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Fire Prevention Week 2020

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Prevention Week 2020 begins on Sunday, October 4 and ends on Saturday, October 10. Does your family have a fire evacuation plan? 

To ensure the fastest emergency evacuation plan, consider the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Where is all This Rain Coming From?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Hurricanes and tropical storms can dump between 6 and 12 inches of rain during a single storm. On average, Maryland sees about 44 inches of rain every year.  Lately, Anne Arundel County has seen tremendous rainfall.

Scientists believe that Maryland is experiencing so much rainfall for several reasons including rising sea levels and extreme heat. So far in 2020 the area has seen tropical storms, severe thunderstorms, and even a tornado. Scientists predict the number of storms during hurricane season are also increasing. 

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s important to prepare long before a rain and flooding disaster occurs. Sign up for local alerts from Anne Arundel County. Develop and test emergency communications plans. Collect and safeguard critical documents. Document property and assets and make sure you have enough business insurance. 

Lastly, store SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian in your contact list. Our team is available 24/7 and always ready for whatever happens.

Prepare Your Business for Whatever Happens

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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September is National Preparedness Month and Homeland Security has given 2020’s theme “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today”. Click here to learn preparedness planning for your business.

One thing that keeps your business prepared for whatever happens is to create an office emergency kit. Here’s a list of office survival kit items to make sure that your office is equipped with all the necessary supplies to survive several days without electricity, food, and water.

For search and rescue: Leather palmed work gloves, Safety goggles, Pry bar

For hydration and nutrition: Emergency drinking water, Food bars with several years of shelf life 

For shelter: Tarp/ground cover, Cord

For communication and light: Whistle with lanyard, AM/FM radio with extra batteries, Flashlight with extra batteries, Light sticks

For Maintaining Proper Hygiene and Sanitation: Portable toilet, Toilet bags, Deodorizer packets, Toilet paper rolls, Vinyl gloves, Sanitary towelettes, Hand sanitizer

Anne Arundel County utilizes an emergency notification system, CivicReady©, capable of contacting citizens and businesses quickly in case of an emergency. CivicReady© alerts the public of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations. Click here to register for emergency notifications.

Prepare for Disasters

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today graphic Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today

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:

  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes

Recently, Edgewater Maryland had a tornado that brought severe damage to several businesses. Was your business prepared?

“Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today” is the theme for 2020’s National Preparedness Month.

September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your business.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your building stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. 

Anne Arundel County utilizes an emergency notification system, CivicReady©, capable of contacting citizens and businesses quickly in case of an emergency. CivicReady© alerts the public of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations. Click here to register for emergency notifications.

During September (National Preparedness Month), we urge you to train and educate internal personnel on your emergency response plan.

How to Avoid a Flash Flood?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flash Flood waters and trees Flash Flood

Edgewater, 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?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in basement Edgewater Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in an Edgewater home or a Churchton 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 Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian 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 Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian 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 Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.

Can I Protect My Property From Mold?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on concrete floor Edgewater Building Water Damage

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian 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 indoor air quality over time. 

As a property manager, here are a few things you can do to keep mold away:

  • Keep the humidity between 30-60 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 Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian at (410) 867-3590 for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

Are You Prepared?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Ever wonder how hurricanes get their names? Meteorologists long ago learned that naming tropical storms and hurricanes helps people remember the storms, communicate about them more effectively, and so stay safer if and when a particular storm strikes a coast. These experts assign names to hurricanes according to a formal list of names that is approved before the start of each hurricane season. Click here to learn more

The Atlantic Hurricane names list for 2020 is as follows:

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred




At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian, 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.

Click here for more information on keeping your property safe when you have water damage.

Eliminating the Harmful Microbes and Odor from Flood Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in kitchen Storm Water Damage

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian knows how to get you back to normal in no time when you have flood/storm water in your Edgewater home. Don’t let a flood in your Edgewater property get you down! We will be there to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

There are many potential issues left behind after flood water enters and damages your home. Once the water enters, the damage begins almost immediately and compounds from there. Flood water is never clean and often has toxins, sludge, and sewage.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian technicians understand the importance of testing the Edgewater, Maryland flood waters.  The tests will point them in the right direction so they can properly apply chemical treatments to neutralize different types of bacteria and microbes correctly. We use moisture meters to detect moisture in materials. 

Moisture Supports Microbial Growth

The removal of moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because the technicians hold IICRC certifications, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of extraction and dehumidification to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. The use of air movers works to pull moisture up and out of walls and flooring and used in tandem with dehumidifiers.

When flood damage is the problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian as soon as possible. The technicians will arrive quickly and clean up the mess along with offering their reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian will make the incident "Like it never even happened."

What Does Reopening Your Business Look Like?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Wearing PPE and Cleaning Handle SERVPRO Certified Clean

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian has been sanitizing facilities that are getting ready to reopen. From restaurants to retail locations, business owners are following guidelines set forth by our local government. We keep hearing, “It’s time to reopen.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian has been working with our local officials to insure the proactive cleaning and sanitizing of many facilities throughout Anne Arundel County. We’ve worked in schools, government facilities, as well as general office spaces.

On Monday, May 18, Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman provided us with guidelines for reopening. Since then, we’ve received numerous requests to sanitize different commercial properties. Click here to read more about our COVID-19 cleaning process.

Take a look at how Zachary’s Jewelers plans to reopen.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. We are cleaning experts.