The Emergency Ready Profile Advantage
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. The best way to plan for a disaster is with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.
Some advantages of the SERVPRO Ready Profile:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise profile document and app that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
For more details about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, refer to the prior blog post titled Emergency Ready Plan-Are you ready?
Call us today to get started on your business's Emergency Ready Plan!
Emergency Ready Profile- Are you Ready?
Call SERVPRO of Joliet to start your business's Emergency Ready Profile
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but will before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"
The SERVPRO ERP is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural and man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Post Construction Cleaning
Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time. SERVPRO professionals can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.
These services include the following:
Post Construction Cleaning- Debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.
Dehumidification and Drying- During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth.
Final Cleaning - Cleaning services, including carpet and floor cleaning, deodorization, air duct cleaning, and ceiling,walls and fixture cleaning, to give the building that extra shine prior to the facility opening its doors.
The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO provides 24 hour emergency mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.
Commercial Cleaning Needs
When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO for all of your commercial cleaning needs. When you hire SERVPRO for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind. Quality cleaning and a quick response - that's the SERVPRO way.
Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call us for your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.
SERVPRO is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.
Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
Water Removal and Dehumidification
Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Contents Claim Inventory Service
Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
Odor Identification and Deodorization
Upholstery and Drapes:Wet or Dry Cleaning Method
Recipe for Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen-more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Most of these fires start because people aren't paying attention. While a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what's cooking, that is all it takes to start a fire.
Leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Review the cooking safety tips provided below to learn how to help prevent kitchen fires before they start.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as towels, drapes, and pot holders.
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid free zone" of three feet around the stove.
- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Don't open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department.
- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (wearing the oven mitt). Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire.
Severe Weather Preparedness
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your family. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others do the same.
Severe Weather Safety-General
Hundreds of people die each year in the United States due to heat waves, hurricanes, lightning, flash floods, powerful thunderstorm winds, and winter storms or winter cold. Additionally, thousands of people are injured by these weather events each year. If you are aware of what weather event is about to impact your area, you are more likely to survive such an event. To stay on top of the weather, utilize NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver units that can be purchased at most electronic stores. Make sure the model you purchase has a battery-backup. You should also obtain the latest weather information from commercial TV/radio, cable TV, the internet/web, and newspapers. It’s your responsibility!
What else can you do to prepare for severe weather?
- Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors. The American Red Cross offers planning tips and information on a putting together a disaster supplies kit at www.redcross.org.
- Identify a safe place to take shelter.
- Know the county in which you live or visit – and in what part of that county you are located. The National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings on a county basis.
- Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
- If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and farm animals.
Severe Weather Safety - Lightning & Flash Flood/Flooding
Severe weather safety tips
Lightning Safety Tips:
- Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. Lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the thunderstorm and strike the ground with blue sky overhead.
- Move to a sturdy shelter or vehicle. Do not take shelter in a small shed, under isolated trees, or in a convertible-top vehicle. Stay away from tall objects such as trees or towers or poles.
- If in your vehicle when lightning strikes – don’t touch a metal surface. You are safer in a vehicle than being outdoors.
- Remember that utility lines or pipes can carry the electrical current underground or through a building. Avoid electrical appliances, and use telephones or computers only in an emergency.
- If you feel your hair standing on end – get down into a baseball catcher’s position and plug your ears with your finger tips so if lightning does hit it will not blow your ear drums out. Do not lie flat!
- 30/30 rule – if the time between lighting and thunder is 30 seconds or less, go to a safe shelter. Stay there until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
For more information on lightning safety go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Flash Flood/Flood Safety Tips:
- Nearly half of all fatalities in a flash flood involve a person driving a vehicle. Do not drive into a flooded area – Turn Around Don’t Drown! It takes only 2 feet of water to float away most cars. It’s amazing how powerful we feel when we get behind the wheel – don’t do it!
- It takes only 6 inches of fast-moving water to sweep a person off their feet – don’t walk through a flooded area!
- If you are camping in a river valley, move to higher ground if thunderstorms with heavy rains are in the area. Do not attempt to drive away.
- Don’t operate electrical tools in flooded areas.
- Most flash flood deaths occur in the middle of the night when it is more difficult to see rising water levels judge the depth of water covering road surfaces.
Severe Weather Safety - Straight Line Winds/Large Hail
Car damaged by hail
Severe Thunderstorm Straight-line Winds:
- Don’t underestimate the power of strong thunderstorm winds known as straight-line winds – they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 mph. Hurricane-force winds start at 74 mph. Illinois does experience these kinds of winds!
- If a severe thunderstorm warning contains hurricane-force wind speeds seek shelter immediately (as you would for a tornado situation).Stay away from windows and go to the basement or interior room/hallway. Do not use electrical appliances.
- Be aware that tall trees near a building can be uprooted by straight-line winds – that tree can come crashing through the roof of a home and crush a person to death.
- Powerful straight-line winds can overturn a vehicle or even make a person air-borne when they get up over 100 mph!
- One type of a straight-line wind event is a downburst, which is a small area of rapidly descending rain-cooled air and rain beneath a thunderstorm. A downburst can cause damage equivalent to a strong tornado!
- Although it is rare, people have been killed by large hail stones after sustaining head injuries. Additionally, several people are injured by large hail stones each year in the U.S.
- Some thunderstorms can produce large hail stones that can reach the size of baseballs, softballs, or even as big as computer compact discs (CD) or DVDs! These large hail stones can fall at speeds over 100 mph! – that’s why they are dangerous!
- If a severe storm is producing large hail stones, seek a sturdy shelter and stay away from windows that can easily be smashed.
- If you are in your vehicle before the hail storm starts, get out of it and go to a sturdy shelter. Glass windows in vehicles can easily be smashed by the hail stones. If you can’t get out of your vehicle, then come to a stop and cover your head with your arms and hands.
What to do if you Suspect Mold
Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Joliet for mold remediation services
What Not to Do:
- Don't touch or disturb the mold.
- Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If you see signs of mold, call us today - (815) 436-5735.