From our Sales & Marketing Representative Stan Richardson
Property damage emergencies happen! Ruptured water pipes, electrical fire, a severe weather outbreak. What will you do? Who will you call?
The only way to minimize the disruption from a sudden, unexpected disaster strike is to have a plan, BEFORE it happens. First and foremost, your plan should focus on the health and safety of you, your family, other tenants, etc. Loss of life is the worst possible outcome.
Make a life/safety plan that is specific to your property. The American Red Cross Ready Rating resource is a easy to follow guide for setting up a life/safety plan to help prepare all parties for when the unexpected happenes.
The SERVPROs Emergency Ready Profile resource provides similar guidance for commercial and institutional properties. These free resource will not only help you preserve the life and health of your people, they will put you well on the road to restoring your damaged property to preloss condition; making it "Like it never even happened."
Join us next time for a closer loss at the valuable disaster planning resources!
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.
- Stayed informed
- Plan for evacuation
- Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage
For more information check out www.fema.gov
SERVPRO of Birmingham North Commercial Fire
Armed with industry approved equipment, expertise and a reassuring smile, SERVPRO of Birmingham North on will make every effort not only to restore your home or business, but also, your peace of mind. SERVPRO of Birmingham North use the latest equipment, products and processes to properly remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts, restoring a home to preloss condition when possible. Technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back. It's not just your home or business, it's your life. Contact us for your fire damage restoration needs.
Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area of the home, check smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once a year, and plan an escape route and practice it at least twice per year.
University Tornado Damage 2018
As stated in a previous blog we had tornadoes through Alabama and our Large Loss Division has been working around the clock to help a local university get everything back in order.
As of today they have been working over 40 days on this job with mitigation services and that includes the 30 plus buildings affected. Part of the cleaning includes 'grounds' work, cleaning up the campus of debris and downed trees. A local roof and tree contractor has assisted in a majority of the large tree cleanup.
We packed up and stored many buildings, also moved those classrooms/offices to other buildings in the city. In the nursing building, we had to remove EVERYTHING from the building and into temp office trailers as well as temp storage so the building can be completely renovated.
Stayed tuned, there's more to come!
Your Time is Precious
When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Birmingham North. Did you know when you hire us for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response - that is the SERVPRO way.
Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Birmingham North for all your emergency restoration needs. When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home or facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring you 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.
First Responder Cook-off
This past weekend some of our sales and marketing representatives competed in a BBQ cook-off that was hosted by Hometown Lenders. This competition was held for our local first responders including firefighters and police officers. The money raised went to scholarships for children of first responders.
On the Friday before the competition they prepared by cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for all the employees at SERVPRO of Birmingham North. Once we gave them the thumbs up, they cooked the ribs and BBQ for everyone else at The Hoover Met!
Our guys ended up winning first place in the corporate division for their pork! Great job!
If you are wanting more information about our services pertaining to fire damage once your local fire department has arrived, give us a call - we clean up soot & smoke!!
Vandalism Do's and Don'ts
-Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
-Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
-Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
-Record all damage and photograph when possible.
-Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
-Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
-Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.
Most vandalism tends to happen on commercial properties when someone isn't around. As soon as you see or hear of an incident, give us a call so we can come out and assess the damage!
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals
At SERVPRO of Birmingham North we want to make sure your home and/or business is handled properly and with the utmost care so our employees are trained to better assist you!
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:
-Dispose of refuse
- Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.
-Apply necessary treatments.
-Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service.
-Move and block furniture and contents.
-Perform emergency water extraction.
-Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premise for hidden moisture.
-Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
-Identify the source/type of water
Winter Storm Events
SEVERE WEATHER 101
Winter Weather Basics
A winter storm is an event in which the main types of precipitation are snow, sleet or freezing rain.
- Why can winter storms be so dangerous?
Most deaths from winter storms are not directly related to the storm itself.
- People die in traffic accidents on icy roads.
- People die of heart attacks while shoveling snow.
- People die of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.
Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. The actual threat to you depends on your specific situation. Recent observations show that:
- Of injuries related to ice and snow:
- About 70% occur in automobiles.
- About 25% are people caught out in the storm.
- Majority are males over 40 years old.
- Of injuries related to exposure to cold:
- 50% are people over 60 years old.
- Over 75% are males.
- About 20% occur in the home.
We have had some pretty warm days here in Alabama the last few weeks but that doesn't mean the cold weather is over. Make sure you take all the precautions to keep your home or business prepared for the cold days and nights. Call us if you need us! 205-664-6770
Storm Event Database
The Storm Events Database contains the records used to create the official NOAA Storm Data publication, documenting:
- The occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption to commerce;
- Rare, unusual, weather phenomena that generate media attention, such as snow flurries in South Florida or the San Diego coastal area; and
- Other significant meteorological events, such as record maximum or minimum temperatures or precipitation that occur in connection with another event.
The database currently contains data from January 1950 to November 2017, as entered by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Due to changes in the data collection and processing procedures over time, there are unique periods of record available depending on the event type. NCEI has performed data reformatting and standardization of event types but has not changed any data values for locations, fatalities, injuries, damage, narratives and any other event specific information. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information.
You can register your email address with NCEI to receive future information regarding access system downtime, data issues, new features and general news about the Storm Events Database.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Storm Events Database: