How to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Essentials for your emergency preparedness kit.
Disasters don’t happen every day, but when they do, you need to be prepared. Every household should have an emergency plan in place to make sure they are ready when disaster strikes.
The best way to be ready for a disaster is to make an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is full of essential items that are needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Some important items to consider adding to your kit include the following:
Hydration is key to survival! Ideally, you want 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days.
Along with water, you need food to survive! When packing your food be sure to pack non-perishable items in your kit. You should have at least enough food for 3 days, but more is ideal.
Packing a can opener might seem random, but with all of the non-perishables you’re packing, you’ll be happy you packed one!
Flashlight & Batteries
If the powers out, the lights are out. Having a flashlight and extra batteries will help brighten up those dark nights.
Hand Crank Radio or Battery Powered Radio
Having one of these on deck will help keep you informed and updated during the disaster.
Having this in your kit will help you be prepared if someone gets injured. Items such as Neosporin, ban-aids, and gauze will be incredibly helpful.
This is intended to be a signal for help; 3 blasts from a whistle is an international distress signal. The best place to keep it is on your keychain or taped under a table in your home for easy access.
Packing matches and emergency slow-burning candles are a great alternative to flashlights. Having a candle burning gives you an additional light source during the disaster.
Whether you’re dealing with smoke, pollution, or viruses, having a dust mask on hand and decrease your risk of inhaling contaminated air.
Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery
In this day and age, we heavily rely on our cell phones to communicate with our family and friends. Having a backup battery reassures you that even if the power goes out, you can still use your phone.
All of these items are essential to your survival during a disaster. Every household should have their emergency preparedness kit ready to go. Make sure that these items are placed in easy-to-carry containers and are labeled, so they are easily identified. Place your kit in a convenient and easy to reach location in your home.
In addition to these items, it’s also important to think about the area in which you live and other items specifically for your needs. For example: prescription medications, infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, and pet food/water.
Remember, it’s never too early to buy emergency supplies and prepare for disaster. Natural disasters can happen at any time and affect people all around the world. With this in mind, you should prepare your home just like you are preparing your emergency kit. Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we have unlimited licensed builders with over 40 years of experience repairing damage to buildings just like yours. When disaster strikes, your focus should be on safety. We’ll take care of the repair.
Top 6 Fire Damage Restoration Tips
We’re not going to kid you. Fire damage restoration is tough work. People call SERVPRO of Bath frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire. Most people can put these six tips into practice. But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill. Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.
Here are six of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration:
Remove Smoke Damage
With any fire, you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean. Often, you’ll want to repaint it, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.
Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps
Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example: Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.) Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
Get Rid of Mold & Mildew
Firefighters are great. They save many lives and many homes. But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of Bath highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems. It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents. The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.
Replace Carpets. Clean and Dry Your Floors.
Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. You must address this. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it. But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.
Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing
Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes in the wash. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners if any have experience with post-fire laundry.
Scrub, Soak, and Cleaning Dishes
Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.
Help is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Bath also has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bath at (252) 923-0213 anytime.
Fire Damage? Lower Your Fire Clean-Up Costs!
Fire damage is terrible as it is. Let’s not make things worse by spending more money than necessary to restore your fire damaged home. Many times, you can save money and keep property damage to a minimum through something called emergency mitigation services.
Saving Fire Damaged Possessions
Fire damaged property that may look like it needs to be replaced may actually be recoverable. A fire restoration company can save many an heirloom- But act quickly. Prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home – furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings – can absorb smoke. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months.
Time Can Cost You Many Possessions
The more time between the fire and restoration, the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.
Restored to Pre-Loss Condition
SERVPRO of Bath cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition. So, don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it must be replaced. Save your property and save money. Now that’s a win-win!
Call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213 to discuss. We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and money for the owners of fire damaged homes. Whether you’re in Washington, Williamston, Columbia, Windsor or Swan Quarter; or anywhere in between, we can help.
The 4 Main Causes of Commercial Water Damage
When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of water that stems from weather events and storms such as floods. However, many entrepreneurs and commercial renters forget that storms and severe weather aren’t the only causes of water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings:
Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result.
Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, you could potentially have Black Water. The potential dangers of contaminated Blackwater are serious health risks and can ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Bath will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (252) 923-0213 for fast help.
STORM READY 2019
Beaufort County Community College;
Do not let this happen to you!!
Agents stop writing new business or endorsing existing business when public information sources announce that our area may be subject to potential catastrophe conditions including hurricane warning or watch, and tropical storm warning or watch.
This is just one of the important pieces of information that can be discussed at the STORM READY 2019 seminar. NOW is the time to prepare for the real possibility of the next storm.
