Recent Storm Damage Posts
Simple Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time that many try to remember those that are less fortunate and incorporate giving back into their holiday traditions. There are many creative ways to give back, and a large monetary commitment is not always necessary.
Here are several simple but great suggestions:
- Leave a note of cheer on someone’s windshield.
- Give a complement each day leading up to the holiday.
- Bake cookies and bring them to a nursing home or the fire department.
- Offer time at a local animal shelter to walk dogs or simply spend time with them.
- Purchase a few $5 or $10 gift cards and give them to those that you interact with often like the mailman or a cashier.
- Anonymously pay someone’s layaway.
- Donate the spare change in your car to the Salvation Army on your way into the store.
Even the smallest acts of kindness can have an impact. They can brighten the recipient’s day as well as your own and anyone who witnesses the act. They can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to give as well. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati wishes you a joyous holiday season of giving!
Watch for These Signs During Severe Weather...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. One of the main functions of NOAA is to warn of dangerous weather.
According to The Storm Prediction Center of the NOAA, when it comes to tornadoes, there is no guaranteed safety. Weather forecasting is not perfect, so it is possible for a tornado to occur without a warning. Knowing the signs of a tornado is one way to increase safety.
Here are several things the NOAA website says to look or listen for:
- Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
- Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
- Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
- Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
These are just a few tips on what to look for during severe weather. More information can be found on the NOAA website. Tornadoes or severe storms often hit suddenly and can cause property damage that needs immediate attention. The SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati crews are always ready to help with services like securing a property, removing fallen trees, and tarping a roof. CLICK HERE to learn about other ways we are here to help.
Ways to Support the American Red Cross
The mission of the American Red Cross is to “help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural and other disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and resources and the provision of community, workplace, and school-based training.” In our area, the Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Red Cross organization serves 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Examples of the types of disasters they respond to are floods, tornadoes, fires, and hurricanes. Many times, following a disaster, the American Red Cross workers are among the first on the scene. Their goal is to provide people with the support and resources they need, like food, clothing, and shelter.
Because of generous donations, caring volunteers, and abundant support, Red Cross relief services are free to those in need. The Red Cross totally relies on the generosity of the American public and there are many different ways to contribute. Some suggestions include:
- Monetary Donation
- Giving Blood
- Taking, Teaching, or Hosting a Class
If you would like to learn more about the American Red Cross and find out ways that you can help, visit their website by CLICKING HERE!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill
Upcoming Opportunity for 6 Ohio or Kentucky CE Credits
We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Insuring Personal Assets with Craig Archer, CIC.” This course is for OHIO and KENTUCKY credits and will be held at our Forest Park, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on August 28th, 2018 from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
This course will bring awareness to participants of coverage gaps in personal lines policies. It will discuss both the homeowners policy and the auto coverages. The goal is to help those in attendance understand the coverage and lack of coverage in special situations. Topics include: definitions, homeowners coverage limitations, special limits of liability, seasonal homes, and more.
This course is approved for 6 hours in Kentucky and Ohio.
CLICK HERE for more information and to register!
Be Aware of How Weather Affects Fireworks - Have a Safe Holiday!
This time of year everyone talks about the risk of fires from the careless use of fireworks. What some fireworks fans fail to take into consideration is how the weather can affect fireworks and create a potentially dangerous situation.
For example, if a storm is approaching or it is just an unusually windy day, an unexpected wind gust can affect the direction of the smoke, sparks and fallout while setting off fireworks or using sparklers. Hot embers or smoke can be blown into spectators or other areas, increasing the risk of fires or fire-related injuries. So it is very important to be aware of the direction of the wind and use extreme caution when lighting and using fireworks.
Another weather related situation to be aware of is whether or not the area has been experiencing a drought. A drought leaves the ground dry and more susceptible to fire and burning. So it is important to know the condition of the fallout area in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting.
So this year, when planning your fireworks celebrations, make sure to take the weather into consideration! Listen to weather reports and plan ahead if storms or high winds are predicted in your area. Be aware of the ground conditions where fallout occurs and be prepared to react quickly in the event of a mishap. And always remember that SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is always available for emergency service after fire damage…We are only a phone call away! (513) 530-9688 CLICK HERE to learn more. Happy July 4th from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Extreme Weather That Can Affect Our Area
Extreme weather is when a weather event in an area is significantly different from the usual weather in that area. While those living in Ohio and Kentucky do not frequently experience severe weather conditions, there are a few times that weather does become an issue. Droughts, floods, tornadoes, and snow storms are all extreme weather events that can affect our area.
