Recent Storm Damage Posts

Offseason Storm Prep!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Florida, especially on the Gulf Coast, storm season is something we take very seriously. But at SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, we are even thinking about hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes in the off season.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin - which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and our backyard, the Gulf of Mexico - begins June 1 and goes through November 30 each year. The season peaks in mid-August through late October, and those dates coincide with our company's busiest time. In fact, our company handbook outlines hurricane season and encourages our team not to plan non-refundable vacations, weddings or the births of children during that time frame. (Just kidding!)

While in the off season, our team balances the daily workload of emergency services response along with preparation for storm season. We buckle down on training and continuing industry certifications in the spring, allowing the team to ready themselves for the storm road ahead, and also take time to step back and think about how we can be better prepared for the next time. Over the years, we’ve added a fully-stocked consumables and equipment trailer, locked and ready to be hooked up to a truck and heading out to help. This tactic has allowed us to increase response time dramatically, eliminating lag time almost completely and making the mobilization as fast as possible and helping clients minimize secondary damage. Warehouse Manager Doug reliably monitors and restocks the inventory as needed so the trailer is always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Each year in early June, before the threat of storms roll in, we take a moment as a company to gather with our families for a day of fun. This gives a chance for the company leaders to thank our families for their sacrifices throughout the year, and in advance for bearing through our busy season. Often our crew can be gone for days and even weeks on end, whether they are responding out of town to a storm event or working long hours locally when our own neighborhoods are facing weather damage.

We want our clients and community to know that we are ready for whatever happens, year round. And we won’t be on vacation when a storm threatens the Tampa Bay Area!

How to prepare for storm season

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm might not be a normal part of your life, but research shows just of important it truly is. 

Braving the storm is one thing, but the aftermath is when it might be all up to you. 

Once the storm has gone and the sky os blue again, does not mean you are in the clear. Sometimes you need to survive on your own for at least 72 hours. Surviving is not just staying in your home with your family but it is being self sufficient. Having enough food, water and other necessary items to live off of for an extended period of time.

Having the basics to survive is important, that is why listed below is a general list of items to stock up on well in advance of a storm. Waiting til the last minute is just as bad as trying to go to the store after a storm. The shelves will be empty, supplies out of stock, and roads are crazy. Stocking up weeks or months in advance is always a safe option and should be taken seriously.

Recommended items for basic emergency supply kids include:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Summer Storms: How To Stay Safe

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Once again, that time of year has rolled around. While summer is such a beautiful here next to the Gulf, heading into late summer brings a whirlwind of crazy weather. Checking Tampa Bay’s forecast and seeing rain has become an everyday occurrence. Often times Gulf Coast residents are affected ted by mother nature’s wrath as they are struck with nature disasters.

As we are facing the upcoming months of hurricane season-June 1 through November 30- it is important to be prepared. While those living in Weeki Wachee and Springhill know our true peak hurricane season in roughly mid-August to late October, a deadly hurricane can unleash its wrath at any point in time. That is why it is always a good idea to take the potential lifesaving measures and prepare for such an event. 

Listed below are some tips to take when preparing for a storm and how to recover after a disasters strikes:

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Create your emergency supply kit and a communication plan
  • Unplug all electronics and appliances
  • Secure outdoor items that might blow away or cause damage
  • Shutter windows and doors. If there are no shutters, close window shades, curtains, or blinds

DURING THE STORM

  • Employ a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for official updates
  • Avoid corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use
  • Do not touch electrical equipment or cords
  • Stay away from windows and doors

AFTER THE STORM

  • Do not drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas, especially downed power lines

IF A DISASTER STRIKES, WILL YOU BE READY?  

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Centuries later, these wise words from one of our nation’s founder are still salient – especially today. This week we reach the climatological peak of hurricane season, with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast and several more storms brewing in the Atlantic.  

With that in mind, preparation is keyConsider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts. (Try this one from the National Weather Service, or turn to your local news outlets.) https://www.weather.gov/subscribe/ 
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans with family and work places.
  •  Assemble or update emergency supplies. See this list from the National Hurricane Survival Initiative. http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ 
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class. 
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents. 
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources. 
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards. 
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Act now to protect yourself, your family and your property. Over here, preparation is our middle name - SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel stands ready to assist you 24/7. Contact us today at (813) 929-9898.

Storm Response

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel can handle any size disaster. Our team will work endlessly to ensure our customers are happy, having one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel team is ready to handle any size loss. With nearly 1,700 franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel being one of them, to respond when needed. Our teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from hurricanes.

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance to a busted pipe in your Lutz home, SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel will be there with one call to (813)929-9898.

Preparing For When A Hurricane Strikes

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Before: 

  • Prepare your evacuation plan, including pets, transportation routes and destinations.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed and clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. 
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat. 
  • Consider building a safe room.
  • Stay informed! Listen to NOAA weather radio or check local forecasts and news reports regularly.
  • Cover your home's windows with pre-cut plywood or hurricane shutters. Tape DOES NOT prevent windows from breaking.
  • Bring in all outside furniture, decorations, garbage cans, etc.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Fill the bathtub or buckets with water to use for cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • Keep your gas tank at least ¾ full at all times.
  • Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, and copies of important documents, in a waterproof, portable container, in an easily accessible location.

Evacuate under the following conditions: 

  • If local authorities tell you to evacuate, follow their directions.
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure, which are particularly hazardous no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway. 
  • If you feel you are in danger.
  • If you live in an area below sea level.

During: 

  • If you choose not to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. Notify out-of-are contacts of your decision. Close all interior doors and secure and brace exterior doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Don't be fooled by a lull in the storm- it could be the eye of the storm and winds could resume.

After: 

  • Be aware of flooding and tornadoes.
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If you evacuated, do not return to your home until the local authorities say it is safe. 

Lightning Safety Tips

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time in Hudson. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when the storms strike! 

Outdoor Safety: 

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. 
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.

Indoor Safety: 

  • Turn off computers. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.
  • Do no wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or wash dishes.

Fun Fact: 

  • Lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rain. 

Hurricane Season Is Here.

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem early, but hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and ends November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. Why take the risk? Call a SERVPRO® of Wesley Chapel. Working to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. 

How Much Do You Know About Water Spouts?

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever heard that saying “We live where you vacation”? Living in beautiful Land o' Lakes, Florida, we know that statement to be 100% true. As we enter mid-April beautiful weather is nothing new to the Pasco County area and neither are the late afternoon thunderstorms. One moment the sun is shining and the next you look out your window and you'll see a waterspout, one of the many joys of living in Florida. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are two types of water spouts, fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning. 

Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair-weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair-weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.  

Whether your Land O' Lakes home experiences storm damage from a tornadic water spout or your average everyday early spring thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Wesley Chapel, we are here to help. 

http://www.noaa.gov/

Hurricane season is here - are you ready?

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, hot sun… and hurricane season! It’s a simple fact, living near the Florida coast – and other people’s vacation hotspots like Wesley Chapel and Dade City –means there is always a chance that a summer storm will come barreling through. And when it comes to hurricanes, preparation is everything!  

SERVPRO of East Pasco makes safety our top priority. We hope you do, too. So, we want to know, what is in your hurricane safety kit? 

Check out the list below for recommended items by Ready.gov to include in your basic emergency supply kit:

  •  One gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a 3 supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food
  • Local maps 

Beyond the basics, consider the following: cash in case credit cards or ATMs cannot be accessed, games and puzzles for kids to pass time, solar-powered cell phone chargers, extra infant formula and pet food, and family documents stored in a portable, waterproof container. 

As always, be safe, prepared and have SERVPRO of East Pasco's phone number on speed dial during this year's hurricane season.   

https://www.ready.gov/kit

Who’s name will make the cut? The 2017 storm name list is here!

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Wesley Chapel, when I speak of Hurricane Sean I’m usually talking about the devastation throughout the house caused by my almost two-year old son. As he runs amuck, his high-spiraling winds cause books to fly off their shelves, toys to flood each room, and illegible messages in magic marker all over our microfiber couch – which is why I keep SERVPRO of East Pasco on speed dial.  This year, it may mean something a little more. 

According to NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time. 
 

This is news to me. I always assumed they were named after unruly children. 
 
It’s always fun to see if our name or the name of someone we know is on the list and this year is no different. The wait is officially over and the list of names for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season have been posted.   

Here are the names that will be associated with the upcoming tropical season:  Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose’, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Phillipe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney. 

Tropical Storm Emily has a ring to it, but I’m warning you, you’re going to have to hunker down for a Hurricane Sean.  

 As always, be safe, prepared and have SERVPRO of East Pasco's phone number on speed dial during this year's hurricane season.  

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml 

 http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/storm-names.html 

Bring the Thunder (and be prepared!)

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

During the warm Florida summers, rainstorms are sometimes a daily event and virtually always accompanied by thunder and lightning. According to the Office of the State Climatologist, based at Florida State University, our state has more thunderstorm activity than any other part of the nation: In a typical year on the western half on the peninsula, more than 80 days show thunder and lightning. Also, “Central Florida's frequency of summer thunderstorms equals that of the world's maximum thunderstorm areas: Lake Victoria region of equatorial Africa and the middle of the Amazon basin. The Amazon and east African areas maintain their frequency of thunderstorm activity throughout most of the year, whereas the number of thunderstorms in Florida drops off sharply in the fall and does not pick back up until spring.” 

 Storms can develop rapidly and the skies have a tendency to open up during your planned outing. If you find yourself caught outside during a severe thunderstorm, here are a few tips to help keep you safe.  

  1. If you are in an open area, find a low place such as a ravine or valley. 
  1. If you are in water, get to land immediately and seek shelter. 
  1. If you are in a forested area, find shelter in a low area under a thick grow of small trees. 
  1. If you are in a car, keep the windows closed. 

 But here at SERVPRO of East Pasco, we recommend staying inside during inclement weather! 

http://climatecenter.fsu.edu/topics/thunderstorms

When Storms hit Tampa Bay, SERVPRO is ready!

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in East Pasco and beyond

SERVPRO of East Pascospecializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Wesley Chapel, Land O Lakes, Dade City and beyond, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (813) 929-9898