SERVPRO Press Release

SERVPRO Encourages Citizens to Prepare for Hurricane Ike

Taking a Few Simple Steps Can Go a Long Way toward Protecting Your Family

GALLATIN, Tenn. (September 5, 2008) -- As Hurricane Ike continues on its path toward a Texas landfall, SERVPRO urges residents in the storm’s path to remember the importance of disaster preparedness. In its third year as a coalition member with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, SERVPRO Franchises all around the country are spreading the message about the benefits of being prepared for natural disasters like Hurricane Ike.

Specifically, the Ready Campaign and SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are urging citizens to have an emergency supply kit and make an emergency plan both in the home and at work.

“The most important thing at this point is for citizens in Ike’s path to stay informed and listen to their local authorities,” said Don Turner, Director of SERVPRO’s nationwide Storm Response Team. “Though we can’t change the path of the storm, we can change how prepared we are to weather it. A few simple steps can go a long way toward keeping loved ones safe in a disaster situation.”

SERVPRO and the Ready Campaign recommend having a three-day supply of water for each member of your family – including pets – along with non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a flashlight. Citizens should also keep in mind things like necessary medications and insurance documents.

For more emergency preparedness resources, citizens across the country can contact their local SERVPRO Franchise to receive free resources like emergency supply checklists, emergency contact cards, and more tips on emergency planning. More information is also available at Information in Spanish can be found at

SERVPRO would also like to remind residents in Ike’s path that once powerful storms make landfall, widespread flood damage is often left in the wake. Although trained professionals may be needed in many cases to help clean up and restore flood-damaged homes and businesses, SERVPRO’s Storm Response Team would like to offer the following steps the public can take to help minimize additional damage.

• Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.
• Assume flood water is contaminated, and minimize contact with it.
• Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
• Remove any valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
• Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

• Don't leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. 
• Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
• Don't use television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
• Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
• Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

“Ike may cause a tragic amount of damage to some homes and businesses,” said Don Turner, SERVPRO Storm Response Team Director. “But if the storm victims can take these steps – once it’s safe to do so – to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive, it may go a long way toward salvaging their property.”

With more than 1,400 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency response. As a national leader in fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO has recently mobilized its elite Storm Response Team for such disasters as Hurricane Gustav, Tropical Storm Fay, the 2008 Iowa floods, the 2007 Ohio floods and the 2007 California wildfires.

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional services network of individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations.