Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Storm-Proof Your Home

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

tree limbs on a road knocked down by a storm Better safe than sorry! Preparing your home for storms now can save a lot of damage later

Are you looking to prepare your Lynn, Lynnfield or Nahant Massachusetts home for a hurricane or storm? Nobody wants to end up with a torn-down home or a roof with holes. Do you want to know the best way to protect your property from storms? Keep reading for our guide on how to hurricane-proof your home.

1. Stock Up on Essentials

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season that ravaged the US last year taught many Americans to prepare for natural disasters. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed 8 hurricanes, 2 of which were considered major. A total of 15 named storms came from that season, comparable to an average season with 3 major hurricanes out of 6. Still, these hurricanes taught people the importance of preparedness. Take inventory on what you have at home. If you plan on staying in your house to endure the hurricane, stock up on a lot of non-perishable foods. It’s also good to have a battery-operated radio and flashlights in the house. Of course, make sure you have extra batteries for each device. Don’t forget about the essentials if you have a pet.

2. Clean Your Yard

If you want to know how to storm-proof your home best, don’t neglect your yard. You want to protect your home from anything that can take flight when the hurricane hits. Often, yards are where flying, destructive debris comes from. Before the storm hits, clear your yard. Secure your lawn furniture, trashcans and yard ornaments. If you have a grill, potted plants or other lawn accessories, bring them inside. It’s also important to remove all dead and dying limbs from your trees. Anything small that you can pick up or carry should get cleared out. A hurricane’s high-speed winds could make any of these items flying missiles. Tie-down larger items like sheds, doghouses and swing sets. 

3. Protect and Seal Your Roof

Many people believe the roof is the weakest part of the house, but garage doors and windows are even more vulnerable. No matter how good the condition of your roof, it would be wise to prepare it for the incoming storm. Seal down any chimneys or vent pipes that lead into your house. Clean out any clogged gutters and downspouts as well. Otherwise, the water may spill over the sides and soak through the home’s foundation. If you have roof tiles or shingles, secure them with roofing cement. Disconnect and bring any exterior TV antennas inside, then seal any wire openings. This will help you avoid damages from storms, especially structural and water damages. If you’re afraid that your roof will take wing from the top of your house, reinforce it with uplift protection. You can retrofit your roof with hurricane clips yourself or with professional help. First, don’t forget to talk to a contractor to check the structural integrity of your roof system. 

4. Seal Doors and Windows

Do you want to know how to protect windows during hurricane season? As we stated earlier, anything can start flying off during a storm. Your windows may break and let in wind and rain. When wind enters the home, it can increase the pressure under the roof. High-pressure from inside the house can lead to your roof popping off. It’s not too different from a can of soda that has been shaken. To protect your family from this scenario, use storm shutters. They provide great protection for your windows and doors. You can create DIY storm shutters by boarding up your windows. For your doors leading outside, install deadbolts if you don’t already have them. The deadbolts will help hold your doors closed. If possible, you can also install doors that are already made to survive hurricanes. Make sure to install these protective shutters and locks on all sides of the house. Hurricanes may come from a certain body of water in a specific direction from your house, however, they can swirl in any direction too.

5. Reinforce Your Garage Door 

Often, your garage door can be one of the weakest links in the home. After all, garage doors are not made to withstand the violent winds of a hurricane. If you have a garage, you should learn how to secure the garage door for a hurricane. Once your garage door goes down, the rest of your house may soon follow. The high-speed winds pressurize the house and then blows off the roof. Check your garage door for a wind or pressure rating. The ideal garage door is a single and windowless door. It should also have the rating to withstand 50 or more pounds of pressure per square foot. If possible, fortify your garage door. You can buy or DIY braces for the garage door which you can disassemble. Use your car as an extra brace for it as well.

6. Take Measures Against Flooding

If you live in flood-prone areas, this is one of those things you shouldn’t forget to do. Check your flood risk and start making a list of things you can do to prepare for flooding situations. Before the flood, you want to reduce the risk of damage from flooding as much as possible. Elevate any electrical appliances and systems. If your area is very prone to flooding, consider elevating the entire home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a more extensive guide on how you can protect your home before, during and after a flood.

7. Get Insurance Coverage

You already know how to prepare your home for a hurricane. Now, let’s talk about what you can do to prep it insurance-wise. Update your insurance and make sure you have the right amount to cover any damages. If you have a homeowner’s insurance, check if there is coverage for storms. If there isn’t, it’s time to start looking into extending the coverage to insurance for storm season. If the insurance company doesn’t have that kind of coverage, start shopping for one that does. When you go shopping for hurricane-related damage insurance, don’t do it right before the storm hits. Most insurance companies may stop selling coverage 48 hours before a hurricane watch. You should also find out if there is a waiting period before the coverage takes effect.

