Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO Norwood West Roxbury discusses National Preparedness Month

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm with Lightning over white box with SERVPRO logo Natural disasters can happen to any home or business. It is important to be aware of the different types of disasters, and know if you can be affected

Natural disasters can happen to any home or business. It is important to be aware of the different types of disasters, and know if you can be affected by any of them. 

Wildfires: If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate quickly since they spread rapidly. 

Hurricanes: Make sure to know where to go if asked to evacuate and how you will get there; it is important to act fast. 

Flooding: If you approach a flooded road, turn around, don't think you can handle it.

Drought: Learn to make conserving water a part of your daily life.

Extreme Heat Temperatures: Drink plenty of water; heat exhaustion is not good for your body.

Always make sure to have a cell phone plugged into a backup battery pack if you know a disaster is coming.  

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your home restoration needs to get it back to “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Flooding Tips in Norwood West Roxbury

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding with white box overlay Summer is the time of year when flooding happens a lot. This can cause damage to any residential or business building.

Summer is the time of year when flooding happens a lot. This can cause damage to any residential or business building. Here are some great tips should flooding happen: 

  • Find safe shelter right away.
  • Do not walk or drive through flood waters.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Check up on flood insurance policy. 
  • Make a plan for your household, including your pets. 
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes and shelter plans. 
  • Gather supplies: non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days. 
  • Move valuables to higher levels. 
  • Check on your sump pump. 

Flooding can happen quickly,  it is important to make sure to get notifications from your local weather channels so you can act quickly too. Be careful if you have a flood warning! 


SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”  

Hurricane Season Safety Tips in Norwood West Roxbury

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane in background with white box and text overlay By now, we have been getting major weather effects from hurricane season and it may cause damage to your home or business.

By now, we have been getting major weather effects from hurricane season and it may cause damage to your home or business. There are some things you can do in preparation should a hurricane, or storm weather hits. 

  • Create a plan with your family: Whether it’s the possibility of tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods families need to be prepared. A plan should include evacuation routes, emergency numbers, shelter possibilities, and a communication strategy.
  • Build a disaster kit: The kit should have basics: bottled water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights, batteries, sanitation items, important documents, and first aid kits. 
  • Practice the plan: You will want to practice evacuation routes, shelter areas, and memorizing emergency numbers.
  • Stay informed: You will want to keep your family safe, so staying informed is critical. When a major disaster occurs, it is advised that everyone should have a reliable resource for emergency alerts: phone apps or emergency radio. 
  • Tackle storm anxiety: Creating a plan is the first step in tackling anxiety. Make sure to allow your child to talk through their fears and concerns. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”  

The Transition Between Thunderstorm and Hurricane

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

swirling hurricane Hurricanes can develop quickly from a thunderstorm to a more serious storm.

In Massachusetts, while thunderstorms are common, hurricanes do not occur all that often. Although they are not often, there is always a possibility for a hurricane to develop as it is brought up from southern areas. It is important to recognize what type of storm is occurring in order to promptly and accurately prepare. 

As a storm builds from a thunderstorm to a hurricane, it passes through four stages, changing the type of storm it is considered as:

  1. Tropical Disturbance: a mass of thunderstorms that have wind speeds of less than 23 mph.
  2. Tropical Depression: consistent wind speeds of 23-39 mph and a circulation of wind in the center of the thunderstorm mass is detected.
  3. Tropical Storm: forms when the maximum sustained winds have intensified to 39-73 mph. Storms are typically given a name at this stage and are characterized by problems caused from very heavy rainfall.
  4. Hurricane: finally forms when surface pressures continue to drop, and winds reach 74 mph. There is now a clear and definite rotation around a calm center, or eye.

Hurricanes have their own categories which are defined by the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:

Category 1: Winds 74 to 95 mph (Minor damage)

Category 2: Winds 96 to 110 mph (Extensive damage — Can uproot trees and break windows)

Category 3: Winds 111 to 129 mph (Devastating — Can break windows and doors)

Category 4: Winds 130 to 156 mph (Catastrophic damage — Can tear off roofs)

Category 5: Winds 157 mph or higher (Can level houses and destroy buildings)

Are You Storm Ready?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

men cleaning warehouse Storm can strike at any moment, like it did in this warehouse in Westwood, MA.

Not many of us plan for disasters, natural or man-made. When they happen, people may say things like, “But I never saw it coming,” and “We didn’t have time to react.” Well, the time for action is long before a tragedy befalls you or your property!

According to FEMA, there are four main ways to prepare for storms you can and should do now:

  1. Get informed
  2. Make a plan
  3. Assemble a kit
  4. Maintain your plan and kit
  1. Get Informed - Many areas have local emergency management offices and/or a Red Cross Chapter. These organizations can provide you vital information concerning local emergency response arrangements, evacuation plans and emergency shelters. It’s also a good idea to invest in a NOAA Weather Radio that will alert you during any time of the day or night for when possible destructive conditions materialize.
  2. Make a Plan
  • Conduct a family meeting that will inform everyone what your emergency plans are.
  • Have an out-of-town contact that each one knows the number to. This is who you’ll call to inform where you are after a disaster strikes.
  • Teach your children how and when to call emergency numbers.
  • Have a prearranged location picked out as the place your family will meet in case you get separated from one another. Make sure everyone knows not only the best escape routes but the safe places to go inside your home if a tornado approaches.
  • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves.
  • Have fire extinguishers ready and show everyone where they’re located and how to use them.
  • Inventory your possessions and keep that list along with important documents in a safe deposit box.
  • Keep your homeowners or renter’s insurance company’s telephone numbers readily available. (Also, be sure to keep SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury's phone number close at hand!)
  1. Assemble a Kit – this is a collection of basic family needs you’ll need after a disaster. These should be stored in a portable container and enough to last you three days. It should include food, water, a battery powered radio, a flashlight, etc. You can find a full list of items for your survival kit at redcross.org.
  2. Maintain Your Plan – every six months, review your plans with your family, conduct evacuation drills and restock expiring food and perishables in your kit. Also, confirm your fire extinguisher is recharged and smoke alarm batteries are replaced.

