Recent Storm Damage Posts
Floods are Unpreventable
SERVPRO knows the exact steps to take to restore to the preloss condition.
As Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana the state had to brace for impact as flooding, in particular, became a problem. When dealing with the issue of flooding, there are very few things that people can do to avoid water damage to their property. Efforts begin once the flooding has hit its crest and water starts to lower. Our expert Project Manager will come and evaluate the current state and make their decision on what approach they should go with. They will go over the scope of services with the client. Due to the unknown source of the water, a lot of the contents may need to be thrown out. Another factor that the Project Manager will take into account would be damage caused by the water source. We are unable to dry permanently damaged structures such as fallen ceilings, insulation, or some types of furniture. These are considered permanently damaged because no amount of drying would get those contents back to the preloss condition and their structural integrity.
Disruptive Drying Method
One of the common SERVPRO drying practices is called the disruptive drying method. This method is used more frequently on water damages that occur from non-potable water sources. This involves removing wet items, injecting air to speed the drying process, or perforating surfaces to allow water to evaporate. In this method, repairs have to be done after the structure has been dried completely. We use this practice when there are concerns about contamination, damage, or when the cost of drying is more than replacing the material.
Aggressive Drying Method
The aggressive drying method is when our technicians dry wet materials due to no concern of contamination and damage. This method occurs more commonly when the water damage occurs from a clean potable water source. Our technicians use warm, dry direct airflows to ensure that the materials will dry completely. This method is used when the cost of replacing the material is more than the cost of drying as well. When the water comes from a sanitary source or when adequate dehumidification is available the Project Manager will decide to use this method.
Importance of Cleaning the Gutters
The building up of ice can create an unsafe amount of weight in the gutters.
Temperatures are starting to drop overnight and we know what that means; frost and ice. Iowa has received quite a bit of rain lately, and as it gets colder outside, we’re less likely to check our gutters and make sure they are clear and free of leaf build-up.
Clearing out gutters ensures that water flows freely to the spout and down. Be sure there is a spout leading away from the home about three feet or more. If the water pools down the soil around the foundation, that can lead to pressure on the foundation and over time, could cause a crack. Also, if the gutters are full, water will run over the edge of the gutter and pool near the foundation resulting in the same potential issue.
Water that sits in the gutter because it’s clogged can also freeze and put unnecessary weight on the gutter. Yes, they do hold up more often than not, but in some cases, the soffit or wood can break down causing further damage.
If for any reason you would like more reinforcement, it never hurts to lay soil around the foundation at an incline to help any water runoff away from the home.
If anything was to happen you can trust SERVPRO to help realize any of your winter stress.
What is a Squall line?
A squall line is a narrow line of fast-moving storms. They have the ability to span hundreds of miles from top to bottom, yet are typically less than twenty miles across.
These storms can hold together for days at a time and cover multiple regions of the United States. Strong cold outflow winds help push these storms forward, which means tornadoes are usually not the main threat, but that doesn’t mean these storms aren’t dangerous. Relentless rain, powerful straight-line winds up to 90-mph, and intense lightning all typically accompany squall line storms.
Because squall lines tend to be accompanied by lagging smaller cell storms, flooding can be a common hazard. In the case of flooding for residential or commercial properties, our team of trained professionals is ready and eager to assist you with any size job. If a squall line does produce a tornado, it will usually be detected at the front of the line of storms. This is different from supercell storms, which tend to produce tornadoes on the rear side of the storm. Storms and other natural disasters can come at any time so you should always have a plan in place. Our goal is to help you get back on track as quickly as possible so we can all get back to enjoying our homes. Whether it's a fire or a storm, your safety is our first priority.
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Highly Trained Restoration Specialists in Des Moines
In the case of storm damage, we make sure to be timely and efficient when handling your property. Our team members are all highly-trained restoration specialists and are ready to help.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, mold, and biohazard. From initial training when employees first start on their first day with the company to ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility and then regular ongoing IICRC industry certification training, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our employees are equipped and trained not only on the techniques of the industry but also on how to use the equipment and tools of the trade. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
Continuing to learn and grow remain priorities for our team as we aim to be a resource for the Des Moines community.
