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Disasters Don't Plan Ahead

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners:

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Local disaster restoration specialist offers no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

Mobile, AL (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, John Mayhall, owner of SERVPRO® of Mobile Northwest, encourages Mobile property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)

  1. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Mayhall. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.

“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Mayhall. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”

SERVPRO® of Mobile Northwest specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Mobile Northwest, please contact John Mayhall at (251) 633-7500 or tmayhall@SERVPROmobilenw.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.



About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Ready for Whatever Happens

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our job is all about being “ready for whatever happens.”  Our whole business is driven by and centered around emergency situations.  From small water leaks to large catastrophic storms we have a plan in place to ensure our clients are taken care of quickly and efficiently.  September is National Preparedness Month and it serves as a great reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  You should always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Although it is our business, many people don’t think about making emergency preparations for their home and family until it is too late.  SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross to provide resources to help you get your plans in place. For even more resources and tips, you can also check out https://www.ready.gov/september.   Nobody can predict the future, but they can prepare for the unexpected.  Having a plan in place can ensure safety and help you recover faster!

Ready for Whatever Happens

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our job is all about being “ready for whatever happens.”  Our whole business is driven by and centered around emergency situations.  From small water leaks to large catastrophic storms we have a plan in place to ensure our clients are taken care of quickly and efficiently.  September is National Preparedness Month and it serves as a great reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  You should always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Although it is our business, many people don’t think about making emergency preparations for their home and family until it is too late.  SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross to provide resources to help you get your plans in place. For even more resources and tips, you can also check out https://www.ready.gov/september.   Nobody can predict the future, but they can prepare for the unexpected.  Having a plan in place can ensure safety and help you recover faster!

Disaster Preparedness

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season officially arrived on June 1st and runs through November 30th.  As everyone’s thoughts turn to hurricane preparedness during this time, we want you to know that your local SERVPRO is ready for “whatever happens”.  We have worked extensively to develop advanced response systems, to ensure that we are always “faster to any size disaster”.  Our highly trained team members are ready to move 24/7 to help when it is needed most.  In the event of catastrophic situations, we have a team of over 1600 franchises that make up our Disaster Response Network.  They can provide support and added resources to help us aid clients in the event of a natural disaster.  At SERVPRO, we have seen it all and we know that being prepared is the first step in minimizing damage to your home or business.  The first step is to develop an emergency plan for your property and have all the supplies on hand to ride out a storm and the aftermath.  Also make sure you have nailed down any evacuation plans and set up a family communication plan should you happen to get separated during a storm.   If you own a business, call us today to set up a consultation for your FREE Emergency Ready Profile to reduce damage and minimize down time.  As we saw recently with Tropical Storm Cindy, you never know what will happen when Mother Nature decides to strike.  However; the best step you can take is to prepare for the worst and pray for the best!  

Storm Flooding Restoration

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with storm, flood or water damage from Hurricane Harvey, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we have prepared for expected damage from Harvey and are able to respond quickly. SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile has personally be active in the STORM recovery in Houston, Hurricane Sandy, Flooding in Baton Rouge, and just last month in Kansas City. Immediate action and a fast response, lessens damage, limits further damage and reduces restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our teams are prepared teams with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area. Choose SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile is a local company that specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to storm and flooding conditions in our area. 

Ready for Whatever Happens

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, our job is all about being “ready for whatever happens.”  Our whole business is driven by and centered around emergency situations.  From small water leaks to large catastrophic storms we have a plan in place to ensure our clients are taken care of quickly and efficiently.  September is National Preparedness Month and it serves as a great reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  You should always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Although it is our business, many people don’t think about making emergency preparations for their home and family until it is too late.  SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross to provide resources to help you get your plans in place. For even more resources and tips, you can also check out https://www.ready.gov/september.   Nobody can predict the future, but they can prepare for the unexpected.  Having a plan in place can ensure safety and help you recover faster!

SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is the Leader in Storm Recovery

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Living here along the Gulf Coast, we are all familiar with natural disasters and the havoc they can wreak.  We have seen the fury of hurricanes, bringing with them damaging winds, flooding rains and rising waters.  After the storm has passed and the clouds have cleared, everyone moves into cleanup mode.  But with such widespread damage affecting so many, who do you call to help?  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have developed a strategic process and triage system to ensure that we are there to help when you need it most.  At the local level, we have developed standard operating procedures to ensure that we are ready to roll and help our customers quickly.  We work closely with all insurance companies to make sure that we get your life back on track as soon as possible.  We have the manpower, the training, and the resources to “Make it like it never even happen”.  In the event of a catastrophic situation, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster, we also have a highly trained system of back up support to ensure we are there for our clients.  Our national network includes over 1700 strategically located franchised, trained and certified in storm cleanup.  We come together to set up mobile command units where we can dispatch crews to assist in our efforts and ensure nobody is left waiting.  Our commitment to being the best in the industry is unwavering and we are always “here to help” when you need it most.  

Trust the Experts with Fire Remediation

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire is one of our most valuable resources.  We use it to cook our food, heat our homes, power our world and so much more.  However, when it comes to our homes, fire can also be one of our worst enemies.  Each year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), nearly 358,300 home-owners experience a fire.  Nearly, $10.3 billion in property damage and 3,280 deaths were due to residential fires in 2015 alone.  Residential fires accounted for three-quarters of all structure fires during 2015.  At SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile, we have seen first-hand the devastation that fire can cause.  We take pride in helping customers get their lives back on track in the wake of a disaster; but our wish is that they never go through that experience.  Knowledge is power when it comes to prevention and we want to share information that can help you protect your home.  Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires followed by home heating.  When cooking be sure to never leave anything on or near the stove and use caution when frying.  If you have central heating, make sure to have ducts cleaned regularly to prevent buildup and reduce the chance of fire. Dryer vents should also be cleaned annually.  Clothes dryers cause an estimated 2,900 fires each year, causing over $35 million in property losses. Call us today to schedule your HVAC or dryer vent cleaning and protect your home.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

We offer a full range of service options geared towards our commercial clients’ needs.  From scheduled maintenance plans to mold, fire and water mitigation, we are here to help.  We have strategically developed procedures and systems to ensure that no job is too big for us to handle.  We truly want to be your “one stop “.  If it needs to be cleaned, maintained, or restored; we can do it.  We also offer an amazing free service to help you prepare for the unexpected and protect your company.  Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption?  We understand how critical it is to be prepared and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”.  Our ERP is designed to help you quickly and easily access crucial information in the event of an emergency.  From everyday disasters to catastrophic events, the SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts everything you need at your fingertips.  You can easily manage the situation and, with the help of our SERVPRO team, get back on track faster.  Together we can reduce downtime and make it “Like it never even happened.”  Call SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Plan consultation. 

Trust the Experts with Mold

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know it takes less than 24 hours for mold growth to begin after a water damage?  Many factors can influence the rate at which the growth begins.  Here along the Gulf Coast, we have an environment that is the perfect storm when it comes to mold.  High heat, along with high humidity and extended periods of wet weather make the perfect breeding ground.  Mobile is basically a real-world version of a Petri dish.  So when you find mold, what should you do? Your first step should be to call us!  At SERVPRO we have experts that are certified by the IICRC in Mold Remediation.  We follow all IICRC and OSHA guidelines to protect your home from further damage and to ensure the safety of your family once the process is complete.  Proper containment is critical when remediation a mold issue. Air scrubbers may also be used within the treatment area to eliminate any spores that might be released in to the air during the cleaning process.  Depending on the amount of mold present an Industrial Hygienist (IH) may be called in to test the area and evaluate the situation.  The IH will establish a written protocol that will be followed by SERVPRO employees.  Upon completion of the remediation project the Hygeniest will test the air to ensure that all mold spores have been eliminated and that your home is mold-free.