Droughts occur about once every 10 years in the Ohio / Northern Kentucky area. When they occur, these severe dry spells pose significant problems for our area farmers.
Flooding is most frequent here in the winter and spring seasons and affects areas that are normally dry. The many rivers and streams make us susceptible to flooding when we are faced with intense or prolonged heavy rain.
Tornadoes occur in all parts of the world and at any time of day or year. But they are most common in the Midwest during spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Depending on the severity, tornadoes can cause devastating damage to cities, businesses and homes.
Six or more inches of snowfall in a single day constitutes heavy snow in Ohio and Kentucky. This occurs several times a year in northern parts of Ohio but much less frequently in other areas of the state and into Kentucky. Extreme snowfall can cause damage to homes by collapsing roofs. Gusting winds that accompany blizzards also pose a threat to homes and business.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is always prepared and ready to help during disasters that result from extreme weather conditions. We respond immediately to flood and storm damage emergencies and we have the training and expertise to restore your property back to pre-storm condition. So if you find yourself in a disaster situation after an extreme weather event, be sure to give us a call!
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati - (513) 530-9688
What Causes Flash Flooding?
Flash floods are usually caused by excessive rainfall that occurs in a short period of time. They are dangerous because they are powerful, speedy and unpredictable. They can happen with little or no warning at all.
Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. Buildings, roads and parking lots in the area reduce the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. Sometimes streams that run through cities are routed into storm drains. These drains can become overwhelmed and flash flooding can result.
Areas near rivers are also at risk for flash flooding. If levees along rivers fail, flash flooding can result. In 2005, New Orleans experienced devastating floods during Hurricane Katrina due to the failure of the levees.
Dam failures and rapid runoff from mountains and steep hills can also cause flash flooding. When water is falling faster than the ground can absorb it, a dangerous, flooding condition can result.
No area is really immune to flash flooding. During storms it is important to pay attention to weather watches and warnings and take the necessary precautions. Always listen to forecasters and be prepared with a plan in place just in case a flash flooding situation arises!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.
Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.
First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.
Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!
And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.
So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
A Finished Basement is Not for Me! Here's why...
From the perspective of Cassie Kohrs – Administrative Assistant, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati
When you think of buying a new home what do you envision? When I was younger I dreamed of the perfect basement where I could host parties and my future kids could play. I wanted to be able to walk out of my basement and right into my backyard. What I didn’t think of though, are the disasters that can happen that may make my picturesque home an expensive project to fix! As an administrative assistant at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati, answering customer calls day after day, I have learned a few things! While I don’t own a home yet, I definitely hope to in the future. That is why I am thankful to this industry for teaching me what to look out for when I finally get to buy that dream home.
One of the very first things I noticed when I started working for SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is a trend of storm damage to basements. When Cincinnati gets hit with heavy storms the most common place we clean up is the basement. We see damage all the time from sump pump failures, sewage backups, water flooding in from window wells, and underneath doors. Many times these basements are finished and we have to tear out carpet, padding, and drywall. These are often expensive to clean up and then put back together and in some cases the damage isn’t even covered by insurance. It didn’t take long for me to become disillusioned from that perfect finished basement! That however, doesn’t mean that this has to become wasted space.
Basements, even if unfinished can be a great place for many things. For instance, a basement makes the perfect laundry room. Growing up I didn’t have a finished basement but my dad built a great table that made the ideal work bench for folding laundry. A work bench like this could also be perfect as a crafting or tool table. Unfinished basement space can also be utilized as storage. But I have learned to make sure that items stored on the ground should always be in a deep plastic container so that, in the unfortunate event of a flood, the stored items are safer from water. Another good idea is to store the contents on racks that are at least a foot or two off the ground. And as an extra precaution, I would advise placing these in waterproof containers as well to help prevent water damage. This is especially essential if you are storing important papers, or family photos.
I personally am not disappointed that I won’t have a big fancy finished basement someday. I am perfectly happy to adjust that part of my future home. (It just means that I get to claim that as my crafting room!) I also don’t want to discourage others from having a finished basement. These are very nice spaces if you are willing to risk the possibility of flooding. However, I will say that if you have a finished basement or are interested in having one in the future, talk with your insurance company and find out what kind of coverage you have and what coverage is available. Also, make sure that you are prepared for this situation by keeping the SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati phone number handy. I am here to answer your call and we are always ready to help!
After the Flood...Can the Carpet Be Saved?
When a homeowner is faced with a water damage situation in his home, he often wonders if the carpet and padding can be saved. When SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is called for water restoration services, there are factors that the water technicians consider to help determine if the carpet and padding is salvageable.