The Iowa Derecho - A Year Later
A year later, our team is able to reflect on the midwest derecho that rocked Iowa to its core. We were able to respond to hundreds of calls of those in need of help. We completed numerous board-ups and extractions to help families get back on their feet. Today, we are still working on the reconstruction of homes in Iowa as a result of the derecho. The devastation of this storm still is affecting families today, and our team is ready to help!
We are faster to any size disaster. We know the damage that can come with rainfall, high winds, hail, and so on. The damage can be overwhelming and stressful. Our team knows how stressful this can be, so we aim to be at your property quickly to assess and place equipment as needed. With the Derecho that tore through the state of Iowa, we are Here to Help as we have the equipment and team members to complete board-ups, tarping, water extraction, mold remediation, deodorization, and anything else that is needed. This can also include flood cuts, insulation removal, and content restoration. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are franchise professionals and we will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition.
We Are Able to Help 24/7
If you find water from storm damage where you don't want it and you don't know how to remove it we are here to help. SERVPRO has several different forms of extraction equipment and is here to help. It is very important to remove the water as soon as possible to prevent further wicking into the structural materials of the building. Additionally, water needs to be removed in a timely manner to prevent microbial growth. Once mold starts to grow, our team has to complete mold removal on top of the normal mitigation work. It can be difficult to remove without the right equipment. Our team of trained professionals is here to help no matter the time of day since SERVPRO knows that storms can happen at all times of the day.
We Offer Full Services After a Storm
We complete a flood cut to prevent water from wicking up the dry wall. This way the structure can be dried out properly.
We know the stress that unexpected storm damage can bring and we are here to provide the complete service of restoration and cleanup to remodeling and reconstruction. We offer these complete services to help you get through the difficult times no matter the day. When mitigating the initial damage, we utilize what is needed to get the job done efficiently. Our process may utilize deodorizers as odor treatments or EPA-registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments. We will remove and dispose of damaged materials and saturated insulation as needed for the structure. We make sure to check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors and walls before proceeding with equipment and any demolition. This is where it's time to see what is restorable versus replaceable. We are available at any time of day for your storm needs.
The Iowa Derecho
We are able to remove wet insulation to help you get your home back to preloss conditions.
We are faster to any size disaster. We know the damage that can come with rainfall, high winds, hail and so on. The damage can be overwhelming and stressful. Our team knows how stressful this can be, so we aim to be at your property quickly to assess and place equipment as needed. With the Derecho that tore through the state of Iowa, we are Here to Help as we have the equipment and team members to complete board-ups, tarping, water extraction, mold remediation, deodorization and anything else that is needed. This can also include flood cuts, insulation removal and content restoration. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are franchise professionals and we will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition.
Heavy Rainfall = Heavy Damage
After the Iowa Derecho, our team had to help many homes with storm damage which included the removal of wet insulation.
In the case of a storm, heavy rainfall can infiltrate a home or business very quickly. Most of the time it is a problem in the lower level or basement of a home or in a crawl space. Water can seep in and penetrate under garage doors, around improperly sealed windows, and through cracks in the cement foundation or walls. It is important to note that water will always travel the least path of resistance. If you find water where you don't want it, and you don't know how to remove it, then call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. It is essential to remove the water as soon as possible to prevent further wicking into the structure materials of the building. It can be difficult to remove without the right equipment. This is where we, SERVPRO franchise professionals, come in. We will extract the standing water and then set drying equipment to remove moisture from the structure. Always remember to call right away when you see a problem for help. Water is something you want to clean up right away so further problems don't occur.
Be Prepared For Storm Damage
We know how unexpected storm damage can be, and that is why we have 24 hour emergency services for those unexpected disasters.
