Protect Your Business From Disaster by Planning Ahead!
Many business owners are caught off guard when disaster strikes. Thinking that it would never happen to them or never even considering the possibility of a disaster, they fail to have a plan in place for their business. Unfortunately, many times, once disaster strikes, it’s too late. Many businesses are forced to close permanently after disaster because they were not prepared.
According to foxbusiness.com, there are 7 steps you can take if you are a small business owner to help protect your business from disaster.
- Risk Assessment: Determine what types of emergencies are most likely to affect your company and then evaluate your level of preparedness. Check in with your insurance company, make sure employees are trained for emergencies, have data backed up and stored at a safe location.
- Review Your Insurance Coverage: Talk with your insurance agent to make sure your business is covered if hit by disaster. After determining what types of emergencies your business is most prone to, make sure your policy covers those particular types of situations. Ask about business interruption insurance which helps business owners continue to pay on-going bills while operations are shut down during disaster recovery.
- Create a Contingency Plan: Review your business operations and determine which are most important for the survival of your business. Form a process to manage these functions in the event of a disaster. Determine an alternate business location where business operations can continue during the recovery process.
- Create a Communications Plan: Disasters create chaos and having a communications plan in place in advance will help minimize panic.
- Back Up Your Data: Making sure all your data is backed up and stored in a safe place is critical. Cloud-based data solutions are best as they stay safe during disasters and can be accessed from any location.
- Build An Emergency Kit: Have an emergency kit available on site including items like water, flashlights, fire extinguishers, etc.
- Review and Rehearse Your Plan: Once your plan is in place, make sure your employees know the plan and have practiced implementing it.
While disasters can be devastating to a business, preparation can definitely help in the recovery process. By taking action before disaster strikes and getting a plan in place, business owners can help protect their business in times of emergencies.
Soot and Smoke Create Additional Damage After Fire
Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.
After contacting SERVPRO of Kenton County there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.
The SERVPRO of Kenton County fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!
Safety Tips for Mold Cleanup
Have you found mold in your home? The SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians are highly trained mold remediation specialists and it’s always best to let the professionals do the work. But what if you want to attempt to safely clean the moldy areas yourself? What should you wear?
It is important to avoid breathing in mold or mold spores. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers safety guidelines to handling mold in your home. In order to limit exposure to airborne mold, they recommend wearing an N-95 respirator during the cleaning process, which can be found at many hardware stores.
The EPA also suggests wearing long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm. It is important to avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands.
And finally, goggles that do not have ventilation holes are recommended. It is important to prevent getting mold or mold spores from getting into your eyes.
While some minor surface mold issues can be handled effectively by the homeowner, it is best to have professional help with larger mold infestations. SERVPRO of Kenton County has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. If you find a mold situation that is too much to handle on your own, contact us today!
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SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO & KY Credits on September 19th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm
We are excited to be hosting another upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Distracted Driving with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give the attendee an analysis of how distracted driving affects insurance. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from safe driving. It includes talking or texting on your phone, eating or drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio or navigation systems, and impairment due to alcohol or drug use. This seminar will address these issues as they relate to auto liability insurance. Topics covered include the history of distractions, coverage issues, claims analysis issues, and criminal issues based on distracted driving statutes.
The course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
Plan Ahead...Be Prepared for Disaster!
The month of September is National Preparedness Month and it is the perfect time to consider the types of disasters that can happen in businesses, homes, and communities and to think about ways to be better prepared for them.
Installing smoke alarms, practicing fire and tornado drills, and learning life-saving skills are all simple steps that individuals can take to be better prepared for emergencies.
But what about business owners?
Studies show that many businesses, unable to recover, are forced to completely close following a disaster. The difference between surviving a disaster and being forced to shut down could be planning ahead before a disaster strikes.
What is the first step to protecting your business?
Contact SERVPRO of Kenton County! Our professionals can help you pre-plan by developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. With this plan in place, the interruption of your business operations is minimized because you will have an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do in advance of an emergency is key to timely mitigation and can minimize the damage to your company.
CLICK HERE to find out more about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program! Be “ready for whatever happens.”
SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO Credits on September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am
We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Ohio FAIR Plan Seminar with Jim McKee, CPCU, AIS, API, AIM.” This seminar will give the attendees valuable information about the Ohio FAIR Plan Underwriting Association. It will provide an overview of Ohio FAIR Plan procedures, policies, coverages and other information. Topics covered will include types of policies written, coverages, application, underwriting procedures, claims as well as other helpful information.
This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO only and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
Know the Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can be a major headache for a property owner. From the actual damage it causes to the structure and contents of the property to the expense of the mitigation process, it can cause a major disruption in the lives of anyone having to deal with it. And the longer a water leak goes unnoticed, the worse the damage can be. So, it is very important to always look for subtle signs of a water problem.
Signs to Look For:
- Blistering or bubbling paint on walls, ceilings, and baseboards
- A loose sink faucet or a laminate counter top that is detaching
- Floors with buckling hardwood planks or loose tiles
- Drywall and ceilings with yellow or brown stains
- A musty scent
If you come across any signs that there may be a water issue at your property, don’t delay in getting it inspected and the problem resolved. Quicker action results in less damage and less costs. SERVPRO of Kenton County responds 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Give us a call…We are Here to Help! 859-261-2400
Storm Damage Often Leads to Interior Water Damage
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property. Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property. A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO of Kenton County responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide. Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers. CLICK HERE to learn more!
Take Steps to Prepare, Survive, and Be Safe During Storms
The warmer months are the prime months in our area for thunderstorms and severe weather. According to ready.gov, there are important steps that can be taken to prepare for storms, survive during storms, and be safe after storms.
- Sign up for your community’s alert system
- Identify sturdy buildings nearby that can be used for shelter
- Cut down or trim trees that could potentially fall on your home
- Seek shelter in a sturdy building during a severe storm
- Pay attention to weather reports and alerts
- During a storm, unplug appliances and other electrical devices
- Avoid flooded roadways
- Listen to reports for whether it’s safe to go outside
- Watch for fallen power lines and trees
Storms can hit quickly and unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage behind. SERVPRO of Kenton County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency service. Our technicians respond quickly to restore properties affected by water damage and flooding, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage.
Precautions to Avoid Grill Fires
While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.
A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.
- Only use grills outdoors.
- Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO of Kenton County is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!