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September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Week #4

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Week #4

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

Throughout September, we have been laying out ways you can prepare yourself and your family for when a disaster strikes. This week, we want to specifically talk about the children in the household.  It is extremely important to include them in your plants, but you may want to take note if anyone gets upset or scared throughout any discussions you may be having. The goal of being prepared is to help everyone feel more at ease, not scared of anything that could happen. Take the time and note any negative feelings surfacing. Then work on overcoming each of those insecurities. One of the easiest ways to help ease nerves is to make sure they understand their role in the plan completely. Another plus of working through any scared or negative feelings is that once they are comfortable, they are a lot less likely to freeze up during a real emergency, and can think more clearly.

The goal of this week is all about making sure your ENTIRE family is comfortable!

Another great resource to help young children all the way up through the teenage years is www.ready.gov/kids. For your younger children, there are many different games and activities to help ease their nerves. For your older children, they have multiple ways listed how to be involved with the community and get hands on experience before a disaster strikes. There are also activities for the entire family to do together, which may be a great way to break the ice when talking about these tough topics!

SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties wants to thank you for joining us during National Preparedness Month! Mark your calendars for next year and join us again!

Hurricane Laura Flooding Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

This month being National Preparedness Month comes at a great time, with it being in the middle of the 2020 Hurricane Season. Already this month, we have had one major storm impact our county: Hurricane Laura. Being a Category 4 Hurricane, when she hit our coast, Laura caused major damage to multiple states, but mainly Texas and Louisiana.

Hurricane Laura caused a lot of destruction moving through the area to many different towns, buildings, homes and businesses. The one positive aspect was that with her taking time to build up, it gave residents several days warning before making landfall. With the locals having a little bit of time to make plans and/or evacuate the area, there were many lives saved.

Now that the storm is over, one of the hardest parts is here for families that evacuated: returning home. While you may believe you are prepared to see the devastation, there is no way to be 100% ready to see what happened to your busines, home and livelihood.  

SERVPRO is a franchise located in every state, and even around the world. At each local franchise, there are enough offices and crews on hand to handle any size job that may come their way. But there are instances, like when a major disaster strikes, when they may need to call in reinforcements. Once this happens, SERVPRO corporate then starts recruiting other trusted franchises to travel to the areas where the damage is.

Right after Hurricane Laura hit, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russel Counties called upon to send teams to the Lake Charles area. We quickly accepted the invitation, grabbed our bags and hit the road. We have now had crews there for over two weeks, and we will be there as long as we are needed.

When you have any type of disaster, large or small, SERVPRO can assist you.

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month - Week #3

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month

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

This weeks goals is all about educating yourself. In different parts of the world, you are more exposed to certain natural disasters. Start out by making a list of all the potential natural disasters in your area. Along with natural disasters, also think about other disasters that are not natural. Take time this week to go over and learn more about what you can do in each of these situations. Visit www.ready.gov/be-informed for an overview of each of these disasters:

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Home Fires

Household Chemical Emergencies

Hurricanes

Landslides & Debris Flow

Radiological Dispersion Device

Severe Weather

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

Space Weather

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Tornadoes

Explosions

Extreme Heat

Floods

Active Shooter

Attacks in Public Places

Avalanche

Bioterrorism

Chemical Emergencies

Cybersecurity

Drought

Earthquakes

Nuclear Power Plants

Pandemic

Power Outages

Tsunamis

Volcanoes

Wildfires

There is also a lot of information listed where you can do to get involved and be proactive in your community, along with what you can do to help sooth your children’s nerves when it comes to disasters, and how to be prepared as a business owner.  

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month - Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month

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

The goal of this week is to build your family emergency kit! After last weeks look at individual needs of the family, this week, we are looking at more general needs. This kit should have the items to you’re your family survive without assistance for around three days.

Basic Items:

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

Additional items to consider including:

  • If applicable: Contact lens solution
  • If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • If applicable: pet food & water
  • Cash
  • Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
  • Disposable paper products
  • Activities for any children
  • Soap & hand sanitizer
  • Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person (including comfortable shoes)
  • Fire extinguisher

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Remember to update and maintain your kit regularly! Make it a habit to update the kit each time you go over or update your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date with current family needs, and all items are in date and ready to use.

Other Kits to Consider:

Work Kit- This kit should prepare you to comfortably stay at work for at least 24 hours. NOTE: add in comfortable walking shoes, as you may not be wearing any during an emergency.  

Car Kit- A version of this kit should be in all cars you may have. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger, warm blanket, local map and either cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if your car becomes stuck). 

September - Theme of the Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September - Theme of the Month

During September, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties is focused on stressing the importance of being prepared in case of natural disasters. September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect time to put your family’s minds at ease, and plan for how to overcome the worst!

Ready.gov is a great resource for how to prepare your family for any disasters that may impact them. We will also be covering their recommendations over the month, so check back for each week for the week's tasks!

Week #1 Goal: Make a Plan– September 1st-5th

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

Different parts of the country are more at risk for certain types of disasters. Jot down a quick list of these disasters to use throughout building your plan!

Now that you have your list, ask yourself these questions while taking notes:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation plan?
  • What is my household communication plan?

Use your answers to begin building your plan.

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

Once you have your plan started, it is time to look at what supplies you need to stock up on. A good way to start is by looking at each member of your family and thinking of any daily items they may need that could be hard to get a hold of during an emergency.

