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Mold Remediation Process FAQ

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Process FAQ SERVPRO of Richardson is a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and is ready to help you any time.

Mold Remediation Process FAQ

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes mold growth easy when its disturbed by air.  The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

Does Mold Removal Take Care of All Mold?

100% mold removal is not possible.  Since mold is a natural part of our environment, removing it completely is an impossible task.  Although most people think “mold removal” is what happens when they have a cleanup, the better term is “mold remediation.”  Mold remediation companies eliminate a large amount of mold to make the environment safe and healthy for habitation again.

What Happens in a Mold Inspection?

Every mold remediation company works differently.  The mold inspection process our business uses as follows:

  • Our mold inspections and bids are free.
  • We receive a call from a customer and schedule a time to inspect their property.  We can almost always be there within a day.
  • We send a mold remediation specialist to inspect your property.  They will look for the usual hot spots and ask you questions about your property’s history with water damages, roof damage, and anything that will help them know where mold may be growing.
  • If we find mold, we will take its measurements and photo documentation.  Shortly, we’ll present you with a bid to remediate your mold.
  • If your mold is large enough, we will have to report it to the State of Texas.  The process for a large mold like this is more throughout, but we will guide you through it every step of the way.  
  • If your mold is small enough to not need official Texas documentation, we can start your project as soon as you approve our mold cleanup bid.
  • If we don’t find mold on your property, we will ask if you are experiencing symptoms or other smells that may indicate mold.  Sometimes, the problem isn’t mold but something else. In each case, we will try to solve your problem.

Do I Need Mold Testing?

Few people really need to know the exact type of mold found on their property.  All mold remediation is treated with the same level of caution and care, and knowing the type of mold present will not change our procedure.  Unless you have a specific medical or personal need to know the type of mold, we advice against mold testing. If you do request mold testing, we will take a sample of your mold to a licensed mold testing laboratory.  Most results are ready within 3 days.

How Do I Get Mold Out of Clothes?

Throwing moldy clothes your home’s washing machine will not guarantee that all the spores are removed.  Instead, trust us to get the job done correctly for you.

We are one of the few Esporta licensed businesses in North Texas.  We have a specialized machine that uses a mixture of up to six detergents dedicated to washing contamination out of clothing.  Our mold remediation specialists will take your moldy clothes and take them back to our cleaning facility for mold removal. Emergency items can be returned to you within 3 days, and most loads are ready in under 2 weeks.  

How Much is Mold Remediation Cost?

It’s important for us to perform a mold inspection at your property to give you an accurate bid.  Our mold inspections and bids are free. Call us any time. 

Do You Remove Black Mold?

Yes, we have successfully removed black mold in many homes and businesses.  

Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Bleach damages the mold’s structure.  However, mold remediation is not as easy as grabbing a bottle of bleach and doing your own cleanup.  In fact, DIY mold removal projects involving bleach is one of the most popular causes for the accidental spread of mold spores. What was once a small project becomes a larger one.

What is Texas Mold Law?

Texas Mold Law comes into effect when the size of your mold is over 25 contiguous feet.  This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

Our business has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and is ready to help you any time.

What Do I Do If There’s Mold in Apartment?

If you find mold in your apartment, one of the first questions you may ask is if you are responsible for the mold remediation cost or the apartment complex.  We get asked this question often, but the only person who will be able to answer you is your landlord. Ask to see your rental agreement and how damages like these are covered.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium The Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium football game has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl for 2018!

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium

SERVPRO of North Irving is excited to announce that the Cotton Bowl Stadium football bowl game in our hometown of Dallas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!  

We’re proud to honor and support the service of all America’s First Responders.  These brave men and women keep our communities safe every day of the year. First Responders include firefighters, police, EMS workers, military members, and more.

Kickoff is set for December 26, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. Central.  ESPN will televise the game, and tickets go on sale in September.  

"We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country," says CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Sue Steen. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."

The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is part of almost 90 years of history of games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas.

“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” says Dallas Fire Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney.

“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country. It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support,” says Dallas Police Chief, Ms. Renee Hall.

Visit www.firstresponderbowl.com for information as it becomes available.

