Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2020
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. The 2020 theme is, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This topic works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. Does your family have a fire evacuation plan?
To ensure the fastest emergency evacuation plan, consider the following:
- Start your fire evacuation plan with a map. This map should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers) that may be needed in an emergency. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
- Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
- Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
- Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
Now that you have your plan in place, make sure you practice it every year.
How to Clean Up After a Fire at Your Business
When a fire occurs at your Annapolis business, the aftermath can be difficult to endure. Smoke damage, standing water from fire hoses, and charred building materials may make cleanup feel overwhelming. While the process can be daunting, there are a few actions you can take that may put you and your business on the path to recovery.
- Limit movement in your office to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with oil.
Once you call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park, we will assess the situation, damage from fire, soot, and water. We provide 24 hour emergency service and We are FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER. This is important because a faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.
Before you risk doing further damage to your Annapolis business, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
Does Your Preparedness Plan Include Your Dog?
Storm is Coming
Did you know dogs can sense a drop in barometric pressure? Have you noticed that your furry friend knows it’s going to storm before you do? A sudden thunderstorm can be terrifying for your dog. September is National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants to make sure your dog is safe.
Veterinarians don't know all the triggers but suspect the dogs are set off by some combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity, and low-frequency rumbles preceding a storm that humans can't hear. Click here to learn more about Storm Phobia.
Here are some tips you should consider:
Bring your dogs inside at the first sign of danger. Disasters can be disorienting for dogs, and they could run away or hurt themselves reacting to loud noises and strange changes to their landscape. Also, rain, flying debris and high winds pose a danger. If you have to leave, keep your dog with you.
Pack a dog emergency bag. You’ll want emergency provisions packed for your dog well in advance of a catastrophe so you can evacuate your home quickly if needed. Choose an easy-to-carry bag, label it and keep it where everyone in the family can find it quickly. The bag should include a dog first aid kit; enough food and bottled water for a week (rotate this every couple of months to keep it from going bad); medications (check periodically to ensure medicines in your emergency bag don’t expire); cleanup supplies; food and water dishes; bags (or litter for cats) for collecting waste; an extra collar and leash; photocopies of medical records; towels; recent photos of your furry friend; and a favorite toy or chewy for comfort.
Create a dog-friendly resource list. Not all emergency shelters will accept dogs, so you need a Plan B. Develop a list of the dog-friendly hotels outside your immediate area. Research a list of veterinarians in the area should your dog need medical care (your regular vet may have some recommendations).
Disasters such as severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and fires can strike quickly. Your dog is part of your family and should be part of your preparedness plan. Disasters don’t wait; make your dog’s plan today.
What's in Your Emergency Plan?
A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Natural emergencies may include the following:
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recommends your company emergency plan contain the following:
Stay in business. Recently, COVID-19 forced businesses to quickly shift from office-work environment to work-from-home. Was your business prepared? Were you able to continue operations? One thing that may help you plan for this type of environment is setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This technology allows employees to access the company network from home.
Emergency communications. How will you communicate important information to your employees? Consider setting up a telephone calling tree, a password-protected page on the company website, an email alert or a call-in voice recording to communicate with employees in an emergency.
Evacuation Plan. If there is a fire in your building, what is the evacuation plan? Create a site map and determine several evacuation routes based on office locations. Set up an off-site safe meeting location where employees can gather.
Click here to access FEMA’s Emergency Plan Guide.
During September (National Preparedness Month), we urge you to train and educate internal personnel on your emergency response plan.
How to Make an Emergency Plan
September is National Preparedness Month. Join Anne Arundel County in preparing
for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park works on commercial properties that suffer storm damage. What we often notice is the property as well as the personnel do NOT have an emergency plan. In September 2020, a tornado wreaked havoc on certain parts of Anne Arundel County. And, once again, some businesses and properties were not prepared.
“Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. We recommend you make a plan and practice it with your employees.
Here are several things you should include in your preparedness plan:
- An evacuation and shelter-in-place plans
- A plan to communicate with your employees and their families
- An emergency supply kit
- Practice your emergency plan
Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for Anne Arundel County, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.
Keep SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park’s contact information on your cell phone and in your plan. Our team is always here to help and make it “Like it never even happened,” if disaster strikes in your life.
National Preparedness Month in Anne Arundel County
The act of being prepared took on new meaning this year as the coronavirus pandemic challenged every part of our lives. In the beginning, the basic necessities we take for granted became scarce quickly, shining a spotlight on the need to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants your business to be prepared. This means, both your employees and personnel as well as your property and equipment.
Click here to register to receive emergency notifications from Anne Arundel County. This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types. Click here for more information on what’s happening in Anne Arundel County this month.
Whether its flood, fire or extreme winter weather, we must work together as a team to ensure our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are prepared.
What is a Flash Flood?
Turn around, don't drown!
Annapolis, Maryland is in the middle of Hurricane Season 2020 and the National Weather Service predicts we will have an extremely active season. One hazard Anne Arundel County often sees is flash floods.
Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods, because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed. Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it.
If your area is under a Flash Flood Warning or a Flood Warning, you need to take action. This means a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground.
Water moving at 9 feet per second is a common speed for flash floods. At this speed, water can move rocks weighing almost a hundred pounds. Flash floods carry debris that elevate their potential to damage structures and injure people.Most fatalities in the US from flash flooding are from vehicles driving into flooded roadways.
Turn around, don’t drown!
Does Water Need To Be Removed Immediately?
Water Damage in Annapolis
When it comes to water damage in an Annapolis home or a Severna Park building, it’s important to remove the water as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional damage. Water damage can quickly lead to mold damage within 48 hours, especially when combined with the heat and humidity that we experience here in Anne Arundel County.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. Recently, Hurricane Isaias dumped up to 6 inches of rain on Maryland. A small leak from flood waters now could blossom into a big claim later.
No matter what time of day or night, water damage is an emergency. Emergency mitigation means under our SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.
Water from a hurricane or from a pipe leak needs to be mitigated quickly, trust our SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.
Is Annapolis Prepared for Hurricane Season?
Faster to any Size Disaster
We are in the middle of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, are you prepared? Is your property prepared?
Anne Arundel County provides a step-by-step guide to help you get prepared. Click here to access the guide.
The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management has published it’s Hurricane Outlook for 2020. Click here to access their predictions.
At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park, we recommend you pay attention to the weather and should the unexpected water intrusion happen, we want you to keep the following in mind:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
Be proactive, not reactive! Identify your facility’s greatest threats in order to assess the overall severity of the event.
For a business owner or a homeowner, a worst-case disaster scenario involving water damage can seem unthinkable until it suddenly becomes a reality.
How to Protect Your Building From Mold
Faster to any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park specializes in mold remediation. It’s common for us to get called to commercial buildings with mold problems. Even small water damages have the potential to cause poor indoor air quality over time.
As a property manager/homeowner, here are a few things you can do to keep mold away:
- Keep the humidity between 30-50 percent.
- Provide for proper drainage away from the building foundation.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
Got mold? Contact us, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at (410) 647-8181 for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold