What can you do during #NationalChurchSafetyMonth?
During October, it is National Church Safety and Security Month!
SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky offers a free service for all local churches that is perfect to participate in this month: the Emergency Ready Profile. During this program, we help the church members gather information to help prevent or minimize damage from happening to the church. Participation in this program is completely free, and includes us sending a trained professional to work with a church representative to find and record any information that would be necessary during an emergency. Our representative will then return to our office and compile the information to deliver at a later date. The information is also saved on an app that can be shared with whoever the church needs it to be.
For more information and to get in contact with your local representative, give us a call at 270-683-1888!
Theme of the Month – October
Theme of the Month – October
During October, we are focused on encouraging families to take their fall home maintenance head on! There are many different things you can do this time of the year to prevent damage from happening to your property, but here are our top 9!
- Fertilize Your Lawn – This is a great time to get a jump on next year and go ahead and fertilize. This gives the seeds all winter to work their way deep into the ground.
- Check Winter Equipment – Make sure you have a good snow shovel or snow blower, and that each vehicle has ice scrapers or anything else they may need. Taking care of these needs early may really come in handy later!
- Check Fire and Carbon Monoxide Device Batteries – This should be done at least twice a year, but fall is a great time to start building the habit!
- Clean or Replace Gutters – Nonfunctioning gutters can cause water leaks in your home
- Check for Window Drafts – Having tight seals around doors and windows prevents warm air from escaping
- Drain and Store Outdoor Hoses – Putting away hoses during the winter season ensures there will not be water trapped that could freeze and expand, causing a water loss or leak
- Store Outdoor Furniture for Winter – This can include putting it inside, or using covers to protect it from the harsh conditions
- Fix Any Cracks in the Driveway – Small cracks can quickly grow when small amounts of water freeze and expand. Filling in the cracks now can prevent a lot of headache later!
- Change Your Air Filters – If you have not been changing your filters regularly, this is a great time to start. The less debris in your filters, the better your system can run, minimizing the strain put on the system!
As you can see, several of these tasks are also related to preventing a water leak or loss in your home or businesses. Winter is a harsh time of the year, and every little bit of preparation helps!
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up, September 2020
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up, September 2020
Each year, Ready.gov gives great information about #NationalPreparednessMonth each week of September. This year, they broke the month down into weekly tasks to help you become more prepared for each type of disaster that couple hit your geographical area. Throughout the month, SERVPRO of Daviess County has encouraged families to jump on board, and work through the weekly activities. The activities for this year included making an emergency plan, building a home emergency kit, educating yourself about what disasters and emergencies threaten your area the most, and teaching the youth around you about preparedness.
A big thank you to each family that followed along with us throughout the month and completed all of the tasks. Each weeks assignments came with a different amount of work, but now that it is over and you should feel great about what you accomplished as a family!
You can still go back and go through the activities if you missed them live. The 2020 motto of Ready.gov’s #NationalPreparednessMonth is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
That saying is so true. It is never the wrong time to prepare yourself and your family against the many different problems that could arise!
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #4
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #4
Week #4 – September 20th-26th, Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Throughout the month, we hope that you have been including children in your plans and discussions on what to do during emergencies. While it is very important to include them, you may want to take time and make sure that planning is putting their minds to ease, and not worrying them. It is perfectly normal to be a little scared of what could happen, especially if you are discussing what to do if you cannot find a parent right away during an emergency. One of the best/easiest ways to help ease their nerves is to make sure they are educated on what to do. This way, no matter what happens, they know how to keep themselves safe. After helping ease their nerves, they are a lot less likely to freeze up during a real emergency.
Being comfortable, and able to react is the main goal of this week!
www.ready.gov/kids is a great resource to help young children all the way up through the teenage years on what you can do during a disaster. Ready.gov not only has information, but also has age appropriate games for younger children, and ways that older children can be involved with the community and get hands on experience.
