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September is the month of Natural preparedness.

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

September is the month of Natural preparedness. National preparedness month was designed for The Department of Homeland Security to educate the public on the importance of disaster preparation. There is a plethora of disasters both Natural and Man-made. With this being said there are a number of strategies you maybe be able to come up with and a number of governmental websites that may help you prepare such as FEMA, and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. 

As such SERVPRO offers an Emergency Readiness Profile for such events. In the case of an emergency in which your home suffers from things such as fire damage, water damage or mold damage etc. We’ll provide you with tips to minimize damage until help arrives and we are able to begin your mitigation and reconstruction process.  SERVPRO works with many insurance companies so many insurance companies may also have information you can use to prepare. Insurance companies encourage families to prepare for disasters because it allows them to properly evaluate if the property is insured and makes the recovery process a bit easier. When extreme weather destroys homes, families with less savings are more prone to housing insecurity.  

September is National Preparedness Month

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). NPM is FEMA's national annual preparedness outreach. It is managed and sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign. The Ready Campaign, in conjunction with the Ad Council, aims to educate and empower Americans during NPM and through the year to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. National Preparedness Month culminates on September 30th with National Preparedness Day, the National Day of Action. The theme for 2022 is: A Lasting Legacy. The life you've built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family. SERVPRO® is proud to spotlight National Preparedness Month this year. By doing so, we want to make sure you are prepared in case of a disaster? whether natural or man-made. If you haven't taken the time to think about how different disasters could affect you, then we challenge you to take the necessary steps to become informed and develop an emergency plan for before, during, and after an event for yourself and your family. IN THIS ISSUE of the Restoration Newsline:

• Why is NPM observed in September?

• What 2 states experience the most tornadoes?

• Preparedness steps that could save your life

• What to include in an emergency supply kit We must work together to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for the unthinkable.

Begin preparing vital information now so you can address the unique needs of your business during an emergency situation. Contact your local SERVPRO® team of professionals to find out more preparedness planning tips and how you can minimize business interruption with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile®.

How SERVPRO works with your insurance

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes your property, it is important to know who to call! SERVPRO of La Grange Park / North Riverside, Arlington Heights/Prospect Height, and Elmhurst is highly trained and experienced in disaster restoration and cleanup. Our team is the trusted leader in the restoration and cleaning industry, and we offer a wide variety of services for your residential and commercial properties. Water damagefire damage, and mold damage don't stand a chance against our team! Locally owned and operated, we are dedicated to being "Faster to any size disaster!" Available 24 hours a day, days a week for your emergency.

When you experience an unexpected disaster in your home, you may not know how to handle it. After the shock is over, your first thoughts are “what am I going to do?” and  “How am I going to pay for this?”. These are two very common questions homeowners ask themselves given the high cost of repairing water, fire, mold or trauma damage. Good news for you, our team of professionals is here to help eliminate that concern.

Here at SERVPRO of La Grange Park / North Riverside, Arlington Heights/Prospect Height, and Elmhurst set ourselves apart from other restoration companies with our seamless design to work directly with most insurance companies while keeping property owners in the loop. Our dedicated team of professionals understands the insurance industry. From knowing how the claims process works, to getting your claim submitted and your repairs documented correctly. One major advantage we use is our advanced technology that allows us to perform very accurate estimates with detailed reports on replacements. Many of our team members have worked directly with insurance agents and adjusters.

As one of the largest restoration and damage remediation companies in the country, we work with hundreds of insurance companies to help our customers get their claims processed quickly and fairly. Many insurance companies know that SERVPRO handles losses professionally and often recommend us to their policyholders.

If you have any questions or are in need of emergency services, don't hesitate and give our SERVPRO of La Grange Park / North Riverside, Arlington Heights/Prospect Height, and Elmhurst team a call!  

The U.S. Fire Administration Podcast

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Life is getting busier, the days are seemingly becoming shorter, and many Americans are struggling with time management. During times like these it may be more difficult to get your daily news. However, many are combating the concept of time with strategic planning and multitasking. 

Many years ago during my studies as a marketer many marketing professionals noticed a decline in audio advertising. This decline had been made consistent and many advertisers began to look for other sources to market their products and services. Them the boom of Podcast begun. Podcast are extremely popular because of multiple reasons. The first being that podcast are readily available during anytime of the day.   

No more struggling to get your daily fire prevention and safe new as The U.S Fire Administration releases its eight episode on https://www.usfa.fema.gov/podcasts/. The U.S. Fire Administration Podcasts are dedicated to getting the right message out to the folks on a time crunch. No more will you have have to struggle making it near a radio or television for important news on fire, emergency services and more. The U.S. Fire Administration Podcasts have audio as well as written versions of their podcast online and available at anytime. The podcast can be found at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/podcasts/ or on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcast apps and websites. 