Wind Storm Basics

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

black floor with fence A rubber roof top deck with a sturdy railing built by our rebuilds team in Norwood, MA

There are many concerns that come with severe storms, with the threat of damaging winds being one of them. These winds can come with little to no notice and have long-term structural impacts.

While many think of damaging winds as a result of a tornado or a hurricane, those are not the only times when they can occur. Traditionally, damaging winds are considered those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can stem from a strong thunderstorm. You will often hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds, differentiating them from the winds caused by a tornado.

The damage from these winds can be especially destructive. Straight-line winds can pick up loose objects in your yard and cause those objects to become projectiles.

Windows and the roof can take the brunt of this damage, and the wind damage is extensive enough, water damage can result as the outside elements are able to come indoors.

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area can be at risk from damaging winds, but some structures are more susceptible to damage and are especially at risk. Mobile homes, even anchored mobile homes, can sustain extensive damage in wind gusts over 80 mph.

How to Protect Your Home From Damaging Winds

Here are some of the ways you can help protect your property from damaging winds. Always keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.

  • Ask a professional to reinforce your garage door.

  • Remove or anchor loose objects on your property that could easily turn into projectiles by the wind. Don’t forget trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • Hire a professional to remove large or dying trees and branches that may fall on your home.

Not all high wind circumstances come with forewarning, but incorporating some of these suggestions keep your prepared for that “just in case” moment.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, check to be sure the windows, walls and doors are up to code for your area.

Should your home be hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, our highly trained specialists at SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home

Spring Storm Tips for Norwood West Roxbury MA

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Storm with Lightning over white box with SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your storm needs. Call (781) 769-9125

Storms can cause a lot of damage to your home; it is important to prepare for it as best as you can. Here are some preparations that you can make before a storm hits.

  • Build an Emergency Kit with essential items. Make sure to add water, food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a flashlight to name a few. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a detailed checklist available.
  • Eversource also has a storm safety checklist available to help.
  • Stock up on non-perishables, such as canned goods and pet food. You should also make sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for everyone in the household. 
  • You will want to pick up paper goods such as paper plates, paper towels, plastic ware in case you lose power.
  • If you have a power outage, turn the temperature control on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting.
  • You should fill several large containers with water for drinking.
  • Make sure to keep flashlights, batteries, candles, and matches on hand. 
  • Make sure you have batteries that are the correct size for the flashlights and other important electronics.
  • Check to make sure there’s a first aid kit in the house.
  • Fill your car with gasoline, so if you need to go anywhere you are prepared. 
  • If you lose power, you will want to cook outside. You can use charcoal or propane grills or even a camping cookstove.
  • You will want to have a list of emergency phone numbers on hand: Red Cross, fire, police, and a family doctor.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your storm needs. Call  (781) 769-9125 

Here To Help After The Storm

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Image of flooded town with SERVPRO Logo and text, Storm Remediation Experts When storm damage strikes your commercial property SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury is here to help our community.

Research shows since 1980, the occurrence of weather-related disasters has increased by more than 230 percent. According to AccuWeather, natural disasters have affected at least 217 million people every single year since 1990. When a storm wreaks havoc on your commercial property you need help from a company that can handle any size of the disaster. SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury is that company.

Our Disaster Remediation Teams have access to a fleet of vehicles and a 4,000 square foot warehouse full of professional-grade, state-of-the-art equipment. Our main facility is located right of 495 which means that we can arrive onsite within hours of receiving your call. Every large loss is supervised by one of our Project Managers to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our Teams are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. Our clients do not have to wait till the next business day for us to arrive. 

When storm damage strikes your commercial property SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury is here to help our community. No matter what your needs may be, we have a commercial-sized solution for you.  Call us today - (781) 769-9125.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Is Your Roof A Storm Risk?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

A well-built roof can last for 30 years or more. Over time, the roof will start to wear out and show its age. Also, severe weather, such as heavy storm winds and hail can cause significant damage to even newly installed roofs. Minor damage is all it takes to cause a roof leak. What is worse, small amounts of moisture, over long periods of time, will result in mold growth. It is a good idea to routinely check the roof of your Westwood, MA commercial or residential property for signs of any damage.

Signs of Roof Problems

It is wise building inspect the roof of your commercial or residential property at least once a year. Here are some signals that your roof could be leaking or have other issues:

  1. There are missing shingles.
  2. Some of the shingles are curling.
  3. Asphalt shingle granules are in the rain gutters.
  4. There are water stains on your ceiling.

Get Rid of Wet Materials

If you do have a damaged roof, make sure you remove water damaged materials immediately. Be sure to file an insurance claim and then call the Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Norwood and West Roxbury to guide you through the process. Our certified technicians will identify the materials and contents that are salvageable, professionally remove the materials and contents that are not, remove any remaining moisture in the affected area.  

