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National Preparedness Month 2019: Community Preparedness
The last week of National Preparedness month, we at SERVPRO would like to encourage you to get involved with your local community's emergency preparation efforts. When disaster strikes, your whole community may be affected, and we can really make a difference when we all band together and help one another out.
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) train volunteers to prepare for different disasters their community may face. You can find local CERTs by clicking this link and entering your ZIP code.
- Every community has voluntary organizations that work during disasters. Visit https://www.nvoad.org to see what organizations are active in your community.
- Take classes in lifesaving skills such as CPR, first aid, etc. You could become a valuable asset in your community with these skills under your belt.
- Take note of potential hazards your community is most likely to face, and find ways you could potentially help your neighbors and friends.
We at SERVPRO are your neighbors and we are locally available 24/7 to help our community out! When disaster strikes, do not hesitate to give us a call at (847) 593-3055.
National Preparedness Month 2019: Youth Preparedness
National Preparedness Month continues, and this week focuses on youth preparedness. Not only is it important for you to prepare for disasters, but it is also important for your children. Now would be a great time to have discussions with your kids about how to prepare and be ready for the unexpected.
- Teach children what to do in emergencies at home and away from home. Check out ready.gov for guidance on how to do so.
- Make sure your kids have the right emergency contacts on their phones. Your numbers, 911, and other close family members and friends are priority numbers they should have.
- Add your kids' school's social media for an easy way to keep up-to-date.
- Practice your emergency plans with your kids.
- Make sure your children's medication and supplies are in your emergency kits.
- Include items such as your children's toys, games, books, etc. in your emergency kits for comfort during disasters.
- Check out online games on ready.gov for fun ways to educate your children on emergency preparedness.
- If you are a teacher, take a look at resources from ready.gov on how to make sure your classrooms are prepared for emergencies.
For more information, be sure to check out ready.gov and fema.gov for many valuable resources to help your entire family prepare for emergencies.
If your home or business suffers emergency weather damage, SERVPRO is ready to respond 24/7. Give us a call at (847) 593-3055 for service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Flood Warning in Cook County In Effect
Flood warning is in effect for Cook County and throughout the Chicagoland Suburbs, and it will remain in effect through the weekend. If you live or drive near Des Plaines River, you may encounter many flooded areas throughout.
If your area is experiencing flooding, please take steps to ensure your safety! Here are a few helpful safety tips from ready.gov:
- "Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there’s a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
- Walk only where floodwaters aren’t moving. Use a stick to check the depth of the water and firmness of the ground in front of you.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Just 1 foot of water can stall your engine and make the car float away.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning."
SERVPRO is ready and prepared 24/7 to handle any size disaster. If your home or business experiences water damage from flooding, please give us a call at (847) 593-3055.
National Preparedness Month 2019: Make a Plan
National Preparedness Month continues, and this week, the theme is "Make a Plan." Here are just a few helpful tips and steps to take to ensure you and your loved ones are ready and prepared for the unexpected.
For more information, ready.gov has a wealth of resources to help you and your family plan ahead.
In the unfortunate event of a disaster, SERVPRO is ready to respond 24/7 to your emergency. Call (847) 593-3055 for service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster!
National Preparedness Month 2019: Prepared, Not Scared
National Preparedness Month is observed every September to promote disaster and emergency planning to help ensure the safety of your family and community. Now is a great time to plan ahead and prepare for the unexpected.
Each week of September focuses on different themes of preparedness. This week's theme is financial preparedness: "Save Early for Disaster Costs." Here are just a few quick tips to financially prepare for disasters.
- Check your insurance coverage and make sure you have flood insurance. Many homeowners' and renters' insurance do not cover for flood damage. (Note: many flood insurance policies do not take effect until after 30 days. Don't wait until it's too late!)
- Make sure you have important documentation on hand, such as insurance, household identification, legal, and medical.
- Begin saving now and make wise financial choices to prepare for the unexpected.
- Check out the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit developed by FEMA to help plan ahead.
- Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to expedite insurance claim filing.
Ready.gov is chock full of helpful resources to prepare for disaster. Be sure to check out their website, as well as the links above, for more information!
In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO is equipped and ready to respond 24/7. Give us a call (847) 593-3055 for service that is "Faster to any size disaster."
Nominate a Local First Responder for a Chance to be Recognized at the First Responder Bowl!
Who do you know who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in 2019?
SERVPRO® is proud to be the sponsor of the first-ever First Responder focused bowl game and we extend a heartfelt thank you to all the brave men and women on the frontlines. Their courage and compassion are inspiring to all. We are grateful to live in a country where individuals dedicate themselves to protecting and serving their fellow citizens. We are humbled by their bravery and thank them for putting their lives on the line for those around them. We thank them for their service and sacrifice.
We want to honor local First Responders who are exceptional at performing their duties and have been recognized by their peers and the public they serve. To do so, we ask: Who do you know who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in 2019? They will have the chance to be recognized on a local and national level.
We are gathering candidates from fire stations, police departments, hospitals and elsewhere within the community. After the list is finalized, each nominee will receive the total list of candidates to vote on. In addition, a recognition event will take place to honor the local nominees (TBD).
The Local Winner will be announced and recognized locally November 1st, and they will also be entered as nominees in the National Selection. From those nominations, selected individuals will be honored at the annual SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on December 30, 2019. This trip includes all tickets, transportation, and lodging for two. The selected First Responders will be honored and recognized at the bowl game for their outstanding representation of First Responders everywhere.
If you have a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. you would like to nominate, please send us their name and contact info, their department, service history, and what makes them stand out to earvin@SERVPROofelkgrove.com. Potential candidates will be accepted until October 1st.
2019 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to be Played December 30
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 30.
Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET) and the matchup will be on ESPN. The game is slated to be a matchup of schools from the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA.
In December of 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.
Schools who have competed in the First Responder Bowl include: Army West Point, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.
For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
Chicago Prepares for Brutal Cold
With temperatures dropping to dangerous levels, it is important to take every precaution we can for our own safety and health.
The Chicagoland area will be seeing a deep freeze tonight and tomorrow, the likes of which we have not seen since the 1980's. With temperatures dropping to dangerous levels, it is important to take every precaution we can for our own safety and health.
Here are some tips to stay safe and warm the next few days:
- STAY INDOORS. Avoid the outdoors if possible. With a potential windchill of -55 F tomorrow, frostbite can occur within a matter of minutes, and hypothermia is a major risk.
- If you absolutely need to drive, make sure your vehicle is up for it. Replace your battery if it is old, and keep your fuel tank and tires filled. Also, keep your cell phone charged and have emergency contacts on hand.
- Clear out snow from your roof to prevent ice damming and shovel driveways and sidewalks before it gets too cold.
- Prevent your pipes from freezing. Check out our previous blog for more info.
We at SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle and SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows will still be keeping an eye and ear out for any emergency restoration situations, and we are available 24/7 to address your needs. Call us at (847) 593-3055 to begin the restoration process.
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SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is a local, independently owned franchise that strives to serve our neighbors. Give us a call anytime 24/7 for any of your emergency damage restoration needs. (847) 593-3055