a reserve ready in case the storm makes landfall. This should not only be enough to cover not just the initial cost of supplies, but also any extra materials needed for the days after the storm. And, just setting aside extra disaster response supplies that are more inclined to run out, such as batteries and non-perishables, give you a leg-up when it comes to competing businesses that might not have done the same.
Even if your property is only predicted to succumb to the high wind elements of a tropical storm doesn’t mean that you should skimp on stashing extra supplies. Always have a storage supply of material to protect the exterior of your building. This includes any materials recommended for boarding up the doors and windows of your business. Whether you are on a floodplain or not, make sure you have enough sandbags to keep the heavy rain outside of your property. Stash a few tarps and long, strong nails in case the strong wind tears a hole through your roof. Even a tiny leak, especially in a catastrophic storm, can have a devastating impact.
Better yet? Call your New Smyrna Beach/Titusville SERVPRO franchise today to schedule a walk-through from one of our own field experts who can identify even the smallest of issues that could have a major structural impact when mixed with the elements of a catastrophic storm.
Our storm disaster recovery team make it so we can help all of those in need that had water damage and other storm damage losses. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville today for a free estimate at (321) 264-0205! Our calls are never outsourced so you will always speak to someone on our team! We are here to help and can return your property back to like it never even happened.