National Preparedness Month

Weekly action plans to implement in September for emergencies

■ Servpro Industries, Inc. / Contributed

Hemet-area Servpro disaster recovery specialists offer property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected.
Disaster restoration specialists with Servpro remind Hemet-area property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens.
For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:
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 to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.
Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water and fireproof location.
“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says Sue Steen, Servpro Industries Inc., CEO. “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.”
Because Servpro recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Steen reminds Hemet-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the Servpro app for free at https://ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp.
The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For business owners who designate their local Servpro office as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, Servpro professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), and store that profile in the app.
“Servpro disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,” said Steen. “From the Servpro Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to Servpro professionals in the Hemet area, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”
For Servpro of Hemet, please contact Daniel Radu who can be reached at (951) 305-0629 or dradu@servprohemet.com.

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