• FEMA National Preparedness Month Reminds Property Owners that Disaster Prep Can Help Prevent Loss

    August 26, 2022

    SERVPRO storm damage mitigation specialists in the Burlington area spotlight resources designed to help home and business owners weather the unexpected

    Burlington, WA (Grassroots Newswire) August 26, 2022 - This year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging home and business owners to think of disaster preparedness to help protect their families and the legacies they have worked so hard to create.1 FEMA designates each September as National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare or review your family and business emergency plans for surviving and then managing the aftermath of an unexpected disaster.

    "As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and storm response, SERVPRO understands the importance of preparation before disaster strikes," says Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC. "SERVPRO employs a full-time meteorologist and uses a cutting-edge geographic information system to provide each SERVPRO franchise with real-time, location-based insight on where storms are likely to hit and what kind of damage they could inflict. Since time is of the essence in limiting or preventing damage to properties after a flood, this advance, predictive intelligence can accelerate response time, making the difference between an inconvenience and a total loss for our SERVPRO customers."

    The U.S. Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) states that flooding is the nation's most frequent and costly natural disaster, representing 90% of all natural disasters in the U.S. FBIIC adds that you don't need to be in a high-risk, flood prone area to be affected. Nearly 25% of flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. 2

    "While you can't predict when a natural disaster will strike or what shape that disaster will take, you can prepare to minimize its effects on your home, your family, and your life," says Isaacson.

    FEMA offers a variety of no-cost tools3 to help you evaluate your risk, create a communication plan, sign up for alerts, put together an emergency kit customized to your family's needs, protect important documents, and more.

    In addition to following FEMA's guidelines on disaster readiness, SERVPRO professionals in the Burlington area encourage property owners to consider using the SERVPRO READY app4 to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed in seconds with a mobile device. "This is a no-cost tool available to all homeowners," these professionals explain, "but local business owners who designate their local SERVPRO as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider will also benefit from a no-cost assessment of their facility along with help completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app."

    For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO in the Burlington area, please contact please contact one of the local business owners below.

    * For SERVPRO of Island County, please contact Paul Leavens who can be reached at (360) 682-0021 or pleavens@servproeverettwa.com.
    * For SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington, please contact Paul Leavens who can be reached at (360) 658-0506 or pleavens@servproeverettwa.com.

    1 https://www.ready.gov/september
    2 https://www.fbiic.gov/public/2010/mar/FloodingHistoryandCausesFS.PDF
    3 https://www.ready.gov/be-informed
    4 https://ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp

    About SERVPRO
    For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Kim Brooks, Corporate Communications
    kbrooks@servpronet.com, (615) 451-0200 ext. 1644
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