Dry and Sanitize


Once everything is out of the way, the professionals will thoroughly dry the area that the roof leak affected. Technicians will use heavy-duty blowers and dehumidifiers to remove all water and moisture. To further discourage the growth of mold, the technicians will disinfect all applicable areas of the building.

Restoration

The last step in the drying process is to restore damaged materials and rebuild your roof. As a one-stop-shop we are able to offer our clients a seamless transition from remediation to rebuild. Our Rebuild Team of master craftsmen will make it "Like it never even happened," and repair your roof to preloss condition. 

We’re Here for You

A roof leak can cause more problems than you might think. The Disaster Remediation and Rebuild Teams at SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation and natural disaster prevention, cleanup, and rebuild. Call SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury at (781) 769-9125 today.

Protecting Your Garden From Storm Damage

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

This is the time of year when those of us with green thumbs enjoy tending to their gardens. Although our gardens love a nice rain shower, too much rain can be harmful to the plants. After all the hard work you have done to manage your garden, do not let heavy rainstorms ruin it!

Follow these tips to protect your garden during heavy storms:

Before

  • Remove damaged limbs and shoots – Removing dead limbs and shoots from your plants will help make them more streamlined and will reduce snapping and tangling.
  • Add compost and mulch – Adding a couple of inches of compost to the top 8 to 12 inches of soil will help with drainage.
  • Support taller plants – Tie taller plant to wooden or metal support. This will help keep them stable against rain and strong winds.
  • Drainage – Make sure the grade slopes away from the garden to create proper runoff during rains. Make sure it there is nothing that will impede the water runoff. Water collecting in your garden can be damaging to your plants, possibly drowning them.

During

  • Cover you most delicate plants – Hang a waterproof tarp over your most fragile plants during heavy rainstorms to direct the water away from these plants. Make sure that the covering is not blocking water from draining because it can cause other plants to drown.

After

  • Check your vegetable roots – Once the rainstorm has stopped check for soil erosion. This may lead to exposed roots. If there are exposed roots, covered them with soil or compost before they dry out.
  • Check your pots and planters – Pots and planters can easily become flooded if the drainage is blocked. Check them before, during and after rainstorms. You can always cover pots and planters if necessary.
  • Pull weeds up by hand – The moist soil after rain means you are much more likely to retrieve the whole root without it snapping or breaking.

We hope these tips will help your garden to flourish!

Storm damage not only wreaks havoc on our gardens but it can be devastating to our homes too. When storm damage stikes call SERVPRO Norwood/West Roxbury at (781) 769-9125. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

The Professional Grade Equipment Difference

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damage in Norwood, MA

Our SERVPRO Disaster Remediation Team can help with useful extraction tools to make drying and cleaning efforts more efficient after flooding in your Norwood, MA commercial or residential property.

Flooding can introduce many immediate threats to the structure of your property, the worst of which is standing water. Depending on the amount and category of (clean or dirty) the water it can be challenging to remove without the right tools and techniques. The certified technicians at SERVPRO Norwood/West Roxbury can help with multiple options designed to manage any size loss scenario quickly!

All too often, property owners do not comprehend the benefits of hiring a professional remediation company. Having our certified technicians begin the drying process quickly will significantly reduce the total damage to the property and its contents. Mitigation and emergency services like extraction require the proper tools and techniques - and we have both!

  • Pumps – With a submersible end that can generate a prime to pull standing water from a damaged area, these units are capable of moving thousands of gallons from damaged areas over brief periods.
  • Wet Vacuums – When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums and their various attachments can help to remove surface water and prepare the property for drying.
  • Weighted Extraction Tools – Carpeting can absorb high volumes of water before pooling begins on the surface. Weighted extraction units utilize the weight of our technicians to press the top layer and padding into the subflooring. The onboard vacuum removes moisture brought to the surface.

State-Of-The-Art Professional Grade Equipment

It is not unusual for property owners to have a drainage system with submersible pumps already installed. Unfortunately, they are not always the best tool for the job. The proper extraction tool to use is determined by the Category of water that needs to be cleaned up. Natural flooding can introduce substantial debris, silt, and other particulates that electric submersible pumps cannot easily pass. Some of the professional grade equipment that our technicians have access to includes:   

  • Self-Priming Trash Pump - Trash pumps run on gasoline and diesel fuels, which can make them an ideal option where power is already limited, and other restorative devices can use it. These powerful extractors can pass smaller debris with a larger intake/discharge hose.
  • High-Pressure Pump - Similar in function to the electric pumps, high-pressure units can address a greater need for lift and head. These units cannot easily pass debris but can be excellent options for removing flooding in the basement, attic, or other areas that require an extended discharge.
  • Electric Submersible Pump - For those instances when our clients do not have one of their own. These units are the standard for removing standing clean water in the house. When flooding occurs through breaches in the roof or openings in the house, we can extract thousands of gallons over a brief period with these capable units.
  • Wet Vacuums - With a manageable depth of two inches or less, wet vacuums and their various attachments finalize the removal of surface water. These units can also be capable at greater depths and more substantial losses, when combined with submersible units.

