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Water and Flooding Damage Categories 1, 2, 3

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we are prepared for any kind of water damage or flooding you might experience at your home or business.

However, not all water damage situations are created equal. There are several categories that these situations can fall into that determine how dangerous they are to you and to our teams doing the cleanup. They also determine the amount of work needed to do the mitigation. It’s important you know what we mean when we talk about these categories if you ever have a water damage situation of your own.

Category 1: “Clean Water”

  • Clean Water is any water that comes from a sanitary water source.
  • Clean Water does not post any substantial risks to people’s health.
  • An example of Clean Water would be any leaking from a water supply pipe.

Category 2: “Gray Water”

  • Gray Water is water that contains significant contamination.
  • Gray Water has the potential to cause people discomfort or sickness.
  • Some examples of Gray Water are leaks from washing machines, dishwashers and water beds.

Category 3: “Black Water”

  • Black Water is water that is grossly, or extremely contaminated.
  • Black Water can contain pathogens, toxins or other harmful materials.
  • Black Water can make people seriously ill.
  • Some examples of Black Water are sewage backups, flood waters, and backups from a toilet trap.

When it comes to those three main categories, SERVPRO of Brown County is prepared to help you recover from whatever loss might occur. For the more serious categories our team members will need to wear protective gear, because those categories can be very dangerous to people’s health. Depending on the situation our team members will use different methods to clean up, like using antimicrobial products to ensure the environment is safe.

So, if you have any unwanted water issues, it’s best to reach out to us for help ASAP to keep damage and costs at a minimum. You can do that by calling us at 920-434-8224 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When Lightning Strikes

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning When Lightning Strikes!

Did you know lightning strikes occur in the United States about 25 million times each year?

The NWS says about 47 people, on average, are killed by lightning strikes, with hundreds more being injured.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep yourself safe.

If you’re able, the first piece of advice is to find shelter, preferably inside your own home.

If you are at home, the National Weather Service has several tips to stay safe:

  • Stay off corded phones (you CAN use cell phones).
  • Avoid plumbing: do not take a shower or wash your hands.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Bring your pets inside.
  • Remember that typical surge protectors will NOT protect against surges caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun, reaching temperatures of around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

And that hot, hot heat CAN cause fires. About 24,600 fires are caused by lightning in the United States each year, according to the NWS. Of those, about 4,400 are house fires.

In our line of work at SERVPRO of Brown County we know just how much damage house fires can do. They can be devastating for families.

It’s unfortunate we know the damage, but luckily, we also know how to fix a lot of that damage. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to help you recover if the unthinkable happens. Just give us a call at 920-434-8224.

Green Bay Restaurant Week

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Celebrate an amazing event by enjoying the Green Bay Restaurant Week! It starts today September 10th - September 17th. Check out over 3 dozen restaurants, offering fixed course menus including an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Menu options include an $11 lunch, or a $22 or $33 dinner. So many options to choose from whether you prefer American, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, steak/seafood. Also, outdoor dinning available or takeout available. Check it out at gbrestaurant.com. This is a great way to enjoy an evening out with family and friends or take home while supporting your local businesses! 
#enjoy#family#friends#amazingfood

#localsupport

Preparing for Natural Disasters

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters include tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Man-made disasters include events such as power outages, arson, terrorist attacks, and radiation threats. Some of the steps a family can take to prepare for an emergency are the same for either a natural or a man-made disaster. For example, a well-stocked medical supply kit is valuable regardless of the type of disaster. 

A comprehensive family disaster plan should, at the bare minimum, address the following 10 items.

1.Identify Hazards in the Home.

2. Obtain First Aid Supplies and CPR Skills.

3. Establish a Disaster Meeting Place and Family Contact.

4. Develop Adequate Water Storage.

5. Prepare a Food Supply.

6. Store Emergency Supplies.

Basic emergency supplies should include the following.

  1. Power flashlight and extra batteries
  2. Battery-powered radio
  3. Prescription medicines and vital over-the-counter medicines
  4. First aid kit
  5. Toiletry articles
  6. Filtered masks for nose and mouth
  7. Infant and small children’s needs (if appropriate)
  8. Fire extinguisher

7. Develop an Emergency Evacuation Plan.

8. Prepare for Disaster in a Vehicle.

9. Prepare for Disaster at Work or School. 

10. Practice, Modify, and Maintain the Plan.

In an unfortunate situation that you may need help in clean up, SERVPRO of Brown County is here to help. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year, give us a call at 920-434-8224

How to Prepare for a Storm

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business.

