Disaster Readiness Kit
When preparing for a storm, it is important to make sure that you have an emergency supply kit on hand. We all know that a supply of non-perishable food and drinking water are essential, but do you know what else should be included in your kit? SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is prepared to help you pick up the pieces after the storm. We want you to be prepared to weather the storm and recovery. In addition to food and water, your disaster readiness kit should include the following items:
- Battery powered or hand-cranked radio
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone with battery backups
- Important documents (like birth certificates, social security cards)
- Prescription Medications
If you choose to weather the storm, it is important that you have all necessary items to get you through until help arrives. As part of the network of SERVPRO storm teams, we are always ready to set out as soon as possible to help those affected. We are ready and we want to make sure you are too!
How to Choose a Restoration Company
Like Mother Nature herself, Natural disasters are unpredictable and unavoidable. When disaster does strike it can be stressful and overwhelming. As the storm clears and the cleanup begins there is much to be done. The first thing you must decide as a homeowner is what restoration company you will use. At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo we have responded to a multitude of storm situations and we want to help you be prepared should you ever face such a decision. From flooding to fire, you should first make sure that the company you choose has the skill set to handle any situation. First and foremost, they should be able to coordinate with insurance companies and know how to work directly with them. Next, make sure the company you choose has experience in dealing with storm situations. SERVPRO has a national network of franchises that has undergone additional training and certification to become part of the Storm Response Team. You also want to make sure they offer a range of services from water and fire to reconstruction and mold remediation. It is much easier to deal with one contractor that can handle it all. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is a dedicated member of the Storm Response Team and we know how to handle it all! If you ever experience a catastrophic situation, be sure to call the experts! We are always here to help!
Commercial Emergency Ready Plan
We offer a full range of service options geared towards our commercial clients’ needs. From scheduled maintenance plans to mold, fire and water mitigation, we are here to help. We have strategically developed procedures and systems to ensure that no job is too big for us to handle. We truly want to be your “one stop “. If it needs to be cleaned, maintained, or restored; we can do it. We also offer an amazing free service to help you prepare for the unexpected and protect your company. Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption? We understand how critical it is to be prepared and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”. Our ERP is designed to help you quickly and easily access crucial information in the event of an emergency. From everyday disasters to catastrophic events, the SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts everything you need at your fingertips. You can easily manage the situation and, with the help of our SERVPRO team, get back on track faster. Together we can reduce downtime and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Plan consultation.
Tips after a Storm
If your home has had damage do to a storm here are some tips that you can use before help arrives.
Turn off circuit breaker when access to power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
Extract as much water as possible in affected areas. Do not use a vacuum to extract water, it may cause electrical shock.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
Move paintings, computer, important documents to a dry place.
Take photographs of the damage before any work is performed.
As always, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to help!
What and What Not to do After Flooding:
SERVPRO OF VICKSBURG & YAZOO understands all water, be it a toilet supply line that has busted or the Mighty Mississippi River in your home.
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first.
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? Contact us today!
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.
Surviving After The Storm
Tree through a kitchen and garage
On April 13, 2019 SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo's hometown, Vicksburg, Mississippi had 3 F2 tornado's reek havoc on various parts of our town. We immediately went into action by sending vendors out to remove trees from people's homes and start tarping the roofs. The next day was" boots on ground" as adjusters and clients started calling in claims. We worked tirelessly through the last couple of weeks taking care of customers. We have worked with their adjusters and their agents trying to take the best care of them. We have coordinated housing with our real estate contacts, found lodging through our hotel contacts and have helped them make their non salvageable list. All in a day's work. We are so proud of our hometown and we are so proud of our staff! They have done a phenomenal job. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo!
Hazards After Flood Waters
Hazards to Avoid After a Flood
8/28/2017 (Permalink)After the Storm
10 Most likely Hazards After a Flood
- Electrical and Gas Hazards
- Take caution and treat all electrical lines, wires, equipment and fixtures as if they are energized until proven otherwise.
- Immediately evacuate buildings if a gas leak or odor is detected, and notify the site supervisor or competent person.
- Motor Vehicles
- Monitor local road conditions and obey closure signs. Don’t drive though flowing water. Six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and two feet of water will carry most cars away.
- Standing water may not carry you away, but you may not be able to tell how deep it is. Unless you know how deep it is, it’s best to not drive through standing water.
- Be aware of seen and unseen road hazards such as building debris, tree limbs, and pot holes. Also floods bring mud and roads can become very slick.
- Respiratory Hazards
- Gasoline, propane and diesel-powered equipment (such as portable generators, power washers, compressors and pumps) should only be operated in well-ventilated outdoor areas to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
- Stay upwind of or away from dust-generating activities, in particular involving crystalline silica-containing materials like concrete, brick, tile, drywall, mortar, sand, or stone.
