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3 Key Storm Preparation Responsibilities for Property Managers
A strong emergency plan includes an evacuation plan
Commercial property owners and managers in Pompano Beach, FL, have many responsibilities that intersect. One of those responsibilities is storm preparedness. In order to ensure the safety of tenants and protect the building from extensive storm damage, owners and managers should work together to focus on three vital steps.
Knowing what you are going to do before bad weather strikes can help keep everyone calm and safe during the storm. A strong emergency plan includes:
- Shelter and evacuation plans
- Emergency contact list, including insurance and storm cleanup professionals
- Reliable communication system
- Division of responsibilities
- Backup of vital records, stored remotely
Once a plan is made, it must be practiced and perfected. That way, when a storm does hit, employees can move through the plan like clockwork.
When the weather service indicates that a devastating storm is on its way, the property manager should complete a walkthrough of the property as part of the storm preparedness plan. Loose limbs or branches on trees should be trimmed. All outdoor furniture should be secured. Items that are small enough should be taken inside.
Once the storm has passed, property management should complete another walkthrough to document all wind and flood damage that the storm left in its wake. Pictures and video of the damage can be helpful to assist in filing the claim with the insurance company. An assessment from flood cleanup professionals should be arranged so that you can get an estimate of how much the restoration process is going to cost. Remember to communicate consistently with tenants to keep them informed about the status of the property and the timeline for returning.
Property managers have quite a few storm preparedness responsibilities. Planning ahead is key to making sure that everyone makes it through the storm safely and that the property is still standing after the storm passes.
3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Flood
If your Pompano Beach, FL home is located in an area that experiences a lot of flooding, then you likely need to take extra precautions to keep your family and property safe during severe weather. Here are a few ways that you can do that.
1. Maintain Your Home to Prevent Water Build-Up
In order to minimize storm damage to your home, you should be sure to perform proper maintenance, even when you are not expecting bad weather. To prevent moisture from building inside the walls, perform regular inspections of your home’s exterior to check for gaps or cracks. You should also make sure that all of your windows’ seals are working properly. Don’t forget to clean out your storm drains and gutters as well, since clogged ones can cause water to back up and leak into your home.
2. Protect Your Property and Belongings
If you know that you may have flood damage, you can prepare by protecting your belongings. A waterproof safe is a great option for any important documents. You can store smaller items in waterproof and air-tight containers while moving whatever you can to a higher location, like a shelf or a second floor. If you can move your furniture, you may want to do that as well. Covering it with plastic can reduce damage.
3. Have an Evacuation Plan
While your home is important, your family is more so. If the flooding becomes an emergency, you should be ready to move to a safer area. Create a plan for how you will leave the house and where you will go. To make sure that everyone is prepared, it might be a good idea to practice beforehand.
Being prepared for flooding can help you protect what’s important, but you will likely not be able to save everything. If your home or belongings are damaged, a water damage remediation service can help restore your house and any items that are not beyond repair.
Hurricane Season is Coming!
If you have been a Florida resident for a while, you know that summertime brings weekends at the beach, warm weather, tourists, and lots of rain. Specifically, summertime marks the beginning of the hurricane season.
Hurricane season in Florida spans from June to November each year. This is the period of time during the year when the seas are at their warmest and the air is the most humid, creating perfect conditions for a hurricane to develop.
For those who haven’t experienced a hurricane while residing in Florida, here are some facts about these destructive storms:
- Hurricanes can have wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day
- 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the U.S. hit Florida
- The costliest hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm that was famous for breaking levees in Louisiana and ravaging the state with floods. Damages costed an estimated $108 billion
Hurricanes are very destructive in nature, so it is important to be ready for them! If a hurricane is projected to affect your area, be sure to follow these tips to stay safe:
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water
- Have several days supply of food and water for each family member
- If called to evacuate, do so immediately
After a storm, if your home has experienced storm damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 and let us help you make your home whole again! We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Be safe this hurricane season!
How To Better Protect Your Home From The Next Storm
Living in Florida, we face the seasonal and dreaded threat of storm damage. For most Floridians storm preparedness comes easy but if you've recently moved here, it can become overwhelming. However, with a good understanding of hurricane and storm preparedness, you and your family can be sure to better protect your home from the next storm. To be better prepared for a storm you should be prepared for both before and after the storm.
Before a storm hits, it's important to have your emergency supplies stocked and ready to use. There's no better way to have an emergency supply kit done than doing it a little bit at a time. Starting new every year in January will give you plenty of time to be prepared for hurricane season in June. It's also a good idea to have a "go bag" ready so that if you need to leave on a short notice you're not scrambling around finding your clothes and essentials.
Consider investing in impact-resistant windows and glass for your home, that way you won't need to worry about putting up shutters before a storm hits. At the same time, getting a storm bar for your garage door will help reinforce it's structure. During a storm, a garage door is usually the first structural element to fail.
Keep your landscaping maintained throughout the year by removing dead trees and plants and trimming trees and plants that have been overgrown. Waiting until hurricane season to get your landscaping maintained will cost you more money and may not be able to get done before a storm hits if it's put off too long.
Make sure that your home's rain gutters are secured and cleared to prevent water damage.
Just as it's important to prepare before a storm, being prepared after is equally important. If you evacuate only go home after the storm has hit and when your local governor has declared it safe. Coming too early can turn deadly if you run into flooded roadways and falling trees.
Report any downed power lines and avoid walking through any flooded walkways or roadways.
If your roof has suffered damages, use tarps to cover it from further water coming in. If your home has broken windows, use plywood to prevent further water damage.
One last step to better prepare for after the storm is to take a picture of all damages to better assist when making insurance claims.
Consider A Pre-Move Back Inspection Before Returning To Your Hurricane Damaged Seasonal Home In Pompano Beach
While you were enjoying the final weeks of summer with family and friends north of your dream home in Florida, your beloved ocean view condo or lakeside estate was right in the path of a Hurricane. The high winds, rain, and storm surge may have taken a significant toll on your winter getaway. Without knowing if or how badly your vacation home was affected it is impossible for you and your family to look forward to another season in the sun.
The extreme weather pattern that defines a hurricane threatens Pompano Beach area houses, townhomes, and condos purchased by residents of cold weather states as winter retreats. You and your family richly anticipate the time you spend in the warmth and the sun now that you added a Florida retreat to your lifestyle. That joy is now tarnished by your fear that your hard-earned vacation home has been harmed by the force that was a major Hurricane.
Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour can devastate roofs, exteriors, doors, and windows. SERVPRO tip: even less noticeable damage can allow rainwater and storm surge to invade your retirement refuge. Perhaps you have been in contact with neighbors or building managers and have been assured everything looks good on your property. You still need to take the possibility that rainwater may have made it into your Florida winter home seriously.
Relatively small quantities of water can cause significant damage, especially as you were not at your Florida home when the storm hit to ensure the water was removed and the structure dried. Your lifestyle allows you the freedom to enjoy more than one area of the country over the course of the year, but you do have to plan for some surprises when you move from one home to the other. If Irma’s winds and rains forced their way into your home primary and secondary water damage may challenge a happy homecoming.
Before you pack up for the seasonal move to Florida, SERVPRO advises you to consider making a quick pre-trip to preview how well your dwelling kept the winds and waters at bay. Another idea may be to reserve a room at a local hotel, so you have a fall-back position if you discover when you arrive that Irma and her rain-laden winds caused some damage to your house.
If a Hurricane caused water damage to your Florida winter property, contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach for help. The quicker our company begins its recovery efforts, the sooner you return to your home enjoying the warmth and beautiful weather winter in Florida brings. (954) 970-4942
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How To Make Sure Your Home's Roof Is Safe After A Storm in Pompano Beach
Hurricane seasons can been record breakers in their amount of intensity and property damage. However, homes in a storm tracks may not be the only ones who need a professional's attention. Catastrophic winds and flying debris have been known to take a toll on roofs all over the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. Home and property owners should always be arranging for post-storm inspections whenever a storm passes by. This ensures that contractors like SERVPRO can provide any necessary repairs before the difficulties of seasonal changes begin.
Inside: If you have an attic and can get to it, start there during daylight.
- If you see any sunlight peeking through holes in the plywood, that's a good indicator of roof damage, which in turn could already have water accumulated.
- If you can't find any visible holes use a flashlight to find any dark stains or sagging, this could also mean moisture is present and in turn need attention.
Outside: By walking around the perimeter of your house you should be able to see most of your roof and inspect for the following problems that can cause water damage:
- Shingles that are missing
- Any deformed shingles that are cracked, bent, etc.
- Dark patches of shingles. These shingles could dry out over time and lead to water leaks.
- Debris. Something as simple as a tree branch can cause damage over time if not removed right away. It could also be hiding a hole in your roof.
If you find damage: Call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away and then contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 to help with water damage.
The sooner you address any hurricane-season damage, the more secure your roof and home will be for the upcoming months.
FINDING OUT THE CAUSE OF RAIN LEAKS IN YOUR POMPANO BEACH HOME AND WHAT TO DO AFTER A RAIN STORM
It’s annoying, frustrating, and can be quite costly to find a rain leak when a rain storm hits Pompano Beach, Florida. Being one of the leading causes for water damage, rain leaks are a headache for any homeowner to deal with. But no need to worry, the professionals at SERVPRO have gathered a few helpful tips to get you through this pesky water situation.
There could be a number of different reasons as to why your home is experiencing a rain leak and this could be due to what your home is made of. If it’s brick, concrete, or wood framed, there is a main rooted source to the rain leak. Did you know that water damage is the second highest filed insurance claim in North America? Yeah, water can lead to some unexpected costs if not handled properly especially since rain related water intrusions are not covered by insurance. Getting the leak fixed soon is extremely important to saving money in repairs.
One main reason why rain leaks occur is due to brick cracking. If your home is made primarily of brick, or has brick in it’s composition, rain leaks are still possible. Weather conditions, time and erosion all cause brick and all stonework to eventually develop cracks. These cracks need to be repaired by a skilled tradesperson. As soon as you find a leak in your home, calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is the first step to cleaning up the damage already done.
