Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO takes on North Carolina's Hurricane Florence

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO travels to North Carolina with team to help customers impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Our team of certified and trained technicians left a week and a half ago to New Bern, North Carolina to help locals impacted by the hurricane. They left with a storm trailer full with equipment and supplies to help those in need. 

We are always honored to be a part of the storm team that travels to help those in need. We are graciously humbled to be a part of a 1,700 franchised company that goes from state to state helping those impacted by such catastrophic events. We never take it lightly to help these people who are going through such saddening times. 

We have been to several storms this summer, but this storm is bigger than any of those events. Our team intends to stay for a few more weeks as they continue to help our customers, or as long as it takes to make these damages "Like it never even happened."

To see more of our happenings at storm, visit the link below: 

Our Storm Video, of the team headed to New Burn, North Carolina.

Our storm team travels from Iowa to Pennsylvania!

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our storm team travels from Iowa to Pennsylvania! Pictured above is a map of all of the states our storm team has currently traveled.

Our storm team travels all over the United States to care for other communities during their time of need. The local SERVPRO's in those communities get overloaded with calls, so they activate SERVPRO storm teams from all over the country. 

Our teams head into the eye of the storm going from customer to customer to help with their storm damages. It's anything from a flooded basement to sump pump failure; these teams never stop. They work continuously to help the residents of these communities. 

We went to Iowa in July, and we are still in Pennsylvania working with the most recent flooding right now. We hope to help all we can while we are on site. As always, we hope they don't need us, but if they do our storm team is always on standby ready to head into the next disaster.  

Emergency Kit for Summer Storms

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

The summer weather is coming in fast this year, with heat waves, summer storms, and flooding right around the corner. It's always a good idea to keep your family safe by having an emergency preparedness kit just in case. Our friends at the American Red Cross suggest these items for your kit. Of course all items should be personalized to fit your family's needs. 

Include:

  • According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
    • non-latex gloves
    • assortment of adhesive bandages
    • antibiotic ointment
    • sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
    • absorbent compress dressings
    • tweezers
    • scissors
    • adhesive cloth tape
    • aspirin packets (81 mg each)
    • first aid instruction booklet
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Does Insurance Cover That?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

As summer season approaches it's always a good idea to review your insurance. Insurance is great --it keeps you calm during your storm. But, your insurance may not cover as much as you think. 

Your agents want to help you, try to keep in contact with them on what to do when disaster strikes. It's never a bad idea to review your contract and discuss the ins and out of what is covered. Another good idea, is to check your deductible. How much will you need to pay out of pocket before it reaches the level that your insurance can help you? Also, is there separate coverage and  deductibles for hurricanes, floods, etc. 

It's always good to stay prepared, and we hope that disaster doesn't strike but SERVPRO is here to help 24/7 -365!

Storm Season is Here: Be Ready!

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

It's that time of year again when April turns to May, and storms come out to play. 

We all want to keep our homes and families safe during this time. The best way to keep your family safe is through an at home kit. It's all about safety first, and planning information out before the storm hits.

FEMA gives us great tips on how to get started preparing our families and ourselves for storms:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Have a family meeting and discuss these steps to see what works best for you. 

We hope you don't need us, but when the storms pass through --remember SERVPRO is here 365 24/7! 

Storm Season: Emergency Kit Readiness for London, Somerset, Corbin, and Science Hill

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season: Emergency Kit Readiness for London, Somerset, Corbin, and Science Hill Here is a picture with a few things you could need during storm damage season.

Part of SERVPRO's motto is to be ready for whatever happens. We want you and your family to stay safe during storm events. There are a variety of elements that can make storms dangerous: from lightening, to floods, to tornadoes. We have seen the severity of storms and we want you and your family to be prepared. Below is a list from FEMA on items most needed during storms that can cause immense damage: 

  • Water- one gallon of water 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 radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help

SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties are here to help during any storm event. 

Storm damage –from Kentucky to Texas to Georgia and back again!

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage –from Kentucky to Texas to Georgia and back again! One of our Crew Chiefs and Marketing Reps in Georgia helping make the storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When you think storm damage, your mind immediately goes to torn roofs, downed power lines, and trees littering across street corners. SERVPRO sees a whole other side. Flooding occurs more often in storm damages than almost any other type of debris. When our teams were in Texas and Georgia they cleaned up category 1, 2, and 3 storm flood waters. Here are the differences between the three types of water damage:

  • Category 1- water that does not pose much of a threat to humans and classified as "Clean Water.” Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.
  • Category 2- water that contains a significant amount of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to, known as "grey water.” Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Category 3- Known as "black water" and is extremely unsanitary. This category includes water from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water

Call SERVPRO today, so we can make your water, flood, or storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Watch 2017—Dorothy and Toto report for duty!

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties work 24/7 to make sure the local community is taken care of during a disaster. But, what happens when another community is in need and their local SERVPRO is overrun with so many calls they cannot possible take them all? SERVPRO’s from all over the U.S. step in to help!