Flooding and its damages can spread quickly throughout the structure of your commercial or residential property. Beginning extraction and drying efforts as soon as possible is an effective way to protect your home and its contents from irreparable damage. When storm damage stikes call SERVPRO Norwood/West Roxbury at (781) 769-9125. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Protect Your Property From Wind Storms

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

If a hurricane or wind storm is approaching, everything you own outside your house that isn't bolted down is at risk of being damaged or blown around. Patio chairs, tables, umbrellas, grills, free standing hammocks, etc. can become projectiles that could cause significant damage to your Westwood, MA property. Follow these tips to protect your property from wind-tossed projectiles.

Secure Your Outdoor Furnishings

Bring your patio furniture, outdoor toys, container plants, pool cleaning and gardening equipment inside to prevent damage to your house or other parts of your property. Anchor heavier outdoor objects that can't easily be brought inside to something solid with rope, chains, etc.

If possible, bring gas or charcoal grills inside. Important: never use grills inside or store propane tanks inside your home or garage! Chain propane tanks in an upright position to a secure object away from your home, so they don’t get lifted by winds.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Ideally, you prune dying and weak branches of trees and shrubs throughout the year as part of your regular yard maintenance. If not, do this before the storm to prevent branches from being tossed by powerful winds. Fallen branches branches can cause significant damage to roofs.

If your home or business suffers damage from a natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

If your home or business suffers storm damage from a natural disaster, call the experts of SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury at (781) 769-9125. We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Storm Damage Destroys Your Property's Foundation

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage may be fairly simple to spot, especially if you are a hands-on property owner who fixes and repairs things as they crop up. The problem is, that over time, storms can cause water damage to foundations. This type of storm damage is not easily identifiable. As it is with any type of water damage the key to minimizing the extent of the damage is to spot it and address it as soon as possible. Here are some warning signs that your Dedham, MA commercial or residential property needs professional remediation.

Water Below Ground

If you are routinely dealing with standing water in the basement, you can be reasonably sure that your property has a foundation problem. Standing water accumulates and sits in a basement when drainage systems are not functioning properly. This could be the result of a failing pump, clogged drainage pipes, and/or cracks in the basement slab or foundation. To know exactly why the water is present you need the help of certified professionals. 

Overly Damp Soil

If you think that there could be an issue with moisture, take a look at the soil around the foundations of the property. If it is unusually wet (even after days without rain), there is a good chance that groundwater is seeping into the foundation.

Water in the Crawlspace

Standing water or condensation and moisture building up within a crawlspace is a pretty good sign that something is wrong with the foundation, circulation of air, lack of adequate insulation, or a leaky pipe. Also, when it is too damp in this area the quality of the air in your house may suffer. A a musty odor is a warning sign alerting to potential storm related issues. 

Sagging and Bowing Floors

A lot of property owners walk up and down uneven floors for years before they spot a problem. A simple test placing a small rubber ball on suspected, uneven floors will instantly tell you if an issue exists. There are many reasons why a floor becomes unlevel. One reason could be storm damage. Regardless, it is always best to have your foundation inspected by a professional. 

Slimy Patches Outside

When the water from storms drain away from the property in a secure and efficient manner, it never spends enough time close to the building to have a lasting impact. On the other hand, if groundwater is pooling, you may be able to spot slimy and moldy patches on the outer walls of the foundation. 

Malfunctioning Door Frames or Windows

If your door or window frames do not open smoothly they may have been installed incorrectly. Incorrectly installed windows and doors can suffer significant water damage during storms. This type of hidden damage requires specialize moisture monitors to detect. Worst of all, it is also a breeding ground for mold infestation.

When you think your property has suffered storm damage call the experts of SERVPRO of Norwood / West Roxbury at (781) 769-9125. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Even A Small Storm Can Cause A Large Loss

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

It does not take a Nor'easter to cause severe damage to your Westwood, MA residential or commercial property. A decent windstorm can wreak havoc to buildings, especially roofs. Heavy winds can cause trees, or tree limbs to fall on your roofs. They can even cause asphalt shingles to fall off leaving your roof exposed.

One shingle off of a roof could cause a substantial amount of damage inside a home. This shingle piece could have flown off during the storm and maybe in a location on your roof you cannot see. At this point, that void in the roof will allow water to come into the home. This may be an easy place to see, like in the middle of the bedroom ceiling or it could be trickling down a wall where you do not see it for an extended period of time. This damage could become substantial and could cause secondary damage like mold in a home. It is essential after any storm damage to thoroughly check around your home to ensure no damage is hiding. 

If you discover signs of water damage call Disaster Remediation Team at the cleanup team at SERVPRO of Norwood / West Roxbury to help make it Like it never even happened!

Are Your Pets Included in Your Disaster Plan?

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

The peak of Atlantic hurricane season is here which is why it's important to take some time to reflect on disaster preparedness. As unlikely as it may seem, a disaster can strike at any moment. Whether it's a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or blizzard, it's critical to be prepared and have a plan in place.

Unfortunately, pets are sometimes unintentionally left out of their owners' disaster preparedness plans which makes it difficult to know what to do with them during an emergency.

Luckily, you can plan ahead for your pets using these tips:

Listen to your veterinarian

Make sure your pet wears a collar with up to date information on it, get them microchipped, and have them vaccinated. If possible, take your pet's medical records with you and attach their rabies tag to their collar.

Find out which shelters allow pets 

 they'll likely be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. Though unfortunate, it is not true that hotels must accept pets during evacuations, so please keep that in mind while planning ahead.

Prepare a pet disaster kit


 You should also pack cleaning items, sturdy leashes and harnesses, toys, and a copy of your pet's medical records. For small animals and cats, have a carrier ready. Use this checklist to prepare.

