Severe Weather Safety
Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. According to NOAA.gov each year, we cope with an average of
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,300 tornadoes
- 2 land falling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98% of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, and cause nearly $15 billion dollars in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather events, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist others during weather disasters.
Know Your Risk: The First step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you work and live. Check the weather forecast regularly, learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio especially if you live in a heavily impacted weather area.
Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important documents and valuables in a safe place.
Be An Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends via social media. Your story will inspire others to do the same.
Watch vs Warning: Do you know the difference?
Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather and it is possible. Remain alert for possible further warnings.
Warning: Severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. Take Cover!
Once you are safe, you may need a damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO Eastern Rockland County to help with any damage your home or business property may have suffered during the storms. Click here to learn more about our storm services .
Defense Against Mold: Rapid Water Damage Cleanup
Did you know? Prompt water damage mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage or excessive mold growth will happen to your building.
Follow these tips to help prevent mold growth in your home or business.
- Keep the humidity between 30 and 60 percent.
- Provide proper drainage away from building foundations.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
Don't forget to contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County for professional water removal and mold mitigation. We are a local company with over 25 years of experience in the water and mold remediation industry. Our Production Managers are IICRC Certified and our Service Crews are highly trained and have professional grade equipment to facilitate proper cleanup. Don't hesitate to call us at (845)753-3030. We are Faster to any size disaster.
Got Water? Mother Nature May Need Help
What exactly does it mean to "help" Mother Nature?
A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages like mold may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has the tools and professional equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, and tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.
The bottom Line? SERVPRO has the equipment and training to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."
Celebrate Summer Safely: FIREWORKS
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Fireworks Safety Tips
Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.
Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
- Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
- Have a Happy Fourth of July.
- Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
- In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.
SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is locally owned and operated company in Rockland County, New York. We are a premier fire cleanup and restoration company with over 25 years of experience and training. We also have the professional cleaning products and equipment to get your property restored properly and quickly.
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Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc.
Water Damage Disaster at Commercial Properties
There's no such thing as a small disaster: especially when the water you don't see trapped behind walls and under floors contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage until it is out of control.
Water damage can affect the value of your Rockland County property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your business if it is not cleaned properly and quickly.
SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County knows how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Our Office Staff, Production Manager, and Service Technicians are trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. By assessing the damage and utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your commercial building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary damage such as mold.
With rapid response time, 24/7 emergency service, and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Rockland County can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, cleaned, and deodorized.
Before you risk further damaging the value of your commercial property, and losing precious hours doing business call your local professional cleanup crew at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County (845)753-3730 or (845)634-1660.
Does Your Business Have a Fire Emergency Plan?
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business. OSHA suggests the following when creating your plan:
- Organize a Preparedness Procedure review with employees to review your company's emergency plan. You may want to select an individual or team to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
- Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. At all times ensure all routes are clearly marked, well lit, unobstructed, and wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel.
- Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once conducted, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training is needed.
Every second counts during a fire, help your employees and business by being prepared by having a plan in place.
Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County to help with restoring your business after a fire damage event. Our company is a local to the Rockland County, New York area.
Our Service Technicians are professionally trained in fire and water damage restoration techniques, and use industry standards protocols for proper cleanup and restoration. Don't trust your business to just anyone TRUST the professionals at SERVPRO.
When there's a water intrusion event like a leaky roof or leaky water line, mold can quickly become a problem in you home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Our Service Technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle any size mold problems at your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mitigation process remains the same, the following is a typical mold removal process.
Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County: A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed. An independent Air Quality/Environmental Professional may be needed to do the initial mold testing.
Inspection and Damage Assessment: Your property will be carefully inspected by SERVPRO for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
Mold Containment: Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Air Filtration: Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. We have powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials: The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Restorable items such as furniture, decorative items, and curtains affected by mold can be cleaned. We use a variety of cleaning methods and techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Technicians are trained to remove odors with specialized fogging equipment.
Restoration: Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major reconstruction.
Our Professional Technicians have the training and equipment to mitigate mold in your home or business, don't hesitate to call (845)753-3730 or (845)634-1660.
Protect Your Home From Floods: BE FLOOD SMART
Did You Know?
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you home or business is near a coastline, along a city street, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert--there is always a potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
Follow our tips for minimizing the damage to your home after a flood.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County at (845)753-3730 as soon as possible. Even minor floods can lead to major damage when not treated quickly and properly, and cleanup is often an overwhelming task soon your own.
Call the Professionals
SERVPRO Service Technicians are trained to handle any size water damage disaster. Our company also has the equipment that can extract water, dry the entire environment/room and then deodorize your home. We can also help your rebuild and restore your home. SERVPRO is here to help!
Weather Disaster Preparedness: Build an Emergency Kit
Is your family prepared for a weather emergency? Build an Emergency Kit
The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 3-9, 2020 is to inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take action. We may not suffer hurricanes in Rockland County often, but we do have severe storm weather, and being prepared for these types of events is critical. Visit the National Weather Service website for more information.
The American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist visit the website for more information.
Build An Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water-1 gallon per person per day
- Food-non-perishable 3-day supply
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask or bandannas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Hygiene items
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a water proof container
Responding to storm damage quickly is critical, and our Service Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because you never know when a storm disaster may strike. To learn more about our storm restoration services visit: https://www.SERVPROsouthernrocklandcounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration
Smoke Detectors: LIFE SAVERS
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
Here are some guidelines to follow for properly using and maintaining a smoke alarm:
- Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarms unit replaced every ten years.
- If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.
- Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).
In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency escape plan in place and conduct regular drills to ensure proper execution of the plan. The NFPA website is a good resource for information.
If your home or business has suffered damage from a fire SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has the experience, training and equipment to clean and restore your property from any size fire damage loss. Learn about our services here Fire cleanup and restorations services.