Recent Storm Damage Posts
Tornadoes are not unheard of in the Central Illinois area. The tornado that hit in Washington, IL in 2013 was a tragedy for many families. Homes and properties were demolished and lives put in danger. This was a wakeup call for many Illinois residents. It is clear now how important it is to be prepared for an event like a tornado. While making sure that you have enough supplies to sustain you and your loved ones are important, it is crucial to have a place to go and wait out the worst of the storm; and what better place for that than a safe room.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, “a safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.” These rooms are made to withstand the effects of a tornado or other severe storms better than a basement would. Things that should be considered when building a safe room include:
- The Safe Room must be adequately anchored to resist overturning and uplift.
- The walls, ceiling, and the door of the shelter must withstand wind pressure and resist penetration by windborne objects and falling debris.
- The connections between all parts of the Safe Room must be strong enough to resist the wind.
- Sections of either interior or exterior residence walls that are used as walls of the Safe Room must be separated from the structure of the residence so that damage to the residence will not cause damage to the Safe Room.
It is important to keep your family as safe as possible in severe weather situations. Should you decide to build a safe room for your home, there are plenty of tips and guidelines provided on the FEMA website. There are funding options for residential and commercial properties that can help create a safe spot for people to go when disaster strikes. It is important for you to follow your local weather forecasts and pay attention to weather alerts when they come out. Preparation and paying attention are the key to staying safe and happy.
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Remember – if you do experience loss due to a tornado or other severe weather in the Peoria area call SERVPRO® at 309-637-7300.
Red Cross Thunder Storm Safety Tips
In Central Illinois, we are aware of the severity of some of the storms that pass through the area. When bad storms blow through, it is important to have an idea of how to stay safe. The American Red Cross has a vast knowledge of how to do just that, and we are sharing some of that knowledge with you here.
- The difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning is that a watch means you need to stay alert and be prepared if something happens and a warning means it’s time to take action due to a reported incident.
- A thunderstorm is considered severe if
- Hail at least one inch in diameter is falling.
- 58 miles per hour winds or less are present.
- Flash flooding occurs.
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit
- Pick a safe place away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail for everyone in your home to meet during a storm.
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
- Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
- If thunder roars, go indoors!
- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
- If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
- If lightning strikes
- Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- After calling 9-1-1, check for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing begin CPR. If the person is breathing normally, look for other possible injuries and take proper action. People struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
These are only a small portion of the tips and facts offered by the American Red Cross. If you visit their site you can find much more information that could save your life or the life of someone you love. Check them out and remember that the key to staying safe is being prepared.
Information retrieved from https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/thunderstorm.html
If your home or business sustains storm damages, you can always call SERVPRO® of Peoria for cleaning and restoration services. 309-637-7300
Storm Alerts - Why Are They Important
It doesn’t matter what season it is, there is always a risk of extreme weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, and more can happen here in Central Illinois, and it is important to know who to turn to stay informed about when they’ll hit and how to protect yourself and your loved ones. In this day and age, it is easy to fall into the habit of letting ourselves be informed only by the posts we come across on Facebook and other social media platforms. While that is a good way to keep in touch while a storm event is already happening, it is possible to get the wrong information prior to the weather actually changing. Because of this, it is also difficult to understand some of the alerts given by accurate sources. That is why it is important for people to educate themselves.
The first thing to pay attention to is the source. Who should you be getting your information from? It is best to follow official weather systems and services, whether they are local or national. In Illinois, we have a varying list of storms that can hit. Some of the best sources for the Central Illinois area are:
These sites can provide a more local idea of the severe weather that the Central Illinois area will face at any given time. They also provide information on preparation and on the safety and rescue resources in the area. There are also nationally recognized resources that can be of great use as well.
The next important thing to remember is the difference between a watch, warning, and advisory.
- Watch - there’s a chance the condition will happen. This alert usually covers a large geographical area for a lengthy time period.
- Warning - the related weather is already occurring or is likely to occur. This alert means it’s time to take proper protective measures. Generally issued for much smaller geographical areas and shorter/more definite time frames.
- Advisory - in between a watch and a warning. The expected weather has a good chance of occurring, even a likely chance of occurring. Typically used for less severe weather (ie; wind advisory, freezing rain advisory).
Knowing the differences between these three alerts can help you identify whether you need to take safety precautions or whether you should just stay indoors. Each warning and advisory will mean something specific though, and it is important to stay tuned into the media for your preferred weather stations.
All of this information should help you keep you and the people around you safe. Central Illinois has finicky weather, but staying alert and informed can help you handle it much easier.
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If you experience damage from any type of storm, you can always contact SERVPRO® of Peoria to help with the cleanup and restoration. 309-637-7300
Central Illinois Polar Vortex - Winter Safety Tips
Get ready Central Illinois. It's coming.