Create handouts

They should contain important information, such as your pet's name, age, sex, markings, microchip number, allergies, and vaccination status.

The 4th Tornado since 1950

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Scenes from a popular east coast seaside summer destination were reminiscent of tornado alley in Kansas as one or more tornadoes and several violent down-bursts ripped through Cape Cod.

A popular hotel in Yarmouth, the Cape Sands Inn, had its roof torn off, causing serious damage. Thankfully, no one was injured.

The twister was rated as a “high end” EF-1 with a maximum speed of 110 mph, by the National Weather Service and responsible for the damage at the hotel, toppling trees and causing a severe power outages.

Additional widespread damage was reported farther east in Harwich, Orleans and Chatham, where an 82 mph wind gust was reported. In Harwich, a state of emergency was declared where 90 percent of homes were without power Tuesday afternoon. More than 50,000 residents across the Cape remained without power Tuesday evening.

Tornadoes are very rare in Cape Cod. Tuesday’s twister was just the fourth on record to strike the area since 1950.

While Mother Nature is unpredictable, SERPVRO of Norwood/West Roxbury is here to stay to help you find your way.

Mother Nature Sets Off "Fireworks"

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

The annual celebrations of America's Independence Day has end and but Mother Nature wasn't ready to stop the party. Less than 48 hours later, severe thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts, causing flooding, damage, and power outages.

The thunderstorms joltedthe region that evening and lighting was the direct cause of a house fire in Marlborough, striking their basement.

Luckily,the homeowners were awake and immediately aware of what happened and were able get help and get to safety.

There was also a substantial amount of rainfall and floodingin the Boston area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). and finally, the thunderstorms subsided at around 9:45 p.m.

Mother Nature iscapricious and we never know when an emergency situation will arise or in this case, strike. But SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury is there for you 24 hours/7 days a week. No job is too big or too small all that matters is we quickly get the job done.

Coastal Flooding On The Rise

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Many homeowners dream of waterfront property, the smell of salty sea air and to be greeted by the ocean when the wake up every morning.  As idyllic as it may sound there is another side to living on the coast. During 2018 coastal communities experienced record number of high tide flooding.  Sidewalks and streets were frequently flooded mainly due to El Nino conditions.  The projected increase in high tide flooding in 2018 may be as much as 60 percent higher across U.S. coastlines as compared to typical flooding about 20 years ago, according to NOAA scientists. These predictions are part of NOAA’s 2017 State of High Tide Flooding and 2018 Outlook, a report produced by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services every year since 2014.

The report finds that during the 2017 meteorological year (May 2017-April 2018), the U.S. average number of high tide flooding days was the highest measured at 98 NOAA tide gauges.  More than a quarter of the coastal locations tied or broke their individual records for high tide flood days.

The top five cities that saw the highest number of flood days across the U.S. and broke records include Boston; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Sabine Pass, Texas; and Galveston, Texas.  These cities faced the brunt of an active nor’easter and hurricane seasons and sea level rise, which has made these and other less extreme events more impactful.

SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury specializes in Water Remediation, if you ever experience a flood or water damage call us 24/7 (781) 769-9125

Tornadoes Strike Even in Massachusetts

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

National Weather Service is warning of intense weather headed to Massachusetts,which could mean severe thunderstorms or even tornadoes.

In Boston, temperatures are expected to climbas high as the mid-80s on afternoon in late May and as a storm system makes its way across the state, the highest risk of extreme weather is expected to kick in at around 5 or 6 p.m., according to NWS meteorologist Lenore Correia. Short-lived but powerful storms, isolated thunderstorms and powerful winds, and hail sized up to an inch or two inches are more likely out in the west and northwestern parts of the state, the Weather Service says, but still possible closer to the city. The conditions may also be right for tornadoes to form.

“There’s a cold front approaching the area and we’re going to have a storm that will form along that boundary,”Correia says. “Really warm temperatures will help that instability.”

She says that the risk of tornadoes remains pretty remote, but it’s worth being alert regardless, especially if you commute by car or haveplans to be outside.

SERVPRO of Norwood / West Roxbury Stops the Flood Damage In Its Tracks

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

When a severe thunderstorm strikes the Metro West area, conditions can cause extensive property damage.High-speed winds can break exterior walls or blow tree branches into your windows leaving a gap for rainwater to come into your structure.

If there is a significant amount of water present in the home, moisture gets pulled out of materials using a specialized extraction system. After water removal, the next step in mitigating flood damage is the rapid drying process. Drying out structural components promptly can happen with the use of drying equipment.

Air movers and dehumidifiers get placed by our SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury technicians in the affected area to create an environment that speeds up the natural evaporation process. The number of air movers and dehumidifiers used depends on the size of the affected region and how much water got into the home from the thunderstorm. The amount of dehumidification needed is calculated by how many porous materials inside the house got wet.

Once the amount of dehumidification is figured out the number of dehumidifiers needed to start drying get set up. Each day our SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury technicians return to the site and check moisture levels and humidity inside the affected area. If the region is not drying quickly, then more equipment can be set up to improve drying. If drying has been successful and the levels have dropped, then dehumidifiers get taken out.

In some situations, our SERVPRO of  Norwood/West Roxbury technicians set up a drying chamber around the affected area to help speed up drying. A drying chamber consists of thick plastic sheeting that is set up with poles around the affected region. This "tent" targets the damp areas needing additional drying. The smaller the chamber is, the less cubic feet of air the dehumidifier has to turn over.

