Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Preparedness

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem early, but hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Be Prepared!

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Be prepared to weather the storm with the FEMA App. This app allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers. This app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.

We are always here to help in case of emergency 24/7 365 - yes even holidays! 

Storm Damage at School

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

What does it mean to feel proud?

Is pride only something that makes you feel good inside, your heart soaring, swelling with an emotion that just has to bubble up and flow over so those around us can see?

I think so!


At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia everything we do gives us a certain amount of pride, but it is those special things we do, certain tasks, jobs, that jolts our pride up another level or two.


This is one of those times.


Don’t get me wrong, we love helping everyone in our Community.


There is no job too small or too large to lessen the pride we feel after we have finished restoring your home or business...Giving you peace of mind.


We give you our very best each and every time.


But this last week we had the opportunity to help restore the very bedrock of a Community…A school.


A school houses a Community’s most precious gift…Our children.


They are our future. 
The ones that grow to one day take our place in society and help the next generation learn and succeed, so they in turn, can replace themselves and carry on a love for our home town.


When a storm brought water and destruction to one of our own schools last week, SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia didn’t hesitate to help restore a building that houses our children for seven to eight hours a day.


When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO responded immediately and used advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitored and documented the drying process to verify the School was dried properly and thoroughly.


“Like it never even happened.”


So proud? Yes!


We can sleep in peace knowing that our children won't have to suffer through a disaster any more than they had to.


Our children ARE our Community!

Storm Damage at School

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

What does it mean to feel proud?

Is pride only something that makes you feel good inside, your heart soaring, swelling with an emotion that just has to bubble up and flow over so those around us can see?

I think so!


At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia everything we do gives us a certain amount of pride, but it is those special things we do, certain tasks, jobs, that jolts our pride up another level or two.


This is one of those times.


Don’t get me wrong, we love helping everyone in our Community.


There is no job too small or too large to lessen the pride we feel after we have finished restoring your home or business...Giving you peace of mind.


We give you our very best each and every time.


But this last week we had the opportunity to help restore the very bedrock of a Community…A school.


A school houses a Community’s most precious gift…Our children.


They are our future. 
The ones that grow to one day take our place in society and help the next generation learn and succeed, so they in turn, can replace themselves and carry on a love for our home town.


When a storm brought water and destruction to one of our own schools last week, SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia didn’t hesitate to help restore a building that houses our children for seven to eight hours a day.


When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO responded immediately and used advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitored and documented the drying process to verify the School was dried properly and thoroughly.


“Like it never even happened.”


So proud? Yes!


We can sleep in peace knowing that our children won't have to suffer through a disaster any more than they had to.


Our children ARE our Community!

American Red Cross Weather Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

 

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

2. Stay away from floodwaters.

3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

4. Keep children out of the water.

5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

Check out www.redcross.org for more information!

American Red Cross Weather Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

 

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

2. Stay away from floodwaters.

3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

4. Keep children out of the water.

5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

Check out www.redcross.org for more information!

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ofGreenville/Troy/Andalusia specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Greenville/Troy/Andalusia, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today!

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ofGreenville/Troy/Andalusia specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Greenville/Troy/Andalusia, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today!

Tropical Storm Season

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tropical Storm Season Our Crew heading out to a storm damage.

 

Today, June 21, 2017, Tropical Storm Cindy is raking havoc on the Southeast with a large amount of rain embedded within its tentacles. It is an early storm for us and most of us won’t be ready to take it on.

It’s a good time to talk about the importance of Tropical Storm and Hurricane preparedness.

Did you know that twenty-nine Tropical Storms have caused chaos in Alabama in the last sixteen years? In one shape or other, a Tropical Depression, Storm or Hurricane has harmed our State and affected the people who live here. It is important to pay attention and be prepared for the next one…And the next.

At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia we have seen firsthand the concern and dread that faces those that have weathered the storm, yet are faced with damage to manage each time we are called in to help restore businesses and residential homes. The only thing to lesson that mental load is to be resilient and have your “Plan of Action” in place before the storm.

Step One:        Listen to the weather forecast. If a Storm is out in the Gulf, be alert.

Step Two:        Call your insurance company and make sure your home or business is covered for storm/wind damage and/or flooding.

Step Three:      If your home or business is near a waterway, use sandbags to help protect your home from rising water.

Step Four:        Board or tape up your windows.

Step Five:        If you are faced with a small Tropical Depression or Storm and are not in a flood zone, wait it out, but make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water on hand.

Step Six:          Buy a generator in case of Electricity loss.

Step Seven:     Have emergency numbers stored in your phone.

Step Eight:       If you are faced with a Hurricane, no matter the size, have a plan already in place of where you will be staying until it passes.

Step Nine:        Make sure your vehicle has a full tank, and you have cash on hand.

Step Ten:         If you have pets, make sure they are part of your plans.

Step Eleven:    Above all else, keep your family, friends and yourself safe.

You can find more helpful hints on NOAA.com.

If you need us, call us and we’ll be on our way.

Tropical Storm Season

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tropical Storm Season Our Crew heading out to a storm damage.

 

Today, June 21, 2017, Tropical Storm Cindy is raking havoc on the Southeast with a large amount of rain embedded within its tentacles. It is an early storm for us and most of us won’t be ready to take it on.

It’s a good time to talk about the importance of Tropical Storm and Hurricane preparedness.

Did you know that twenty-nine Tropical Storms have caused chaos in Alabama in the last sixteen years? In one shape or other, a Tropical Depression, Storm or Hurricane has harmed our State and affected the people who live here. It is important to pay attention and be prepared for the next one…And the next.

At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia we have seen firsthand the concern and dread that faces those that have weathered the storm, yet are faced with damage to manage each time we are called in to help restore businesses and residential homes. The only thing to lesson that mental load is to be resilient and have your “Plan of Action” in place before the storm.

Step One:        Listen to the weather forecast. If a Storm is out in the Gulf, be alert.

Step Two:        Call your insurance company and make sure your home or business is covered for storm/wind damage and/or flooding.

Step Three:      If your home or business is near a waterway, use sandbags to help protect your home from rising water.

Step Four:        Board or tape up your windows.

Step Five:        If you are faced with a small Tropical Depression or Storm and are not in a flood zone, wait it out, but make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water on hand.

Step Six:          Buy a generator in case of Electricity loss.

Step Seven:     Have emergency numbers stored in your phone.

Step Eight:       If you are faced with a Hurricane, no matter the size, have a plan already in place of where you will be staying until it passes.

Step Nine:        Make sure your vehicle has a full tank, and you have cash on hand.

Step Ten:         If you have pets, make sure they are part of your plans.

Step Eleven:    Above all else, keep your family, friends and yourself safe.

You can find more helpful hints on NOAA.com.

If you need us, call us and we’ll be on our way.

Luverne Alabama In Storm Crosshairs

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Luverne Alabama In Storm Crosshairs Luverne Alabama Tornado

 

SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia Storm Response Team sprang into action after an EF0 Tornado tore through the City of Luverne on Monday, April 3, 2017, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

When you call, we are there.

April is a beautiful month for Alabama. The sun shines, flowers bloom, grass grows and new life begins from a slow Spring rain, adding color and character to our landscape.

But with this, weather systems form and occasionally disrupt the beauty with damaging storms.

It happens every Spring.

And we should always be prepared.

It is important to us at SERVPRO that our neighbors, friends and families pay close attention to Weather Alerts and local Weather personnel during peak tornado season.

Let me go over a few important factors to remember.