Step #3- Build a Family Emergency Plan

There are many different emergency plan templates to download online, so find one that fits your needs or create your own!  

Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

Your plan should be almost completed at this time, so it is now time to thoroughly run over it to find any other weaknesses that may be hiding. After discussing these plans in depth with all family members, your small children may be a little nervous. Going over it will also help put their minds at ease, and make everything go smoothly in the event that you do use your plan during an emergency.   

After you have finalized your plan, print it out and put it in a safe place, and mark your calendars for 6 months down the road to update and practice again!

#TipTuesday: Changing Home Air Filters

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

#TipTuesday: Changing Home Air Filters

This is one home maintenance chore that is not always top of mind for renters or even home owners. Changing your air filters only takes a few minutes, it is something that can be easily overlooked for long periods of time. In some cases, they may not need to be changed very often at all, but in some it needs to be changed very often. Here is a general guide to help you figure out what to do about your home:

Single occupant/vacation home: 6 months.

Single family home with no pets: 3 months

Single family home with 1 pet: 2 months

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

If you have not been changing them regularly, then it might take awhile before you figure out exactly how often you need to change it in your home. Some homes may create more dust than others. For example, a new home has a lot more dust circulating, that may be clog up the filter a little quicker than an older home.

Besides improving air quality, another reason to continually change them is it can help extend the life of your HVAC system. When the dirty air is circulating in your home, it creates a buildup within the system, and it then takes more power for the system to run.  

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

Tarping Services

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Tarping is a service that many people do not think about until they need it, and you may not know who to call when that time comes. When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties has your back. We are here to respond 24/7, and are able to handle all of your issues and needs. We implemented this service once we noticed a lack of availability in the community. Being in the water business, we know that the longer the damage sits, the worse it gets. It is important to stop the damage from getting worse as soon as you find it. With our business already being open 24/7, we realized this is a perfect service to offer our customers, and that it could really help minimize their damage when a disaster or storm strikes the area.

When tarping services are needed, you may not know the extent of the damage quite yet, or how you will want to proceed at the time. We want our customers to know that if they call us, they are not obligated to use our services throughout the rest of the job. We are Here to Help in any capacity needed, including JUST tarping up your home or building.

Give us a call for more information! 

August - Theme of the Month

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

August - Theme of the Month

During August, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties are focusing on our students returning to school this month, and what you can do to ease the stress of the unknowns. With many options being available this school year, families are faced with making many choices on where their children will be learning. To help prepare for going to school in person, the CDC has put out many tips and guidelines on what you can do before sending your children back to school to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

CDC Tips:

  • Find out how drinks will be provided to students during the day, and invest in water bottles for your children to use
  • Practice proper hand washing techniques with all family members at home, and stress the importance of regular hand washing when not at home
  • Checking your children’s temperature each morning for signs of a fever or sickness
  • Make sure to have extra face masks available for each student in your home

Click here for the full CDC list of tips and guidelines.

Throughout the COVID-19/Corona Virus outbreak, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties has continually provided sanitizing and cleanings to many local schools, daycares, homes, businesses and more. When it comes to back to school, our cleanings can include any part of the buildings or contents, including: classrooms, restrooms, buses, gyms, playground equipment, walls and more. Learn more about our process and how we process COVID Cleanings here. 

Fire Extinguisher Usage - P.A.S.S.

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Your business is your livelihood and is a particularly important part of your life. While you are the most invested in your business, there will be times where you cannot be there every second. Emergencies tend to happen when you least expect them to, so it is important to be prepared, especially when you are not there. There are some very simple ways to prepare, like post your fire escape route throughout your building, and have employees memorize it. It is also important to have emergency phone numbers available in case anything happens. Another important way you can prepare is by having multiple fire extinguishers available around the building, along with having employees know how to use them.

Each extinguisher may have slightly different directions, but if you remember PASS, it can help you greatly in an emergency!

  • PULL the pin out of the extinguisher.
  • AIM the nozzle on the hose at the base of the fire, while continuing to keep a safe distance away from smoke and flames.
  • SQUEEZE the lever to begin to discharge the fire extinguisher agent.
  • SWEEP the nozzle or hose from side to side at the base until the fire has been extinguished. Even after it is out, continue around the fire, and make sure all sides are completely out before putting the extinguisher away.

After the fire has been put out, there will typically be a mess left behind of smoke, soot and fire extinguisher agent. For cleanup, make sure to PASS the job to a professional to take care of from here. SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties are trained to handle just this situation. We are able to handle not only the extinguisher agent, but also help clean up from the fire, soot, and smoke the fire may have caused. If the fire department also made a visit to the site, we can also help with any water damage that may have occurred.   

Commercial Water Damage

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

While some water issues are small and do not seem like a big deal, it is important for your business to be vigilant and take care of any issues you notice very quickly. While a pipe leaking a few drops a day may not seem to not cause any problems, those drops could easily build up over time and cause major mold issues. The leak can also signal a weakening pipe, which could then cause a busted pipe over time.

No matter what the situation is, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair, and Russell Counties, Kentucky can help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call for more information and to get an appointment time. You will be asked to provide some basic information when you call, which includes:

The business name, address, contact name and number, insurance information (if applicable), square footage of damaged area, what caused the damage, has the source been fixed, is there any standing water, and is there electricity available onsite.

Having as much of this information as possible is key in quickly and efficiently moving the job along.