SERVPRO® Encourages Florida Residents to Be Ready

A Few Steps Can Go a Long Way in Protecting Your Family

GALLATIN, Tenn. (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2019 – Hurricane Dorian continues to gain momentum and is expected to make initial landfall on the Florida peninsula Sunday. SERVPRO® urges residents in the storm’s path to remember the importance of disaster preparedness. The key to disaster preparedness is having an emergency plan in place before disaster strikes. The following simple steps can go a long way to protect your family and your property in a weather-related disaster.

Build a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

A basic kit should be stocked to supply you and each of your family members with water and food for at least three days. Consider including food for pets, as well as any necessary medications in your kit. Recommended emergency supply kit items include:

  • Water (one gallon/person per day)
  • Three-day non-perishable food supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Local maps
  • Important documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Matches (in a waterproof container)

Make a Family Emergency Plan.

You may not be home or with family when disaster strikes. Plan in advance where you will meet and how you will contact each other. Visit ready.gov to access a Family Emergency Plan template to assist in your planning.

Stay Informed.

Learn the elevation level of your property.

This will help you know how your property could be affected by heavy rainfall and whether it is prone to flooding. Know your community evacuation routes and determine where you would go and how you would get there if evacuation becomes necessary. Finally, listen to local authorities for direction.

Prepare Your Property.

In the event of a hurricane or severe storm, you may need to prepare your home for impact. You can do this by covering all of the windows in your home. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with plywood. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Keep trees and shrubs around your home trimmed to make them more resilient in high winds. Clear any debris from gutters and downspouts. Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and any other items not secured.

Establish a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for Your Business.

SERVPRO® developed the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to gather and document important information about the facility which will become critical if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app.

“The most important thing right now is for citizens in Dorian’s path to stay informed and listen to their local authorities,” said Brian Petraitis, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Manager. “Though we can’t change the path of the storm, we can change how prepared we are to weather it. Taking the steps to be prepared can go a long way toward keeping loved ones safe in a disaster situation.”

During large-scale weather events, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams deploy from across the country to the affected areas to assist the local Franchises in cleanup and recovery efforts. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to numerous large loss and storm events, including: 2018 Camp Wildfire, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2018 Hurricane Florence, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada, Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

For more emergency preparedness resources, residents and business owners can contact their local SERVPRO® Franchise to receive free resources like emergency supply checklists, emergency contact cards, and more tips on emergency planning. Additional information is also available at www.ready.gov.

About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.