National Workaholics Day

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Today, July 5th is National Workaholics Day. The term “Workaholic” is defined as a person who compulsively works hard and long hours.  If you’re a workaholic, you probably have a strong passion for what so do. You are the Boss’s go-to person, the person everyone can count on to get the job done. However, it is possible that you can work yourself to negative health effects. You may spend so much time working that you neglect some of the important things in life such as socializing with friends for missing sentimental events in your family-life. Being a workaholic has its pro’s and con’s but today is made to celebrate you and all the things that make you special.

Though there are many cons to working really hard, workaholics may suffer from working too hard. Impaired brain and cognitive function, stress and anxiety can all stem from overworking and loss of sleep. If you are experiencing and of these signs than you might be a workaholic. Here are some signs that may indicate that you are a workaholic followed by a list of suggestions that may be helpful to help you manage these traits.

  • You prioritize work over hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise.
  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and depression.

Managing your Workaholic-ism

  • Foster a culture of appropriate boundaries, work/life balance and engagement as this will help everyone be productive, energized, and creative.
  • Find your intrinsic motivation for working that’s healthy. Ask yourself, What makes the work meaningful? What enjoyment do you derive from work?  What’s your purpose?  Leaders need to know why you get out of bed, and it usually isn’t to hit a target or make money.

According to nationaldaycalendar.com the way to observe NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY is

“A healthy work-life means more to our well-being than just a paycheck! Today, take some time off to relax, slow down a little bit and maybe schedule a vacation for you and your family. Be sure to use #NationalWorkaholicsDay on social media to shout out to those you know who are workaholics.” Meaning take a break, go out and get some fresh air, focus on the things you like to do outside of the office like spending time with friends and family. Be sure to enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

References:

Barron, K. (2013, July 9). Being a workaholic has advantages and disadvantages. The American Genius. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://theamericangenius.com/entrepreneur/being-a-workaholic-has-advantages-and-disadvantages/

National Day Calendar. (2022, July 1). NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY - July 5. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-workaholics-day-july-5/

Kramer, J. (2016, May 31). There’s a Serious Downside to Being a Workaholic. Glamour. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://www.glamour.com/story/theres-a-hiddenand-seriousdownside-to-being-a-workaholic

Team, W. A. (2020, August 5). Six signs you’re a workaholic – and how to deal with it. WeAreTheCity. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://wearethecity.com/six-signs-youre-a-workaholic-and-how-to-deal-with-it/

Malik, H. (2022, July 10). NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY. National Today. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://nationaltoday.com/national-workaholics-day/

Storms Flood Central Illinois and Surrounding Areas

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Severe storms have been traveling through Central Illinois and Missouri recking havoc on residents leaving hundreds homeless or displaced with flood damage. Historic rainfall began July 25th, 2022 shattering a the 100 year old record. Additional rain and isolated thunderstorms continue to threaten the St. Louis and central Illinois area. Mayor Tishaura Jones declared the city in a state of emergency which should help gain resources the city needs for recovery.

These severe storms and rainfall cause a significant amount of property damage. Luckily, However SERVPRO is on the case. There have been over 30 franchises and 90 crews dispatched on-site in the Illinois and Missouri areas. SERVPRO franchises have traveled from as far a 7-8 hours gaining help from surrounding midwestern franchises. We are all-hands-on-deck in helping the over 2000 new calls for help.

Our highly trained Disaster Recovery Team specializes in property damage restoration, water damage restoration and fire damage restoration. Our team utilizes advanced technologies alongside The Institute of Inspection’s cleaning and restoration industry standards to provide exceptional service. We believe in continuous training from initial and on-going training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certifications. Rest assured our staff is equipped for any of your clean-up, restoration, and construction needs.

References:

Woytus, A. (2022, July 26). Historic rainfall in St. Louis shatters 100-year-old record. St. Louis Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.stlmag.com/news/historic-rainfall-st-louis-floods/

Hays, G. (2022, July 28). Historic rainfall in St. Louis raises questions about flooding and climate change. PBS NewsHour. Retrieved April 8, 2022, from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/historic-rainfall-in-st-louis-raises-questions-about-flooding-and-climate-change

Do You Have Dirty Ducts?

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Air/ HVAC ducts are essential for the circulation of your home or commercial property. Your heating and cooling system utilizes your ducts to maintain temperature throughout the property. Air is circulated through the ducts multiple time a day reaching every room with the same air. This is a integral part of your properties air quality. Did you know that your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Dirty Ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your location.

A professional commercial duct cleaning company can reach, clean, and sanitize all the components of your duct system. Homeowners should be aware of a few things in the HVAC and air duct cleaning process. First, system access to the duct interiors should be made through existing openings when possible. This could be via return grills, duct end caps and existing service openings. Your technician will often begin by breaking contaminants loose from your system, either by hand or using a vacuum, to agitate dirt and dust. This basic step is an important one in the HVAC cleaning process.

The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before the vacuuming begins. Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ductwork to a container. Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Extreme Heat and Severe Weather Storms Threaten Illinois Chicagoland Areas!

