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NPM 2021: Week Four "Teach Youth About Preparedness"

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to the fourth and final week of 2021 National Preparedness Month! This week's theme is teaching youth about preparedness. You made it all the way to the end of this weekly series and we can't thank you enough for joining us! We love getting to share important resources with our local community.

Whether you’re a kid or teen yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.

Ready.gov has a special website dedicated to educating youth called Ready Kids. We are so excited to share this website because it is filled with AMAZING tools to help teach kids and teens about preparedness. It includes resources, games, and so much more! Be sure to check it out and let us know on social media what you think.

Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Grill Safety for Football Season

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Football season is in full swing! We wanted to share some grill safety tips because we can’t forget that grills are responsible for thousands of home fires a year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these general grilling guidelines:

  • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
  • Place grills away from your home (remember, this counts deck railings!)
  • As always, keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • Make sure you keep your grill clean by removing the grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill (keep in mind that the leading cause of a grill fire is failure to clean)
  • NEVER leave the grill unattended

Stay safe y'all and enjoy this football season! Who are you pulling for? If you haven't liked us on Facebook yet, be sure to join us there each week for our game of the week where we pick a game and you tell us who you think will win!

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

NPM 2021: Week Three "Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness"

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

This week is the third week in the 2021 National Preparedness Month. This week's theme is Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness. 

The list below has a few ways that you & your family can be prepared for disaster for no-cost or low-cost. Thanks as always to Ready.gov for creating such great resources for us to share with our local community!

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency. www.ready.gov/publications
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: www.ready.gov/kit and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

NPM 2021: Week Two "Build a Kit"

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Tuesday y'all! Did you enjoy the long weekend? Welcome to Week 2 of National Preparedness Month! The theme for this week is "Build a kit." Do you already have an emergency supply kit created? If not, here's your reminder that you should. Today we are sharing information you'll need to create a basic emergency supply kit. It's  helpful to double check this list even if you already have a kit to ensure that you have everything you may need.

The lists we are sharing are from Ready.gov. They even have a printable version of their list, so be sure to visit their website if you'd like to have a list you can check off one-by-one.  

A basic emergency supply kit should include at least...

  • Water and non-perishable food for several days Extra cell phone battery or charger
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio that can receive NOAA Weather Radio tone alerts and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Non-sparking wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Consider these additional items based on you and your household's needs to also add to your emergency supply kit.

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, water and supplies for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable waterproof container
  • Cash 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.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items and hand sanitizer
  • Mess kits, Paper cups, plates and disposable utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

If you don't have a kit already, don't wait for disaster to strike! We hope that this blog helps give you ideas on what to put in your kit or add to your current kit in order to ensure that you are prepared. 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

NPM 2021: Week One "Make a Plan"

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

In our last blog, we introduced National Preparedness Month 2021. The theme for week one is "Make a plan." What does this mean? It means you should talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

Ready.gov has an entire page on their website dedicated to making a plan for your family filled with valuable content & resources. Here are the four steps to consider. 

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. 

  • As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment.

Step 3: Fill out a family emergency plan. 

  • Download the PDF from Ready.gov to use (or to base your own from) by clicking here.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your entire household & family. 

  • Practice makes perfect! Make sure each member of the household knows & understands the plan.

We hope this helped you think through your current plan or how to make a plan for yourself if you didn't already have one! Be sure to check out Ready.gov for additional resources for making a plan.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

National Preparedness Month 2021

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Today is not only September 1st, but it is the very first day of National Preparedness Month 2021.

You might be asking yourself, "What is National Preparedness Month?" National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

We are so excited to share tips with all of you. Follow along on our blog & our social media each week this month so you don't miss out.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Our Marketing Team Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Thursday y'all! We wanted to write a blog post to share about a recent trip our team took to Atlanta, Georgia. They were able to spend time with other SERVPRO marketing team members. They spent the day learning together and from each other!

One of the best things about SERVPRO is that we are all one team, and we WANT to learn from each other. When you work with SERVPRO, you are working with a national network of over 1,700+ franchise locations from across the country. We are locally owned and operated, but love being able to have the opportunity to see what other franchisees across the country are doing and continuing to push ourselves to give our customers the best possible experience.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Our First SERVPRO Convention

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Once a year, all of the SERVPRO franchise owners and some of their team members get together for the annual SERVPRO Convention. In 2020, convention looked a little different. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was held virtually.

This year, we were fortunate enough to have a hybrid convention! Some of our owners stayed home and watched virtually, while some of the SERVPRO family went down to Orlando, Florida to spend time with each other and learn from one another.