How to Hurricane-Proof Your Home and Stay Safe During Storm Season

That is our quick guide on how to storm-proof your Lynn, Lynnfield or Nahant home. Follow these steps and you’ll be better prepared during the storm season. 

If you'd like more information please call our SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield office at 781.593.6663

Prepare Your Business For The Next Storm

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

2020 New years image Make a New Year's resolution to prepare your business for the next storm

IT’S A NEW YEAR…IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED?

As the calendar ticks over to a new year, we hope you’ve had a relaxing and happy holiday season. And whether or not you typically make New Year’s resolutions, SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield wanted to challenge you to try something slightly different this year; make a resolution that will prepare your business for a storm or disaster should the worst happen in 2020.

Understand Your Biggest Risks, Start Planning Now
In Lynn, Lynnfield or Nahant Massachusetts preparation is always essential to a smooth recovery and keeping your business as strong as possible. Failing to prepare will slow you down as you compete with other companies to line up help and figure out what you need to do to keep your business alive. In other words, inadequate planning compounds headaches, costs, and stresses during an already incredibly stressful time—and it could cost you your business. The harsh reality is that many businesses fail within a year if they are not able to reopen doors quickly after a disaster.

Putting together a emergency response plan (ERP) may also sound stressful when you’re already busy with other important work. But if you spread the tasks out amongst a team over time, it’s relatively easy. And in addition to gaining the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll be ready for the worst, you may learn some new and important things about your business as you go through the process. To make the process manageable, start small. To begin, focus on four things:

  1. Form a response team, including a point person to lead the team and team members from each department.
  2. Research the biggest risks your business faces and evaluate how they could potentially affect your business, considering everything from potential impacts to day-to-day operations, to the impact on the community or your supply chain.
  3. Start a disaster recovery plan by compiling plans and documenting teams and emergency contacts in a centralized document (see below for some resources).
  4. Prepare an emergency kit that includes the key supplies you would need in the event of a disaster.

Once you have fundamentals in place and learn more about what’s critical for your business, you can keep building out your plan.

Resources for Developing or Updating Your ERP
Great ERPs are built one step at a time, and to make getting started easier you can use SERVPRO's ERP app. It provides prompts for the kinds of questions you need to be considering and information you need to be gathering as you build a plan.

It’s also important to remember that once you have an ERP in place, it should be updated on a regular basis since employees come and go and business circumstances evolve.

Have a Safe and Productive Year!
That’s it. If you can carve out some time to get your ERP rolling and establish a partnership with Salem of Lynn/Lynnfield in 2020, you will be able to rest much easier the next time the forecast calls for something scary. And that will make for a better 2020 and beyond.

For more information call SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield at 781.593.6663

What To Do After Incurring Storm Damage

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

A downed tree caused by a microburst storm Be prepared for when storm damage hits.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke disaster.  Call us today at 781.593.6663

Summer Storm Emergencies

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Summer storms can cause unseen damage

Summer storms may be great for your lawn and garden or can be a perfect excuse to stay inside in pajamas while reading and napping the day away, but sometimes they can also cause damage to your house. Of course, your home is designed to withstand the ordinary storms expected in your area, but sometimes an extraordinarily heavy storm with extreme wind and hail can take a toll on your house's exterior. When such an event happens, it's important to have repairs conducted quickly and efficiently, so your house will be back in tiptop shape and ready for the next storm.

Exterior Home Damage

Hail can be a concern during a thunderstorm as it causes cosmetic damage to a roof and siding. More importantly is how it can damage the seals around exhaust vents, windows, or chimneys and allow water to enter. Worse yet are the winds associated with a heavy hail or thunderstorms which can remove a shingle or piece of siding, your home's first layer of defense against the weather. The problem with this type of damage is that once it occurs it compromises the linking systems of the shingles or siding, which means that not only can water penetrate to the interior of the house, even a minor storm is likely to exacerbate the problem by causing more damage.

Interior Repairs

Once the exterior of the home is damaged, water can and will enter the house and cause a different problem. Water damage is not a simple repair, as it penetrates through walls, floors, and all the hidden crevices inside the home. Without a professional who understands what to look for and how to efficiently conduct repairs, water will leak into places with no airflow and take forever to evaporate. Another problem caused by moisture is mold, which once formed will only get worse and never go away until properly cleaned out, which often means the expensive proposition of full replacement of drywall, framing, and insulation.

