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Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready! Being Prepared Saves Lives...

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Restoring Your Los Angeles County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Los Angeles County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Long Beach region commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, clean water or grey water sources, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 


 


Our goal is to get your property back in use quickly and properly… “Liked it never even happened.”


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


We regularly get emergency calls because of water events; leaking roofs, broken pipes, sprinkler systems, broken plumbing fixtures, and many more unique causes.  Clean water, grey water, black water… All require correct assessment and immediate attention to assure proper restoration and avoid further damage. 


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.


We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We have in-depth resources, certified staff, and we are available 24/7/365.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach


 


SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can be confident that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property with expert skill.


 


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Long Beach Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Long Beach Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. 

Help protect your family and loved ones from possible injury or illness from mold.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system, fans, any items that move air including clothes dryer.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

 

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals.  We only use specialized equipment and approved processes to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

When You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today-

562 506 4992 

SERVPRO is proud to be a major supporter of the American Red Cross…

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO is proud to be a major supporter of the American Red Cross… SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach supports the American Red Cross…

The American Red Cross has been helping communities across the country for over 100 years.  They continue their fine record of service and support by outreaching to employers, clubs and organizations to provide specific onsite training for members and employees.  

This training saves lives and helps you make your community more prepared and self-sufficient when a disaster occurs.  Take the time to get your group trained… CPR, First Aid, Volunteerism, or other emergency service training are available to you. 

See the information below and CALL today!

 

Red Cross Training for Your Organization

From the Nation's Premiere Provider of Safety and Preparedness Training

Whether you're looking for OSHA-compliant training for a small group of employees, need large group training across multiple locations, or are looking to grow your own safety training business, we have the flexible training programs to meet your needs, including:

  • 1-Full Service - On Site Trainingof your staff conducted at your location by our expert instructors
  • 2-Authorized Provider (AP) Train-the-trainerprogram where we train individuals in your organization to conduct Red Cross training for your staff
  • 3-Licensed Training Provider (LTP) Train-the-trainerprogram where we certify your training company to conduct Red Cross training in your community.

Our professional training support specialists will work with you to customize a solution that fits your training needs.

GET STARTED

Our training options are flexible to meet your needs. Training solution specialists are available to custom tailor a program for your organization. Contact us by phone or fill out the form below, we're here to help:

Call 1-800-567-1487
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm EST

http://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/community-chapters/long-beach

 

Why Work With the Red Cross?

We are the industry leader in first aid training

Award-winning online-and blended learning options

Engaging Simulation Learning saves you money by reducing in-person training time by 40%

Dedicated nationwide customer support

Customizable training programs tailored to fit your specific needs

We provide digital certificates - Access your certification anytime, anywhere!

Emergency apps provide real time help when seconds count

Nationwide delivery either on-site or at a Red Cross location near you

The American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Programs

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

So that we all can be better equipped in any emergency... the Red Cross offers some great emergency preparedness/first aid courses for the public.

This valuable resource will do you little good the day AFTER a disaster, so take the time now to look at the many valuable courses offered and enroll.  Look around: fire, flood, tornadoes, earthquakes have all occurred in the last week throughout the country. What would you do if it was your house destroyed?

http://www.redcross.org

Performing First Aid         
Learning how to perform first aid takes just a few short hours, but it can make all the difference during times of crisis. At the American Red Cross, we offer best-in-class in-person, online and blended learning first aid classes that can help you administer assistance to injured children and adults until medical professionals arrive. However, like many things, if you don't use your skills frequently, they're often easy to forget. That's why, when you take our first aid certification classes, you'll also receive free online access to our first aid refreshers.
Types of First Aid Training
Adult First Aid - Find information on performing first aid on teens and adults. This quick guide. gives you details on what to do when faced with an emergency – and provides you with simple-to-follow steps designed to help you deliver care in a wide range of scenarios.

Child & Baby First Aid - Children and babies need specialized emergency care. Find out how to safely perform first aid on even the youngest among us.

First Aid Recertification - If you've already learned to perform first aid but need to renew your certification, you can do so in an abbreviated class that allows you stay up to date on the latest techniques, and sharpen your skills.  What would you do if disaster hit your house?  Do you have at least a week supply of water for each family member? What is your plan to reunite with remote loved ones?  What is your plan if power remains out for more than 3 days?  How many flashlights do you have safely located throughout the house?  Where are they/does every one know where they are/have you tested the batteries?  When was your last emergency drill?  How do you turn off the utilities?  Who turns off the utilities?  Under what circumstances do you turn off the utilities or leave them on?  Have you completed your emergency drill at night in the dark... there may not be access to light when you need to evacuate.  These are all things that can save valuable minutes and lives. Remember, when a real emergency strikes you may not see an emergency worker for days... You can not count on anyone coming to your rescue.  

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, FEMA

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program,  FEMA FEMA's National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program

California (and the rest of the country) need to be prepared for the occurrence of Earthquakes.  FEMA has published an very good overview of Hazard Reduction... it is simple, with easy to implement recommendations.  Please take the time to review the information, pick the most important suggestion for you and implement it... then go back and choose another and implement it...You will soon find you have a strengthened emergency plan that was easy to complete.  

We are posting a copy of the Overview document in the hope that additional information leads to additional community safety.  We are also including the link to FEMA, it contains a wealth of information on emergency response to numerous disaster situations.  

