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

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hello Lee County, Alabama! Welcome to Week 3 of National Preparedness Month 2021. This week is dedicated to Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness. 

Thanks as always to Ready.gov for creating such great resources for us to share with our audience. Below are a few ways that you can make sure you're prepared for disaster for no-cost or low-cost.

  • 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 Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858! 

NPM 2021: Week Two "Build a Kit"

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Tuesday! We hope that all of our Lee County community members were able to enjoy the long weekend and are ready for another week. Welcome to Week 2 of National Preparedness Month! The theme for this week is "Build a kit." Do you have an emergency supply kit?

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

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. 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 Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858! 

NPM 2021: Week One "Make a Plan"

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

The theme for first week of National Preparedness Month 2021 is "Make a plan." The goal this week is to talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Don't forget 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. Let's go through the steps that they share for each of us Lee County, Alabama residents 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! Be sure to check out Ready.gov for additional resources for making a plan.

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858! 

National Preparedness Month 2021

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Happy September 1st! Today is the very first day of National Preparedness Month 2021.

Are you wondering what National Preparedness Month is? 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 our Lee County community! Follow along on our blog & our social media each week this month so you don't miss out. 

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

Flood Preparation in Lee County, Alabama: Part One

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen for a variety of reasons... whether that be rain, a storm surge, a dam that overflows, and the list could go on & on. We're going to do a three-part flood preparation series on our blog to help educate you on how to prepare now, survive during, and stay safe after. These resources are from Ready.gov.

This blog post is part one. Let's talk about how you can prepare now before a flood happens in Lee County, Alabama.

  • Know your area’s type of flood risk.
  • Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/ portal for information.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, monitor potential signs such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Obtain flood insurance. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Keep important documents in
    a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valued items to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery. 

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

Flood Preparation in Lee County, Alabama: Part Two

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

This blog post is part two in our three part flood preparation series. This series covers how to prepare now, survive during, and stay safe after flooding impacts your Auburn, Alabama home or business. 

Today, we're covering how to survive during a flood. We are sharing information from Ready.gov resources.

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you have identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.® Just six inches of fast- moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Signal for help.

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

Flood Preparation in Lee County, Alabama: Part Three

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

This is part three and the final post in our flood preparation series. This series covers how to prepare now, survive during, and stay safe after flooding. If you haven't read part one & part two yet, we highly recommend doing so.

In this blog post, we are covering how to stay safe AFTER a flood impacts your Opelika, Alabama home or business. This information is from Ready.gov resources.

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Be aware that snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground
    or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline- powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment
    if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.

We hope this short series has helped you consider how you will plan and react during & after a flooding event happens in Lee County, Alabama. What should we cover in our next series? DM us on social media and let us know what you'd like to learn more about.

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

Fire Extinguisher Safety in Lee County, Alabama

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know when to use a fire extinguisher in your Lee County home or business? We wanted to create a short blog series sharing information about fire extinguishers. Up first in our series is covering when to use a fire extinguisher. We are sharing information directly from the U.S. Fire Administration

Fire extinguishers can be helpful on a small fire. Consider providing a checklist to help people prepare to use a fire extinguisher on a potential fire.

For example:

  • Have I alerted others in the building that there’s a fire?
  • Has someone called the fire department?
  • Am I physically able to use a fire extinguisher?
  • Is the fire small and contained in a single object (like a pan or a wastebasket)?
  • Am I safe from the fire’s toxic smoke?
  • Do I have a clear escape route?

Use a fire extinguisher when all of these questions are answered “yes.” If you’re unsure about whether or not it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher, and for all other situations, alert others, leave the building, and call 911 from your cell phone or neighbor’s phone.

Stay tuned for our next blog post covering an easy to remember acronym to help remember how to use a fire extinguisher. 

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to part two of our fire extinguisher safety series. In this blog, we're sharing an easy to remember acronym from our friends over at the U.S. Fire Administration that teaches how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. 

When operating a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Up next on the blog, we're covering why fire extinguisher maintenance matters. Stay tuned!

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance in Auburn, Alabama

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to the third and final blog post in our series on fire extinguisher safety. To end this series, we're going to be sharing information from the U.S. Fire Administration on how to properly maintain your fire extinguisher in your Lee County, Alabama home or business.

Here's what you should be checking for in order to maintain your fire extinguisher. 

  • Easy access in an emergency
    • Be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it.
  • The recommended pressure level
    • Many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too high or too low.
  • Working parts
    • Make sure the can, hoses and nozzles aren’t damaged, dented, or rusted.
  • Cleanliness
    • Remove any dust, oil, or grease that might be on the outside of the extinguisher.
  • Guidelines and instructions
    • Some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.

We hope that you enjoyed this mini-series on fire extinguishers. What do you want our next series to cover? Shoot us a message on your favorite social media and you just might see it covered soon. 

SERVPRO of Lee County 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 (334)-821-4858!