SERVPRO of Richardson is Locally Owned and Operated in Dallas, Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a locally owned and operated restoration company in Dallas Fort Worth.  We are a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas TX. We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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DIY First Aid Kit

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

General DIY First Aid Kit A DIY First Aid Kit is simple to build and should be part of your emergency preparedness plan.

DIY First Aid Kit

First aid kits are a must for emergency preparedness.  Whether you have a small cut or you are preparing for a serious emergency situation, a first aid kit can help.

First Aid Kit Supplies

Your DIY first aid kit can be held in a waterproof case or bag.  We recommend putting your kit’s items into a waterproof material such as plastic.  This avoids your items from becoming wet and ruined.

Waterproof cases are easy to find in the fishing supply section of a general or sports store.

  • 2 compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 band aids (different sizes)
  • First aid tape
  • Antibiotic ointment; many people prefer the triple antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Aspirin; also include baby aspirin if needed
  • Ibuprofen
  • Instant cold pack
  • 2 pair of medical gloves (non-latex); many times these gloves are called nitrile gloves
  • Oral thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • 2 roller bandages (different widths)
  • 2 elastic bandages
  • 10 sterile gauze pads (different sizes)
  • 2 triangular bandages (for making slings)
  • First aid instruction booklet, printable - print this basic first aid manual here

Emergency Preparedness Plan

A first aid kit should be part of your overall emergency preparedness plan.

But when you are preparing for an incoming storm and your preparedness plan needs to take into account the possibility of evacuation or your entire home being affected, there are other things in need of consideration to be prepared.  

1. Emergency Preparedness Documents for Natural Disasters

When you need to evacuate your home, it’s important for you to carry important documentation.  This documentation includes medical records, identification, and other items that prove who you are and what your possessions are.

Keeping these documents on your body will prevent them from accidentally getting destroyed at home.  One thing you should not have to worry about is contacting various government agencies while your insurance company is asking you for paperwork to process your claim.

2. How to Build a Home Inventory of Household Items

An inventory of your household items is one of the important documents we recommend you carry with you.  While the idea of doing your own home inventory may sound silly (after all, you know what’s in your own home!), it’s one of the important pieces of documentation in the event of a serious disaster, like a fire or tornado.  

A home inventory helps prove to your insurance company what items were in your home that are now either too burnt to identify or have disappeared if your home was damaged.  When it comes time to estimate replacement costs, only you can prove how much your items were worth.

3. Family Communications Plan During Natural Disasters

If a serious emergency happens in your area, your family may be separated.  Having a family communications plan in place can help everyone meet in a safe location after the storm.  Don’t depend on phone lines to work consistently during events like these.

4. Hurricane Emergency Kit

This is a kit made with a hurricane situation in mind.  The needs for a hurricane are slightly different than other storms.  

Full Service Disaster Restoration Company

No matter what happens, we’re here for you.

Our goal is to make your life simple.  We want you to get back into your home or business as soon as possible and move on with your life.  We take our slogan, “Like it never even happened.” to heart.

The restoration industry involves so many facets.  Every customer is different and so are the circumstances of their disaster.  It’s difficult for one business to take on every portion of a project, and that’s why many restoration companies choose to specialize and find a comfortable niche.  

We’ve been serving homes and businesses in Dallas Fort Worth for over 30 years, and we’ve learned a lot in that time.  We’ve taken time to become a full service restoration contractor because it’s the best option for our customers. We are people’s one call and done.

We offer:

Water Damage Remediation

Fire Remediation

Mold Removal

Reconstruction

Air Duct Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Esporta Clothing & Textile Cleaning

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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www.SERVPROrichardson.com

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Emergency Preparedness Documents For Natural Disasters

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

General Emergency Preparedness Documents For Natural Disasters Carrying the right emergency preparedness documents during a natural disaster is necessary. (Photo credit RNR Plastics)

Emergency Preparedness Documents For Natural Disasters

During a disaster situation such as a hurricane, a document bag is an important part of your emergency preparedness kit.  You may find you’ll need these documents if you are sheltering in place or evacuating.

Whether you are sheltering in place in a storm shelter or evacuating, keep these documents on you.  We recommend you place them in a waterproof sealable, plastic bag.

Emergency Preparedness Kit - Documentation

  • Document Bag
  • Current photo ID for all members of your group
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Passports
  • Photos of all members of your group, including pets
  • Health insurance cards and prescriptions
  • Medical records, such as medications and dosages
  • Phone numbers (written on paper) for family, friends, doctors
  • Bank account information and loan documents
  • Insurance documents for:
    • Home insurance
    • Renters insurance
    • Flood insurance
    • Car insurance
  • Property documentation (leases, mortgages)
  • Vehicle titles
  • Home inventory of household possessions and their value
  • Backup computer files on a USB drive
  • Copies of keys (home, vehicle, safes)
  • Utility bills to prove where you live

Emergency Preparedness Plan

When you are preparing for an incoming storm and your preparedness plan needs to take into account the possibility of evacuation or your entire home being affected, there are other things in need of consideration to be prepared.  

1. DIY First Aid Kit

A first aid kit does not need to be fancy or bought in the store.  If you want to make one yourself, buy what goes inside in bulk and resupply as you need.  We recommend you place your first aid kit items in a waterproof container like a plastic box or bag.  

We recommend building a DIY kit for your home and each vehicle you own.

2. How to Build a Home Inventory of Household Items

An inventory of your household items is one of the important documents we recommend you carry with you.  While the idea of doing your own home inventory may sound silly (after all, you know what’s in your own home!), it’s one of the important pieces of documentation in the event of a serious disaster, like a fire or tornado.  

A home inventory helps prove to your insurance company what items were in your home that are now either too burnt to identify or have disappeared if your home was damaged.  When it comes time to estimate replacement costs, only you can prove how much your items were worth.

3. Family Communications Plan During Natural Disasters

If a serious emergency happens in your area, your family may be separated.  Having a family communications plan in place can help everyone meet in a safe location after the storm.  Don’t depend on phone lines to work consistently during events like these.

4. Hurricane Emergency Kit

This is a kit made with a hurricane situation in mind.  The needs for a hurricane are slightly different than other storms.  

Full Service Disaster Restoration Company

No matter what happens, we’re here for you.

Our goal is to make your life simple.  We want you to get back into your home or business as soon as possible and move on with your life.  We take our slogan, “Like it never even happened.” to heart.

The restoration industry involves so many facets.  Every customer is different and so are the circumstances of their disaster.  It’s difficult for one business to take on every portion of a project, and that’s why many restoration companies choose to specialize and find a comfortable niche.  

We’ve been serving homes and businesses in Dallas Fort Worth for over 30 years, and we’ve learned a lot in that time.  We’ve taken time to become a full service restoration contractor because it’s the best option for our customers. We are people’s one call and done.

We offer:

Water Damage Remediation

Fire Remediation

Mold Removal

Reconstruction

Air Duct Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Esporta Clothing & Textile Cleaning

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

Follow us:

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www.SERVPROrichardson.com

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Source: Texas Hurricane Center

How to Build a Home Inventory of Your Household Items

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

General How to Build a Home Inventory of Your Household Items A home inventory of your household items is a valuable tool you will use if your property ever needs disaster restoration. (Photo credit: FEMA).

How to Build a Home Inventory of Your Household Items

Why build an inventory of household items?

The reason to have a home inventory is simple.  Ask yourself this: if a water damage or a fire damage affected your home, could you make a list for your insurance company of all the lost items?  Do you know what all your household items are worth?

Most people cannot remember everything they have in their home.

Homeowners Insurance and Contents Insurance

When natural disasters such as floods, fires, or tornadoes happen, properties are affected and many household items are damaged.  To replace your household items, your home insurance company may ask for an inventory of your household contents. The household inventory will help in valuing your items and coming up with a replacement cost.

SERVPRO of Richardson will inventory all the items we find on your property.  When a fire damage happens, it is sometimes possible to identify a burnt item and report it to your insurance company.  Unfortunately, some items are burnt so badly that identification is impossible.

Without an inventory or proof of your items having existed, your claim may not be fulfilled to your satisfaction.

Before any disaster happens, having an accurate home inventory will help you know how much home content insurance you should purchase.  Do this for peace of mind. Should anything ever happen, you will be able to file a claim to replace all lost items.

Use Technology to Inventory your Household Items

A phone or video camera will make this process quick.  We recommend you use video to capture general documentation all your items.  Then, use photos to capture smaller and important details such as serial numbers and brands.

How to Inventory A Room Using Video

  1. Choose a room in your home.  Start on the left of the room and pan the camera up and down.  Slowly working your way clockwise until you’ve captured the entire room.  
  2. If you need to open drawers or closet doors to show more of your contents, go ahead and do that.
  3. Don’t forget items you may have somewhere else, like a storage unit.

Write Down Inventory Details and Backup Your Claim with Photos

Now it’s time to write down important information about the items you recorded.  For example:

  • If you recorded a TV, write down the name and model or serial number and take a picture of these details.  
  • If you recorded clothing, write down:
    • The quantity of each type of clothing e.g. dress shirts, t-shirts, shoes, pants, etcetera.
    • Clothing of high value should have its brand recorded.  If you want to prove bag was Prada, for example, take a close picture of the Prada tag.

Are Jewelry and Art Covered in my Home Insurance?

Items like jewelry and art may require you to increase your insurance.  This is done through personal property coverage or add endorsements or floaters to your homeowners insurance.  Check with your insurance company to make your valuables are covered. If you need extra insurance to cover high end items, your insurance will provide you with instructions.

Have Proof of Value

Keep sales receipts and appraisals in hand to provide your insurance company proof of purchase and value.  Add these documents to your emergency preparedness bag.

Backup your Files and Update your Inventory

  • Keep your recordings and receipts on a cloud-based system to make sure they’re never lost.  
  • For paperwork, look for free apps on Android and iOS to scan paperwork and convert it to a digital file.  Save it to secure online storage.
  • Never rely on printed documentation as your only source of proof.  What would you do if that paperwork got damaged in a disaster?
  • As you make more significant purchases, update your list.

Take your home inventory system seriously!  There are two unfortunate situations we see often.  One is a homeowner valuing an item much higher than their insurance is willing to accept.  The second situation is when a homeowner claims they had an item but they can’t prove it existed.  This almost always forces the insurance company to deny that part of their claim. This happens simply because the homeowner did not have adequate documentation of an items’ existence, authenticity, or appraisal.

Our Role in the Water and Fire Damage Restoration Process

We have worked with many homes and businesses affected by a water damage, fire damage, flooding, and tornadoes.  One of our first tasks is to create a home inventory of all items found on the property. We search every room until we have found every item we possibly can.

We divide items into two categories:

Salvageable Items are those that are intact and can be cleaned.  We pack those items and take them back to our cleaning facility. They are sanitized and brought back to its former condition.  While your home is reconstructed, we store them in our storage facility. When you are able to receive those items back, they are delivered at your convenience.

Fire clean up that we have successfully done include:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing - we get the fire smoke out of clothes
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Anything attached to the home itself (structure clean up)

Unsalvageable Items are those that can be identified but have been destroyed permanently.  These items cannot be cleaned and we recommend be thrown away. Our technicians document these items and report to your insurance company.

What about items that can’t be identified?  This is where your home inventory plays a vital role in your claim.  

Only you can prove to your insurance carrier what items were in your home.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Hurricane Emergency Management in North Texas

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Community Hurricane Emergency Management in North Texas The Dallas Office of Emergency Management offers 24 hour emergency notices to all North Texas residents.

Hurricane Emergency Management in North Texas

For those of us living in Dallas County, hurricane preparedness is different than for those living close to coastal areas, such as Houston, Galveston, or Louisiana.  Many of us living in Collin County don’t typically live in flood zones, so we don’t tend to prepare as readily as our coastal neighbors.

Yet, understanding how to prepare for a hurricane is still important.  Dallas County is often a safe destination for evacuees. It’s important for us to know evacuation routes, where shelters will open in our city, and where we can drop off food and supplies.

Emergency Management offices are important sources of information and news for information and planning in Dallas County and surrounding counties.