When most people think of the word "storm", they think about thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain. We, here at SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East, help monitor and prepare for these situations like any other, and they are contained to a few months out of the year. When monitoring and preparing for a “storm,” SERVPRO has to take into consideration any occurrence that is going to affect multiple homes or businesses in an area. For example, when the temperatures drop below freezing in the winter for a period of time, homes and businesses alike have the risk of their water pipes freezing and bursting and leaving a mess. Another great example of a “storm” situation that SERVPRO prepares for is Tornado season. In any situation, SERVPRO’s goal is to be prepared and ready to respond within minutes no matter if it's rain or freezing temperatures. We are Here to Help no matter the day or weather.
We Help No Matter the Weather
We know storm damage can be unexpected and stressful. We want to help take some of that stress away and provide and thorough/professional services.
As a business, it is your job to weather any storm that comes your way no matter the type or size. Sometimes physical storms are unexpected and can be quite devastating and detrimental to a business. Here at SERVPRO of Iowa Des Moines SW & East, our job is to give some peace of mind and help instigate water and fire damage cleanup and restoration. We are capable of traveling anywhere to help get the property back to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO team of franchise professionals have access to a semi-trailer that is meant to stock up for any disaster that could strike your business. We make our services available 24 hours a day for 365 days a year for whatever could happen. We want to ensure you will be helped during overwhelming and unexpected times. We come ready for whatever disaster occurs. No matter the weather or time of day, we will be there to assist.
We Can Weather Any Storm
We will make sure to help you and your home or business no matter the weather. We know how stressful these times can be
SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East remains a reliable option for homeowners and business owners during disasters. Our goal is to make any disaster disappear "Like it never even happened." We offer 24-hour emergency service because we know that storms, fires and water issues can happen any day at any time. We want to help you get back to preloss conditions no matter the situation. Whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we will respond to your disaster quickly to get you back to a safe and functioning space. This includes hazardous mold mitigation, water damage mitigation, biohazard cleanup, and fire cleanup. We know the stress that these situations can bring, and we are here to help the process move smoothly and efficiently. We make our services available 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. We want to ensure you will be helped during overwhelming and unexpected times. We come ready for whatever happens. No matter the weather or time of day, we will be there to assist.
Building a kit for an emergency
Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change and don't forget to replace expired food.
After an emergency, it may be necessary to build a kit that can last up to 3 days. We know how stressful unexpected storms can be and we want to help you prepare for any scenario. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. It should be noted that the supplies in a kit can be different based on your own personal needs, but the list recommended by ready.gov is a great place to start.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
You can use ready.gov for additional kit supplies ideas as well as how to maintain your kit and where to store it. Again, we want to help you prepare to weather any storm. If storm damage ever damages your home, you can call on SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW to be there to help.
Our Largest Addition
We have our semi stocked for any large loss. We can travel anywhere to help no matter the size of the disaster.
Our biggest addition to the SERVPRO team is our semi trailer. This trailer is stocked for any large loss scenario. Stocked as a rolling distribution center with equipment, consumables, and tools to clean up any disaster. Whether it’s a storm or fire, SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW has the capability to mitigate any size disaster with the new addition. The new semi trailer can handle any large losses that affect places such as apartment complexes, hotels and other businesses. Storms and fires can be unpredictable and difficult to prepare for. We here at SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW are here to help be “Faster to any size disaster” and to help relieve some of the stress that large losses can bring. The sooner help is called then the sooner and more efficiently our team can work to get the space back to preloss conditions. The semi trailer can hold enough machines for large scale scenarios. Our team is prepared to help mitigate any disaster. We have team members specifically named our “Disaster Recovery Team '' for the large losses.
Got Storm Damage? No Problem
We know that storm damage isn't predictable, and we want you to know we are prepared for any disaster and we can help you when you need it most.
