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Does Your Rockland County Business have an Escape Plan?

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals 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. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County can help you and your business with the cleanup after any water, sewage or fire disaster. But first make sure your employees, and customers are safe by planning ahead and having a plan. 

*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Is Your Rockland County Business Prepared?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

How quickly your Rockland County company can get back to business after a fire, flood, or storm often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.   

Be Informed: Do you know what types of emergencies might affect your company?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan: Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Are you ready for utility disruptions? Do you have a plan if your building is not accessible? What will you do if your suppliers are impacted? 

Prepare Your Emergency Plan: Do you have an plans  for evacuation and shelter? Do you have plans for communications with employees before and during? Do you have copies of buildings and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are any employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan: If you have a plan, have your practiced it recently? How often do you review the plan? Do you have to coordinate the plan with other businesses?

Review Insurance coverage: Have you review your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment: Have you conducted a room to room survey to determine what can be strapped down and secured?

Improve Cyber security: Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness: Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan? 

If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, visit https://www.ready.gov/ and learn how to better prepare your business, employees, and family. Also, call Art at SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County to complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. This is a great first step to better prepare your business for any type of disaster. 

Water Damage in a Commercial Space is always treated with Emergency Response

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 

At SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County we are experienced at dealing with any size disaster scenario, a large scale event that effects many floors, offices or warehouse space, and even a small office with a limited water damage disaster. We work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professional Service Technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County

SERVPRO of Sourthern Rockland and Eastern Rockland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial properties after a water damage event.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our Crew  

September is National Preparedness Month: Preparing Makes Sense

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month visit: https://www.ready.gov/september 

Ready to start your ERP? Call our office at 845-753-3730 and speak with Art Holl. Or contact us via Email.

May is Building Safety Month

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website. 

The theme for 2019 is No Code. No Confidence. Which highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as, Fire Safety and Awareness. 

Important Tips From The ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

  •  If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade plywood. Visit www.flash.org for more info.
  •  Flooded roads could have a significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only take 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of moving water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. Want more info visit www.iccsafe.org

Here are a few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – (FLASH®) when preparing your family for any emergency.

  • Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Make copies of important documents like insurance policies, the deed to your home, and other personal papers, important phone numbers and a home inventory. Create a checklist of important things to do before, during and after a disaster.
  • Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family. Options for evacuation would include staying with friends and relatives, seeking commercial lodging, or staying in a mass care facility operated by disaster relief groups in conjunction with local authorities.
  • Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering in place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, place of employment, or other location where you are when disaster strikes.

The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play, so this type of "monthly" awareness is important. 

Does Your Business have a Fire Emergency Plan

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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 to help with restoring your business after the disaster.

Disasters Happen: Plan Ahead

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year For National Preparedness Month (September), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters Happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your employees, company and its infrastructure. This will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  1. Plan to stay in business-develop a Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO 
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready-Download the READY Plan APP
  3. Protect your investment-Plan Ahead

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • No Cost Assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile document 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 us as your local SERVPRO restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authoring work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and critical contact information

We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, and neighborhoods are ready when disaster strikes. At ready.gov/business companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. Contact SERVPRO to find out more o how to be ready when disaster strikes wit the Emergency READY Profile program and APP.

Is Your Business READY? Commercial Disaster Prepardeness

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

 

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • The no-cost assessment ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. 

Plan Ahead: Be READY

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

ERP Ready App

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO Bergen and Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 22 years of experience in mold, water and fire cleanup. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY. Call SERVPRO to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing 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 SERVPRO 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.