 

According to the National Climatic Data Center

  1. We live in “Dixie Alley”. (The term "Dixie Alley" was coined by NSSFC director Allen Pearson after witnessing a tornado outbreak which included more than 9 long-track, violent tornadoes and killed 121 on February 21, 1971)
  2. Alabama is second only to Kansas in F5 Tornadoes.
  3. Alabama has suffered more fatalities than any other State except Texas and Mississippi.
  4. Alabama has two Tornado seasons. Spring and November-December.   

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to an Alabama approaching Storm.

Important tips to Remember. 

  1. Be alert for changing weather conditions.
  2. Listen to TV, Radio and local authorities.
  3. Own a weather radio for up to the minute warnings.

What to look for:

  1. Low, or layered clouds that appear to be moving in opposite directions or rotating.
  2. Sudden dark sky. (often w/ an orange or green glow)
  3. A loud continuous roar/approaching train (sound) 

Be prepared to take cover immediately.

  

  1. Have a pre-planned shelter to go to if you live in a Mobile Home.
  2. Go to a storm shelter, basement or the most interior room in your home, away from any outside walls or windows.
  3. If you are driving a car do not try to outrun a tornado. Find the nearest building and shelter in the lowest level. If you cannot find a building, lay flat in a ditch. (Be aware of any flooding or flying debris)

 

After the storm has passed:

 

  1. Make sure everyone is okay.
  2. Check for any damage to your home or property.
  3. Call 911 or your local Police if you see downed power lines.

 

We at SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia understand how frustrating it can be to go through a Southern spring storm that leaves behind its wake a devastating amount of water and storm damage to your home or business.

Therefore, we stand “At the Ready”!

“Like it never even happened”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luverne Alabama In Storm Crosshairs

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Luverne Alabama In Storm Crosshairs Luverne Alabama Tornado

 

SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia Storm Response Team sprang into action after an EF0 Tornado tore through the City of Luverne on Monday, April 3, 2017, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

When you call, we are there.

April is a beautiful month for Alabama. The sun shines, flowers bloom, grass grows and new life begins from a slow Spring rain, adding color and character to our landscape.

But with this, weather systems form and occasionally disrupt the beauty with damaging storms.

It happens every Spring.

And we should always be prepared.

It is important to us at SERVPRO that our neighbors, friends and families pay close attention to Weather Alerts and local Weather personnel during peak tornado season.

Let me go over a few important factors to remember.

 

According to the National Climatic Data Center

  1. We live in “Dixie Alley”. (The term "Dixie Alley" was coined by NSSFC director Allen Pearson after witnessing a tornado outbreak which included more than 9 long-track, violent tornadoes and killed 121 on February 21, 1971)
  2. Alabama is second only to Kansas in F5 Tornadoes.
  3. Alabama has suffered more fatalities than any other State except Texas and Mississippi.
  4. Alabama has two Tornado seasons. Spring and November-December.   

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to an Alabama approaching Storm.

Important tips to Remember. 

  1. Be alert for changing weather conditions.
  2. Listen to TV, Radio and local authorities.
  3. Own a weather radio for up to the minute warnings.

What to look for:

  1. Low, or layered clouds that appear to be moving in opposite directions or rotating.
  2. Sudden dark sky. (often w/ an orange or green glow)
  3. A loud continuous roar/approaching train (sound) 

Be prepared to take cover immediately.

  

  1. Have a pre-planned shelter to go to if you live in a Mobile Home.
  2. Go to a storm shelter, basement or the most interior room in your home, away from any outside walls or windows.
  3. If you are driving a car do not try to outrun a tornado. Find the nearest building and shelter in the lowest level. If you cannot find a building, lay flat in a ditch. (Be aware of any flooding or flying debris)

 

After the storm has passed:

 

  1. Make sure everyone is okay.
  2. Check for any damage to your home or property.
  3. Call 911 or your local Police if you see downed power lines.

 

We at SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia understand how frustrating it can be to go through a Southern spring storm that leaves behind its wake a devastating amount of water and storm damage to your home or business.

Therefore, we stand “At the Ready”!

“Like it never even happened”.