It looks like winter is finally catching up to the people of Central Illinois; and it is not holding back. Heading this way is a winter storm called a polar vortex. While there has already been some snowfall around here, the thing that makes a polar vortex so worrisome isn’t the snow, it’s the extreme cold.
To clarify, a polar vortex is, “a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region during the winter season. This frigid air finds its way into the United States when the polar vortex is pushed farther south, occasionally reaching southern Canada and the northern Plains, Midwest and northeastern portions of the United States… The vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures...”
That being said, it seems as though this could be the coldest part of 2019. There have been forecasts predicting wind chills near -45? here in Illinois and areas to the north of us have already started to get hit. Even today, we went from temperatures in the mid-thirties all the way down to the teens, and all within a couple of hours! With all of the crazy temperature drops, it is important to really take action and prepare yourself and the people around you for the wild winter weather.
We have previously posted a blog on blizzard safety and the measures you need to take to stay safe in those winter weather situations. We encourage you to take a look at that post for a more in depth description of how to handle extreme cold and extreme snow. We are simply wanting to reach out to give those who are curious a couple of quick tips and links to keep you informed during this time.
First thing first, know your weather warnings.
- Winter Storm Warning: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
- Blizzard Warning: Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 miles per hour or greater, plus considerable falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile, expected for 3+ hours.
- Wind Chill Temperature: How cold people and animals feel when outside. As wind increases, heat is carried away from your body at a faster rate, driving down your body temperature and making you feel much colder. The wind chill temperature is not the actual temperature but rather how wind and cold feel on exposed skin.
- Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm conditions possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. Review your winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Once you have received notice of severe winter weather, here are just a few of many tips to follow to get you through it.
- Reduce fear by talking with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued.
- Winterize your vehicle to avoid getting stranded - get your battery checked and maintain your antifreeze, wipers and washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil.
- Install good winter tires with adequate tread.
- Service snow removal equipment before the winter storm season and maintain it in good working order.
- Make sure each member of the household has a warm coat, gloves/mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, extra blankets and warm clothing.
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit and create a household evacuation plan (for humans and pets)
- Bring pets indoors - make sure you have emergency kits for pets too with food, water, waste cleanup, and warmth.
- Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans.
The links below will direct you to the National Weather Service website and to the Red Cross website for more information about how to stay safe and warm. There is also a link to our blizzard safety blog that is full of helpful tips.
The important thing to remember is that the storm will pass; and when it does it will be easier to relax if you took the proper precautions before hand.
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If you experience damage from the storm, remember you can always get contact SERVPRO® of Peoria for a speedy and complete cleanup and restoration of your property. 309-637-7300
It seems as though there are an excess amount of warnings and alerts when it comes to winter months in Central Illinois. It can become overwhelming, but all of the alerts are more than warranted. Winter comes with a laundry list of risks, and not all of them have to do with the freezing temperatures. Severe winter weather can last for 24-hours or more and heightens the risks of:
- car accidents
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- heart attacks from overexertion
- heat, power, and communication services loss
- health issues in older adults, young children, and previously sick individuals
Through all of this, there are still things you can do to keep you and the people you care for safe throughout the storm. The basics, of course, start with finding shelter. That means stay off the roads, staying indoors, and dressing warmly. Invite your friends and neighbors to stay with you if your home will be safer than theirs. There are still so many actions you can take before any storms hit:
- Be Prepared:
- Know what to expect from the area you live in.
- Get your home ready.
- If you can afford outdoor generators, buy them ahead of time.
- Build kits with enough supplies to last you days and a way to keep track of the weather reports (ie: a battery powered radio).
- Keep a kit in your home and in your car.
- Know how to identify and treat hypothermia and frostbite.
- Layers upon layers of clothing will help whether you have generators/heaters or not.
- Speaking of generators, only use them outdoors, never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven, and follow all safety measures. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger.
- Avoid heart attacks and other health problems by avoiding any overexertion.
- Keep a close eye on any loved ones who are elderly, particularly young, or had a preexisting condition that could be exacerbated by the cold.
When the storm passes, it is important to check your home, business, and vehicle identify any damages that may have occurred. Once everything is checked out, hopefully these tips will have made it possible for you and your loved ones to recover as quickly as possible.
Information retrieved from: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
If you do experience damage from a winter storm this year, remember that SERVPRO® of Peoria is “Here to help®.” 309-637-7300
Storm Damage Mitigation In Peoria
Call SERVPRO If Storm Damage Happens To You!
When outside objects go airborne, they can become deadly!
Trampolines, swingsets, planters, and or yard objects can become deadly projectiles during a storm. If an object crashes into your house there can be significant damage.
Storm damage can be the result of many different events but one of the most frequent storm damage events is wind picking things up and destroying personal property in its path.
