2018 City of Jacksonville, Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Flooding)
Know your Flood Zone!
"Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. With many low-lying areas, the St. Johns River, and other waterways, Duval County is always at risk for flooding regardless of whether a tropical cyclone is affecting our area. The impact of a tropical cyclone can vary depending on the amount of rainfall, wind intensity, high or low tide, storm surge, and wave characteristics. The St. Johns River flows north towards the Atlantic Ocean. As a storm approaches, water begins to back up the river, slowing down its flow into the Atlantic. When paired with high tides and rainfall, widespread flooding is a major threat.
• Six inches of moving water can knock over an adult
• Two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles
• Floodwater can be electrically charged and very dangerous if there are downed power-lines
• Floodwater can contain debris, sharp objects, sewage, and microorganisms
• Floodwater can hide holes or other hazards under its surface"
For more information about flood zones and floodwater threats visit: http://www.coj.net/departments/fire-and-rescue/emergency-preparedness/get-prepared/evacuation-zones.aspx
SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program
Allow SERVPRO at Jacksonville's Beaches to Complete an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) on Your Business Today, 904-246-6118.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help insure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.
The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time, and can same you a lot of time and money in the future.
First Coast Blessings in a Backpack
Pictured is Walmart Manager Sedrick, located at Kernan and Atlantic Blvd., presenting a check for $2000 to First Coast Blessings in a Backpack.
Tom and Robin Braddock, owners of SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra, both serve on the board and volunteer for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. First Coast Blessings in a Backpack helps local Title 1 elementary school children in Duval, St. Johns, and Clay counties, that are on free and reduced lunch, have healthy food over the weekend. Two entrees, snacks, and breakfasts are included in their Friday bags to take home. Many studies have been done showing that when young children stress about adult issues, such as struggling to provide food for themselves, or coming to school hungry, they have a hard time focusing on learning. Blessings in a Backpack takes this burden off of children and their hardworking, often single parents. All the money donated stays local, and goes to twelve schools in our area. Help us fight child hunger, so these kids can focus on learning and just being kids. To learn more about our local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack visit: http://www.firstcoastblessingsinabackpack.com/.
Mold Remediation Help in Jacksonville
Mold Remediation Should Be Handled by the Professionals. Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra for a quote, 904-246-6118.
Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture present. It doesn't have to be present for an extended period of time. It can take just a few days for microbial growth to form. The problem can originate from a sudden water release, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated by a state licensed Industrial Hygienist and removed by a state certified professional.
Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing behind the wall as well. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the environment on the outside, and could create a perfect haven for microbial growth. If the wall remain wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back of the drywall could be worse than what you can see on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to:
- Identify moisture sources
- Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
- Contain damage to the smallest area possible
- Physically remove contamination
- Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
- Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to preloss condition
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra has professional technicians that are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified and trained in mold remediation procedures. We are also a State of Florida licensed mold remediation company. Call us for all your microbial related issues at 904-246-6118.
2018 City of Jacksonville, Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Tornadoes)
Be #JaxReady this Hurricane Season, and remember SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra is #HereToHelp.
"A Tornado is a column of violently rotating air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. Lightning and hail are common in thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. The extent of destruction caused by a tornado depends on its intensity, size, path, and amount of time it is on the ground. If a tornado warning is issued and you are in a mobile home, vehicle, or outdoors, get to the closest substantial shelter. Move to an interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
TORNADO WATCH: Storm conditions indicate tornadoes are possible in your area. Monitor radio and television reports for further updates.
TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Proceed to safe shelter immediately."
For more information about Tornado safety visit: http://www.coj.net/departments/fire-and-rescue/emergency-preparedness.aspx
What's Your Fire Escape Plan?
It's Never too Early to Plan Your Family's Fire Safety Evacuation.
Every second counts, in a moment a small flame can turn into a major fire. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have actually developed a fire escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help develop an emergency escape plan for your family:
-Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room.
-Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by an approved testing authoritity.
-Choose a safe outside meeting place.
-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
-Have a plan for those with a disability.
-Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
2018 City of Jacksonville, Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Thunderstorms & Lightning)
Duval County/City of Jacksonville 2018 Hurricane Preparedness
Thunderstorms can develop any time of the year in Duval County, but are most frequent in late spring through early fall (before and after summertime). On average, Florida has 1.45 million lightning strikes per year, as ALL thunderstorms produce lightning.
During a thunderstorm, you should take the following precautions:
• Go inside or seek shelter immediately
• Avoid objects that conduct electricity
• Get as far away from water as possible
• Avoid high ground and open areas
Thunderstorm Risk Categories:
1 - MARGINAL (MRGL) Isolated severe storms possible Limited in duration and/or coverage and/or intensity
• Winds 40-60 mph
• Hail up to 1”
• Low tornado risk
2 - SLIGHT (SLGT) Scattered severe storms possible Short-lived and/ or not widespread, isolated intense storms possible
• One or two tornadoes
• Reports of strong winds/wind damage
• Hail ~1”, isolated 2”
3 - ENHANCED (ENH) Numerous severe storms possible More persistent and/or widespread, a few intense
• A few tornadoes
• Several reports of wind damage
• Damaging hail, 1-2”
4 - MODERATE (MDT) Widespread severe storms likely Long-lived, widespread and intense
• Strong tornadoes
• Widespread wind damage
• Destructive hail, 2”+
5 - HIGH (HIGH) Widespread severe storms expected Long-lived, very widespread and particularly intense
• Tornado outbreak
• Derecho (widespread, long-lived wind storms)
Check out the 2018/2019 City of Jacksonville, Hurricane Preparedness Guide for more information.