Specific methods and techniques can help reduce drying time so that microbial growth should not occur. Monitoring the work site every day helps us make a change to ensure rapid drying. For professional help with drying out moisture after a storm floods your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of  Norwood/West Roxbury today!

Ice Dams and Roof Damage Caused by Winter Storms

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage like ice dams and roof damages to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. 

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Winterizing Your Car

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Winter driving conditions can be hazardous due to factors such as snow and ice on the road. While it’s important that you are prepared for winter driving, it is also important that your car is up for the challenge. It is recommended that you winterize your car before the winter season to make sure your car can handle the winter road conditions.

Install winter wipers

These come equipped with rubber that keeps ice from collecting on the blades. Just be sure to remove them when spring rolls around. As winter wipers are heavier than regular ones, keeping them on all the time increases the risk of burning the motor out too soon.

Mount winter tires

If you live in a place that experiences extreme cold winter temperatures, it is recommended that you install winter tires when winterizing your car. When the temperature consistently hovers around or below freezing, the rubber compounds in non-winter tires harden, decreasing the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires use special compounds engineered to resist hardening in cold temperatures, providing better traction.

You should definitely have snow tires installed with plenty of time to spare before extreme winter weather arrives. We say, if you can see your breath, it’s time to install winter tires.

Keep washer fluid full

When driving in snow and ice, you may use a lot of washer fluid in an effort to keep your windshield clean. In order to properly winterize your car, maintain a nearly full washer fluid reservoir and consider keeping a spare bottle or two in the trunk.

Pack a winter safety kit

Tips for Winterizing Your Car | Bridgestone Tires

Here are some things to pack in your winter driving safety kit:

  • Ice scraper
  • Bag of sand and a shovel
  • Cell phone
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Extra antifreeze
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Car tool kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Warm clothing: Extra jacket, hat, socks, boots
  • Non-perishable food and beverage items
  • Pack of matches

And Always:   

Keep the gas tank at least half full!

What You Need To Know About Ice Dams

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. The image included in this blog entry shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila! - an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Remember: Nonuniform roof surface temperatures lead to ice dams.

How To Know If You Have Frozen Pipes

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

The winter months bring certain property maintenance concerns that we all need to be aware of. When the temperatures drop, one major issue that could come up is a frozen water pipe.

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes

There are a few clues which can help you determine if you have frozen pipes at your property:

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes will not freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
     
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
     
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet-  Is there a lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- Is there an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

Tips To Reduce Risk Of Pipes Freezing

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes That Are Vulnerable to Freezing

There are some pipes that are more vulnerable to freezing than others: 

  • Exterior Walls- Water pipes that are located along the exterior walls of a home can be vulnerable to freezing. This is because they may not have the adequate amount of insulation protecting them from the exterior temperatures.
     
  • Attics and Basements- Pipes that are located in attics or in basements may also have a greater tendency to freeze. These pipes may not receive the same amount of heat as the rest of the property. If these areas are not used as living space, they also may not be properly insulated.

Reduce Risk Of Pipes Freezing By

  • Keep cabinet doors under sinks open to allow better heat flow
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing during cold spells. (Moving water does not freeze as easily as stagnant water) 
  • Apply heat tape
  • Apply pipe insulation - be sure to use the correct size

Also, make sure you know where your main water shut off valve is. Shutting water off at the main will reduce the amount of damage caused by frozen pipes that rupture. 

What You Need To Know About Hailstorms

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Hailstorms are statistically one of the most costly natural disasters

     As stated in "Hale Depot", according to the National Weather Service, hail results in some of the highest rates of property damage in terms of natural hazards. In 2015, hail caused 586 million dollars in property damage, and in 2016, hail caused 3.5 billion dollars in damage.

  2. Hail does not immediately fall after it forms

    Hail forms inside the clouds of a thunderstorm, and actually begins as just a tiny drop of supercooled water. This just means that it is below freezing temperatures, but still in a liquefied form. If it stays at this extra cold temperature for long enough, it will eventually freeze and solidify into a small hailstone. The tiny ball of ice still isn’t heavy enough to fall yet and remains suspended in the thundercloud by an updraft caused by the storm. These hailstones tumble around and collect more condensation, which freezes and makes the hailstone bigger – kind of like rolling a snowball around in the snow to make larger. Once the stone becomes too heavy to stay afloat, it falls to the ground.

  3. There is a threshold for what is considered “severe” hail

    The National Weather Service classifies “severe” hail as being at least 1-inch in diameter, about the size of your average gumball. It seems like a lot of hail storms are considered severe because that’s what we see on the news, but most hailstorms involve hailstones that are closer to the size of peas. Even hail that does not reach the “severe” state can still cause damage to cars and injure people.

  4. The largest hailstone ever recorded was the size of a volleyball

    We often refer to sizes of hailstones in terms of recognizable, everyday objects. We’ve already done it in this article! For some perspective, a hailstone that is 1 inch in diameter is the size of a gumball. After that, a hailstone that is 1.5 inches is most recognized as the size of a ping-pong ball, and next comes some golf ball-sized hail at 1.75 inches across. When people talk about “baseball-sized hail,” they’re referring to hailstones that are about 2.75 inches in diameter. The largest hailstone ever recorded was bigger than a baseball. It was bigger than a softball. 

