What to Pack During an Emergency Evacuation
During the last few weeks we've seen Wild Fires over take various parts of California. From Sonoma County to LA County these fires continue to displace people from their homes. With all the stress, we may not know what we need (besides our Go-Bag) during an emergency evacuation.
The LA City Emergency Service Department gave some sound advice to help those who need to evacuate. These tips also apply to whatever emergency situation you're in, including Wild Fires, a Hurricane, Black Outs, or Earthquakes.
Keep the six “P’s” ready:
- People and pets
- Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
- Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
- Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
- Personal computers
- “Plastic” and cash
These tips can easily fit to your needs and type of emergency.
Of course, you'll always want to have a Go-Bag on hand if you'll be displaced for a lengthy amount of time. These tips give us a great overview for what we need to grab when the evacuation alert goes off.
For more evacuation or emergency tips, visit FEMA or our other blog articles.
Cleaning-up After Marijuana Grow Operations
With the increased legalization of Marijuana, many are starting grow operations of their own. Such operations are concealed from the knowledge of other residents and landlords.
The concealed nature of growing marijuana promotes toxic levels of mold due to warm, humid conditions that exist. Chemicals are also used in the process, making a grow operation a toxic environment.
Due to such environments, Law Enforcement who shut down these illegal operations suffer from exposure to such mold and chemicals. PPE and Respirators must be used to avoid contact. These safety measures help protect ones health and odors from sticking on clothing.
Risks involved in growing operations include:
- Damaging moisture
- Toxic levels of mold spores
- Poor electrical installation
- Toxic chemical & Biological contamination
- Offensive odor
Landlords who are faced with the daunting task of cleaning up grow operations do not need to worry. SERVPRO® of Downey specializes in cleaning and remediation. We closely follow IICRC guidelines on Mold and Remediation for Illicit Drugs. If you are faced with a grow operation clean-up, don't go at it alone, call SERVPRO® of Downey.
Practice Safe Cooking Habits this Holiday Season
Kitchen & Cooking Safety
According to the US Fire Administration, over 51% of home fires resulted from cooking. No doubt the risk of a fire goes up during the holiday season where cooking plays a prominent part in the festivities. Practicing safe cooking habits in the kitchen can help lower that percentage.
Protect Your Family with These Safe Cooking Tips:
- Keep children out of the kitchen. Many hot foods & liquids create a high risk area for burns.
- Don't leave cooking unattended. Items can overheat or spillover, this is especially dangerous with gas stoves.
- Use caution when using fryers and working with hot oil. Operate at a safe distance in case oil catches fire.
- Keep flammable items away from heat sources. These can include, Pot Holders, Wooden/Plastic Utensils, Towels, or Food Packaging.
- Make sure smoke alarms have batteries and are working.
- If possible, keep a fire extinguisher in kitchen area.
Above all, use common sense to avoid injuries or fires in your kitchen. Keep you and your family safe this holiday season by practicing safe kitchen habits.
Follow @SERVPROdowney for regular updates on safety in the home and workplace.
Get Ready to ShakeOut!
In 2018, 10 million people in California participated in the Great ShakeOut. The Great ShakeOut is the California's largest Earthquake Drill. This year it will be taking place October 17th, 2019.
California, more than any other state, has the highest Earthquake risk. It can strike when you are at home, school, work, or vacation. The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you to examine your emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space so no one gets injured or anything gets damaged.
How to Participate:
To react properly means practicing. Gather your family, co-workers, or school and Drop, Cover, and Hold On. That is what the ShakeOut is all about. Practicing this, will help you respond when a real Earthquake strikes.
To learn more about the Great ShakeOut, visit their website. Follow Fema, ReadyGov, and SERVPRO® of Downey for updates.
Fire Prevention Week: October 2019
Have you thought about what you will do in a fire? Our actions before and during a fire can influence the outcome, whether good or bad.
Each year 1 week in October is dedicated to Fire Prevention. Why? Because fires occur everyday and put people's lives at risk.