Reducing Earthquake Risks
Earthquakes cannot be prevented, but their impacts
on life, property, and the economy can be managed.
Congress first authorized the National Earthquake
Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) in 1977
(Public Law 95-124) to “reduce the risks of life and
property from future earthquakes in the United
States.” The most recent reauthorization was Public Law 108-360.
The role of NEHRP is to provide the public and
private sectors with the scientific and engineering
information, knowledge, and technologies needed
to prepare for earthquakes and reduce the
costs of losses and recovery. To fulfill this role,
NEHRP works in partnership with the community
of earthquake professionals in academia and in
business, government, technical, professional, and
codes-and-standards organizations involved in the
earthquake risk reduction process.
A Federal Partnership
Focusing on building code standards, technical
guidance, and education, NEHRP is a collaborative
effort among the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA); the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), the NEHRP lead agency;
the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the
United States Geological Survey (USGS). These
agencies work in close coordination to improve
the understanding of earthquake hazards and to
reduce the Nation’s vulnerability to earthquakes.
The agencies research the causes and effects
of earthquakes to produce technical guidance;
develop earthquake-resistant design, construction
standards, and techniques; and educate the public
about earthquake hazards and mitigation (visit
NEHRP Agencies for more information).
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Under NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for
developing effective earthquake risk reduction
tools and promoting their implementation, as
well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. FEMA’s 1 NEHRP activities are led by FEMA Headquarters, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, in strong partnership with other FEMA HQ Directorates, and in coordination with the FEMA Regions, the States, the earthquake consortia, and other public and private partners.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST, in addition to serving as the lead NEHRP
agency, develops, evaluates, and tests earthquake
resistant design and construction practices
for implementation in the building codes and
engineering practice. NEHRP Directorate,
Secretariat, and applied research activities are
conducted under the NIST Engineering Laboratory
(EL) Materials and Structures Division.
National Science Foundation NSF supports basic research and research facilities in earth sciences, engineering, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences relevant
to understanding the causes and impacts of
earthquakes. NSF’s NEHRP-related support is
carried out primarily through research grants to
individual universities, university consortia, and
other organizations. These grants are awarded
primarily through the agency’s Directorate for
Engineering and Directorate for Geosciences.
NEHRP Mission
The mission of NEHRP is to develop,
disseminate, and promote knowledge,
tools, and practices for earthquake
risk reduction—through coordinated,
multidisciplinary, interagency partnerships
among the NEHRP agencies and their
stakeholders—that improve the Nation’s
earthquake resilience in public safety,
economic strength, and national security.

United States Geological Survey

USGS operates and supports earthquake

monitoring, data analysis, and notification facilities; provides earthquake hazard assessments; and

conducts and supports targeted research on earthquake causes and effects. The Earthquake

Hazards Program Office and USGS Headquarters lead the agency’s NEHRP work. USGS research

and monitoring activities are conducted by USGS

scientists at offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Golden, Colorado; Memphis, Tennessee; Menlo Park and Pasadena, California; and Seattle, Washington, as well as through grants and cooperative agreements with universities, State geological surveys, and other organizations.

Cooperating Organizations

The NEHRP agencies support and work with many cooperating organizations. These organizations

include the Applied Technology Council, the

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Southern

California Earthquake Center, The Federal Alliance

for Safe Homes, Outreach Process Partners, and

the four regional earthquake consortia: the Cascadia

Region Earthquake Workgroup, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Northeast

States Emergency Consortium, and the Western

States Seismic Policy Council. These organizations and many others are essential in furthering the work of NEHRP.

NEHRP Goals

Improve understanding of Goal A earthquake processes and impacts Develop cost-effective measures to reduce earthquake impacts on Goal B individuals, the built environment, and society-at-large Improve the earthquake resilience Goal C of communities nationwide

Technical Guidance

Based on research conducted by the NEHRP

agencies, FEMA develops technical guidance manuals, handbooks, and training materials on seismic safety and construction. State and local

governments, building code officials, architects,

engineers, and building industry professionals use these materials for designing and building homes,

businesses, and infrastructure; retrofitting existing buildings; and developing building codes in at-risk

areas.

FEMA provides the following types of information:

  • Guidance and best practices on seismic design, construction, and upgrade techniques
  • Procedures for identifying, documenting, and ranking earthquake hazards and the resultant

risks to buildings and infrastructure

  • Techniques for evaluating structures damaged by earthquakes, such as steel frame buildings and concrete and masonry buildings
  • Methods for estimating seismic upgrade

costs and benefit-cost models for upgrading

government buildings

  • Recommended improvements to design and construction standards for structures in

earthquake-prone areas

  • Performance-based design and construction guidance for building owners, managers, and regulators to best determine how a building will perform in an earthquake of specific parameters

Public Education Materials

The NEHRP agencies, with their partners, produce the following types of earthquake safety materials:

  • Brochures and web-based materials for homeowners and businesses
  • Techniques for upgrading homes and reducing

hazards in homes and businesses

  • Earthquake curricula for grades K-6 and 7-12
  • Tools to assist disaster educators, incident

managers, and others to organize earthquake

safety programs

For more information on FEMA’s NEHRP activities

and its resources, and to subscribe to FEMA NEHRP email updates, visit FEMA Earthquake.

https://www.fema.gov

Remember, SERVPRO is ready to assist you when disaster strikes.  

https://www.fema.gov

Remember, SERVPRO is ready to assist you when disaster strikes.  

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Los Angeles Home.

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Los Angeles Home. Fire prevention needs to be an everyday endeavor!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 562 506 4992

Restoring Your Southern California Commercial Property…

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Southern California Commercial Property… Water damages quickly and can close your facility for weeks if not resolved immediately.

Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Southern California Home!

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Southern California Home! We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Risk Higher After Winter Storms

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Risk Higher After Winter Storms Mold Uncovered

Does Your Long Beach Home Have A Mold Problem?

 

In Long Beach, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

562 506 4992

http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/emergency-restoration