Dallas Office of Emergency Management

Sign Up for Dallas OEM Alerts

Twitter @DallasOEM

Facebook: OEMDallas

Tarrant County Emergency Management

Website

Twitter: @TarrantOEM

Facebook: TarrantOEM

Collin County Emergency Management

Website

Denton County Alert

Sign up Denton Emergency Alerts

Ellis County Emergency Management

Website

FEMA App

Download the FEMA App for nationwide information such as alerts, tips, and shelter locations.  The app allows you to input up to five (5) locations to receive emergency news from.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Community State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) The Texas Department of Public Safety runs the STEAR program.

State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)

If you need assistance during an emergency event such as a natural disaster, consider signing up for Texas State’s STEAR (State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry) program.  

STEAR is made for:

  • People with disabilities
  • People with access and functional needs such as:
    • Limited mobility
    • Communication barriers
    • Requiring additional medical assistance
    • Requiring transportation assistance
    • Requiring personal care assistance

STEAR provides local emergency planners and responders with information on the needs of their community.  Available services vary by community. To learn more about your county’s use of the program, visit their Emergency Management Office.

Registration for STEAR is free, voluntary, and confidential.

Register Online at State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry or dial 2-1-1.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Source: Texas Department of Public Safety

Family Emergency Communication Plan

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

General Family Emergency Communication Plan Do I need to create a family communications plan? Yes! It's always better to be prepared than not. (Photo credit: FEMA)

Family Emergency Communication Plan

The best time to prepare for a disaster is before anything has happened.  Ask yourself:

  • What if something happens and I’m separated from my family?
  • How will I be able to reach my family?
  • Where will we meet up?

Having a communication plan with your family may help you reunite with your loved ones.  You can plan ahead of time how to reach each other and where you will meet.

Text Messages Are More Reliable than Calls

During storms, text messages are more reliable than phone calls since phone lines are often overloaded.  This does not guarantee your text goes through, but it has a better chance of working.

What Should My Family Communication Include?

Meeting Places

  1. What neighborhood place can you all go to meet up?  Include its name, address, and number.
  2. Who is a local person that can provide a place to meet up?  Include their name, address, and number.
  3. Who is out-of-town that can provide a place to meet up?  Include their name, address, and number.

Likely Places to Be

Also, consider where your family spends a lot of time; they may still be at this location when an emergency happens.  

  1. Work
  2. School
  3. Other (daycare, gym, friend’s house)

Have each place’s address and phone number.  

If the general phone line is busy, call someone else that you know inside to verify the whereabouts of your loved one.

Pet Emergency Kit

If you have pets, make sure these places are all willing to take in your furry little one.  Think about what items your pet will need to be safe and comfortable while you’re away from home.  Examples include:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Food bowls
  • Leash
  • Kennel
  • Vaccination records
  • Cat litter with box
  • Medications

Other Emergency Preparedness Considerations

  • If you know a storm is coming, have you prepared your home?  Read our article about home preparedness here.
  • Is your car ready?  Does it have its own First Aid Kit?  Is it filled with gas?
  • Which car will you pick people up in?  Remember to also take your pets with you.
  • Who will pick up whom?  If you’ll be riding in multiple cars, consider making a map for each person’s pick up route.
  • Do you have go bags ready?  If you know there is a chance of a storm, consider packing a go bag ahead of time and keeping it with you.  Take necessary items only.
  • If the roadways are at risk of flooding, how soon will you choose to gather your family?

Where to Keep Your Emergency Plan

Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency preparedness documents bag.  

Also, give a copy to everyone involved in it so they can keep it in their bag or backpack.  It’s a good idea to keep this paper in a sealed plastic bag or even laminating it to make sure its resistant to water.  

Don’t just keep a digital copy on your phone!  If you found yourself with a source of electricity and your phone’s battery died, what would you do?  Go old school and keep it on paper.

Other Emergency Preparedness Considerations

Build a hurricane emergency supply kit.  This checklist will quickly tell you which items you should be prepared to have and breaks it down by category.

Build a DIY first aid kit.  A first aid does not have to be fancy.  In fact, we recommend buying these items in bulk and simply restocking your kit when necessary.  It also makes it easier and more affordable to have more than one kit in your inventory.

Prepare a home inventory of your household items.  Your insurance provider will need proof of items you are claiming to have been destroyed or lost.  Only you can provide proof of your claim.

Sign up to receive alerts from your county’s office of emergency management and FEMA.