Upon arriving to the site, the technicians will identify the category and classification of the water damage to ensure that the property is restored following industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water helps determine whether or not the carpeting and padding can be saved.
There are three categories or classifications for floodwaters: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.
Category 1 is considered to be clean, non-contaminated water. It may come from overflowing tubs, leaky faucets, or broken pipes. In most instances of category 1 floodwater, the carpets and padding can be dried and restored.
Category 2 floodwater is classified as gray water. It is considered dirty water and it may result from malfunctioning washing machines or dishwashers for example. If the carpet has been wet for less than 48 hours, it can sometimes be restored. However, for category 2 floodwater, the padding is usually replaced.
Category 3 floodwater or black water is considered hazardous because it contains dangerous contaminants. Black water can come from instances like sewage backups and toilet overflows. In cases of black water floods, the carpeting and padding should be removed, disposed of and replaced.
The SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati technicians are experts in water restoration. They have the knowledge and expertise to inspect any situation and make professional decisions as to the appropriate restoration process to use.
If you are facing water damage in your home, call us today! (513)530-9688!
Celebrate National Preparedness Month...Take Steps to Be Prepared!
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? National Preparedness is observed in the United States every September with the hopes of encouraging Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes and businesses.
How Can You Prepare?
Disasters usually strike unexpectedly, rarely giving any warning signs. But with a little thought and planning ahead, you can be better prepared for a disaster.
Disasters in the Home
No one expects a home fire. But there are steps you can take to be prepared just in case! Do you have an escape plan? Or how about a family meeting place outside the home? Do you have working smoke alarms in your home? How about a fire extinguisher? These are all ways to plan ahead and be better prepared for a fire disaster in your home.
A flooded home can also come unexpectedly. Have you checked and maintained the sump pump? How about the gutters on your home…Are they clean? Is your roof in good condition? Do you have your insurance agent’s contact information handy? How about the SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati phone number? You might be in need of clean up and restoration!
Disasters in the Business
Are you prepared if disaster strikes your business? Many business owners are caught off guard when disaster strikes, but there are steps to take to be better prepared. Does your insurance policy cover the type of disasters that are most likely to affect your business? Do you have a plan in place to help continue business operations during the recovery process? Is your business data backed up? Have you contacted SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati and developed an Emergency Ready Profile?
Join the nation this September by making an effort to be prepared! Take action now by planning ways to stay safe and lessen the impact a disaster might have on you, your family and your business!
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati (513)530-9688
Storm Damage & Roofs
When severe storms hit, they most often hit unexpectedly and can be devastating to a home. Hail storms, tornadoes, floods and blizzards all have the potential to damage a home.
Roofs are most commonly affected by storms and can be very costly for homeowners to repair. Tornadoes and high winds can cause fallen trees and branches. Shingles can be blown off leading to water leaking into the home and causing water damage. Vents, gutters, downspouts and flashing are all susceptible to damage during storms as well.
Following a storm, in order to prevent further damage, it is always important to look for signs of roof damage. Some things to look for are holes, missing or dented shingles, and dented or cracked gutters and downspouts.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is available 24/7 for emergency service if your home is damaged by a storm and you need help immediately. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Some of the emergency services that we provide include temporary board up, temporary fencing, tarping, and tree removal. So if you find yourself in need of emergency service, give us a call any time day or night! (513) 530-9688
Weather & Fireworks...Stay Safe & Enjoy! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Fireworks displays are affected by many different weather factors. Wind, drought, lightning and rain can all have an impact on July 4th celebrations.
Wind can really affect the quality of the display as well as pose a safety risk if not monitored closely. Calm wind doesn’t allow for the smoke to dissipate which means that the fireworks won’t be as vivid as spectators try to see them through the smoke. Strong wind affects the direction of the fallout, potentially blowing hot embers and smoke into the spectators.
A location experiencing a drought is not ideal for a fireworks show. This could be very dangerous as there is potential for fire damage when the fallout lands on dry grounds and possibly sparks a fire.
Lightning can also be one of the most dangerous weather conditions that affects a fireworks show. It is possible that lightning can strike the unlit fireworks and ignite them on the ground, which is very dangerous for anyone sitting nearby. It’s important to remember to always take shelter indoors if lightning is in the area!
And finally, while most would expect otherwise, rain is not really an issue for fireworks displays. As long as the pre-lit fireworks are protected from the rain so that the fuses are kept dry and will light, the fireworks will still burst through the raindrops and be seen without problems.