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

ABC 7 Chicago reports Tuesday morning residents are left without power as strong storms moved throughout the region. Winnebago, Lake, Cook County, and more are on high alert for storms that could produce damaging winds at up to 70 miles per hour.

This comes only weeks after a damaging supercell swept throughout northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. The June 13th storm produced strong winds reaching up to 84mph and hundreds of trees being uprooted, downed, or damaged. Bellwood and Broadview experienced some of the most damaging effects of the storms. Many were left without power as a heatwave as Broadview and Bellwood join Westchester in declaring the villages in a local state of emergency. As SERVPRO launched into our communities to provide assistance to those in need we learned quite a bit of information to help you prepare for a natural disaster. So here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for a rise in temperatures.

Stay hydrated. You don’t need to wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Sipping water throughout a hot day can help you remain hydrated and keep fluids high

Dress for the weather. Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing can ensure your body is able to breathe and allow a cool breeze to lower your body/skin temperature.

Staying inside. Remain in a cool or air-conditions environment. During the following days of the Illinois supercell, many villages opened cooling stations and busses. Those who lost power during the supercell were able to stay cool while the city worked to restore power to homes.

References: 

Earnest, A. (2022, July 5). Dangerous Heat, Storms Before 'Pneumonia Front' In Illinois. Across Illinois, IL Patch. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://patch.com/illinois/across-il/dangerous-heat-storms-pneumonia-front-illinois

Team, A. C. D. (2022, July 5). Chicago weather forecast includes extreme heat after thunderstorms knock out power for thousands. ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-weather-forecast-tornado-warning-thunderstorm/12020208/

Independence Day weekend Celebration and Safely

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

As the 2022 Independence day weekend begins many Americans are setting up plans for barbeques / Cook outs, festivals and Fireworks. 

Did you know that different states have different laws on the sales, operation and even possession f fireworks? Illinois has one of the more strict laws on fireworks as opposed to our neighboring states.

So here's what you need to know before planning your 4th of July firework show.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. Your local SERVPRO franchise professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free.

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick-up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. If your residential or commercial property suffers from structural fire damage, call your local SERVPRO franchise professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Supercell Storm Leaves Illinois Residents In State Of Emergency; Battling Storm Damage, Floods and Dangerous Heat Waves.

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

A supercell thunderstorm hovering over Miami, Texas. Photo of Supercell

The streets of Broadview and neighboring areas are littered with debris, branches, and uprooted trees. Monday’s supercell storm rampaged throughout Illinois suburban area’s, leaving residents to battle dangerous heat levels without power. As temperatures increase Cooling stations are placed through the area as ComEd rushes to restore power powerlines destroyed by downed trees during the storm.

Mayor Katrina Thompson and Mayor Andre F. Harvey declare a local state of emergency for Broadview and Bellwood. Public works and contractor crews are addressing the debris, branches and uprooted trees caused by the storm. However, as stated by Mayor Katrina Thompson “Clean-up is going to be expensive for residents, businesses, and the Village of Broadview alike, so the official emergency declaration will make our community eligible for financial assistance to aid our recovery.” As volunteers of Home Depot, Cook County Government, and ComEd worked together to clear up the debris the mayor lifts permits for roofs, fences, and tree removal.

Outages also extend to La Grange Park where tension continues to grow between the La grange Country Club and the village officials. Last year after only a couple of being in office former Village Board Trustee Mikes Matteucci resigned due to this conflict of interest as a member of the country club. Many attempts from the village officials have seemed to fall on deaf ears such as the Village Board Meeting invitation to discuss stormwater issuing in which the Club did not participate. All while the trial to settle disputes between La Grange and a nearby quarry have been delayed. The trial set for July 18th has been pushed back to September 19th possibly to give time for the Hanson Aggregates quarry to implement its expert’s recommendations to expand its drainage ponds. It is said that this dispute derives from the Quarry cutting a drainage pipe three decades ago.

Let’s all continue to hope that the village and its residents reach some sort of resolution as flooding continues to become a growing problem. These are our neighborhoods so let’s put our heads together to find the best outlook for our towns and villages.  

Sources:

Rezaei, A., & Barack, M. (2022, June 16). Residents in suburban Broadview battle dangerous heat; still without power following Monday’s storms. CBS News. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/suburban-broadview-heat-still-without-power/

Giuliani, D. (2022, June 15). Country Club Confuses La Grange On Flooding: Official. La Grange, IL Patch. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from https://patch.com/illinois/lagrange/country-club-confuses-la-grange-flooding-official

Giuliani, D. (2022b, June 15). Outages Remain In La Grange Park: Village. La Grange, IL Patch. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from https://patch.com/illinois/lagrange/outages-remain-la-grange-park-village

Giuliani, D. (2022a, June 14). La Grange Flooding Trial Delayed 2 Months. La Grange, IL Patch. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from https://patch.com/illinois/lagrange/la-grange-flooding-trial-delayed-2-months