SERVPRO of Bath along with 8 supporting sponsors will hold a FREE Q&A session for residents, commercial building owners and churches at Beaufort County Community College. The following is the list of our outstanding panel of experts:
- Beaufort County Emergency Management: Lisa Williams, Planning and Mitigation Specialist
- Boyd Agency, Inc.: Donna Hardison, Flood Insurance Agent
- Flood Insurance Hampton Roads: Mike Vernon, The Flood Fixer
- Oliver & Cheek: George Oliver, JD & Clayton Cheek JD,MBA
- SERVPRO of Bath/Roanoke Rapids: Susan Stockman,CPA
- Eagle’s Wings Food Pantry: Ann-Marie Montaque, Executive Director
- American Red Cross: Mark Lenz, Disaster Program Manager
Please join us for an informative and educational session on how to prepare, what to do during and recovery after the storm. Our team of experts are happy to share their extensive knowledge with others to have a better understanding and be prepared for the next storm to hit Eastern North Carolina. The evening is FREE with giveaways and door prizes for attendees. Please bring a family member, friend or neighbor.
MOLD – Just follow your Nose!
SERVPRO of Bath recently held a Continuing Education Class for Realtors on Mold. SERVPRO offers these Continuing Ed classes to both Insurance and Realtor Professionals Free of Charge. Realtors from Roanoke Rapids, Lake Gaston, Virginia and surrounding areas gained knowledge on the contributing factors, dangers and remedies for mold and fungus. SERVPRO Franchise owner and class instructor, Cindy Baldwin emphasized that first it is important to remove the moisture source, make sure the area is completely dry and afterwards a thorough cleaning is in order. She also warned of the importance of wearing a mask that can filter both fine particles and gas as well as other proper protective equipment. She explained the biggest indicator of mold is your nose since mold can grow anywhere there is moisture and leaves a musty, bad smell. Cindy explained there are thousands of kinds of molds and those molds are a part of every environment.
Cindy, along with her husband John Baldwin, also part owner of the Franchise, gave suggestions homeowners can do to prevent mold from getting out of hand included keeping crawlspace vents open year-round and making sure attics have proper ventilation. Since airflow is extremely important, Cindy also said to make sure dryer vents are properly attached and that the air flows to the outside of the house, not under it.
As the class concluded, John and Cindy both demonstrated and discussed the process, equipment and treatments SERVPRO uses for mold remediation. Feedback from class participants was very positive and indicating they look forward to future classes.
SERVPRO of Bath employee Mason Clement volunteering at the Special Olympics Fall Game
SERVPRO of Bath enjoys supporting and sponsoring communities' events. Our latest one was the Martin County Special Olympics Fall Games at South Creek Elementary School in Robersonville NC. There were over 20 volunteers including some from SERVPRO of Bath helping with registration, scoring, staffing events, coaching and cooking. Everyone had a great time in the Basketball and Volleyball games with a special visit from Santa! All the Special Needs Athletes received a holiday gift from Santa followed by a hot dog cookout for lunch, music and dancing. An awards ceremony wrapped up a fun day for everyone.
Special Olympics is a global organization serving athletics with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. North Carolina has one of the largest Special Olympic programs in the world with nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs in 19 different sports. SERVPRO of Bath is proud to be a part of an organization that promotes physical fitness, courage, sharing skills and friendship.
Freezing Temperatures in Eastern NC
A single pipe busting can cause a great mess
Weather forecast for Eastern North Carolina predicts freezing temperatures in January-February 2019! Water is one of life's necessities, but frozen water can cause major damage. Water's unique property to expand as it freezes can cause metal or plastic pipes to break.
Pipes that Freeze Most Frequently
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insultation.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
- Set the temperature at 55* if you are going to be away during cold weather.
Hopefully all your efforts to avoid frozen pipes will be successful. BUT is not, you will know it when the pipes begin to thaw! Frozen pipes can quickly cause a lot of damage to your property. When and if this happens, call SERVPRO of Bath 24/7. We can make it, "Like it never even happened®."
SERVPRO Crew Equipped and Ready for Service!
SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids Crew Photo
When disaster strikes, you can feel at ease when you see our green machines on the way! At SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids, we strive to provide the best quality service for our customers as we are always on call 24/7.
Our team is always ready for action with the best equipment and service in the restoration industry! With over 80 combined construction experience as unlimited licensed builders, you be assured your home in good hands to be sure it looks like it never even happened.
New Equipment! "The Super Hero"
"The Super Hero" is what we call our new TRAILER MOUNT desiccant WITH A 130 Kilowatt Generator.
"The Super Hero" is what we call our new TRAILER MOUNT desiccant WITH A 130 Kilowatt Generator and a 5,000 CFM desiccant. This machine has the power of 272 of our regular dehumidifiers!
Why is this equipment so important to you?
Our goal is to get your business open for operations as quickly as possible so you do not suffer long term revenue losses and loss of exposure.
Applications include larger buildings such as schools, hotels, hospitals and commercial buildings that require more dehumidification, to provide environmental control and restorative drying.
You name it, this machine can dry it!
· water damage and remediation
· document drying
· industrial surface preparation for coating
· mold and fungus prevention
· long-term lay-up of industrial equipment
· industrial condensation prevention
· 25’ enclosed aluminum trailer
· 130 KW MultiQuip diesel generator
· Provides full 300 amps of single-phase power
· 3 Twist-Lock Connections – simple and safe
If water damage strikes, call the SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids