Recent Storm Damage Posts
Hurricane Season...It's Time to Start Preparing
Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019)
There are so many essential tools and preparedness tips to get your family ready for hurricane season. Here in Central Florida, we know how important it is to make sure your family has a solid plan in place to stay as safe and secure as possible when facing a big storm. Here are a few guidelines we find most effective:
- Stay tuned to your local weather channels. Be in the know! It allows you the most time to prepare if a storm arises. It also allows for the most accurate local threats you may face during and after severe weather.
- Have an evacuation plan in place. Know where you would go, transportation avenues, and a timeline for travel.
- Finally, finalize an insurance plan that has the coverage you need to protect against severe weather damage. The majority of homeowners do not know the complete extent of what their insurance plan does or does not cover.
We hope these reminders assist you in planning for this upcoming hurricane season. Know that SERVPRO of West Volusia is always here for your storm restoration needs! (386) 574-0864.
Severe Weather Awareness Week - Florida
Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week is full of essential information and tips to help you be prepared in various severe weather events.
The awareness platform details ways to stay safe in the event of a lightning storm. (VITAL information for Floridians to pay attention to.)
It also talks about hurricanes and flooding. What you can do to prepare your family, home, and business for these events should they occur.
Earlier this week, a statewide tornado drill was held in order for proactive participants to take part in tornado safety exercises. (FYI, if you do not do this, you should.)
Marine hazards and rip currents are also a topic of concern especially in Florida. If you are EVER beach-goers, you and your family should be up to date on these dangers and safety precautions.
Finally, fires and extreme temperatures are important awareness topics. Florida's dry season is going on right now. Which means we are at a higher risk for wildfires.
You may think you know the proper safety tips and procedures in each of these topics, but it never hurts to reaffirm that information and keep it fresh in your mind. Check out floridadisasters.org for more information. Stay safe Florida!
Anytime - Anywhere
SERVPRO of West Volusia specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Having served Central Florida for 35 years we have the experience, equipment and employees for any situation.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Volusia County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 386-574-0864
Preparing For A Major Storm
Living in Florida, we are no strangers to major storms and hurricanes. Even so, it never hurts to be as prepared as possible when we find ourselves in the path of one. Here are a few guidelines we think everyone should go by in the event of a major storm.
- Create a three-day (at minimum) supply kit. Make sure it contains enough water, food, medication and any other items needed to last you and your family at least three days.
- Put away important paperwork and special belongings in water proof storage. Zip-locked bags or water proof boxes are great for this!
- Create a home emergency plan. This would be important to have in place if your home is at risk of flooding during the storm.
- It never hurts to board up windows and purchase sandbags to help protect the exterior of your home from heavy winds and rain.
- Make sure you stay tuned into weather stations for any important warnings that may be issued for your area.
If a water damage were to occur due to a major storm, SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here for you! Give us a call at (386) 574-0864.
Protecting Your Home From Flooding
Flooding can happen anywhere and if you live in Florida, you know even one of our heavy afternoon thunderstorms can ensure flooding can happen "any time" as well.
It's a scary thought to think that your home could be under water in a moments notice.
So we thought we would share a few tips that can help you stay flood free.
- Water flow - How does water flow around your house? It's important that it flows away from the structure. If it is noted that this is not the case, you may want to call an irrigation specialist to see if it is possible to correct.
- Water valves - Two words: modify them. So many times in flooding cases we see sewage backup and overflow. That is the LAST thing you want to be dealing with, so it may be worth it to look at installing a back-flow valve.
- Lastly, in the event that you believe flooding is about to occur, move as many items as you can away from the rising water (electronics especially). Then give us a call, and we will be out there ASAP to help!
If you experience flooding or water damage, give us a call at: (386) 574-0864.
Safety Plans - Tornado
We do not see them very often in Central Florida. However, during some major storms the threat of a tornado can become very real, very quickly.
SERVPRO of West Volusia County specializes in flooding and storm damage restoration, but our first priority is you. That's why we wanted to share a few safety tips with you so that in the event of a tornado, you know what to do.
- It is important to know the difference between Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings. If a Tornado Watch is issued for your area, it means that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. If a Tornado Warning is issued in your area, it means a tornado has been detected in your area and you should seek shelter immediately.
- If a tornado warning is issued in your area, make sure that everyone in the home goes to an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Usually, this would be a basement, closet or bathroom.
- It is always a good idea to have a portable battery operated radio. That way in the event of a tornado you are able to still listen to weather warnings and updates from your safe room.
In the event that damage occurs to your home or place of business due to a major storm...SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here for you. Give us a call at (386) 574-0864
Post Hurricane Tips
Hurricane Lane is currently causing major flooding issues as it continues to bare down on the Hawaiian islands. So often we post about hurricane preparation tips and what you can do to be ready for a big storm. While that is important to know, it is also vital to understand steps that should be taken after a hurricane has passed through your area.
SERVPRO of West Volusia is a proud supporter and partner of The American Red Cross, and hope that these few tips assist your family in the aftermath of a hurricane.
- If the power is out after a storm and you have a generator, PLEASE make sure you know how to properly use and store one BEFORE you ever utilize it.
- Try to assess the damage to your home or building. If you hear strange noises or shifting, leave the structure immediately.
- Pay close attention to flood warnings and other safety messages post hurricane. Just because the storm has passed, does not mean you should stop tuning into your emergency radio.
- If you have to venture outside before safety measures have been put in place. REMEMBER that fallen power lines can be covered by debris from the storm. Proceed with extreme caution.
- Follow your local hurricane disaster guidelines. They are put in place to help ensure you and your family's safety.
There are plenty of more tips on how to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane. Please visit The American Red Cross website for more details.
For storm damage restoration needs, we are here to help. Give us a call at (386) 574-0864.
Is Your Workplace Prepared for Severe Weather?
June is National Safety Month, and while there are many topics that detail vital safety issues, this post will be dedicated to workplace safety. Specifically, preparing for bad weather.
Living in Central Florida, we are no stranger to the severe weather we face not only during hurricane season, but earlier in the year too. That's why its important to have an emergency plan in the office, just like you would for your family at home.
Here are a few tips that you should think about when forming your office emergency weather plan:
- Make sure you always have a way to listen to the local weather stations in your area when dealing with severe weather.
- Have your own way of notifying employees when weather becomes dangerous. Don't only rely on community systems.
- It is important that your employees know where to seek shelter in the case of a tornado or severe storm.
- In the event a tornado or severe storm causes damage to your workplace, proceed with caution through areas, and watch out for hazards.
- Call SERVPRO of West Volusia County to help deal with any water damage that may occur. We are committed to making sure your property damage is as minimal as possible.
You should always discuss your emergency plan with employees and make sure that they know exactly what to do in the case of a tornado or severe weather.
Having this plan in place can help prevent injuries or accidents during a severe weather situation.
For more information on National Safety Month, visit the National Safety Council Website.
SERVPRO of West Volusia County - 386.516.3893
SERVPRO of West Volusia is proud to be taking part in Severe Weather Awareness Week by being involve in the Seminole County Disaster Equipment Showcase. This event will feature vehicles, equipment and employees from agencies and companies that respond during and after severe weather events.
Along with our vehicles and equipment being on display, SERVPRO of West Volusia will be handing out information and answering questions about what to do before, during and after a severe weather event.
For 35 years, we have been a leader in Seminole and Volusia County when it comes to assisting homeowners and building owners during and after a storm. Whether the damage is minor or major our emergency crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Stop by and see us on Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the Sanford Riverwalk. And remember, call SERVPRO of West Volusia anytime at 386-574-0864.