Enjoy the summer storms as they occur, but be sure to have your home inspected regularly to check for damage. When you do have damage, have it repaired immediately. In the unfortunate event that you receive minor or major home damage after a heavy storm, contact SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield at 781-593-6663.

Unexpected Disasters!

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm flooding in Marblehead, MA

Disasters can take many forms, but always have one commonality. You weren’t expecting it. You may have some warning of storms and flooding according to a weather report, but you expect your home or business building to be designed and built to manage such conditions. Fires are never expected otherwise you would avoid the situation which caused it. The first step to handle such a situation is to have a preparedness plan in place in case of emergency.  Part of the preparedness plan should be to know the name of a local contractor who specializes in such repairs so you can begin the process of returning to normal as quickly as possible.

Fire

Fire is arguably the most terrifying of disasters because of the immediate risk to your family’s safety. Afterwards, the loss of precious heirlooms and irreplaceable personal memories can also be devastating. Your home will have obvious fire and smoke damage, but you should also be aware there is likely soot in your ventilation system, carcinogens deposited in the attic and crawl space, and unseen structural damage. A great contractor knows what to look for and how to return the home to normal while understanding the trauma you’ve experienced in order to make the rebuilding process as easy as possible.

Water Damage and Flooding

Flooding can also be a devastating event, both for the emotional stress of the event and the physical damage it causes to your home. Again, a specialist who deals in disaster restoration will know how to empathize with you during your time of sorrow while making the repairs quickly so you can return to a normal life.

Storm

Storm damage can be as minor as hail breaking a window or as disastrous as a tree falling on your home. In either case, there is likely going to be hidden damage only a disaster contractor would be aware of. As important as it is to immediately repair the obvious damage, the same storm put water inside the structure of your home, causing a potential for mold or rot which needs to be addressed.

After a disaster, you have plenty of issues to deal with. There is no need for the repair of your home or business to be an additional problem to face. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield at 781-593-6663.  We are available 24-hours a day to help.

Why 2019 Could Be a Record Breaking Year for Floods

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

66% of the United States is prone to flooding

When it comes to flooding, there’s no off-season. Floods can strike at any time, almost anywhere, and only increase in threat with the onset of hurricane season. This may explain why every state in the continental U.S. has experienced some form of flooding over the past 10 years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Spring is traditionally the period when flooding is particularly common, and it appears as though that may be especially true this year, and perhaps even into the better part of summer, based on analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

In its spring outlook report, the NOAA stated at least 66% of the contiguous U.S. is prone to experience overland flood risk for the entirety of May. Already, several parts of the country are in states of emergency, particularly the Midwest.

Exceptionally rainy this spring

The rationale for the NOAA’s assessment is a combination of factors. Most notably, the U.S. has received copious rainfall. The Boston area serves as a classic example. Of the 30 days in the month of April, Massachusetts’ capital city experienced rain for 22 of them.

That’s been the story for most of the nation, only conditions have been far worse in low-lying and flat portions of the country. Melting snow and spring thaw created a perfect storm of moisture-rich conditions.

Neil Jacobs, acting administrator at NOAA, said preparation is paramount for homeowners and business owners, as well as city and town planners.

“In addition to the safety aspects, our rivers are critical to the economic vitality of the nation, supporting commerce, recreation and transportation,” Jacobs advised. “NOAA forecasts and outlooks help people navigate extreme seasonal weather and water events to keep the country safe and moving forward.”

Evacuations ongoing in parts of Gulf Coast

Swollen rivers are proving problematic in the nation’s midsection. Evacuations were recently ordered for those living in proximity to the Mississippi River due to levee breaches, according to multiple sources. The Mississippi and Red River received record amounts of wet conditions, causing them to rise 200% higher than what is typical for this time of year, NOAA reported.

It very well may be a record-setting year for flood frequency, warned Ed Clark, director of the National Water Center at NOAA.

Flooding is the No. 1 natural disaster in America and it’s important that you treat it as such. It’s also highly correlated with hurricane development, a season that is just around the corner and warrants strategic preparation. Here at SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield, we specialize in water damage restoration and flood recovery, by offering 24-hour emergency response services. Over the years, we have helped thousands of clients recover from disasters – both big and small. By providing services to mitigate fire, water and storm damage, we help reestablish businesses and restore communities. Contact us today to learn more about our services at 781.593.6663.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes:

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3: Choose "Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 4: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
    • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
    • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 5: Keep the ASPCA On-Hand at All Times

Help protect pets by spreading the word about disaster preparedness. Download, print and share FEMA’s brochure today. 

The free ASPCA mobile app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Be Prepared: Know These Storm Warning Definitions

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Warnings can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings mean? Know these definitions so you are prepared for any storm:

  • Tornado Watch Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

Pay close attention to Storm Warnings and take them seriously and be safe.  If disaster does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield at 781-593-6663

What You Can Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Tips

 After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?

Call 781-593-6663

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.

Have A Water Damage Emergency?

Call 781-593-6663

NO JOB IS TOO LARGE

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, we call upon our Disaster Recovery Team for immediate assistance.

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield is prepared for the unpredictable. 781-593-6663

Reply on the Expertise of SERVPRO to Help After Flooding

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a part of the history in Boston and the North Shore areas and you should consider it as a part of your duties as a property owner to plan for these types of situations. Obtaining the proper insurance and budgeting for some of the preventive measures that exist to assist you with preparation for a flood is only the beginning. However, it is far better than merely reacting to a crisis. It is our goal to inform you more about what to do when a water damage emergency hits and help you with getting back to normal, with the least amount of disturbance to your everyday lives. 
 
We have expertly trained technicians who have experience in dealing with flood damage restoration near your home. It is possible that the person who arrives to help you with your situation is someone that you already know within the community that you live, a neighbor, a friend or even a family member. 
 
SERVPRO Franchises are locally owned and operated by people just like you. Our technicians go through rigorous training to learn the proper steps to assist with your recovery as promptly and professionally as possible. However, we can also help you prepare to combat the possibility before it ever occurs, limit the damage caused by flooding and even save more of your belongings in the process. 
 
Our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO offer you services that are unique to your situation and help you understand what you can expect; even during the worst possible conditions. We will be there to assist you through the entire process, from beginning to end and even provide you with any assistance you need filling out the proper paperwork to deal with your insurance company. 
 
The restoration process at SERVPRO starts with your initial phone call. We will perform an inspection on your property and thoroughly explain what is needed to get you back on your feet. Then we will quickly and efficiently cover the steps of the action plan that we have described to remove any excess water and completely dry everything within the affected area. We can uncover those hard to locate moisture pockets that require specialized equipment to find. All of your household items get handled as if they were our own, and each restorable item is taken care of and returned to a quality pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."
 
Our SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield staff is waiting to assist you.  781-593-6663

Hurricane Season is Here - Are You Prepared?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Last year’s hurricane season was the most disastrous the United States has ever experienced. Hurricanes in 2017 affected more than 25 million people—close to 8 percent of the U.S. population—and resulted in widespread displacement of survivors. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused $265 billion in damage, more than the 2005 hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma combined.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREPARE?

With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning in June, individuals and businesses can take proactive steps to better prepare for hurricanes that may threaten our homes, workplaces, and communities. Here are five actions that FEMA recommends everyone take in advance of hurricane season:

  1. Get alerts and warnings to receive timely information about weather conditions or other emergencies. Download the FEMA App to learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
  2. Create and practice a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated, and ensure everyone understands their role.
  3. Document and insure property before a disaster strikes to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged. Visit gov to learn about purchasing flood insurance.
  4. Strengthen your financial preparedness. Collect and secure personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records to give yourself the peace of mind and ensure that you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.
  5. Get trained. Every minute is important in a disaster, and if emergency responders are not nearby, you could be the one to help others until help arrives. Consider participating in a local or regional exercise—or even develop an exercise or simulation for your organization or community to help identify challenges and correct issues before they happen. Visit gov/until-help-arrives for online training and to find out what role you can take during disasters.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes:

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3: Choose "Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 4: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
    • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
    • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 5: Keep the ASPCA On-Hand at All Times

Help protect pets by spreading the word about disaster preparedness. Download, print and share FEMA’s brochure today. 

The free ASPCA mobile app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Hurricane Preparedness Week – May 7-13, 2017

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Sunday, May 7th

Determine Your Risk

Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. It’s easy to forget what a hurricane is capable of doing. The U.S. has not been directly impacted by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in more than a decade. However, hurricanes such as Ike, Sandy and Isaac reminded us that significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Many people are suffering from hurricane amnesia in the forms of complacency, denial and inexperience. This remarkable hurricane streak is going to end, and we have to be ready for it to happen this season.

Monday, May 8th

Develop an Evacuation Plan

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

Tuesday, May 9th

Assemble Disaster Supplies

You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger.

Wednesday, May 10th

Secure an Insurance Check-up

Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

Thursday, May 11th

Strengthen Your Home

If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.

Friday, May 12th

Check on Your Neighbor

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies

Saturday, May 13th

Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.