Recent Storm Damage Posts

Emergency Roof Tarping and Board-up in Kennesaw Georgia

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Roof Tarping and Board-up in Kennesaw Georgia If your roof looks like this, give SERVPRO of Marietta West a Call (770)428-5467!

Emergency Roof Tarping and Board-up in Kennesaw Georgia

There’s not much worst then a tree branch falling on your roof, except maybe having the tree branch fall in the middle of the night during a rainstorm and trying to deal with it by yourself. Don’t go it alone! Call your neighborhood restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Marietta West. We hope this type of event never happens to your home, but if it does know SERVPRO of Marietta West can help!  We have provided homeowners with roof tarping and board-up services at all hours of the day and night.

It is very important to secure your property after a storm causes damage to your home, particularly your roof. You should have the building’s structure inspected for safety and secure the property to ensure that no further damage will happen to your property. Leaving a hole in the roof means that rain and the elements could further damage your home and its contents.

Dangers of tarping your own roof!

Fall Hazards – Damaged roofs can have structural faults or weak points due to the damage to the roof. The roof should be inspected by trained professionals for strength and structural integrity before performing repairs on it. Climbing and walking on rooftops can incredibly dangerous. Preforming work without the proper safety equipment is at best foolish and could be against the law!

Electrical Shock – Many homes and buildings have all kinds of overhead powerlines and electrical wires running to or through the roof. Combining water and electricity is never a good idea and once a roofs structure has been compromised the chances for electrocution multiply. All power lines should be treated as “live” and trained professionals should be the only people allowed to touch or even work in close proximity to them.

Inclement Weather – Chances are the reason your roof has been damaged is due to a weather-related event. From hail and high winds, to trees or other structures damaging your rooftop. Mother nature can really cause some damage! Sometimes it can be hard to tell if mother nature is done dealing damage or if she is just taking a break and has more harsh weather to dish out. Don’t be fooled into climbing up on your roof only to get caught in a thunderstorm or tornado. Wait for all storm advisories to be lifted prior to inspecting, tarping, or repairing damages.

*There are many risks involved with climbing on the roof of any structure and SERVPRO of Marietta West advised you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. Call the professionals when it comes to inspecting, tarping, and repairing your home or business’s roof. For more information about roof tarping visit our friends over at www.osha.com.

SERVPRO of Marietta West offers emergency board-up services just for this type of event. When your homes roof suffers damage in the middle of the night, call SERVPRO of Marietta West. We will come straight over, and get the roof boarded up and covered-up to protect your home from further damage. 

Storm Insurance Related Questions

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Insurance Related Questions SERVPRO of Marietta West 24/7 Emergency Storm Cleanup

SERVPRO of Marietta West field hundreds of emergency water restoration calls every year from often frantic customers dealing with their first storm related insurance claim. This can be a very trying and stressful time for even the coolest headed individuals. SERVPRO has your back and can make it “Like it never even happened.” With over 1600 franchises nation wide we have the national backing to handle any size disaster.

Some of the most common questions customers ask us about their home, condo or business water damage:

  • Is a water leak covered by home insurance?
  • Is a leaking toilet covered by insurance?
  • Is water damage from a leaking roof covered by insurance?

While we wish we could give a simple yes or no answer to these questions, there are way too many variables to issue such an overly simplified blanket answer. If you have questions about your coverage, we encourage you to contact your insurance agent. Familiarize yourself with your policy and don’t be afraid to ask your agent questions about coverage. Knowing what kind of coverage, you have will prevent you from being ill prepared when disasters happens.

SERVPRO of Marietta West prides itself on not only restoring our customers property, but also our customers peace of mind. Customers tend to have questions flying through their head causing all sorts of anxiety and stress. Having a company that you can turn to, to answer your questions and provide 24/7 service is essential.

Types of water damage that depending on coverage, may or may not be covered by your insurance policy:

  • Sudden or Accidental Discharge - A window is broken allowing rain water to damage the interior of a structure.
  • Sewer Backup or Water Backup - The sewer system is clogged causing sewage to flow backwards into a home or business.
  • Overflow - A water shut off valve or drain fails causing water to flood a kitchen or bathroom.
  • Flood - During inclement weather water levels rise such that water ingulfs street, home & business.
  • Insurance Covered Storm Related Water Damage - This would be determined on a case by case basis and depend on the insured’s coverage

SERVPRO of Marietta West is a leader in the water restoration industry and is a preferred service provider for most major insurance providers. This means that SERVPRO has pre-negotiated pricing, rates and terms of service with your insurance provider on a national level. Providing both cost savings for insurance companies and their customers. It also means that you will receive the same high level of service from highly trained restoration professional no matter where you live!