If you have a disability, consider signing up for the Texas Emergency Assistance Registry Program (STEAR).

Trusted Leader in Dallas Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Source: Texas Hurricane Center

What to Include in A Hurricane Emergency Kit

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General What to Include in A Hurricane Emergency Kit Having your Hurricane Emergency Kit ready before the storm hits can save you valuable time. (Photo credit: FEMA)

What to Include in A Hurricane Emergency Kit

Start your emergency supply kit with what you already have at home and then shop for the rest.  Put items into waterproof ziplock bags and then place small items into a backpack. This will make your kit waterproof and easy to carry.

As you prepare your home for a hurricane, know that many other people will, too.  It’s best to stock up early to avoid a run on supplies. Home hardware stores and other retail stores tend to run out of food and supplies as many people in the community rush to prepare.

Don’t depend on your local store being able to restock soon.  If roads are damaged or flooded, stores may not be restocked frequently or at all throughout the duration of the storm.  This was very common during Hurricane Harvey when our own cleanup and restoration crews had to purchase and load our supply trailers with items from Dallas due to a shortage in Houston and Galveston.

Emergency Food Supply -- Food and Water

  • 3 day supply of food that doesn’t need cooking e.g. canned food
  • Can opener
  • 1 gallon of water per day for each person
  • Baby items e.g. food, bottles, formula, diapers

Emergency First Aid Kit and Medications

  • DIY First Aid Kit
  • Prescriptions
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Toilet paper and garbage bags
  • Dental care and vision products
  • Soaps
  • Diapers
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • N-95 face masks in case of contaminated air - home hardware stores sell these

Family Emergency Communication Plan

Remember: during storms, text messages are more reliable than phone calls since phone lines are often overloaded.  This does not guarantee your text goes through, but it has a better chance of working.

Pet Emergency Kit

  • 3 day supply of food, water, and bowls
  • Medications
  • Vaccination records and photos - place in a sealable plastic bag
  • Crate
  • Leash and toy
  • Cat Litter with box

Are you Sheltering in Place?

Unless required to evacuate, many people choose to stay home and shelter in place.  Before the storm arrives, make sure to do the following:

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have a fire extinguisher.
  • Purchase plastic sheeting (we recommend 6mm) and duct tape to seal off doors, windows, and air vents in case of contaminated air.  There is specialty tape that will stick to most surfaces. Make sure to buy the right kind so you don’t run the risk of your containment coming off.
  • Prepare your home ahead of time by bringing in loose, outdoor objects.  This will help you avoid windborne debris damage.
  • Trim tree branches likely to fall onto your property.
  • Clean gutters and drains.  When its raining hard, the water needs to have a place to go.  If your storm drains and gutters are clogged, that water will pool on your roof and eventually find its way into your home.  

If your property is prone to flooding and you have a second story, consider moving your valuables upstairs to keep them from being damaged.  During Hurricane Harvey, we met many homeowners who saved their home’s contents by doing exactly this.

Are you under a mandatory evacuation order?

Don’t wait until you’ve been ordered to go to start collecting your belongings.  Prepare ahead of time by having the following ready:

  • Car repair tool kit
  • Roadmaps
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Blankets, pillows
  • Tent
  • Clothes and waterproof shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Toys, non-electronic

Other Emergency Preparedness Considerations

  • Sign up for alerts from your county’s office of emergency management (OEM) for the latest storm news.
  • Download the FEMA App for evacuation routes and shelter locations
  • Complete a home inventory of your household items to help your insurance company's claim should a disaster happen.

Other Emergency Preparedness Considerations

Trusted Leader in Dallas Storm Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness Checklist Preparing your home against wind and water damage should happen before the storm arrives.  (Photo credit: FEMA)

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

The best time to prepare your property for an incoming storm or hurricane is before a storm hits.  If your area is a flood zone and has a probability of being affected by a hurricane, don’t wait -- take action now.

Flood Zones

Flood zones are areas defined by FEMA.  Do you know if you’re in a flood zone? Check out FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to find out.  Just put in your home or business address.

If you’re in a flood zone, consider getting flood insurance.  Many regular homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage caused by rising water.  Contact your insurance company to know exactly what is covered and what more you can do to protect your home in case of storm damage.

Hurricane Preparedness Kit: Buy Early

As you prepare your home for a hurricane, know that many other people will, too.  It’s best to stock up early to avoid a run on supplies. Home hardware stores and other retail stores tend to run out of food and supplies as many people in the community rush to prepare.

Don’t depend on your local store being able to restock soon.  If roads are damaged or flooded, stores may not be restocked frequently or at all throughout the duration of the storm.  This was very common during Hurricane Harvey when our own cleanup and restoration crews had to purchase and load our supply trailers with items from Dallas due to a shortage in Houston and Galveston.

Hurricane Damage to Prepare For

Wind Damage

Wind damage is damage to your property that is caused by wind.  The wind does not have to be caused by a hurricane or a tornado.  There are times when places around the nation have wind storms.

There are a few things to consider when thinking about wind damage.  

Damage caused to your property directly by the wind.  Wind may blow out your doors, windows, and even damage your roof.  The most vulnerable areas double doors, large windows, and windows with multiple panes.

To do: Reinforce doors and windows.  Many people choose to board up their windows.

If you do not have permanent wind shutters, strongly consider building some onto your property.

Windborne debris.  When the winds are strong, they are likely to pick up items from the street or backyards and blow them around.  This is when you see trampolines landing on a neighbor’s roof and destroyed potted plants. Go outside to your yard and see what is not anchored down -- how much damage could that object cause if the wind picked it up and hurled it at your home?

To do: Anchor outdoor objects or bring them inside.  

Trees.  If any tree on your property broke due to the wind, would it hurt your home?  We have been called to many tree damaged properties where trees weighing hundreds or thousands of pounds have had to be removed off a property.

To do: trim branches that are likely to snap.  Talk to a lumberjack about removing large trees.  

If you are interested in buying or building a storm shelter, make sure it meets ICC 500 Criteria.

Wind Damage Checklist:

  • Purchase window and door board up materials. 
  • Have your roof inspected and lose shingles fixed.
  • Anchor items outdoors that may be picked up by the wind.
  • Trim your yard’s trees.

Water Damage Restoration / Flood Damage

With enough time, water will find a way to get anywhere.  However, there are still steps to make your property more flood resistant such as:

  • Clean gutters and drains.  When its raining hard, the water needs to have a place to go.  If your storm drains and gutters are clogged, that water will pool on your roof and eventually find its way into your home.  
  • Water alarms and sump pumps.  A water alarm rings its siren when it comes into contact with water.  This won’t fix your problem, but it’ll give you a chance to know something is wrong and try to fix it before it gets worse.  A sump pump may help you remove water to lessen the damage.
  • Install “check valves” in your sewer line to prevent flood water from backing up into your drains.  
  • Elevate your water heater and electric panel if the areas they’re in are susceptible to flooding.  If your electrical system has been compromised by rising water, the water damage restoration company you use may choose to not use your home’s electricity to run machinery until it’s been checked out by a professional.  This may not sound like much, but finding service professionals during a storm isn’t always easy. 

Water Damage Checklist:

  • Buy sand packs if your yard is prone to flooding.  Put them at the base of doors.
  • Clean your gutters and drains.
  • If you have french drains, make sure they are not clogged or prone to clogging.
  • Purchase a water alarm and sump pump.
  • Install check valves in your sewer line.
  • Elevate your electrical panel if it's too close to the ground.

Contents and Household Items

If your property is prone to flooding and you have a second story, consider moving your valuables upstairs to keep them from being damaged.  During Hurricane Harvey, we met many homeowners who saved their home’s contents by doing exactly this.

Contents and Household Items Checklist:

  • Moving blankets
  • Tape
  • Hand truck

Have a Home Supply of Hardware and Tools

Have extra plywood, plastic sheeting (we recommend 6mm), duct tape, and sandbags to protect your property.  Must have tools to have on hand include a flashlight and a multi-purpose tool.

Home Supply Checklist:

  • Extra plywood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Plastic sheeting - 6mm
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Work gloves
  • Protective eyewear

Other Emergency Preparedness Considerations

Trusted Leader in Dallas Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

Follow us:

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Google+   Linkedin   YouTube

www.SERVPROrichardson.com

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