This was the case for one of SERVPRO's customers that reported storm damage due to objects from their yard came crashing in through the roof of their home, their bedroom to be exact!
SERVPRO came in and accessed the situation, removed the pieces from the roof, boarded up the damage temporarily and made all the rest of the storm damage disappear!
If you have had storm damage to your home call SERVPRO right away!
Rebuilding Roof Damage In Peoria
SERVPRO has you covered!
You might ask yourself, who handles roof damage in Peoria, Illinois? The answer is ... SERVPRO of Peoria does.
Although we are not a roofing company many of our jobs and clients involve fixing a storm-damaged roof. We are capable of rebuilding your damaged unit from the ground up and the roof is part of that procedure.
SERVPRO is capable of handling a larger sized commercial project if need be. On a previous roofing job, our workers repaired the roof quickly and carefully because the weather is unpredictable so we needed to get those tarps off and an actual structure on to make sure there is not more damage inflicted on the building.
So if your business or home needs roof repair along with other damaged areas ... Call SERVPRO NOW! We will help get you covered again!
Painting Your Peoria Home After A Storm
Painting In Peoria
Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a storm repair is paint!
Storm season is upon us and sometimes we luck out and have minimal damage that involves only a few patch jobs to a wall or the exterior side of the house.
After you finish repairing the damage you really do not feel like painting it too, it can be a real hassle if you do not have the right equipment.
Lucky for you SERVPRO has the manpower and resources to do all sorts of different sized jobs from one bedroom apartments to a 100 plus unit condo tower and everything in between.
So the next time you just do not feel like painting that front wall for the third time or slapping on another coat to the second floor bedrooms because a tree came through the wall, give SERVPRO a call!
Hurricane Names For The Atlantic Season
Now you know!
Since a few weeks, ago was all about Hurricane Preparedness, we felt you should have a little more info about this year's Hurricane Season!
We know that hurricanes don't ever really get this far inland but it is always good to stay on top of natural disaster information whenever you can.
The National Hurricane Center generates lists of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for tropical storms and hurricanes.
As storms form, they are named in order of which they arrive. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."
There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years so these names can not be used again until 2024. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it.
Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2018:
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.
If you sustain storm damage due to hurricanes or any other type of storm, call SERVPRO right away!
This Week Is Hurricane Preparedness Week In Peoria
Hurricanes Can Be Deadly!
Hurricane Preparedness Week
Even though we rarely have to worry about Hurricanes, many of our resident's vacation in areas where there are significant threats.
From the desk of the Community Risk Reduction Officer for our local Fire Dept:
During Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan.
The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you're in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane.
If you are, figure out where you'd go and how you'd get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn't live an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.
Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them.
Find evacuation zones here: http://flash.org/hurricane-season/evacuation-zones/find-your-evacuation-zones.pdf.
And as always SERVPRO is here for you when the storm is over to help put your life back together!
Who Cleans Up After Storm Damage In Peoria
We are here to help after the storm!
Storms hit hard and fast!.
That is why your SERVPRO provides immediate relief and response to your storm damage needs. We can have a team of highly trained technicians on site as soon as it is safe to do so.
We can help with a bunch of different of projects which also includes getting you emergency food and shelter and contacting friends and family.
Storms do not wait for normal business hours that is why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24 / 7 / 365, all you have to do is call us when the coast is clear!
We understand the process of putting your life back together when tragedy hits. Let us show you what so many other families have already experienced ... our willingness to make your world normal again!
Call Us Today (309) 637-7300
Lightning Damage In Peoria
Lightning Strikes Fast, So Does SERVPRO
We all know that lightning can actually cause major damage to your homes.
But who do you call when the storm subsides and the clouds roll out?
SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Peoria area for quite some time. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle almost anything wicked storms can throw at them.
We have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood all the way up to massive thunderstorm damage resulting in holes in your roof, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.
Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your family back together to any old person with a truck and a few tools. SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.
Call us today (309) 637-7300
Being Prepared In Peoria
Are you ready?
In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States.
Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business, and community.
Now is the time to think about the basics, things you will need in advance of an emergency; how you will communicate, what supplies you will need to keep in your home, car or office.
Build an emergency supply kit to ensure your family is equipped and ready for any type of disaster. The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster.
Preparing is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
No one ever plans for a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."
SERVPRO Storm Team
Quicker Response Times & Unlimited Resources During a Catastrophic Event!
During the 12/28/15 Ice Storm/Area Wide Power Outage, SERVPRO storm teams from Michigan to Georgia assisted SERVPRO of Peoria with water/sewer mitigation claims.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big!
Recent mobilizations of the CAT Storm Response Teams include:
2016 Louisiana floods & Hurricane Matthew
2014 Polar Vortex
2010 Nashville floods
2007 Chicago/ Ohio floods & California wildfires