What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes
After a hurricane strikes your area, there are certain steps you should and should not take.
Hurricanes can be devastating, and to many Brevard County residents, Irma was just that. If your home had damages caused by the hurricane, here are the immediate steps you should take.
Photograph and Document Damage
Dealing with your insurance company is not always a walk in the park, but by documenting your damages, the process can go a lot smoother. Take photos of all damages, both inside and outside of your home. Also create a list of all damaged contents inside your home such as water damaged furniture.
Conduct Emergency Repairs
In many insurance policies, it suggests it is your responsibility to stop any future damages from occurring. For example, if you have a large hole in your roof, you need to place a tarp over the hole to prevent rain and other elements from causing further damages. Don’t make any permanent repairs until your insurance adjusters come out to reviews your home’s damages.
Secure Home Inventory
By securing your home inventory, this will help your claim process go much easier. A home inventory is a document detailing all your possessions in the home. Your inventory should include photos, detailed descriptions, and if possible, the item’s receipts.
File a Claim ASAP
If you experienced damages to your home from the hurricane, you should file a claim immediately. Be prepared to explain all the damages that occurred to your home in detail. This will help your insurance provider in starting your initial claim, and they can also provide you with some advice while waiting for your adjuster to come and assess the damages firsthand.
Secure Safe Lodging
If your home is damaged to the extent where it is no longer fit to live in, you will need to secure a place for you and your family to stay in the meantime. Check your insurance policy to see if you have coverage for temporary lodging while your home is being repaired. In standard homeowner’s insurance policy, this is typically covered as long as the overall damage to your home is part of the covered insurance claim.
Three Tips for Roof Repair After a Fire
It's often recommended that a fire cleanup be conducted by a professional restoration service.
Three Things You May Want To Know About Fire Cleanup
If your business and Viera, FL, has suffered roof damage as a result of a fire, when you may be looking for tips on how to go about a fire cleanup. Here are three things you may want to know.
- Protect the Damaged Area
It's important to protect any damaged areas to your company property until repairs can be made. You may want to consider boarding over the damage or taking advantage of tarp services offered by your local fire restoration company. Doing so can help prevent inclement weather from making any damage worse, as well as prevent wild animals from getting into the property.
- Contact a Professional
It's often recommended that a fire cleanup be conducted by a professional restoration service. This is largely due to the fact that a fire can cause a number of types of damage, and that these professionals have the tools and knowledge to look for and repair any related damages along with the original problem. A restoration service may also be able to communicate with your insurance company in order to provide them with information they may need to process your claim.
- Understand Possible Related Damage
In many cases the initial damage caused by fire can lead to additional problems, and it's important to understand this when dealing with a fire restoration. After a fire you may be looking at water damage and flooding, as well as roof repair, smoke damage, and potential mold problems. Understanding that these issues can be related to a fire can help you take the appropriate safety and clean up steps.
When conducting a fire cleanup at your place of business it's important to remember these three things. Protect any damage areas against further damage until repairs can be made. Contact a local fire restoration company in order to have repairs completed as quickly as possible. Understand any damages related to fire such as water damage or flooding so that proper clean-up procedures can be taken.
Wildfire Danger Index
Wildfires are rapidly taking over our state of Florida. The lack of rain this spring is fueling wildfires across Florida, making 2017 fire season the most active fire season since 2011. So far this year over 2,000 wildfires have consumed more than 150,000 Florida acres.
With wildfires being so active, staying informed and being safe is of the up most importance. The state of Florida provides its’ residents with a Fire Danger Index (FDI), which is a continuous reference scale for estimating the potential for a fire to start and require suppression action on any given day. The Fire Danger Indices are classified as Low, Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme, and represented by a color. Below is a description of each fire warning level and the specific actions that should be taken.
(FDI: 0-11) Easy for fires to be controlled, and there is little to no risk for life or property damage. Monitor the situation for changes and know where to get additional information
(FDI: 12-24) Fires can be controlled. Expect embers to blown away, which can cause small fires around main fire. It is unlikely for loss of life, and there will be minimal property damage. Be well prepared and to defend home in case of wind speed or direction change.
(FDI: 25-49) Fires may be difficult to control. Embers will blow ahead of fire, causing tree tops to burn and spot fires that can be up to 2 km from main fire. Some home and business could be affected, but there is a low chance for loss of life or injuries. Only stay at your residents if you’re well prepared and can actively defend it.