We are currently the only certified Large Loss Response Team in the state of Iowa. We have the equipment, employees, and connections to help in even the largest disaster. We promise to be ready when you need us. Our equipment is always fueled, tested, loaded. We have on call staff 24 hours a day ant day of the year. We have a semi trailer loaded with our desiccant and a dedicated generator to run it at all times. This desiccant is a 5,000 cfm piece of equipment for dehumidification. We have air movers and large portable dehumidifiers for drying a structure. We have large air scrubbers and different ozone machines for removing odor. Every loss is managed by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our employees are trained residential and commercially for any size disaster. The semi trailer can hold enough machines for large scale scenarios. Our team is prepared to help mitigate any disaster. We have team members specifically named our “Disaster Recovery Team '' for the large losses. We have capabilities to mitigate any size disaster with access to all the necessary supplies. Call on SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW whenever storm damage strikes.
We will help you get back on your feet
Air movers can be used after a storm to dry materials, allowing them to still be usable and to get the business back up and running.
We maintain a promise to our clients: we are ready and prepared at all times. We have staff on call at night and on the weekends to make sure that when we are needed we are ready as we aim to be “faster to any size disaster.” We are available 24 hours a day, any day of the year which includes holidays. We have different size vehicles all stocked and fueled ready to leave at a moment's notice. We even have a new semi trailer available for any large losses. No matter the size, we can help with the emergency. We have a mobilized fleet accessible for your emergency. We have a highly trained staff with crew leaders with over 90 years of combined experience in the mitigation and restoration business. Our team at SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW maintains certifications in residential and commercial approved structural drying, fire and smoke restoration, odor control, water damage restoration, carpet and duct cleaning, and biohazard. We also keep updated on materials and new methods to ensure we are giving you the most efficient and effective solution for your situation. Our team is ready to help you.
Storm Preparedness Tips -
SERVPRO of Des Moines East and SW is here to help clean up any storm related damage you experience. We are here to help though ahead of time to hopefully prevent damage from occurring. Storms often come quickly and without much notice, being prepared is crucial to avoid any unexpected storm damages.
Storm Preparedness Tips
- Protect Pipes from Freezing
- Caulk and weather strip windowsills to keep water and cold air out
- Get your heating source serviced and cleaned before the cold weather hits.
- Have a plan with your family as to what to do if a storm warning is issued.
- Bring your furry friends inside if possible.
- Have flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
- Keep dry clothes available for all family members.
- Check on friends and family and neighbors.
- Bring in any outdoor furniture that could possibly fly around.
- STAY CALM
Once the storm has past checking structural elements and utility services should be done as soon as safe to do so. If you notice any damages call a professional to assess the possible damages and make necessary repairs to prevent further damage from occurring.
Winter Weather Is Coming - Be Prepared With SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW recommends doing these steps to help prevent winter water damage. Winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to start preparing your home or business for cold temperatures.
- If you live in a modular home or a home with a crawl space, make sure your water pipes have a working heat trace system and your crawl space is properly insulated.
- Turn off water to all outside spigots and open outside faucets to drain water from water pipes. Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the outside spigots.
- Make sure your gutters are clean of all debris and leaves. This will help prevent ice jams from forming during warmer winter weather when the snow and ice are melting.
- If you have a basement, take a walk around the outside of your home, if the dirt is separated from your foundation in any area, take the necessary precautions to fill the gaps and encourage drainage away from the foundation. This will help water from seeping into your basement from the walls.
- Cover any window wells on the outside of your home to help prevent snow and ice from building up inside of them.
If winter water damage does occur in your home or business, please call SERVPRO immediately. The longer you wait to have the water remediation completed, the more damage you may have.
Winter 2019 - 2020 - Things to do to avoid winter storm damage
Winter this year is predicted to be a “Polar Coaster”! With that being said now is the time to start preparing.
Some of the things you can do to protect your home are disconnecting your garden hose from the hose faucet this will help prevent it from freezing and bursting.
Clean your gutters to insure you have proper drainage for the snow as it melts off your roof and preventing an ice dam.
Insulating water lines that run along exterior walls to keep them from freezing.