Another reason for rain leaks is a problem with your roof. This one may seem obvious, but if you can’t clearly see it you may easily dismiss it. A hole or imperfection or even a piece of debris on your roof can cause rain leaks. We recommend calling a professional roofer to climb up on your roof and check it out, but there could be a hole in your roof that is being covered by a piece of debris. On the other hand, there may be a piece of debris, which could make a hole or vulnerable spot on your roof as it rubs against the surface.
Now that you have a better understanding of how a rain leak can occur in your home and what to do, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Pompano Beach can be there as soon as the same day for any water damage disaster.
If you’re experiencing a rain leak in your home give us a call at (954)970-4942
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Hurricane Season is Here – Are You Prepared?
An Emergency READY Profile can help you and your family prepare for the unknown.
Discussing important issues at a family meeting is something that is not common in modern times. While the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets busier and busier, a good old-fashioned family meeting is essential for the planning and preparation of a potential disaster. Hurricane season is one of those important issues that should be talked about amongst family members whether they live in the home with you or in another state that is prone to hurricanes. Some of the things you should talk about with your family concerning a potential threat of a hurricane is:
Escape Routes –
If a storm comes, or even a fire, find a location to meet up in an emergency. Make sure each family member knows where that location is.
Evacuation Plan –
One reason my family loves South Florida is the fact that hurricanes can be tracked and prepared for in advance. There are usually a few days to decide whether we should evacuate or ride it out. Other states are not as fortunate such as the states in tornado alley or states where earthquakes are prevalent. It’s important to maintain a full tank of gas should you need to leave at a moment’s notice. Most gas stations are closed the closer the storm gets.
Maintaining Contact –
Because families don’t always stay together during a hurricane, make sure that you have a plan in place to stay in contact with one another.
Utility Shut-offs –
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach offers a service to our customers called the Emergency READY Profile (ERP). While this is customarily provided to commercial buildings, the ERP is a great tool to have even for your home. It is a good all-in-one resource to keep all emergency and utility information in one place. Sometimes we are instructed to shut off our utilities to prevent additional dangers. Knowing where these shut-offs are located on your property is important when time is of the essence. Our team at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach offers this service free of charge AND there is an app so that all this same information is at your fingertips on your smart phone or tablet.
Insurance and other important documents –
My family keeps all our important information in one, secured, water-proof box we call the strong box. It contains all insurance information, passports, titles to property we own and anything else we would want to grab quickly should we need to evacuate. You can also store these same documents in a safety deposit box outside of the home. The great thing about an ERP is that most people keep their phones on them. If for some reason you can’t grab your strong box, you can access your information on the app or even on any computer with internet access. It’s another level of preparedness for you and your family.
You’re also going to want to review your policies and the extent of the coverage they provide to make sure you’re covered.
Flood Insurance –
South Florida is flat. We are located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades. Both bodies of water cause flooding so even those that aren’t in a flood zone have the risk of being affected by a storm surge or heavy rain. Purchasing flood insurance gives you a little extra peace of mind and will assist you in the recovery process.
Have a Reliable Restoration Company –
When storms come, so do fly-by-night companies. The intention is to take advantage of victims at weak moments to gain a quick buck. It’s so important to make sure that you have someone you can trust. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach is a nationally branded company that reports to our corporate office on a regular basis. SERVPRO® has over 50 years in the cleaning and restoration business and we follow strict guidelines to ensure that we take the utmost care of your home after a disaster strikes.
My mother is a tucker. She knows how to keep money on reserve for emergencies and it has always come in handy when we needed it. Having a stash set aside for emergencies is very important. Keep some at home in a safe place that you can grab quickly as you may not be able to access a bank for several days or even weeks depending on the extent of the damage. You’ll also want to have a savings account dedicated to emergencies.
Special Needs –
For the elderly and those with special needs, make sure that you take the extra precautions needed to assist them in a time of crisis. Autistic children, for example, are dependent on routine so it’s important to try to keep them calm and as close to their routine as possible yet safe.
If a storm comes, don’t leave your pet. Either take them with you or find a shelter that can provide for them while you’re gone. Pets cannot take care of themselves. If you leave them behind, they either will not survive or they may be hard to locate after a storm.
You can find this information and more at the SFPMA.com website at https://sfpma.com/blog/hurricane-preparation/
Call SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach to schedule a time to create your Emergency READY Profile and get you well on your way for this hurricane season.
Hurricane Season 2016
We're about halfway through the 2016 hurricane season and there has already been a lot of rain! Here are some facts about the 2016 hurricane season that you might find interesting:
- The 2016 hurricane season was predicted to be the strongest since 2012- when Hurricane Sandy struck
- Forecasters expect a 70% chance of having up to 17 named storms, with as many as 8 to become hurricanes, including up to 4 major hurricanes
- Historically, nearly 96% of major hurricanes (category 3,4,5) occur during the period between mid-August to mid-October
- Hurricane Gaston was the first major hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. Fortunately, it poses no threat to land
The next few months will be the most likely time for a hurricane to strike. Make sure you are prepared by having an emergency plan and supplies. If the worst happens and a storm does strike that causes damage to your home, SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Stay safe, everyone!