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How to Use Technology During a Natural Disaster

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso / Butterfield  offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® of  Southeast El Paso / Butterfield as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso / Butterfield should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster. 

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Summertime is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, but when sudden storms pop up, staying safe is of paramount importance. Thunderstorms may come and go quickly, but while they are in the area, they can cause a concerning amount of damage.

While the safest place to be during a storm is at home, if a sudden storm pops up when you are away, here are some practical tips for safety.

Practical Tips for Staying Safe From Sudden Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you are made aware of a severe weather scenario and are safely at home, remaining there is the best thing you can do so you can wait out the storm. However, this is a luxury that will not always be present. If you are caught out in a storm, you can shelter in your car as long as you can pull over safely and cut off your engine.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can hurt a structure in many ways, but the most common way is via a power surge. As the lightning travels through the home’s electrical system, the wires will become overwhelmed with charge and transfer that to anything plugged into an outlet. If you can, go through the area you are in and unplug everything before a storm. In general, it is best to also have surge protectors throughout your home and office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you are out enjoying the day when a storm rolls in, make sure you are not rushing back out too soon and putting yourself in danger. Lightning strikes can travel tremendous distances, causing officials to urge people to stay inside for at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Preparing Ahead of Time for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

person on a white tablet using weather alert app If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

Though it is true that storms can be a routine occurrence, that does not mean that they are anything to be taken lightly. Any storm that has thunder and lightning also has the potential to cause severe damages in the way of hail, lightning strikes and high winds.

That is why it is vital to pay attention to weather forecasts and make sure you are prepared ahead of time. Understand what weather alerts mean, obtain emergency equipment and find a trustworthy way to receive weather updates so you can be certain you are ready.

Understand What Weather Alerts Mean

The issuing of weather alerts is something that officials do not take lightly, so it is something that everyone should take seriously by understanding how to react. When a thunderstorm watch is issued, the best thing to do is to stay alert and aware. A storm could develop but is not currently in the area. When it is upgraded to a thunderstorm warning is when you should seek shelter and tune into your weather radio for pertinent updates.

Obtain Emergency Equipment

It is always a good idea to make sure you have emergency equipment in your home, especially if you may find yourself in the path of severe weather. Flashlights, extra power sources, nonperishable food and plenty of water are all good things to keep, in addition to a first-aid kit. These should be stored wherever your home’s safest area is—generally a spot away from windows with few external walls.

Find a Trustworthy Way to Receive Weather Updates

Though our phones are our one-stop source for most pieces of news and weather, they are not the most reliable source during a storm. Because power can go out and cell reception can falter, a weather radio is a much more reliable choice for getting updates during severe weather. Make sure the model you use can be manually or battery-powered so you do not have to worry about any last-minute outages.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Our SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield New Rapid Response Team Can Help You With Storm Damage In Your Property

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield Rapid Response Team Can Help You With Storm Damage In Your Property

Even though storm season is wrapping up, a nearby road overflow can cause significant issues in the ground levels of your property. Heavy rainfall results in sewer systems backing up and overflowing with contaminated Black Water. Due to the potentially harmful effects of Black Water, it is essential to hire a professional, qualified technician to help repair and restore your property safely. Indeed, many of your possessions can be salvaged by using professional cleaning equipment promptly.

Where there is Flood Damage in SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield homes, the likelihood of contaminants being spread around the home is high. In the circumstances, it is not uncommon for our technicians to wear Hazmat suits to protect themselves from pathogens during the cleanup operation. We may also have to remove sections of drywall to clean in and behind walls, floors, and fittings. Left behind debris is not only odorous but have the potential to be harmful if not dealt with thoroughly.

For owners who find themselves in this position, it is only natural to immediately assume the worst, especially where personal possessions are concerned. Here at SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield we always work with a restore over replace mentality. Unlike other providers, our services are geared toward salvaging as much as possible. We enable our technicians to achieve this by providing them with state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and technology.

We can assess items immediately on site to decide which possessions are salvageable and which need disposal. Generally speaking, porous materials absorb black water making them exceptionally difficult to clean; this could include your carpets or curtains. However, where they are valuable fabrics, we can send them to a specialized facility for mechanical cleaning using Esporta washing machines. These equipment are expensive because they are advanced. However, SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield provides technicians with everything they need to restore items rather than replace them.

Floods are considerable emergencies which is why SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield training involves a rapid-response unit as well as a 24-hour emergency call line. Our skilled specialists are local to the area and can reach you fast to help mitigate loss and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

In an emergency, contact SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at 915-234-2679 for immediate assistance.