Families: Under the kids section of ready.gov, there are also some activities listed that you can do together. This could be a great ice breaker if you can sense your children may be a little nervous.
Teachers: This month would be a great time to have a couple of lessons over being prepared at school and at home. Use ready.gov as a resource and talk to children about what they can do!
This is the last week of the 2020 National Preparedness Months activities! Remember to update your plans, be proactive, and join us again next year!
Hurricane Laura Storm Damage
In the middle of August, there began to be reports released of a large storm developing off the coast of the United Started. On August 27th, 2020 the strongest storm of 2020 made landfall: Hurricane Laura. Before hitting the US, it also moved across and caused damage to several other smaller countries. When she hit the United States, she caused a lot of damage to both Louisiana and Texas.
While Laura caused a lot of destruction moving through the area, the one positive thing was that residents had several days warning she was going to hit. The locals had a little bit of time to make plans and/or evacuate the areas that they believed would be hit the worst. Many did and lives were saved. But one of the hardest parts is returning home, and seeing the damage that was caused while you were gone. While you may be prepared to find damage, there is no way to be 100% prepared to see the damage on your own home or business.
SERVPRO is a franchise that is in most areas in the county. Normally, there are enough offices and crews to handle any size job that comes their way, but when a major disaster strikes, there comes a time to call in reinforcements. At this point, SERVPRO corporate then starts calling in other franchises to travel to the areas and begin working.
SERVPRO of Daviess County was called upon to send teams to Lake Charles, Louisiana to assist with the influx of calls comes coming in. We were quickly accepted the invitation and hit the road. We have now been there over two weeks and will be there as long as we are needed.
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #3
September: National Preparedness Month – September
Week #3 – September 13th-19th, Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies
Different areas have different threats for natural disasters, along with non-natural disasters. For this week of National Preparedness Month, take the list of disasters you may experience, and visit www.ready.gov/be-informed to learn more about each one. Each of these emergencies are covered in depth through ready.com: household chemical emergencies, hurricanes, landslides & debris flow, nuclear power plants, pandemic, power outages, radiological dispersion device, severe weather, snowstorms & extreme cold, space weather, thunderstorms & lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, active shooter, attacks in public places, avalanches, bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, cybersecurity, drought, earthquakes, explosions, extreme heat, floods, hazardous materials incidents, and home fires.
There is also information about what you can do to recover from these disasters. Some of the subjects include how to get involved with the community, citizens corps, community emergency response team, talking to your neighborhood/neighbors about their plans, and lists of organizations active during disasters.
Other Resources for Your Use:
Parents of Young Children www.ready.gov/kids
Business Owners www.ready.gov/business.
September: National Preparedness Month – Week #2
National Preparedness Month – September
Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit
The goal of an emergency kit is to help your family survive without assistance for at least 3 days. Last week, we took note of any specific supplies you will need to include for each member of your family. This week, we are adding all of the basic necessities that your family will need!
Basic Kit Items:
- Water (for each person)
- Food (for each person) Hand crank can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
- First aid kit
- Dust masks & cloth masks
- Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
- Extra batteries
- Trash bags
- Wrench & pliers (for cutting off emergency lines)
- Plastic sheeting & duct tape
Additional items to consider including:
- Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing for each person (including shoes)
- Fire extinguisher
- Activities for any children
- Soap & hand sanitizer
- Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
- Personal hygiene products
- Disposable paper products
- Prescription & over the counter medication
- Contact lens solution (if applicable)
- Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
- If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
- If applicable: pet food & water
Maintaining Your Home Kit:
Now that your kit is stocked and ready to go, you will need to update it regularly. A good idea is to update the kit each time you take a look at your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date, and all items are ready to be used at any time. This also gives you the chance to update any specific items. For example: if an infant no longer needs bottles, remove those items from the kit to save room. You may then need to add in some jars of baby food.
Now that you are on a roll, consider making smaller kits for work, and to keep in your vehicle. These kits should be much smaller and are a lot easier to create.
Your Work Kit should prepare you to stay at work for at least 24 hours. Also include a comfortable pair of walking shoes in this kit, as you may not be wearing comfortable shoes at work when an emergency takes place.
Your Car Kit should always be in all cars you may have. This kit should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger (with car charger), blanket, map and cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if stuck).
Check back on September 13th for the next set of preparedness tasks for your family!
Theme of the Month – September
Theme of the Month – September
Every month, our marketing team is focuses on a key element that can help with in people’s lives. Through September, our team is focused on the fact that September is National Preparedness Month!
Each week, ready.gov has simple, but important tasks your family can work through to feel more at ease when the thought of a disaster hitting. Check back for each week’s set of tasks.
To kick us off, Week #1 – September 1st-5th, Goal: Make A Plan. The goal of this week can be accomplished in 4 simple steps.
Step #1- Put a Plan Together
Different areas of the county are more at risk for different types of natural disasters. Your first step to put together a plan is to assess what disasters are the most heavy in your area, and make a list. Once you have a list, it will then help you with the rest of the steps.
With your list in mind, ask yourself these questions.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation plan?
- What is my household communication plan?
- Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
This will help you identify anything you may have forgotten, and help you find holes in your plan.
Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household
You can easily look up lists of items to have on hand in case of an emergency, but this step makes your supplies list specific to your family’s needs. Look at each member, and think of any daily items they may need that is not on the list. This can include the daily care of infants/small children, elderly family members, how each member communicates, pets, or anyone with specialized medical equipment or medicine. Having these items on hand is very important when disaster strikes, and you may not be able to easily obtain them.
Step #3- Fill Out a Family Emergency Plan
Above is the Family Emergency Plan that ready.gov has put out to use. Whether you choose to use this one or not, it is a great reference in what information to have!
Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household
Now that you have your plan started, practicing and running over this plan thoroughly will help you identify any other weaknesses. It may also help your family members feel safe and comfortable after discussing this hard topic, especially with small children. Making sure they feel fully prepared and safe is a great way to put their minds at ease!
#TipTuesday - Changing Air Filters
When was the last time you changed your homes air filters?
This is one home maintenance chore that is not always top of mind or renters or home owners. While changing your air filters is an easy task, it is easy to overlook.
Depending on how many people/pets live in a home and the homes size, it changes how often your filters need to be changed. If you have not been changing your filters regularly, here is a general guide on how often to change them:
- Single occupant/vacation home: 6 months.
- Single family home with no pets: 3 months
- Single family home with 1 pet: 2 months
- Single family home with more than 1 pet OR family members with allergies: 20-45 days
*NOTE* it is also a good idea to check them even more regularly, in case build up begins sooner!
When it comes to changing your filters, the first thing you think of is improving air quality in the home. While this is the biggest reason why, another reason to regurally change filters is it can also extend the lifetime of your air/HVAC unit. When dirty air is circulating, it creates buildup within the system, and it takes more power to get the job done.
For more information, visit: https://www.betterhomeguides.com/home-improvement/how-often-to-change-air-filter-in-homes/
Emergency Tarping Services
Through the past couple of years, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky has worked to grow and expand our rebuild department. One of the main goals with doing this is to be able to assist customers even faster when a storm or disaster strikes the area. While most people know us our fire and water cleanup services, there is also another small, but meaningful service that we are now offering: tarping.
When there is a hole in your home or businesses building or roof, and the damage is getting worse by the minute, one of the fastest and easiest things to do to stop more damage from happening is to correctly tarp the area. With having our rebuild department on standby, we are able to respond quickly, and efficiently.
While we have a team willing and able to help make it "Like it never even happened," we are also happy to help minimize the issue until you decide how to proceed. You are not obligated to use our services through the whole project if you call us for tarping. Our goal is to help the customer in whatever capacity that they need!