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What is a tornado?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

You probably know what a tornado is, but do you know the technical definition? According to Weather.gov, a tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.

If your home or business is damaged by a tornado, we are here to help 24/7/355.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

What's Your Flood Risk?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Floods can occur in any season. Anywhere it rains, it can flood!

If you don't know your flood risk, we have a tip for you! You can visit this website and enter your address to figure out your flood risk level. We thought this FEMA tool was great and so we wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to sharing it with you. We encourage each of you to take a look so you can determine your risk level and be prepared.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

Emergency READY Profile For Your Alabama Business

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

It's been quite some time since we shared about our Emergency READY Profiles for your business, so we wanted to talk more about it in today's blog. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 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.

    • A no cost assessment of your facility.
      This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
    • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
      It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
    • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
      This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
    • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
      You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
    • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
      This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
    • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
      Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Columbus, Georgia

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

The Green Island County Club in Columbus, Georgia called us in for a carpet cleaning in their downstairs restaurant area. 

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need your business' carpets cleaned. We are only a phone call away!

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

NPM 2021: Week Four "Teach Youth About Preparedness"

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to the fourth and final week of 2021 National Preparedness Month! This week's theme is teaching youth about preparedness. 

Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today.

Whether you’re a kid or teen yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.

Ready.gov has a special website dedicated to educating youth called Ready Kids. We are so excited to share this website because it is filled with AMAZING tools to help teach kids and teens about preparedness. It includes resources, games, and so much more! Be sure to check it out and let us know on social media what you think.

Thank you all for joining us for our weekly NPM 2021 blog series! We hope that each week helped you become more prepared.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

NPM 2021: Week Three "Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness"

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to Week 3 of National Preparedness Month! This week is dedicated to Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness. 

Here are a few ways that you & your family can be prepared for disaster for no-cost or low-cost. Thanks as always to Ready.gov for creating such great resources for us to share!

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency. www.ready.gov/publications
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: www.ready.gov/kit and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

Receiving Weather Alerts

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. You want to make sure that you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community.

As an individual, here are a few ways that you can make sure that you are prepared to receive alerts!

  • Confirm your mobile device can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.

  • Sign up for text and/or email alerts from your local jurisdiction.

  • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.

  • Sign up for listservs and alerts for the workplace, schools, houses of worship, or other community organizations you’ll want to hear from in an emergency.

  • Download relevant hazard alerts and warnings apps.

  • Create a list of all the alert systems available to you, and make sure everyone in the household receives the alerts as part of your household communication system.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

Receiving Weather Alerts as an Alabama Business

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

In our last blog post, we talked about how to be prepared as an individual to receive weather alerts. We wanted to expand on that for our local businesses! 

Below are ways that your organization can be sure to be prepared and protect your employees in case of severe weather or emergency events. 

  • Test internal communication systems to ensure all individuals in the organization can be contacted.

  • Designate individuals to be responsible for distributing alerts from official sources.

  • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.

  • Develop a list of all the alert systems available for your community and your organization as a guide for people in the organization.

  • Encourage individuals to sign up for alerts and warnings, and assist them with finding any needed information.

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

NPM 2021: Week Two "Build a Kit"

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to Week 2 of National Preparedness Month! The theme for this week is "Build a kit."

Ready.gov even has a printable version of their list, so be sure to visit their website if you'd like to have a list you can check off one-by-one. 

A basic supply kit should include at least...

  • Water and non-perishable food for several days Extra cell phone battery or charger
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio that can receive NOAA Weather Radio tone alerts and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Non-sparking wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Consider these additional items based on you and your household's needs to also add to your emergency supply kit.

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, water and supplies for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable waterproof container
  • Cash and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items and hand sanitizer
  • Mess kits, Paper cups, plates and disposable utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

If you don't have a kit already, don't wait any longer! We hope that this blog helps give you ideas on what to put in your kit or add to your current kit in order to ensure that you are prepared. 

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!

Grill Safety for Labor Day Weekend

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

This weekend is Labor Day weekend! We're here on the blog to give some grill safety tips, which we like to do every summer. We can’t forget that grills are responsible for thousands of home fires a year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these general grilling guidelines:

  • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
  • Place grills away from your home (remember, this counts deck railings!)
  • As always, keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • Make sure you keep your grill clean by removing the grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill (keep in mind that the leading cause of a grill fire is failure to clean)
  • NEVER leave the grill unattended

Keep in mind these safety rules and have a great Labor Day weekend! 

SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-298-8252!