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with everyone in your family. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Identify an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you get separated during the storm, have everyone meet at the designated location.

It is smart to assign an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family’s emergency contact person. Teach all of the adults and responsible children how to shut off utilities in your home. Shutting off gas and water mains can decrease your risk of additional damage.

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit.

Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located. 

Your emergency kit should contain:

Your families primary focus should be more on keeping everyone safe. Let the trained technicians at SERVPRO of Brown County take some of the worries off your hands by clearing out the damage to your residence. 

SERVPRO of Brown County offers:

Restoration work following storms or interior damage to your home is a cornerstone of the SERVPRO business. Give our trained technicians a call at, (920) 434-8224.

National Preparedness Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month all across the United States.

The key to taking care of your investment and employees is to create a business continuity plan. The SERVPRO team cannot recommend this enough. Having a plan will ensure everyone’s safety and ensure that you can get back to work as soon as possible. This also helps ensure you will lose as little productivity as possible.

According to ready.gov, there are four main steps to creating a business continuity plan:

  • Do a Business Impact Analysis
    • Ask how a disaster would affect your business’s ability to function.
    • Would there be a loss of production? How long? How will that loss affect the bottom line?
    • What equipment (like computers or machinery) might be affected? How can you protect those ahead of time.
  • Come up with Recovery Strategies
    • What resources can you fall back on? Do you have another location to work from, for example?
    • Who will you turn to for help in the recovery? Will you call on SERVPRO to clean up, for example?
    • Can work be done remotely?
  • Develop Your Plan
    • Organize a recovery team among your employees.
    • Make sure you have any necessary insurance to replace what could be lost.
    • What resources will your business need during the recovery process, in the hours, days, weeks and months that follow a disaster?
    • Create a relocation plan, if necessary.
  • Test Your Plan
    • Run emergency drills with your employees to ensure they know what to do in the event of unsafe conditions like fire or biohazard spills.
    • Encourage your employees to consider how they would react and work after a disaster.
    • Run through your plans. Will they work? If not, come up with a new plan.

And SERVPRO of Brown County can help you in all of this planning by doing an Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP) for your business, free of charge. The ERP is a document that you can refer to in a disaster situation to know things like the first responders you need to contact, the areas of the building that might be affected by a particular incident and the chain of command in an emergency.

Call us anytime to schedule an ERP at 920-434-8224 and make sure you are prepared for the worst.

Food Drive for the "Eats for East" Food Drive

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brown County is teaming up with Green Bay Booyah Baseball and the Greater Green Bay Area Lodging Association to host a Food Drive in support of the "Eats for East" Food Pantry. Created to remove barriers for students and to ensure all can be successful learners, the food pantry benefits the students and families of Green Bay East High School.

Staff refer students in need to social workers and school counselors who partner with students and their families to determine what assistance may be needed.

Students referred to the pantry receive a bag or bags of food depending on the need and the number of individuals in the household. Since students at East have the ability to access free breakfast, free lunch and free dinner at school, these bags of food are provided to supplement meals at home, especially now with students learning from home on line. Some families may need short-term support, while others who may be struggling with homelessness or other challenges may need greater support for a longer period of time.

Our SERVPRO family is excited to work together to support our community!

Storm Damage

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brown County 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 the Green Bay area, 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 920-434-8224.

Flooding or Water Damage

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

In the Green Bay area, you never know when flooding or water leaks can happen. Even if you don’t live or work on the water, spring rains, melting snows, summer storms, leaking pipes, and broken sump pumps can strike your home or business out of the blue.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Brown County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Green Bay community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (920)434-8224

Preparing for a storm in our Green Bay Community

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Creating Your Storm Safety Plan

The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with everyone in your family. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Identify an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you get separated during the storm, have everyone meet at the designated location.

It is smart to assign an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family’s emergency contact person. Teach all of the adults and responsible children how to shut off utilities in your home. Shutting off gas and water mains can decrease your risk of additional damage.

Steps You Should Take to Prepare for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. 

Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.  If you can’t afford a kit, make sure to have as many of these items as humanly possible.

Your emergency kit should contain:

Keeping our families safe!