So this July 4th, be sure to take the weather into consideration as you head to your local fireworks display!
We at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!
Tornado Safety - Keep Your Pet Safe Too!
As we enter the warmer months, severe storms become more frequent and tornadoes become a possibility. In the event of a tornado, most people consider the safety of their family, but many may forget to consider the safety of their pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips to help keep pets safe during severe storms.
Tornado Pet Safety Tips:
- Bring your pets inside – Any time a severe storm is in your area, bring your pets indoors. If it is not safe for you to be outside, then it is not safe for your four-legged friend!
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification or is microchipped – If you were to be separated from your pet during a storm, an identification tag or microchip will increase your chances of being reunited.
- Practice getting your pets into your safe place – When you practice your tornado safety plan with your family, be sure to include your pets as part of the practice plan!
- If you are forced to evacuate, take your pets with you – Even if you think you will only need to be gone for a short period of time, take your pets and some emergency pet supplies with you. Depending on the situation, you may be unable to come back for your pets at a later time.
These are just a few tips to take into consideration to help keep your pets safe during the stormy season. More information about tornadoes and pet safety can be found at the Humane Society website, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/keeping_pets_safe_during_a_tornado.html.
Be Prepared for a Tornado...Know What To Do!
Now that spring has arrived in Blue Ash and Montgomery, we are seeing beautiful flowering trees, warmer temperatures and budding tulips. But with the wonderful spring season, also comes the threat of tornadoes.
Tornadoes often appear with little warning and bring strong, disastrous winds that often cause serious damage. While tornadoes are difficult to predict, we can prepare for them by thinking ahead and coming up with a tornado safety plan ahead of time.
Dr. Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, suggests following these tips in order to be ready if a tornado strikes:
- Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm – If caught out in a storm, get home as quickly as possible, and if that’s not possible, get to a sturdy building.
- Get away from windows and get underground – Stay as far away from windows as possible and make every effort to get underground. A basement or a storm shelter is an ideal location to ride out the storm.
- If a tornado appears while you’re on the road… Make every attempt to find a safe building for shelter. If you can’t find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. It is safer to find a ditch, get down and cover your head. Get as far away from your vehicle as possible.
- Put on your shoes and a helmet – If you are home when the storm hits, prepare for the worst. Put on shoes just in case your home is damaged and you may be forced to walk through debris. If you own a bike helmet, it could save you from life-threatening head trauma.
- Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you – Your pets are part of your family so make sure to bring them with you to your safe place. Make sure their collar is on for identification and keep them leashed if they are not in a crate.
- Don’t leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado – Tornadoes can shirt their path, and if you think you are directly in line of the storm, being in your home is safer than being in your car.
Tornadoes are unpredictable and can devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Being prepared and knowing what to do if caught in a tornado increases the chances of safety and survival during the storm.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati Provides Relief to Hurricane Matthew Victims
Hurricane Matthew pounded the Southeast coast leaving a trail of devastation and destruction. The storm brought strong winds, as much as 15 inches of rain and powerful storm surges to some areas. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.
Many people’s lives were disrupted and SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is making every effort to help those in need. As part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, our crews have mobilized and are currently onsite in South Carolina to help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area.
The employees of SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati are also working locally to provide hurricane disaster relief. On Saturday, October 15th, as part of the Contractor Connection Global Day of Service, a team of our SERVPRO employees and their families were honored to volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio. Matthew 25: Ministries aids disaster victims and the poor by collecting, processing and shipping goods to them. To start the day, the SERVPRO group took part in a very informative tour and learned about the mission of Matthew 25: Ministries, what they do, and who benefits from their service. The SERVPRO group then contributed to the cause by unpacking and preparing items for shipment to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. It was a very satisfying experience for our SERVPRO employees to be part of such a wonderful cause!
Be Prepared for Severe Weather
With the spring season comes lush green lawns, colorful flowering trees and warmer sunny days. However, spring can also be the prime season for severe weather. According to the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.
Tornadoes often occur during the spring season between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00pm. The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:
· Know your community’s warning system
· Pick a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.
· Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing damaged limbs from trees and securing lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc.
Thunderstorms are also common in the afternoon and evening hours in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:
· Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!
· Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.
· Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.
· Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.
Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:
· Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.
· Stay away from floodwaters.
· Do not drive on flooded streets.
· Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.
While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.
SERVPRO'S DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM CAN ANSWER THE CALL
Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards or Floods – NO DISASTER IS TOO BIG!
Need help fast in a storm situation? SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati has answered the call! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby, ready to act when disaster strikes. The Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”