Cut away tree branches hanging above your house with added weight from snow and ice, they could fall on to your roof causing damage.
If you have a fireplace it’s a good idea to have the chimney and flue inspected annually.
As always it’s a good idea to stay weather aware going into winter and not get caught unprepared. If SERVPRO is needed you can depend on our team to be there when you need us most and be "Ready for what ever happens."
We Are Ready When You Need Us
Most people will luckily never have to experience a catastrophic storm. Be it a hurricane, tornado, flooding, wild fire, or a combination it can be really scary and knowing what to do next can be critical to saving your property. In 2018, there was the California wild fires that cost an estimated $24.5 Billion and hurricanes Florence and Michel that combined estimated over $40 Billion in damage. Closer to home we had the June 30th Event where our franchises took over 500 calls in central Iowa alone. The team at SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW was able to mobilize people, equipment, and all various resources efficiently to help homeowners and businesses get back to normal life. At SERVPRO we can activate our STORM teams all over the continuous United States. Pulling from over 1700 franchises we can handle anything that Mother Nature throws our way. At SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW we are Ready for Whatever Happens!
5 Tips On How To Prevent Storm Damage
5 quick tips from SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East on how to prevent storm damage to your home this summer
Clean your gutters. - Clogged and damaged gutters are what often lead to roof leaks and foundation leaks. When your gutters are full of leaves and debris it prevents the water from draining down the down spout and away from your house causing water to pool on the roof and around the foundation.
Check your foundation. - If you have cracks or large gaps in your foundation water could seep into your home during a heavy rainstorm causing water damage. Water is crafty and will find any source inside it can. Its also a good note to check the drain in basement egress windows this can become clogged with debris and act like a bucket filling with water and leaking around the window.
Pack up all outdoor furniture. - Often times outdoor furniture is made from light weight materials and in a strong wind guest can rip it right off your patio and launch it into your home or vehicles causing significant damage.
Know how to shut off your utilities. If storm damage happens to your home you may need to shut off the utilities. It’s a good practice to locate all utility shut offs and know how they work before a storm hits.
Inspect your property - Look for dead or damaged trees often times in a storm the trees can get knocked down or limbs torn off that are damaged or dead. Call a licensed arborist for help with this inspection.
What does the word “Storm” Mean to SERVPRO?
When most people think of the word storm, they think about thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain. As SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East does monitor and prepare for these situations like any other, they are contained to a few months out of the year. When monitoring and preparing for a “storm” SERVPRO has to take into consideration any occurrence that is going to affect multiple homes or businesses in an area. For example: when the temperatures drop below freezing in the winter for a period of time, homes & businesses have the risk of their water pipes freezing and busting leaving a mess. Another great example of a “storm” situation that SERVPRO prepares for is Tornado season. In any situation, SERVPRO’s goal is to be prepared and ready to respond within minutes.
Storm Damage Clean Up In Des Moines
If you have storm damage, we can clean it up. We are here to help and have 24/7 staff and equipment. If you have water damage from flash flooding, structural damage from high winds, or smoke damage from a lightening fire. We are here to help. Our trained staff are here to assess the situation and stabilize your structure for you. We can help you find the resources you need to quickly clean up any situation weather you have a large tree that has come down or a roof that needs repaired. We have business relationships with contractors and vendors that we partner with that are here to assist even with things we are not able to do ourselves. We are able to bring in large equipment if needed to solve any problem that you have. We are here to help be that resource for you in that time of need when a disaster happens. You can turn to SERVPRO and know that we are here to help. We know that your family and/or business are important to you and it is important to get things back to normal quickly. We work hard to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Removal From Basement After Storm In Bondurant
Cleaning Up Water After A Rain Storm In A Basement In Bondurant With One Type of Extraction Equipment
Heavy rain fall can infiltrate a home or business very quickly. Most of the time it is a problem in the lower level or basement of a home or in a crawl space. Water can seep in under garage doors, around improperly sealed windows or through cracks in the cement foundation or walls. Water will always travel the least path of resistance. Heavy fast rainfall can cause issues very quickly and keep sump pumps from keeping up in a storm.
If you find water where you don't want it and you don't know how to remove it we are here to help. SERVPRO has several different forms of extraction equipment and are here to help. It is very important to remove the water as soon as possible to prevent further wicking into the structure materials of the building. It can be difficult to remove with out the right equipment. This is where we come in. We will extract the standing water and then set drying equipment to remove moisture from the structure. Always remember to call right away when you see a problem for help. Water is something you want to clean up right away so further problems don't occur.
Storm Response Teams
SERVPRO has storm response teams. When a large natural disaster occurs and you think how can there even begin to be enough resources to clean it up, that is where SERVPRO comes in. We have strategically placed storm teams around the country and franchises partnered with those storm response teams to be able to mobilize and get boots on the ground and equipment to assist those affected by the natural disaster quickly. SERVPRO of Des Moines SW is a responding franchise. As Iowa's Large Loss Response team we have the staff and equipment to respond to any size disaster and we work with these storm teams. This allows us if a disaster happens in Iowa we are ready to call in the resources to assist very quickly if it is a very large disaster and beyond something just our franchise can handle. Such as multiple buildings affected in a large area. You can know as a home owner or business owner that we are ready to help you get your property taken care of. Give us a call and let us worry about getting the resources to you. We are an independently owned franchise with the strong backing of over 1700 additional franchises across the county, storm team franchises, and a fantastic corporate office all to assist bringing in the resources to help our friends and neighbors. You can depend on us here at SERVPRO.
Storm Damage Clean Up Services - We Are Ready
The thing about a disaster is they are unexpected. Storm damage is even a larger disaster then a fire or water damage at a home or business because it is not just contained to one building. Storm damage is usually affecting multiple buildings, multiple residences, and/or multiple businesses. SERVPRO of Des Moines SW is ready to help. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week on call staff are trained and ready with equipment fully ready and waiting at our facilities to roll out the minute we get the call to help. We can secure a building after wind damage, remove debris from trees, we are able to extract water that has infiltrated areas that it is not supposed to be, or clean up a back up that has occurred from storm water. We provide services to both residential and commercial businesses and we have the resources to handle multiple calls all at once. We are here to help ease some of the stress that occurs when a disaster happens. Know that when you make the call to SERVPRO we are making it "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Preparedness Tips for Before the Storm
Tornadoes and storms cause over 25 Million dollars in damage a year. It is a necessity to be prepared. Tips for being prepared for a storm, as you never know when one might hit, are below.
-Keep the gas level in your car above 1/4 of a tank.
-Record the dosages and names of medications you take and keep in a grab and go place, such as in your purse.
-Keep your purse or wallet in an easy to get to place and if you have to go to the basement in a storm take it with you.
-Test the batteries in your flash lights monthly like you do your batteries in your smoke detectors.
-Keep all emergency information in a safe place and make multiple copies.
-Have your insurance companies contact information saved in your cell phone including policy number and agents name.
-Keep electronics/phones charged at least above 20% so incase the power goes out you have a little reserve left.
These are a few items in the restoration industry we here of that people comment on that might have been helpful in a storm damage and they are the little things.
Board Up After Storm Damage
When storm damage occurs we are here to help you maintain the safety of your home or business. We provide board up services. If your home or business is affected by wind damage, broken windows, tree damage, lightening damage, etc give SERVPRO of Des Moines SW a call. We have the materials on hand to secure the building and prevent further damage to the structure or the contents until repairs can be made. We have staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work with insurance companies and take photos before and after the board up process for documentation. It is vital to maintain the structure of a building so further damage does not occur after storm damage. We work hard every day to help our clients recover after a disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Disaster Preparedness for a Storm
With the fluctuations in weather, Iowa has been known to experience its fair share of severe weather and storms. Two elements that cause a thunderstorm are moisture and rapidly rising warm air, which is why severe thunderstorms occur most often in hot summer months. Thunderstorms produce lightening which can severely hurt people and damage property. Heavy rain can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage your home and blow down trees and utility poles. If you happen to get caught unprepared, storms can threaten both your property and your personal safety. Make a list of items to bring inside during a storm and ensure pets are safe and any outside housing is secured. Be sure to discuss a safety plan with your family including a safe place in your home away from windows and glass to gather during a storm. Have an emergency kit including water, non-perishable food, towels, garbage bags, and first aid kit supplies and remain indoors until after the storm has passed. After a storm you can contact your local SERVPRO 24hours a day to assist with any immediate board ups needed to protect your home.