What to Do With Water-Damaged Insulation
Water Damaged Insulation Can Hold Dangerous Bacteria and Mold.
There is a lot of confusion about insulation that’s been soaked or damaged by flood waters or leaky plumbing. Is it still a good insulating material? Does it breed mold and mildew? Will it eventually damage other structures such as drywall or tile floors?
Mold In the Aftermath of Storm Damage
Mold is a big deal and its removal is critical. It can be spotted in a variety of ways. Sometimes it discolors your ceiling or walls, or it shows up as black spots on areas throughout the home, or as rot on damp wood. If the insulation is replaced or thoroughly dry, it can’t harbor mold. But it’s easy to be confused about whether water-damaged insulation is safe to keep in place. A qualified mitigation company can use certain tools, such as a moisture meter, to detect whether the insulation within a wall is wet. Homeowners may have to resort to opening a wall to visually inspect the damage.
Insulation Is Made of Various Materials
Insulation is not just a cashmere lining for your home. It comes in a variety of different materials and is installed various ways.
For instance, there is fiberglass, cellulose, foam board, cotton, or spray foam. Each type of insulation must be treated differently after water damage. Some of these materials are organic and they make a fine breeding ground for mold.
There is also the risk of toxins in water-damaged insulation. Flood waters can carry potential toxins that remain in the insulation after the water recedes. It’s the nature of insulation that it retains moisture for a long time after the flood is gone.
Assessing and repairing water damage should take priority for homeowners who’ve been hit by a flood or storm. It’s not just a matter of aesthetics, though the odors and discolored walls and wallpaper are certainly unpleasant; it’s important to your family’s health and safety that the insulation is handled by expert hands.
Is the Insulation Worth Keeping?
We help the homeowner to analyze a multitude of issues concerning repair, salvage, construction, disposal, insurance and restoration. As for the question of replacement: Does water-damaged insulation necessarily need to be removed, with new materials installed throughout the home? This is not a question to be taken lightly. We can help you decide whether to remove and replace insulation after we’ve begun the job of assessing damage and drying out the entire structure.
Cleanup and restoration after water damage is a comprehensive job. It requires skills, tools and experience in a variety of disciplines. Few companies have the resources of SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra. Call us at 904-246-6118 or visit us on Facebook.
What's That Smell?
Call SERVPRO in Jacksonville Beach Today for a Free Deodorization Quote, 904-246-6118.
Homeowners may be totally unaware that their home has an unpleasant odor. It can be unrecognizable to them but immediately apparent to visitors on entering their home.
Candles, aerosol cans or cooking good smelling baked goods cannot get rid of the smell. To eliminate the odor, the source of the smell first must be found and then removed. Once this is done the affected area can be treated to rid the home of the unpleasant odor.
One of the most offensive odors to people looking for a new home is cigarette smoke. Most buyers will not even look at or consider buying a home where smoking is allowed. This odor will penetrate all porous materials in a home; such as carpets, furniture, window treatments, clothing, drywall, cabinets, and doors.
Although most people love animals and consider them a part of their family, there is still an issue with pet odors. No matter how “trained” an animal is there are always accidents, and as animals age these accidents always tend to be more common. Urine is a bio-hazard and has to be treated as such. And it just does not absorb into the carpet, but also the padding and sub-floor. Sometimes, the walls and floors have to be clean, sealed and treated before new paint or floor covering can be installed. Remember! Urine is a bio-hazard and most over the counter products will not effectively clean a bio-hazard substance.
SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra has professionally trained technicians that are committed to help you rid your home of offensive odors. Our technicians are IICRC, OSHA, EPA and State Certified in bio-hazard clean-up. Call us at 904-246-6118 for assistance in helping with all of your cleaning and deodorization needs.
Office Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Office, From Your Friends at SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra.
-Clean your work space. It doesn't take long for clutter to pile up. Begin spring cleaning by cleaning and decluttering your work space. Removing excess clutter with make the real cleaning easier.
-Organize your inbox. Is your inbox overloaded with old emails or junk mail? Organize emails by making folders with-in your inbox and discarding the emails you no longer need. Remove yourself and unsubscribe from email lists that you're no longer interested in.
-Start an archive. When you organize your workspace you may con across items you don't use daily, but still need to keep. By creating an archive you can keep these files while making your desktop clutter free.
-Deep clean your facility, including the floors. Over time, your floors bear the brunt of your daily business practices, making them dull and dingy. Call SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra to have your floors deep cleaned professionally, 904-246-6118.
-Hit the hidden areas. Get the dust bunny under the desk!
-Tackle the big projects first.
-Yard Sale or Donation Time! Give items you don't use anymore to those in need or put them up for sale and see what you can get for them, or see if a coworker might need them.