Give SERVPRO of Marietta West a call today!(770) 428-5467

Floods Can Happen Anywhere

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floods Can Happen Anywhere Call the clean up team that is faster to any size disaster! - SERVPRO of Marietta West (770428-5467

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA list the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snow melt
  • Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Marietta West can help. We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile(ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Marietta West professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Generator Safety

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Open doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although carbon monoxide can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to carbon monoxide. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marietta West is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Marietta community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

 24/7 Emergency Storm and Fire Cleanup and Restoration (770) 428-5467

Severe Weather Safety

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Contact SERVPRO of Marietta West for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marietta West is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Marietta community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

SERVPRO of Marietta West can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”

If A Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect an safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvement to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marietta West is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

How Storms Damage the Roof of Your Business in Smyrna GA

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storms Damage the Roof of Your Business in Smyrna GA SERVPRO of Marietta West is here after any size storm to make your home or business "like it never even happened"

The roof of your commercial facility or business is important. A well-maintained roof promotes energy efficiency and protects the building from the elements. When the roof withstands damage, the integrity of the building is affected. If a storm damages your roof, SERVPRO of Marietta West is the company to call for cleanup and restoration.

Surveying Your Roof After a Major Storm

Commercial and residential property owners should have their roof inspected after major storms. High winds as well as heavy rains and hailstones can damage a roof in many ways. They can cause shingles to blow off individually or in full patches. Tree limbs can fall onto the roof to leave a hole in the structure. We do not advise you to climb onto the top of the building on your own because of the high elevation and steep incline of most roofs. If you believe that your property has been damaged by a storm, you should contact a professional for an assessment.

What We Can Do to Recover and Restore Your Property

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility ensures we are always up to date on the best techniques to get your home or business back in shape after a storm. Regular IICRC industry certifications, means we have the knowledge as well as the equipment to restore your property. We clean the damage the storm left behind, and this includes on the interior or exterior of your building.


Severe weather is unfortunately common in the North Georgia area, and it can cause significant damage in a very short period of time. SERVPRO of Marietta West is available to respond to requests immediately after a major storm. We can begin the restoration and cleanup process quickly so that you can more easily move past the current issue and protect your property.

What To Do During a Flood Event in Kennesaw, GA

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do During a Flood Event in Kennesaw, GA Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes

Flood waters won't stop SERVPRO of Marietta West

Rains are coming...

Spring showers can often lead to flooding conditions in North Alabama. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods that my happen on your property. 

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of Marietta West (770) 428-5467 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

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Understanding Water Types

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Water Types SERVPRO of Marietta West "Like it never even happened." (770) 428-5467

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

    • Shut off the wate source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
    • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribuion panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
    • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 
    • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
    • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.
    • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
    • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

    • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
    • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
    • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
    • Do not use household fans to dry the structure;air flow could spread contaminants.
    • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Marietta West (770) 428-5467!

When Storms or Floods Hit Marietta, SERVPRO is Ready!

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Marietta, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Marietta Georgia.

SERVPRO of Marietta West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Marietta, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (770) 428-5467

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Emergency Board Up - Smyrna Georgia

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Board Up - Smyrna Georgia We will be there in your time of need...day or night!

Board-ups - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of Marietta West Professionals can and will perform the board-up themselves.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Marietta West provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Smyrna. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

24/7 Emergency Service: 

Call SERVPRO of Marietta West 

(770) 428-5467 -

Be Aware & Be Prepared - Marietta GA

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Aware & Be Prepared - Marietta GA When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Marietta West helps you take it back.

The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency or disaster. While each situation is unique, your family can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

Be Disaster Aware - Take Action to Prepare

The following are measures you and your family can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your family, home, and the community. Review the following questions to learn if your family and home is prepared.

  • Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your home or daily life? Do you know what you and your family will do in an emergency situation?

  • Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?

  • Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Does your family know where to go in the event of a natural disaster? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

  • Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

  • Secure Your Home

Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what safety measures can be taken?

  • Improve Cyber Security

Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your family and home for an emergency or natural disaster.

After any disaster, SERVPRO of Marietta West is there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call Our Marietta West Location

(770) 428-5467 -

Serving the Marietta, Kennesaw, Dobbins Air Force Base, Smyrna, Fair Oaks, & Big Shanty areas! 