Extreme Heat- How it can Affect you
We all know Iowa summers bring extreme heat! Extreme heat is caused by higher than normal temperature and humidity. Children, ages infant to four are at higher risk for heat related illnesses and need extra fluids compared to adults. Symptoms of heat related illness include faintness, exhaustion, nausea, muscle spasms, and fever. In the United States more than 600 people die every year due to extreme heat. During these heat waves it’s better to stay inside and stay cool if possible. Air conditioning is the highest protective measure against extreme heat illnesses. HYDRATION is also extremely important! Drink plenty of water and if you’re in prolonged heat it’s good to utilize sports drinks to replenish your body with electrolytes. If you must be outdoors you should also avoid strenuous activities, wear lightweight light colored clothing, and take breaks in the shade or a cool environment.
Weather Radio - Everyone Should Have
Everyone should have a weather radio. A weather radio keeps you informed of inclement weather. Early warning is your best plan to prevent damage or death from a storm. Storms can change direction, grow in intensity, and change people's lives in a second if they are not informed promptly. The nice thing about weather radios are that when an update comes out from the National Weather Service they immediately alert you. You only get the information that you request based off the programming of your weather radio. When purchasing a weather radio make sure you get one that runs off batteries and a/c power. Make sure you check the batteries once a month and make sure that you change them once a year. In the event of a power loss you want to be informed. Yes they are loud and will wake you up when you are sleeping but if there is a bad storm heading your direction keep your family safe by waking up to your weather radio.
Have A Safe Place
When a storm is approaching always have that safe place. Always forward think. Take the time even when you are driving down the road where is my safe place if inclement weather would approach. Have that safe place at home. Make sure everyone in your house knows where that place is. It will make the situation go smoother in the event something were to happen. Control the situation as much as you can. Does your family know where to go in the event of a disaster? Make a plan now it will help if something were to happen. If you are using a neighbors house, a place down the street or another family member across town just have a plan and make sure everyone knows what the plan is. Have a plan for a storm, have a plan for a fire, have a plan for a medical emergency.
Be Ready For A Storm
You know storms are going to happen. Rather it be snow, rain, wind, etc. They are going to happen. To be prepared is a must. The following list is what is recommended at a minimum to be ready in the event of a storm.
- Flash Light
- Extra Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Canned Food
- Manual Can Opener
- Bottled Water
- Fire Extinguisher
- Battery Powered Weather Radio
Being prepared will help keep panic at a minimum. These items kept in a safe place where you go in the event of a storm for easy access is also necessary. Keep where you go in the basement or in possibly a bathroom closet if your home or business does not have a basement. Pick food items and bottled water that have long shelf lives. Make sure to test your batteries every month or so in your devices.
SERVPRO has its own Meteorologist
SERVPRO's corporate office maintains and has on staff our very own SERVPRO Meteorologist. She helps our franchises with Storm forecasts and alerts so that we are ready and informed. Storm alerts are vital she says because she has witnessed and experienced storm chasing. She went out and chased storms and felt the power of super cells building in the Midwest. She knows the power of weather and why it is so important to be informed and ready in our industry. Her being a part of our team is a vital key as she helps us know where and when we need to activate our teams to different areas to help out those affected by the storm. Being knowledgeable about the weather which is such a key factor in our industry empowers us to be ready for you.