2020 Plan Ahead with ERP
With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or a water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your business is " Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.
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 your local SERVPRO franchise professional team as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 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 mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right 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 your building faster following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes-resolve to be READY by contacting SERVPRO of Crofton/Odenton/Severn to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.
If Disaster Strikes!
If disaster strikes, will you be ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to better prepare for an an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Download apps, check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards, and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training and class
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.
The fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family at a barbeque or picnic. With traditions of fireworks and bonfires, there may be some potential dangers along the way. In order to celebrate safely when it comes to these events, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.
- The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals.
- If you plan to use fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area.
- Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions and a warning label, do not light it.
- Supervise children around fireworks at all times.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Pour water over it and dispose of it.
UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES
When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanups. There are 3 types of water. Clean water, Gray water (slightly contaminated), and Black water (contaminated.)
DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER
- Shut off water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets
- Do not turn on ceiling fan fixtures if ceiling is wet
DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas
When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Crofton/Odenton/Severn!