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National Preparedness Month & Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded vehicle with text and phone number National Preparedness Month

Disaster restoration specialists at SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island reminds Rhode Island property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This month comes right during hurricane season, and with Hurricane Dorian happening it is more important than ever to have a plan of action.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready in case of fires, flooding, or another disaster in your commercial property.

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says McKendall. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”

We understand that when a disaster happens in your business, a lot is at stake. We encourage business owners to download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact information, where it can be accessed with a smart phone in seconds. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, and help the property owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP).

For more information on SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, please contact our office at (401) 949-9955

For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program - visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

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