Emergency Preparedness Should Be the First Step In Your Business Plan
When starting a business many entrepreneurs start with a business plan. This plan describes what they hope to achieve and the things they need to do to achieve it. Sometimes individuals take months or even years to come up with just the right plan. Then why do some of these individuals not give a moment notice to what could happen to their dream if a disaster occurs?
All businesses need a plan to help keep their doors open if a disaster should occur. That’s where SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville can help. Our Emergency Readiness Plan or “ERP” helps business develop an individualized emergency response plan in the event a natural or manmade disaster should occur. The best part of this plan is it’s absolutely free! Our ERP focuses on response and recovery using only the critical information you need to get your doors open as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville provides this service as a way to give back to our community. We’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about our ERP program give us a call at 336-224-2565.
Is There a Tornado Alley in the Carolinas?
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Living in the Piedmont area has many benefits. One of these benefits is that the Appalachian Mountains break up a lot of weather systems that can affect our region. That being said according to researchers at the University of Akron the fourth most active area for tornadoes occurs in “Carolina Alley”, which runs from northeastern South Carolina thru areas around the I-95 corridor in North Carolina.
North Carolina averages around 31 tornadoes a year. They can strike any time but generally occur from 3-9pm and most frequently during the month of May.
What Are The Warning Signs of a Tornado?
Unlike the plains which can see a tornado from miles away and have weather sirens, the piedmont relies heavily on local weather radar and eyewitness accounts. SO, what should you look for when there’s a threat of a tornado?
- Dark, often a greenish sky
- A wall cloud or an approaching cloud of debris
- Large hail often in the absence of rain A loud roar similar to a freight train
If you experience any of these conditions get into an interior windowless room or basement. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head and neck with a blanket.
While tornadoes occur less frequently here than in the central US we all need to be prepared
Faster to Any Disaster
From faulty wiring in an apartment complex to a burst pipe in a manufacturing facility disaster are never planned in your business but regrettably the do occur. That’s why it’s so fortunate that the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville understand there is no such thing as a small emergency when it comes to your business. Our team understands that these types of saturations not only affect your employees or tenants, they affect your revenue. Our quick response may help you avoid loss revenue and minimize secondary damage which could save you time and money.
In addition to understanding what business’ need when a disaster occurs, we can assist your business in developing an emergency response plan. As part of a well thought out contingency plan our ERP will contain all the critical information you will need in the event of an emergency.
SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is available 24/7 and will work hard to restore your property to preloss conditions. Give us a call at 336-224-2565 and learn more today.
Understanding Storm Risk Categories
Just like tornadoes and hurricanes NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a category ranking for thunderstorms. Since thunderstorms are the most frequent type of storm event in our area an understanding of the risk categories is critical to ensure your safety.
There are six categories as recognized by NOAA’s storm prediction center:
THUNDERSTORMS-(Labeled in Light Green on their Chart). This category means general non-severe weather.
1-MARGINAL-(Labeled Dark Green on their Chart) Marginal risk means there could be isolated severe storms in your region but the duration and the coverage areas are limited.
2-SLIGHT- (Labeled Yellow on their Chart) Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible. They will usually be short lived, isolated and intense.
3-ENHANCED- (Labeled Orange on their Chart) Enhanced risk means a greater area of severe storm coverage is possible. It will be widespread and more persistent
4-MODERATE (Labeled Red on their Cart) This means widespread severe storms are likely and the duration of these storms can be long-lived.
5-HIGH (Labeled Purple on their Chart) These storms are long-lived and widespread. The risk of severe storms is high and most associated with a tornado outbreak
Understanding the severe thunderstorm risk category is important in keeping your family safe. For more information visit the National Weather Service at www.NOAA.gov.
SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville Can Handle Any Size Disaster
While many in the Davidson County area may be familiar with SERVPRO’s green vehicles our community has been fortunate not to see our Commercial Large Loss Division. Our highly trained large-loss specialists are strategically placed across the United States to handle any size disaster that could strike our region.
What Makes Our Large Loss Team Different?
All of our SERVPRO family are trained exactly the same way which will ensure seamless communication and fast, timely mitigation. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville will face time with our elite commercial team as soon as we are on site to begin to formulate a plan of action. While this is happing, behind the scenes our Commercial Large Loss Team will be marshalling equipment and manpower. They old saying is ‘give us 24 hours and we can paint the county green.’
Our large loss team can handle both manmade and natural disasters such as catastrophic storms, flooding, hurricanes and even wildfires. SERVPRO even helped to restore The Pentagon after September 11.
So, while we never hope to have need of our Large Loss or Disaster Recovery Team you can feel safe knowing help is just a phone call away. For more information about our Large Loss and Disaster Recovery Teams give us a call at 336-224-2565.
Are you Ready for Summer Storms?
Summers in the piedmont of NC can run the gamut of hot humid day followed by afternoon severe weather. But many of its residents don’t consider the risk of damage from severe weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes. These storms hit with frequency ever summer These weather events can produce high winds, heavy rains which could leave massive damage in the are as well as knock out power or days at a time. Thar’s why it’s so important to have an emergency response plan ready for your home or business.
As SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville we offer free emergency response planning for businesses. Our ERP program is a great asset for any business who doesn’t have an emergency plan or give a business the option of mobility of a hand-held plan.
If you would like more information about our ERP program give us a call today at 336-224-2565.
Summer Storms Can Bring More Than You Bargain For
Summer storms are a fact of life for Davidson County residents. Some of these storms can be damaging. So, if you’ve discovered a summer storm has damaged your home there are a few things you need to inspect to prevent even more damage. Water damage to your home can be very traumatic. Your home is not only your castle but it’s your largest financial asset. So naturally any damage or event suspected damage can be very stressful. If you have discovered or suspect you have water damage there a few areas of your home you need to inspect. The first obviously place is your roof. Besides down trees strong winds can cause shingles to lift and water to seep into your attic.
Microbursts are another problem that happen during summer storms. Microbursts or sudden, powerful localize rain event can lead to flooding. Not only can microbursts affect your roof they can also cause flooding which can damage basements or lower level parts of the home.
If any of these events happen if not take care quickly if can cause secondary damage and cost the homeowner more money. If the thought of inspecting your home makes you nervous contact the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville. We offer no cost assessments of any damage you think you might have and with our 24 hour emergency services we can be on site any time of day or night of make it “Like it never even happened.” If you would like to learn more please give us a call at 336-224-2565.
If an Emergency Strikes your Davidson County Business are you Ready for Whatever Happens?
The ERP program is a free mobile based disaster preparedness perfect for any size business.
It is estimated as many as 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen. Of those who do reopen the vast majority have some type of Emergency Response Plan in place. If you have ever investigated creating one for your business you quickly realize no only it is time consuming, it can be expensive
With SERVPRO® of Lexington/ Thomasville it doesn’t have to be either of those things. We have worked with both large and small businesses in the area to create an Emergency Response Plan that fits their business.
Where to Begin?
As the adage goes you can’t eat an elephant in one bite and you can’t create an emergency response plan in one day. The first thing you should do is contact the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville and schedule an appointment. We will come in and discuss your most pressing concerns, suggest additions/changes and develop a plan and the best part of this is that the ERP is absolutely free!!!
The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. To schedule an appoint to discuss or begin the ERP process please contact Betty at 336-224-2565
We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your all your clean-up and restoration.
Damaged Documents-All Is Not Lost
Not only can important documents by dried but the damaged edges can be trimmed and refiled.
In the aftermath of a flood or fire many Lexington business owners are overwhelmed with everything that has happened. They wonder if the most precious memories or critical documents will be lost forever. But with SERVPRO’s state-of-the-art document drying and restoration facility we can help recover what is important before its too late. SERVPRO uses the same freeze-drying techniques used by the Library of Congress.
Why Free Drying?
It is critical to stabilize your documents as quickly as possible and freezing is the best way to do that. So once frozen your documents will be shipped to our document restoration facility and begin the process of freeze-drying by sublimation which means the frozen liquid will be converted directly to gas avoiding the liquid stage in which additional damage could occur to your documents.
In addition to our state-of-the-art drying process our team can also
- Scan and digitize documents
- Clean contaminated documents thru gamma irradiation
- Certified destruction of sensitive materials
If your business would like to learn more about our document drying and restoration give us a call at 336-224-2565 today.
Tips on Staying Safe During A Tornado
Severe thunderstorms can the be precursor to a tornado.
Severe weather season is well underway in the Triad and many of us are out and about and enjoying the outdoors. So, what should you if you get an alert that there is severe weather in your area? Here are some tips to better understand and prepare for taking shelter during a tornado.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING
- A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for producing tornadoes in your area. Watches are typically issued to cover large areas and can last for several areas. No tornado has been spotted and now is the time to prepare
- A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sited or indicated on radar. This means there is imminent danger and you must seek shelter immediately. Warning areas typically cover a much smaller area and are shorter in duration.
KEEP CALM AND SEEK SHELTER
If a warning has been issued quickly move to your basement or a small windowless room on the lowest floor of your home. It is important to try to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Get under a sturdy table or in a bathtub and cover your head and neck with a heavy blanket, coat or if time permits a mattress. If you are in a mobile home, get out immediately and seek shelter elsewhere. Even if a mobile home is strapped down they are easily lifted by a tornado thus making them extremely dangerous. Go to a storm shelter or neighbors.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
In your “shelter area” keep a flashlight, first aid kit, extra shoes, weather radio and cell phone handy. For a more detailed list of emergency supplies click here.
Tornadoes are unpredictable. They can shift paths, speed up quickly and without warning. If you are caught in your car pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible. Leave your seat belt on and lower you head below window level and cover with whatever you can find such as a blanket or jacket. If there is a ditch which is noticeably lower than the roadway exit your car and lie in the ditch keeping yourself covered as much as possible.
By staying tuned to your TV, radio or weather app on your cell you can know what is happening and prepare to protect your family.