 During their recent trip to Birmingham the Pulaski and Laurel Counties SERVPRO team got to be in attendance when a Kansas City flood occurred. The Storm Team, run by Eric Greene, were ready and prepared to take care of Kansas City. They dispatched SERVPRO’s from all over to send their Storm Crews to the flood damaged areas.

Our motto is, and always will be, Here to Help! No matter the distance our Storm Team will travel to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Once the sirens have silenced, do you need a hero ready service for your storm damage?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Once the sirens have silenced, do you need a hero ready service for your storm damage? We are ready for any storm damage needs!

There’s a scary feeling that hits when you hear your local sirens going off, and you realize the storms are headed your way. You take the necessary precautions, but sometimes the eye of the storm has a mind of it’s own. When the clouds have cleared and you have a mess on your hands, call us at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties! We understand that storm damage can be overwhelming and seem impossible, but our crew of professionally trained individuals are always ready! Our 1-4-8 rule will get us to you even sooner. Within: 

  • One hour from a notice of loss, we will have a SERVPRO professional contact you.
  • Four hours of loss a SERVPRO professional will be on site to start mitigation, if necessary.
  • Eight business hours after a loss, we will have a verbal briefing of the scope communicated to you.

SERVPRO is here to help when the storm damages your home. As always, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Fun or Summer Storms? Either Way SERVPRO® is HERE TO HELP!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Fun or Summer Storms?  Either Way SERVPRO® is HERE TO HELP! Marketing Manager Ashley Kovaleski and Marketing Rep Morgan Blount had a great day at the golf scramble telling everyone about SERVPRO.

Last week, our franchise had the opportunity to participate in the Madison County Home Builders Associations Annual Golf Scramble at The Battlefield Golf Club in Richmond, Kentucky.  Many local builders and business professionals from the Richmond and Berea area, as well as across Central Kentucky, came out to support the event. 

Marketing Manager Ashley Kovaleski and Marketing Representative Morgan Blount were able to discuss the benefits of restoration work for the building industry.  As many are aware, warm weather is headed our way.  With the increasing temperatures, we also stand the risk of some severe storms. 

Luckily for our builders and other customers SERVPRO® is your go to for storm damages to your home of business.  Property board-ups, water extraction and drying, and soot cleanup are no match for our team of experts!  Our highly-trained storm damage specialists and our access to the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises makes us ready for any size disaster!

When Lightning Strikes!

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm season in Kentucky! We all know the familiar sight of storm clouds rolling in from the distance.  Wind, rain, thunder…and lightening.  What happens when lightning strikes your home or business?  At SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties we have the experience and training to deal with the aftermath of lightning strikes.  From the deodorization process, to the structural repair process down to any cleaning needs from potential interior soot, we are ready and able to assist at any time.  Often times a lightning strike leads to the need for emergency board up or roof tarps.  We can handle that as well!  Call us with any lightening or storm damage needs and let us assist you during the entire process. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties is available 24 hours 7 days a week and will be ready to help you no matter when a storm or lightning strike may occur. 

SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties - A Proud National Storm Response Team Member

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, flood events, wildfires – we’ve all seen them on the news and have all done our part at some point through charities like the Red Cross or through personal support of others to assist during these devastating times. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties has been a proud member of the SERVPRO National Storm Response Team since 2008.  Since that time, our team has worked in 25 states in over 50 natural disaster events to help our neighbors during their times of need.  Our staff is ready at a moment’s notice to assist those in need whether they be next door or across the country.  We have an expanded inventory of equipment and tools on hand at all times in order to respond to any storm need that may arise.  If you or someone you know is affected by a storm event, call us at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties and let our storm response team help them and their community get back to normal.   

 

Are you “Weather Aware”? Tips for Being Prepared as Storm Season Approaches

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pulaski & Laurel Counties has been involved in emergency storm assistance for many years now and during that time has actively worked with local insurance companies and emergency management teams to assist people in extremely difficult and dangerous situations.  With severe weather season fast approaching our area, it is important to be reminded of some basic safety tips in order to stay prepared and alert during our ever changing weather patterns.  

From the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management:

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” 

  • Before a thunderstorm arrives, know the key warning signs:  dark clouds, lightening, and thunder

  • Get informed with a weather radio or by watching the news

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes flashlights, battery operated weather radio, first aid kit, food and water, and essential medicines

  • Stay inside and sheltered.  If outside, move indoors or into a vehicle.  Get out of water immediately.  If trapped outside, make yourself as small as possible in a low lying area

  • Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed before going outside 

In addition, in order to be prepared for a tornado:

  • Have a family tornado plan in place and practice a family tornado drill

  • Watch for weather signs like dark greenish skies, large hail, dark low clouds and load roaring sounds

  • Put as many walls and floors between you and the tornado as possible

  • Flying debris is the greatest danger during a tornado

  • If in a mobile home – GET OUT!  Find a neighbor, underground shelter, or permanent structure for safety

As a trusted leader in emergency response for our area, SERVPRO of Pulaski & Laurel Counties is committed to helping our community be prepared for weather emergencies.  As a 24 hour emergency response partner, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing immediate and professional services to you and your family should the need arise during this severe weather season.