Recent Storm Damage Posts
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Cincinnati East!!
Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.
Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.
First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.
Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!
And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.
So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Cincinnati East!
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East and the Disaster Recovery Team
Last year, Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast coast of the U.S., and more recently Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, leaving trails of devastation and destruction. According to NationalGeographic.com, Hurricane Matthew alone caused severe flooding from Florida to North Carolina and inflicted damage in the U.S. estimated by analysts at a minimum of $10 billion. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is proud to be part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team. This team provides help during events like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or floods. The national SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is always prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.
During events like Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, and Irma, our local SERVPRO of Cincinnati East crews are ready to quickly mobilize and help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area of the disaster.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Helps with Hurricane Relief
In late August, the state of Texas was drastically affected by Hurricane Harvey. Billions of dollars of property damage was sustained to homes and businesses throughout the state. And unfortunately, September brought Hurricane Irma to the state of Florida, also leaving a trail of devastation and destruction.
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is proud to be a part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team to help the people whose lives have been disrupted by these natural disasters. Our Disaster Recovery Team is available 365 days a year and is always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed, to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent hurricanes as well as with all those assisting with the recovery efforts! Our hope is that with everyone working together, it will be a smooth, efficient and successful restoration and recovery process.
Be Prepared for Flash Floods
Flash floods are usually caused by excessive rainfall that occurs in a short period of time. They are dangerous because they are powerful, speedy and unpredictable. They can happen with little or no warning at all.
Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. Buildings, roads and parking lots in the area reduce the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. Sometimes streams that run through cities are routed into storm drains. These drains can become overwhelmed and flash flooding can result.
Areas near rivers are also at risk for flash flooding. If levees along rivers fail, flash flooding can result. In 2005, New Orleans experienced devastating floods during Hurricane Katrina due to the failure of the levees.
Dam failures and rapid runoff from mountains and steep hills can also cause flash flooding. When water is falling faster than the ground can absorb it, a dangerous, flooding condition can result.
No area is really immune to flash flooding. During storms it is important to pay attention to weather watches and warnings and take the necessary precautions. Always listen to forecasters and be prepared with a plan in place just in case a flash flooding situation arises!
HAPPY JULY 4TH!! The Ways Weather Affects Fireworks
Fireworks displays are affected by many different weather factors. Wind, drought, lightning and rain can all have an impact on July 4th celebrations.
Wind can really affect the quality of the display as well as pose a safety risk if not monitored closely. Calm wind doesn’t allow for the smoke to dissipate which means that the fireworks won’t be as vivid as spectators try to see them through the smoke. Strong wind affects the direction of the fallout, potentially blowing hot embers and smoke into the spectators.
A location experiencing a drought is not ideal for a fireworks show. This could be very dangerous as there is potential for fire damage when the fallout lands on dry grounds and possibly sparks a fire.
Lightning can also be one of the most dangerous weather conditions that affects a fireworks show. It is possible that lightning can strike the unlit fireworks and ignite them on the ground, which is very dangerous for anyone sitting nearby. It’s important to remember to always take shelter indoors if lightning is in the area!
And finally, while most would expect otherwise, rain is not really an issue for fireworks displays. As long as the pre-lit fireworks are protected from the rain so that the fuses are kept dry and will light, the fireworks will still burst through the raindrops and be seen without problems.
So this July 4th, be sure to take the weather into consideration as you head to your local fireworks display!
We at SERVPRO of Cincinnati East wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!
Include Your Pet In Your Tornado Safety Plan!
As we enter the summer season, severe storms become more frequent and tornadoes become a possibility. In the event of a tornado, most people consider the safety of their family, but many may forget to consider the safety of their pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips to help keep pets safe during severe storms.
Tornado Safety Tips:
- Bring your pets inside – Any time a severe storm is in your area, bring your pets indoors. If it is not safe for you to be outside, then it is not safe for your four-legged friend!
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification or is microchipped – If you were to be separated from your pet during a storm, an identification tag or microchip will increase your chances of being reunited.
- Practice getting your pets into your safe place – When you practice your tornado safety plan with your family, be sure to include your pets as part of the practice plan!
- If you are forced to evacuate, take your pets with you – Even if you think you will only need to be gone for a short period of time, take your pets and some emergency pet supplies with you. Depending on the situation, you may be unable to come back for your pets at a later time.
These are just a few tips to take into consideration to help keep your pets safe during the stormy season. More information about tornadoes and pet safety can be found at the Humane Society website, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/keeping_pets_safe_during_a_tornado.html.
Tips to Be Better Prepared for a Tornado
Now that spring has arrived and we are heading into summer, we are seeing beautiful flowering trees, warmer temperatures and budding tulips. But with the wonderful change of seasons, also comes the threat of tornadoes.
Tornadoes often appear with little warning and bring strong, disastrous winds that often cause serious damage. While tornadoes are difficult to predict, we can prepare for them by thinking ahead and coming up with a tornado safety plan ahead of time.
Dr. Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, suggests following these tips in order to be ready if a tornado strikes:
- Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm – If caught out in a storm, get home as quickly as possible, and if that’s not possible, get to a sturdy building.
- Get away from windows and get underground – Stay as far away from windows as possible and make every effort to get underground. A basement or a storm shelter is an ideal location to ride out the storm.
- If a tornado appears while you’re on the road… Make every attempt to find a safe building for shelter. If you can’t find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. It is safer to find a ditch, get down and cover your head. Get as far away from your vehicle as possible.
- Put on your shoes and a helmet – If you are home when the storm hits, prepare for the worst. Put on shoes just in case your home is damaged and you may be forced to walk through debris. If you own a bike helmet, it could save you from life-threatening head trauma.
- Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you – Your pets are part of your family so make sure to bring them with you to your safe place. Make sure their collar is on for identification and keep them leashed if they are not in a crate.
- Don’t leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado – Tornadoes can shirt their path, and if you think you are directly in line of the storm, being in your home is safer than being in your car.
Tornadoes are unpredictable and can devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Being prepared and knowing what to do if caught in a tornado increases the chances of safety and survival during the storm.
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East Volunteers to Help Hurricane Matthew Victims
Hurricane Matthew pounded the Southeast coast leaving a trail of devastation and destruction. The storm brought strong winds, as much as 15 inches of rain and powerful storm surges to some areas. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.
Many people’s lives were disrupted and SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is making every effort to help those in need. As part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, our crews have mobilized and are currently onsite in South Carolina to help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area.
The employees of SERVPRO of Cincinnati East are also working locally to provide hurricane disaster relief. On Saturday, October 15th, as part of the Contractor Connection Global Day of Service, a team of our SERVPRO employees and their families were honored to volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio. Matthew 25: Ministries aids disaster victims and the poor by collecting, processing and shipping goods to them. To start the day, the SERVPRO group took part in a very informative tour and learned about the mission of Matthew 25: Ministries, what they do, and who benefits from their service. The SERVPRO group then contributed to the cause by unpacking and preparing items for shipment to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. It was a very satisfying experience for our SERVPRO employees to be part of such a wonderful cause!
NO DISASTER IS TOO BIG FOR SERVPRO'S DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM
Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards or Floods – NO DISASTER IS TOO BIG!
Need help fast in a storm situation? SERVPRO of Cincinnati East has answered the call! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby, ready to act when disaster strikes. The Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Severe Weather Safety Tips
With the spring season comes lush green lawns, colorful flowering trees and warmer sunny days. However, spring can also be the prime season for severe weather. According to the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.
Tornadoes often occur during the spring season between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00pm. The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:
Know your community’s warning system
Pick a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.
Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing damaged limbs from trees and securing lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc.
Thunderstorms are also common in the afternoon and evening hours in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:
Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!
Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.
Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.
Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.
Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:
Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.
Stay away from floodwaters.
Do not drive on flooded streets.
Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.
While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.