- Identify building materials such as painted surfaces and pipes that may contain lead.
- If an area is known or suspected to contain asbestos, ensure that an assessment has been done by a competent individual before entering the area; if asbestos is present, wait until it is removed or contained.
- Notify the supervisor immediately if asbestos is identified at the site and stop work until it has been removed or contained.
- Refrain from entering areas with extensive mold buildup.
- Chemical Use/Exposure
- Be aware of your surroundings. If there is evidence (sight or smell) of chemicals or their use, avoid that area and request an Industrial Hygienist accompany you.
- Sharp, jagged debris
- Tree limbs.
- Construction or demolition debris.
- Broken glass.
- Animal bites, both stray pets and wild animals.
- Roofing and Working from Heights
- Ensure the use of fall protection systems: guardrails, safety nets or fall arrest systems.
- Identify areas of structural weakness.
- Identify ladder hazards and ensure their safe use.
- Power Tools
- Ensure guarding on power tools is in good working order and always used.
- Inspect all extension cords, remove from service those that are damaged, cut or have exposed wiring and inner insulation.
- Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) or double-insulated power tools that are approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
- Flood Waters (Drowning/Walking)
- Same as with driving, six inches of moving water may cause you to lose your footing and two feet of water will carry you away. Stay out of moving water.
- Even standing water can present similar hazards. The water most likely will not be clear; therefore you won’t see how deep even a small puddle is. Avoid walking in standing water unless you know it is safe to do so.
- Be aware of seen and unseen hazards such as building debris, tree limbs, and pot holes. Also floods bring mud and walkways can become very slick.
- Ensure the use of hearing protection when noise levels exceed 85 decibels. Generally, if you cannot hold a normal conversation at arm’s length due to noise, then hearing protection should be worn.
- Personal Decontamination
- Always wash hands with soap and water before eating, drinking, smoking, applying lip balm or cosmetics to prevent contamination of the mouth, nose or eyes with hazardous materials or infectious agents. Use a waterless alcohol-based hand cleaner if water is not available.
- Decontaminate raingear and rubber boots that have been exposed to potentially hazardous materials.
What to Do After a Water Damage
Well, the worse has happened..........your hot water heater has busted, your A/C has leaked, your child has left the tub running.........and now your house is wet.
First thing you need to do is contact your insurance company and CALL SERVPRO!
After that, however, here are some tips that can help you.
- Document the damage. Take photos and videos if possible.
- Save any damaged items for your adjuster to inspect.
- Make a list of any repairs you make on your own, even if they are temporary.
- Keep all receipts for repairs you pay for.
- Protect your belongings - move any items to higher/dryer areas.
- Remove area rugs from the floors. Dyes from the rugs can stain floors if left wet.
- Clean up as much water as possible by blotting or soaking with wet towels.
- When safe to do so, circulate air with the use of fans.
Few smells linger like the odor of smoke. Even if a fire in your home in Vicksburg & Yazoo only affects part of the structure, smoke damage can permeate the entire house. Fire remediation experts remove smoke and soot after they have secured the area and extracted anything damaged by the fire and the water used to put it out. They may use several techniques to do so.
Regular washing may not get rid of the total smell left behind by smoke. Many of the items that need odor removal can be handled by dry cleaning:
- Furniture covers
When you wash smoke-infused clothing in a washer, there is an extended period of time where the clothes are sitting in smoky water. The smell can also get trapped in the machine itself. Dry cleaners often have special oxidation processes for getting soot damage out of textiles.
Many professionals use industrial foggers to rid homes of smoke damage after a fire. A fogger is helpful because it gets the smoke out of cracks and crevices in a similar way to the process it underwent during the fire. Chemicals are heated to produce fog that permeates porous surfaces, traps smoke particles and neutralizes them. Once the fogger has completed its job, the air is usually noticeably cleaner.
Another smoke cleaning method is the use of ozone machines. These devices create a similar atmosphere to the outside air after a thunderstorm. By releasing ozone particles into the air, the area gets refreshed. Soon, the clean air replaces the sooty, stale air, making your home smell clean and normal again.
A fire in your home will likely cause extensive smoke damage not only to items within your home but to the structure itself. Professional technicians can clean the damaged area and employ various methods to get rid of the smoke odors.
We are Here to Help
Why Choose Us?SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is locally owned and operated and we are located at 6270 Hwy. 80, Vicksburg, Ms.
Here at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we understand what you are going through. As an insurance agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down, while also providing the best service possible. Our professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Restoring property is SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo top priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will rest assure knowing that everything to prevent loss is being done. We know that restoring property is cheaper than replacing property- and that is drilled into our minds. We do an itemized loss inventory. This means you will get an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Our technicians go through rigorous IICRC training in Fire and Water Restoration Cleanup. We are here to help