  5. Hail happens most often during the summer

    No, it isn’t opposite day. Even though balls of ice fall from the sky during a hailstorm, these occurrences are actually most common during the summertime and warmer months. So why does this happen? Hail forms inside of thunderclouds, so there need to be proper atmospheric conditions that support both thunderstorms and hail. This happens in the early months of summer when the ground temperatures are warm, but temperatures in the upper atmosphere are cold enough to form ice. The greater the contrast between upper and lower temperatures, the stronger the updraft of the storm will be. Stronger updrafts can suspend hailstones for longer periods, meaning that the ice continues to collect and grow the hailstone bigger until they eventually fall. That’s why warm summer months are the perfect time for hail to form and ultimately fall.

  6. Hailstones fall fast… really fast

    The bigger the stones, the faster they fall. Hail often falls so fast that it doesn’t really lose a lot of mass between when it leaves the thundercloud and when it reaches the ground. The speed at which hail is falling when it hits the ground is often referred to as terminal velocity, and this speed varies depending on the size of the hailstone. A hailstone that is about 1 centimeter in diameter has a terminal velocity of about 20 miles per hour. What about a stone the size of a baseball? This size of hail can hit the ground at a walloping 100 miles per hour. To put that into perspective, the fastest fastball baseball pitch ever recorded was clocked at 105.1 miles per hour. So if you ever find yourself stuck in a hailstorm of any proportions, please take cover.

  7. There is a place called “Hail Alley”

    You’ve probably heard of Tornado Alley, where tornadoes frequently occur, but did you know there is a Hail Alley as well? We talked above about how hail forms in thunderstorms. It would follow that the areas that receive the most hail are places that have the most thunderstorms – like Florida. However, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming report the most hailstorms, and the region where these states meet is called Hail Alley. This is because these states have high elevations where parts of the atmosphere that remain below freezing temperatures are closer to the ground, meaning the hail is more likely to stay frozen as it travels to the earth. Internationally, China, Italy, Russia, and India also receive large amounts of hail storms each year.

  8. You can tell how many times a hailstone circulated a thundercloud by cutting it in half

    You’ve probably heard about tree trunks having rings inside that help you determine how old the tree is, but did you know that if you cut a hailstone in half, you can also see rings in the cross-section. These rings form when new layers of ice freeze on the hailstone, and usually alternate between clear and milky white. Scientists believe that the clear layers occur when the stone is at the lower end of the thundercloud where the temperature is slightly higher. This makes the water freeze more slowly and appears clear, just like when you make ice cubes in your freezer at home. The milky layers are thought to form when the hailstone is at the top of the cloud where temperatures are well below freezing. This means that water droplets freeze almost immediately upon contact with the hailstone, creating white air bubbles.

Flooded Basements

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Has your basement suffered water damage as a result of the recent storms? When basements flood the water must be removed immediately before damaging the structure of the property. The MegaX Flood Removal Extractor is the perfect tool for excessive water removal. The unit’s two inch intake valve allows for maximum water extraction. The MegaX has dual motors that offer unparalleled vacuuming performance and an auto discharge of 46 gallons per minute! Not only is the MegaX powerfully fast it is also unbelievably quiet too which allows for water removal in areas where noise is not an option.  Call our disaster recovery team today to learn more about the MegaX Flood Removal Extractor and how we can properly remediate water damage in your residential or commercial property.  

Weather Alert

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Alert

The temperatures outside in New England are devastating. Now it looks like we may add snow and strong winds to the mix! The Eastern Seaboard will likely experience 4-8 inches of snow and strong winds this Thursday (Jan 4, 2018) the magnitude of both those impacts is still a bit uncertain at this time. 

Timing

Thursday-Thursday night

  • The powerful storm will be centered well off the Northeast coast. Given its large circulation and strong intensity, the low will likely produce at least some snowfall, possibly heavy, in parts of the Northeast region.
  • Snowfall may cover much of New England during the day.
  • Due to the strong winds this will be a fast moving storm. The peak snowfall intensity will likely only last for about 6 hours, between noon and 6 p.m.
  • Increasing winds are likely along much of the Northeast coast. Wind gusts stronger than 50 mph are possible along the immediate coasts of New England Thursday night.

Snow Potential

  • The best chance for significant accumulating snow along the U.S. coast is in eastern New England. This snow may be heavy and accompanied by strong winds.
  • Again, exact amounts will depend on the track of the low in relation to the East Coast.
  • Some locations may experience heavy snow that may change to freezing rain in Thursday night into Friday.

Preventing And Dealing With Ice Dams

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

When ice dams form on your home or business property there are actions to be taken.

Immediate action:

  • Remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A "roof rake" and push broom can be used to remove snow, but may damage the roofing materials. Be sure to use a “roof rake” with wheels to minimize any potential damage.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. The channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Long-term action:

  • First, make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.

IMPORTANT: Both of these actions will increase the snow load that your roof has to carry because it will no longer melt. Can your roof carry the additional load? If it is built to current codes, there should not be a structural problem. Roofs, like the rest of the home, should have been designed to withstand expected snow loads. The plans for your home may be on file at your local building inspection office. A professional engineer should be able to evaluate the structure of your home and answer your questions about the strength of your roof.

  • Natural roof ventilation can help maintain uniform roof temperatures, but if the long-term actions described above are done effectively, then only small amounts of roof ventilation are needed to maintain uniform roof surface temperatures. If heat transfer has been reduced substantially, then snow will build up on the roof and cover natural roof ventilation systems, reducing attic ventilation rates. Natural attic ventilation systems are needed to dry the attic space and remove heat buildup during the summer.