VERY HIGH: Red
(FDI: 50-74) Fires will be uncontrollable, move quickly, and flames may exceed the tree tops. Embers will blow around and cause spot fires that can be up to 4 km from main fire. Buildings may be damaged or destroyed, and there is a chance for loss of life or injuries. For insured survival, leaving your residents early is the safest option. Only stay if you’re well prepared and you can actively defend your home.
(FDI: 75-100+) Fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable, and fast-moving. Flames will be higher than the tree tops, and embers will be blowing by the thousands. Spot fires will be forming in all directions and fast-moving. Anything that comes in the path of the fire will be affected. Hundreds of homes and businesses will be destroyed. Leaving is the best and safest option for survival.
If you spot a forest fire, remain calm, go to the nearest telephone and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to your local fire department. Calmly tell the emergency dispatcher when and where you saw it. Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.
Viera Black Water Damage Restoration
When flood water has different contaminating agents, as well as viruses that can present severe health risks, it is referred to as "black water."
Black Water Damage Restoration
When flood water has different contaminating agents, as well as viruses that can present severe health risks, it is referred to as "black water." In many areas of the United States, flooding is a serious risk, and Viera black water contamination is always possible. Storms, hurricanes, and the thawing of snow can all contribute to floods by leading to rising water from natural bodies of water and causing sewage back-flows.
If you want to remediate Viera black water contamination that is present in a building, it is best to contact SERVPRO. The task will necessitate a great deal of copious planning, and specialized equipment will be needed. A licensed contractor will have the expertise to assess the situation, as well as clean and dry the necessary locations. The following is a list of steps that should be followed in the case of black water damage:
1. Make sure that all building workers and other occupants are safe. Anyone who is working will need to don protective equipment, such as eye protection, boots, gloves, respirators, and waterproof coveralls.
2. The contractor who was hired must thoroughly inspect all of the affected areas to be able to assess the seriousness and nature of any damage, which will have an impact on the remainder of the restoration process.
3. Excess Viera water needs to be removed as quickly as possible, in order to prevent any further damage. It is also important to remove the sewage, contaminated porous materials, and any other waste. Negative air machines, air scrubbers, and other specialized tools may need to be utilized to stop the contamination from spreading. EPA-approved disinfectants will be used on affected surfaces.
4. Once the contractor has finished sanitizing, a balanced drying system will be put into place to restore damaged areas to their former conditions. Specialized procedures will be used here, as well as specialized equipment and products, including high capacity air movers and professional dehumidifiers.
In all situations of property damage, including that of black water contamination, contact the local SERVPRO office. These professionals will provide services to restore properties after disasters and minimize the overall losses.
Our Water Damage Restoration Process
Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
Step 6: Restoration
5 Mistakes To Avoid With Flood Cleanup
SERVPRO of West Brevard is here to help after water damage.
When flood water makes its way into your Melbourne, FL, home the thought of making repairs may seem overwhelming. However, there are few things that you won't want to do in such a situation. Here are five mistakes you should avoid when restoring your residence.
1. Don’t Wait To Make Repairs
One important thing to remember with a flooded home is not to wait to make repairs. Taking care of any restoration needs quickly can help prevent future problems.
2. Don’t Try To Do it All Yourself
Another thing to remember is not to try to perform the clean up all by yourself. A local flood damage restoration service often has the tools and equipment necessary to perform the job safely and quickly, and ensure the repairs are up to coding standards.
3. Don’t Ignore Safety Recommendations
When dealing with flood water it's important to observe all the safety recommendations. This may include reading the instructions for any equipment that you intend to use, as well as wearing proper safety gear such as masks, boots, coveralls, gloves, and even shoe covers.
4. Don’t Think Cleanup is Done Once the Water is Gone
Also remember that even though the flooding has been removed, the cleanup process itself may not yet be done. Water damage can persist even after the water is gone, and it's important to have an inspection done to look for any areas where structural integrity might be compromised, or mold may have set in, in order to get these properly remedied.
5. Don’t Forget To Talk To Your Insurance
It's also important to remember to talk to your insurance company. Your homeowner's policy may contain coverage for storm damage, and in many cases they may even recommend a restoration service.
When it comes to removing flood water and restoring your home, it's important not to wait to make any repairs. Don't try to do it all yourself, follow safety recommendations, and remember that even though the water is gone clean up may not be completed. Also, don't be afraid to talk to your insurance as they may be able to help.
