National Preparedness Month: Week Three
In week three of National Preparedness Month the focus is on low and no cost prepping! These are fun and free ways to get your family involved in your emergency plans. It’s important for your entire household to be familiar with your disaster plan, the location of your emergency kit, and any evacuation tactics you may have set in place during your planning.
- Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan, and prepare for the next emergency: ready.gov/publications
- Practice drills! – children practice fire, tornado, and other safety drills in school, but what about at home? Talk with your family about what to do, how to get out and where to go.
- Create a communication plan – less than half of American families have one: ready.gov/publications
- Get the kids involved! – Create a scavenger hunt around the house for items that you already have that you can add to your disaster supply kit. Create a checklist using: ready.gov/kitand make a game of it.
- Educate yourself on the possible disasters and hazards that could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. In South Carolina, we likely don’t need to spend time preparing for a blizzard… ready.gov/be-informed.
Hurricane Harms State Park Home - Prosperity, SC
During what would become a series of severe storms, a tornado touched down in nearby Prosperity, SC. The South Carolina State Park Service reached out to us early the following morning because a tree had fallen on a residence inside the park. Trees on houses are common, but this instance became more frightening when we found out that the family was inside the home and close to the location of the fall when it happened.
After the tree was removed, we placed tarps over the roof and began to assess damages inside. Because there were heavy rains, a significant amount of water damage needed to be addressed.
The residents endured a scary night of events, and we're working to get this home dry and repaired. Stay tuned!
National Preparedness Month: Week Two
Week Two of National Emergency Preparedness Month
The second week of National Preparedness Month is dedicated to another crucial step to ensure your family or household is ready for an emergency or disastrous situation: Building an emergency kit. Putting together an Emergency Kit is simple and only takes a little planning. Some items to include:
- Water (one gallon per person per day, for several days)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items)
- Battery or hand-crank powered radio with a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities – preventing additional water damage)
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Medications (prescription & generic illness/ailments)
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & creams
- Pet food & water for pets
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important documents – copies of insurance policies, ID Cards, Bank records
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Changes of clothes
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
National Preparedness Month: Week One
Create a plan for your household to prepare for South Carolina Disasters
September is National Preparedness Month
This week we’re highlighting the importance of planning. The first step to ensuring you and your loved ones are prepared for any emergency that may arise in the South Carolina area, is to create a feasible plan. This plan should cover everything from being alerted to disaster, to financial recovery should it be necessary. Set aside time to run through various scenarios and create a list of items that your family/household cannot go without (water, non-perishable food, medications, and pet supplies). Include all family/household members in the planning process so everyone is familiar with the plan, in the event you’re not all together, everyone knows the same information.
Ready.gov put together a great resource to help guide you in your planning phase. Be sure to check it out!
Invest In Your Investment!
Studies show that a clean working environment can increase employee productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction. If you’re a business owner or manager of any capacity, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the business remains successful as well as profitable.
Consider each employee an investment, because after all, they are a critical part in making the business operate. Keeping your investments, or employees, happy and healthy will drive the success of your establishment.
If you notice a trend of sickness or signs of illness becoming a common trend amongst employees, consider the environment they spend most of their day – your business. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork offers a variety of cleaning capabilities for your South Carolina business – from mold to facility disinfecting. Notice mold on the air registers in offices? Or spotting on ceiling tiles? Maybe a heavy accumulation of dust on the shelves of your warehouses and storage areas. We can help create a cleaner, healthier working environment to protect the people you’ve invested in.
Contact SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork today to discover the many ways we can help your South Carolina business reach its’ fullest potential.
Protecting Ourselves During Fire Cleanup
Safety is always our #1 priority. We value our team members, they’re the driving force of SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. When we’re cleaning fire and smoke damages in Chapin, Irmo and other areas of South Carolina, we take necessary precautions to ensure that our team members avoid injury.
OSHA provides a broad definition for personal protective equipment (PPE): “Personal protective equipment is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits.” While we may not be seen wearing everything on the list, we use some form of PPE on every job.
When performing fire remediation in Chapin, Irmo and other parts of South Carolina, there are several hazardous materials that could have been burned or melted. Asbestos, chemicals, mold and even lead to name a few. These hazards and the guarantee of smoke and soot, require additional PPE:
- Respirator/Face Mask
- Shoe/Feet Protection
- Eye Protection
Securing Your Home After A Fire
SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is proud to offer emergency board-up services. If your home has experienced a fire, or other major damage causing it to be unsafe or unsecure; we’re happy to help. Secondary damage, caused by Fire Departments attempts to extinguish the flames can leave you with broken windows, missing doors or portions of walls that can allow unwanted guests to enter your home. After you’ve experienced a loss in your home or business, it’s important to protect what remains salvageable. We provide the materials and manpower to close off any access to the structure.
In addition to board-ups, we also provide roof tarping services. Allowing water or debris to enter the structure before it can be repaired can create costly, and sometimes extensive damage. Covering exposed areas with a tarp is a temporary solution to protecting your valuable assets.
If your home or business is unsecured or exposed from a fire or water loss, give us a call!
Pack Outs? Easy!
Worried about what happens to your belongings after a fire or water loss? Have no fear, our team of SERVPRO Heroes are at your service! We’ve got the manpower and resources to pack your contents (even the fragile ones) and move them either to a safe storage space or cleaned and restored while the restoration process is ongoing.
You’d Rather Pack Your Own Belongings?
No problem! We’ll provide you with boxes, tape, and all necessary packing materials; allowing you to box up the contents of your home. Our team will move the boxes to their destination and move them back into your home once the restoration process is complete.
We strive to make the restoration process as simple for you as we can. From communicating with your insurance company, to packing up your belongings…. We’re always Here to Help!
Buying A Home? Check That Chimney!
A home inspection does not always mean everything was inspected…. Sometimes inspectors overlook the chimney. When it comes to the safety of your home, and those in it, we feel like that is a critical oversight.
Chimney service companies can do much more than what you might remember from Mary Poppins! These folks can make repairs, add a chimney cap, and perform a complete inspection. They provide a thorough, professional evaluation and solutions to fix anything that might need it.
While a gas fireplace puts off less smoke, it still uses that chimney to disperse heat and smoke from the fire. Even though it is fueled differently than a wood-burning fire, it still requires a check-up.
When you are planning to purchase a home it is a fair request to ask that the chimney be professionally inspected.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air ducts are typically the number one reason for poor indoor air quality. You can’t see them, so they’re often forgotten about. Regular inspection and maintenance could help prolong their lifespan and improve your air!
Air ducts move most of the air throughout your home, bringing warm and cold air from the HVAC unit to various areas. While they’re moving this air they’re collecting dust, pollen, dirt and debris, odors and other contaminants. All the pet hair you find in corners, on your furniture and under the bed? Imagine what your air ducts must look like?!
By having your air ducts professionally cleaned you can:
- Increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit
- Reduce the potential for mold growth
- Eliminate offensive odors
For your free air duct cleaning estimate, give us a call at 803-749-0178