Preventing ice dams in new homes

The proper new construction practices to prevent ice dams begin with following or exceeding the state code requirements for ceiling/roof insulation levels.

The second absolutely necessary practice is to construct a continuous, 100% effective air barrier through the ceiling. There should not be any air leakage from the house into the attic space!

Unfortunately, custom design choices like recessed lights, skylights, complicated roof designs, and heating ducts in the attic will increase the risk of ice dam formation.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a Landlord? The winter months bring certain property maintenance concerns that all landlords need to be aware of. When the temperatures drop, one major issue that could come up is a frozen water pipe. I will discuss why frozen pipes are so dangerous.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons.

They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your tenant’s ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. It is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure his or her tenants have running water.
     
  • Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode.

Deodorization Safety Procedures

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Safety during Deodorization Procedures

The cleaning and restoration industry is always concerned about safety and health hazards. OSHA—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—regulates safety in the workplace. Our technicians are OSHA 10 certified. That means that they are trained in the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards on the job site. There are two methods of deodorization, thermal fogging and ozone, which bring with them significant safety issues. Both methods work by putting substances into the air that could be irritating to humans if breathed. Fortunately, when proper precautions have been taken, deodorizing with either method can be performed safely and effectively. 

Safety with Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging usually dispenses solvent-based deodorants. Heating and combusting the deodorizing product breaks it down into extremely small particles. Safety precautions are needed to prevent an incident. One potential hazard is the flammable nature of deodorizing products used for thermal fogging. Another risk may be physical reactions of people exposed to the fog.

Our technicians post "Thermal Fogging In Progress" signs or warning notices in easy-to-see areas at all points of entry. The sign may state a time limit for people to wait before re-entering the building or treated area. Our technicians will notify the local fire department and the security monitoring company (if the building has a security system) of the thermal fogging operation. The notification will avoid false alarm calls, because the thermal fog looks like smoke, and uninformed third parties may report the smoke to authorities.

Setup Procedures for Safety

SERVPRO technicians complete several setup tasks before starting the thermal fogging procedure. Setup involves extinguishing pilot lights on appliances such as wood stoves, gas logs, fireplaces, gas ranges, water heaters, and furnaces. The fogging agent can reach a flammable point when exposed to an open flame. We will also disconnect any electrical device that could cause a spark. All people and pets must be vacated from the area to be fogged. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment, including a respirator with organic vapor cartridges, goggles, and chemical resistant gloves. Upon completion the treated area will be thoroughly ventilated to remove odors and fumes before people and pets will be allowed back into occupants the treated area. This can be done by opening doors and windows and setting up exhaust fans and/or high velocity air movers to turn over the air in the treated area. Occupants should not re-enter the building until they are given clearance by our project manager.

Safety Precautions for Ozone

Ozone is a toxic gas and therefore it can be hazardous, but when used properly and following all safety precautions this method of deodorization is as safe as other available methods. Ozone will only be applied in unoccupied areas. All people and pets must be vacated from the areas to be ozoned. Ozone Warning signs will be posted at all entries prior to performing ozone deodorizing procedures. Technicians working around ozone wear personal protective equipment including goggles, chemical resistant gloves, and a NIOSH-approved respirator with an organic vapor cartridge. The treated area must be properly ventilated after ozoning is completed. Unlike thermal fogging Ozone dissipates completely within minutes and leaves no residue. Ventilate the treated area for at least 30 minutes after ozoning completion to address any lingering ozone. It is safe to re-enter treated areas 1 (one) hour after the ozone generation has stopped.

 

Ice Dams

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. The image included in this blog entry shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila! - an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Remember: Nonuniform roof surface temperatures lead to ice dams.

National Preparedness Month

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. The best way to survive a disaster is to have a plan in place prior to such an event happening. These past couples of weeks have put on display the importance of knowing what to do should disaster strike. Fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards all can put you and your family at risk. Nowadays we take for granted the ability to communicate with our loved ones at anytime and from anywhere.  As we have learned, communication channels can be brought down. If disaster strikes would you be able to communicate with all the members of your household? More importantly would they know how to reach each other and where to meet up?

The following is an outline, published by the Department of Homeland Security on their website, which can be used to guide you and your family as you created your own plan.

Planning starts with three easy steps:

  1. COLLECT. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.
  2. SHARE. Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan online at ready.gov/make-a-plan, you can print it onto a wallet-sized card. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  3. PRACTICE. Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan.

To view the complete outline visit our blog, SERVPROnorwoodwestroxbury.blogspot.com

National Preparedness Month

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. The best way to survive a disaster is to have a plan in place prior to such an event happening. These past couples of weeks have put on display the importance of knowing what to do should disaster strike. Fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards all can put you and your family at risk. Nowadays we take for granted the ability to communicate with our loved ones at anytime and from anywhere.  As we have learned, communication channels can be brought down. If disaster strikes would you be able to communicate with all the members of your household? More importantly would they know how to reach each other and where to meet up?

The following is an outline, published by the Department of Homeland Security on their website, which can be used to guide you and your family as you created your own plan.

Planning starts with three easy steps:

  1. COLLECT. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.
  2. SHARE. Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan online at ready.gov/make-a-plan, you can print it onto a wallet-sized card. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  3. PRACTICE. Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan.

To view the complete outline visit our blog, SERVPROnorwoodwestroxbury.blogspot.com