Our Technicians are Equipped to Remediate Your Flood Damage In Kennesaw GA

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Technicians are Equipped to Remediate Your Flood Damage In Kennesaw GA After you and your family are safe, call SERVPRO of Marietta West to remove the standing water and prevent mold damage. We are ready to help.

Always contact local authorities when you are in immediate danger or need help when it comes to your safety. There are a variety of state and local agencies primed to respond to flooding situations throughout the state. Your family is not alone; help may be closer than you think. 
 
During a flood, make sure that you avoid contact with flood waters. Contamination levels of flood waters may include raw sewage or other toxic substances that cause significant health issues for you and your family. Follow a few simple guidelines for avoiding extensive flood damage in your Kennesaw area home. 
 
If you become stranded on your property during a flood and use a generator for energy, remember that generators produce toxic vapors called carbon monoxide. These vapors are extremely dangerous for you and your family, resulting in death if not handled correctly. 
 
Never allow your children or their pets to play in flood waters. Several chemicals and diseases exist which heighten the risk of exposure and sickness to small children. If one does become exposed and experiences flu-like symptoms, report this to first responders, immediate medical attention for your loved ones is important. 
 
When it is deemed safe by local authorities to return to your home, make sure to contact a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO to provide you with the services you need to get things under control as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
 
SERVPRO of Marietta West offers a variety of services to remove flood waters quickly and help prevent mold growth that happens due to extensive exposure. Mold can cause severe health issues that you want to avoid, get the help you need within 48-hours to prevent these problems and other issues in your home.
 
SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of techniques, including IICRC training and EPA guidelines to help return your indoor environment to a healthy, safe one that you and your family can enjoy. Take this opportunity to talk to professional technicians about possible improvements and address any concerns you may have for future events. 

 
SERVPRO of Marietta West can help, call today for access to a variety of specialty procedures that help return your home, its contents and any personal belongings to a quality pre-damage condition. (770) 428-5467

Source: http://www.SERVPROsouthnashville.com/

Preparing for a Flood

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Flood Call the clean up team that is "Faster to any size Disaster" - SERVPRO of Marietta West - (770) 428-5467

Flooding Can happen fast in many environmets. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water - 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food - 3+ day supply of non-parisable, easy-to=prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, caries, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house kes
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repelient and sunscreen
  • Camera or photos of damage

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazzards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding

  • River Flooding

  • Storm Surge and Coastal

  • Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires)

  • Ice/Debris Jams

  • Snowmelt

  • Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesnt mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you SERVPRO of Marietta West can help. We can help you prepare ahead of the time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in your home as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Marietta West is ready to help make it "Like it never even happened." -(770) 428-5467-

March is Red Cross Month

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage March is Red Cross Month SERVPRO of Marietta West proudly supports the American Red Cross

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Whether it is disaster relie, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguards, first aid and more, tthe Red Cross is commited to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, accourding to redcross.org.


Every year March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering.


SERPVO began partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an offical Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when a disaster, such as a house fire, happens to them. Disaster Responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org

It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared Your preparedness kit should last you at least three days.

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and man-made, can you afford no to be prepared? Preparedness doesn't have to cost an arm ad a leg. Here are a few tips:

  • Make a Plan. Work with your family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
  • Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.
  • Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes - renters, too! When disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
  • Make Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don't forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample ready lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list
  • Plan your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don't buy preparedness items just before the storm when they're expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
  • Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. you Don't need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight
  • Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your ready kit.

*The best tip: Start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be ready. 

FEMA Emergency Supply List

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Through its "Ready Campaign", the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies/natural disasters. The "Ready Campaign" asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • 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 or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheets and duct tape to secure shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula ad diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper- When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of reular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Do you have a plan?

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do you have a plan? Storm Team ready to tackle a job.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, hurricane, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to being planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

 

  • Develop a Business Continuity Plan - Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.
  • Review Insurance Coverage - Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover
  • Prepare Your Emergency Plan - Your employees and co-workers are your business' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information is newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.
  • Practice the Emergency Plan - Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If you business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.
  • Secure Your Facility and Equipment - Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.
  • Improve Cyber Security - Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

When Storms or Floods hit Marietta West, SERVPRO is ready!

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Marietta West, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Marietta West.

SERVPRO of Marietta West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Marietta West, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. With SERVPRO of Marietta West you and rest easy that we can make it like it never happened no matter what size the job!


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (770) 428-5467