7 Steps in Preparing For a Hurricane
Even though hurricane season has just begun, it’s never too early to prepare. Unless you prefer to rush to several different stores and stand in hour long lines, within hours of the hurricane actually hitting. I know I’d rather not do that! I’ve been in that situation, and let me tell you, it is not fun.
Instead, follow these 7 steps you should take before a hurricane hits.
1. Stay Informed
Make sure you know what is going on with the hurricane. Such as, what is the category of the storm, will it be hitting your area directly, if so, what time? Make sure to know your county’s evacuation route, and customize your evacuation plan for your family specifically. The hurricane’s course is never set in stone, so be sure to establish a back-up plan for every scenario. There are great phone apps you can download and utilize while preparing your family’s hurricane plans and staying informed. Click Here to learn more about these apps.
2. Make a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Be sure that you create a checklist of supplies that is specific to you and your family and then more general supplies. Click Here
3. Do you have Hurricane Shutters?
Be proactive! Hurricanes are known for causing damage to houses, and the first thing that’s usually damaged is your windows. Florida Home Builders know this and sometimes provide hurricane shutters to new homes. Make sure to check and see if yours has or not. If not, you can purchase shutters or you can pre-cut boards for your house windows.
4. Have a Backup Power Source
During hurricanes, it is likely that power lines get damaged or fall down, causing many people to go without power after the hurricane. It can take several days to several weeks for your local power company to repair the power line and get power up and running again. Because of this, it is a good idea to have a generator. Remember that they need gas to run and they are quite noisy.
5. Have at least 2 weeks of water and non-perishable food
FEMA recommends that each household has 2 weeks of food supplied. Hopefully you will not need to 2 weeks worth of food, but disasters do happen, and hurricanes can change on a flip of a dime. It is always best to be over prepared than under prepared.
6. Know How to Cook Without Electric
Without electric it can be hard to cook or warm up some of your food; considering this day of age, we rarely cooks without electric. But instead of trying to figure out how you are going to heat up the can foods you stocked up on, decide this issue before hand. Here are some ways you can cook without electric.
- Canned heat
- Camping stoves
- Grills- propane or charcoal
7. Remember to Relax and Stay Calm
Being relaxed and calm during disasters are much easier when your family and you are prepared for any kind of scenario a hurricane throws your way. Come up with some ideas and activities that can take your mind off of the storm or its aftermath. Pull out those dusty board games in your closet and take out the stack of books you’ve been meaning to get to. This should preoccupy you and your family, and give you some quality time together.
Bioremediation Services by SERVPRO
SERVPRO of West Brevard professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business.
We are Here to Help
Get Your Business Back to Normal
SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we are here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.
SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.
SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company. SERVPRO of West Brevard, professionals is uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.
SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
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The Need for a Water Damage Specialist in Melbourne
No One Needs This Much Water in a Bathroom
Water Damage Specialists Have Industry Experience
Water damage specialists in Melbourne, FL, typically possess a plethora of certifications as well as years of experience within their industry. This acquired knowledge and experience enable the SERVPRO expert to address and resolve any and all water damage issues at hand. Moreover, the water damage specialist's extensive study and "hands-on experiences", in the field will empower her or him to recognize quickly your unique challenges and implement the solutions necessary to resolve them.
Water Damage Specialists Work In Teams
Water damage specialists have several contractors that work for or with them. When these individuals arrive at your residential property, they will move throughout your home and tackle several important issues simultaneously. Some of the challenges the contractors will typically address are removing damaged furniture, drying out your living space, inhibiting the growth of mildew and mold, and repairing your home's structure.
Water Damage Specialists Use Specific Tools
In addition to working with teams, water damage specialists utilize specific tools that most residential property owners don't possess. Some of these tools include ozone machines, air-moving machines, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers. The water damage specialist can also utilize powerful chemical cleansers to optimize the sanitation of your property. After your home has been damaged by water, the most important task of the water damage expert is ensuring that spores, mildew, mold, and other debris do not develop and proliferate. Industrial grade equipment expedites quick remediation.
If your home has recently undergone water damage, it's important to know that a water damage specialist can offer you detailed, results-driven repair services that restore the order and sanitation of your property. When you initiate a search for the ideal service provider, the search stops with SERVPRO. Our professionals are passionate and precise in offering customized water damage services, and they're ready to start working on your behalf immediately. Call us now to attain the high quality, effective water damage services you need and deserve.