This year was our owners, Bo & Cates, very FIRST annual SERVPRO Convention as franchise owners. They were also able to bring along their families! Check out our Facebook for some cute photos of the kids enjoying their time in Florida.

Through general sessions, workshops and fellowship, our owners were able to gain knowledge that we are bringing back to our territory to better serve YOU.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Restore > Replace

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Let's talk about content restoration after disaster strikes your home or business. 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

We know how much your belongings mean to you. They're more than just content; they're photos, they're your babies first outfit, they're memories. We understand that. That's why we pride ourselves on being able to do our best to Restore > Replace.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Make A Fire Escape Plan for Your Harris County Home

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that in just TWO minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Every moment counts when it comes to house fires. 

Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters

Thank you to our friends at Ready.gov for providing such great information regarding escape plans. 

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our highly-trained technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. If your home or business is impacted by fire damage, please give us a call. We are here for you 24/7, all 365 days of the year. 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Proactive Cleaning for Your Business During COVID-19

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

The CDC recommends the use of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. We are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC.

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guideline for commercial spaces as well.

The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items: kitchen/food areas, bathrooms, schools/classrooms, offices, retail spaces, water fountains, shelving/racks, sales counters, carpets and rugs, stair handrails, elevators & escalators, playground equipment, and fitness equipment.

SERVPRO professionals are training to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

What is Secondary Water Damage?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Secondary water damage is less obvious damage that you may not notice immediately (compared to primary water damage). Often times, secondary water damage is the result of long term damage not being taken care of in a timely fashion.

So, what happens with long term secondary damage? It typically results in swollen wood materials (i.e., doors, floor boards, baseboards) as well as inexplicable cracking in the walls, and more. In some cases, secondary water can result because of large amounts of water that begin evaporating quickly. In those specific cases of secondary damage, it usually results in high humidity that can cause the room to reach its dew point and can cause the moisture to penetrate porous materials (i.e., fabrics, furniture, etc.).

If you experience water damage in your Harris County residential home or business, don't hesitate to give us a call. 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Severe Thunderstorms in Harris County, Georgia

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

If you follow us on social media, you may have seen our post yesterday about the severe weather that was going to be coming through yesterday evening and into early this morning.

What is the definition of a severe thunderstorm? According to our friends at Weather.gov, "Severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs and vehicles. Wind this strong is able to break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees. Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs or winds over 100 mph, so please pay attention to the weather so you know when severe storms are possible. Thunderstorms also produce tornadoes and dangerous lightning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding."

What can you do to prepare? Make sure to be checking your forecast regularly. Additionally, it is helpful to know how your community sends warning. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents to severe storms. Don't forget to set up notifications if that is the case! Next, you'll want to have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Get more ideas for a plan here. Stay safe y'all! 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is here to help keep your customers and employees safe, and also let everyone know you've chosen a higher standard of clean.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by our more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So make the commitment to keep your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Give us a call today to get a free quote for your business!

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Weekend Fires in Harris County, Georgia

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that more home fires occur on Saturday and Sunday? According to the Red Cross, they do! In fact, they refer to home fires as America's biggest disaster threat.

We all know that home fires are the most likely to begin in the kitchen. Do you know what the leading cause of home fires in the winter is? You may be thinking space heaters but the answer is actually still cooking! We want to stress that no matter what the weather is like outside that you have to be careful in the kitchen. 

On top of home fires, business fires can be absolutely devastating as well. Thankfully, we are here to help if disaster strikes your Harris County, Georgia, home or business.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

About Us & What We Do

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in our area. 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 

Have Questions? Call Us at (706)-575-1930

Residential Services

     Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

     There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: here!

Don't forget to follow along with us on social media using the links below so you never miss an update! Stay tuned for our next blog post.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

1-4-8 Policy

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

What can you expect when you give us a call? For any job we get called into, we have a policy know as "The 148 Policy." Within 1 hour, we'll be in contact with you and set up a time to be there. Within 4 hours, we'll be on site at your disaster- big or small. Within 8 hours, we will brief the team and get started on getting your home or business back to "Like it never even happened."

This policy helps us hold ourselves accountable and ensure that every customer gets the same treatment and can count on the same phenomenal service that we pride ourselves on. This means that when you call us when water damage strikes your home or business, you can trust us to be there quick. 

We are here for you. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!

Caring for Your Belongings After Disaster

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house, but also your belongings. We wanted to share a blog post about how we clean your contents after water damage strikes your Harris County home.

First, we want you to know that we understand that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform just a house in Cataula into a home

We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

You can trust us to take care of not only your home but also your belongings. 

SERVPRO of Harris, Meriwether & Stewart Counties is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (706)-575-1930!