Locally Owned and Operated
We work and live in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Brevard, is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Melbourne community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
Our highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately upon arrival.
Please call us at: 321-953-8600.
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Cell Phone Emergency Alerts
Did you know that your cell phone could possibly send a text, that could potentially save a life?
Technology has come a long way! The only way you used be able to receive Emergency information was by radio or television, but there is a better way and that is your cell phone.
Everyone has a cell phone, right? In this day and age, we couldn’t imagine anyone not owning a cell phone; it’s practically unheard of. More people own a cell phone than a car or a TV, and could you blame them? You can watch TV or catch a ride from your phone in minutes. In 2002, only 62% of U.S. adults possessed a cell phone, and that percentage increased to 95% of Americans in 2020. Today, cell phones are used for more than just to make calls. Cell phone capabilities aren’t what they were 10 or even 5 years ago. New technology has helped make our cell phone do practically anything, from GPS services to video chat, to web surfing, and to virtual reality.
Now knowing this, what is the best and quickest way to notify Americans in case of a major emergency? I would suggest, through our cell phones! You can be warned of upcoming dangers by emergency alerts from anywhere, while choosing how you’d like to receive them from your cell phone. The ability to be warned of oncoming dangers at a moment’s notice can provide you with a jump-start to safety. Here are 4 different ways to set up your emergency alerts from cell phones.
- National Updates
Receive updates regarding National Security from Homeland Security, the latest outbreaks from CDC, and computer threats from US-CERT. These notifications are issued through WEA- Wireless Emergency Alerts. If you have ever received an Amber Alert it’s coming from the WEA, which is a default setting in most cell phones.
- Statewide Activity Updates
Do a Google search for a Public Warning System for your state. This will allow you to customize your alerts specifically to your state.
- Weather Apps
You can receive custom weather alerts from your state or city while customizing the level of warning you want to receive. Apple users can download NOAA Radar Pro and android users can download the app Pro Weather Alert. There can be a modest fee for their services, nut worth the price for emergencies and dangers.
The FEMA text message program informs you of safety tips for specific disaster types, and allows you to search for open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
- Apple devices-text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
- Android devices-text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)
For those of you that are like me and hate cluttering up your email and social media, this is the resource for you. Stay up to date with the latest disaster/emergency, terrorism, disease outbreak, significant earthquake, and severe weather alerts all from one site.
Is Your Palm Bay Family Prepared for a Emergency?
When a hurricane is approaching, it can take out electricity, homes and businesses for weeks.
Is Your Family Prepared for a South Florida Emergency?
Are you a resident of South Florida? If you are, then you know how quickly hurricanes can hit – and the devastation they leave behind. SERVPRO of West Brevard, is a professional restoration company that is committed to bringing your home back to life after a disaster strikes. We’ve put together the top four tips that will help you get through South Florida’s risky hurricane season – and stay as safe as you can in the midst of a long hurricane season from June 1st to Nov 30th. Here’s what you need to know to stay ahead of the hurricane season:
Tip #1: Create a Emergency Preparation Kit
As hurricanes approach Palm Bay, FL, it can take out electricity, homes and businesses for weeks to months. You want to have at least a two-week supply of water for each person in your home. You also want enough non-perishable food to feed everyone in your home for at least two weeks. Put together a first aid kit as well in case anyone gets hurt. Your 911 response system may get knocked out, and you need to know how to triage.
Tip #2: Power Up in Expectation of Powering Down
Charge all your cell phones. By extra batteries to operate radios and flashlights or camping lighting, such as headlamps and lanterns. Try to avoid matches and candles, as this is just another way to cause a disaster, via a fire.
Tip #3: Settle on an Evacuation Plan
Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan for evacuating. Listen to officials. If you get separated, plan in advance of a safe place, you will meet. Develop a plan to get out of town and where will you go? Call friends and family who live far outside the hurricane's trajectory to make sure you can go to safe place. Stock up on gas in your car's tank and in gas-safe containers in case you can't find a gas station for many miles on your journey -- something that often happens when an extensive storm hits.
Tip #4: Board Up
If you do not have hurricane windows and doors, plan to protect your windows and doors with plywood from local home construction stores. Reinforce every vulnerable part of your house -- from door hinges to the roof. Professionals at your local home construction store can help you make the right decisions.
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.