The theme for this year is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" The theme will teach children, teens, and elderly ones important actions that will help keep ourselves and those around us safe. Everyone needs to take these safety measures.
Did you know?: You may have as little as 1 to 2 minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
We can see the need to plan and practice if we're to successfully make it out in time. Be the hero of your family, and make a plan & practice it. Stay updated with Fire Prevention Week by following @NFPA & @SERVPROdowney on social media for tips all week long.
Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness
Has your community experienced a disaster? According to a 2018 survey, it found that 41% of Americans say they're not prepared for a disaster.
What about you? Throughout this month we've learned some great tips from #NationalPreparednessMonth on how to prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. As #NatlPrep month wraps up, how can you continue to prepare?
Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness
Most cities have first responders and organizations in place to respond during a disaster. Get to know those organizations in your community. You can find them here.
Take a CERT class, First Aid class, or CPR/AED. These life saving skills come in handy during a disaster for those that need medical assistance. You can find a list of classes in your community here.
Most importantly, Don't Stop Preparing. We may not know when the next disaster will happen, but we can know we can be prepared. #BeReady and #PrepareNow. Teach your children, and tell your friends and family. The more people that are prepared, the faster the community can get back on their feet.
Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
If you are a parent, no doubt your child's safety is of upmost concern to you. You worry about them at school, at their friends house, and when they play outside.
When it comes to safety, your preparedness has a direct impact on your child. If you are not prepared, your child isn't prepared. So how can you teach your child about preparedness?
Review Your Emergency Plan with Your Children
Have a plan, and be sure your children are aware of it. Help them prepare their own Go Bag, and include their favorite toy or book. If they have medication, be sure that's included too.
Keep your children prepared with this Activity Book, or with these Ready 2 Help cards.
Create a Communication Plan
If your children are teens or pre-teens, teach them how to communicate in case the family isn't all together. Who will they contact? Do they have an emergency back up contact? Include their social media and that of their schools in the communication plan. These allow you to get fast updates.
In case of a disaster, your children can be safe. Teach them to #BeReady and #PrepareNow!
Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
There's nothing like when a good plan comes together. One of the best plans someone can make is to plan for disasters.
Ask yourself these questions: What will I do if there's a fire at my home or work? What if there's an extended power outage? If my family aren't together, how will we regroup? Am I prepared to evacuate and leave?
Your answer to those questions might say whether you need a plan or not. What's the first step?
Have a conversation with your family, make a plan, and practice it. Follow alerts on social media from emergency & weather responders.
We never know when a disaster will happen, being prepared will help reinforce our families safety. How do we teach our youth this fundamental? Our next article will focus on that.
Save Early for Disaster Costs
Emergencies always seem to occur at the most inopportune time. A medical bill, vehicle maintenance, or home emergency can throw someone for a loop.
Aside from everyday type emergencies, community emergencies can occur. These may include flooding, earthquake damage, hurricane, or wildfire. In the event of emergencies, do you have a plan?
The first week of National Preparedness Month is focused on saving early for disasters. The #1 way to save for emergencies is to have an Emergency Fund. Saving isn't easy in this day and age. But once you realize how much you can save, that can act as a buffer for when an emergency does occur.
Saving money means you have to be organized. Another way to be organized is to have all paper work in order. Insurance policies, identification (Social, Birth Certificate, Passport), and Pet documents will need to be gathered as well as financial documentation and medical documents.
It may seem like a burden, but the bigger burden is when an emergency comes and you're unprepared. Stay prepared and save early for disaster costs.
Next week: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
Prepared, Not Scared
This September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this month is Prepared, Not Scared.
Disasters and Emergencies can be scary, being prepared helps alleviate some of that fear. That's what #NationalPrepMonth is all about, being prepared for the unexpected.
National Preparedness Month is broken up into 4 weeks. Each week we'll be posting a blog on the given topic.
- Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs.
- Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters.
- Week 3: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters.
- Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness.
Follow the conversation online on our website. Be sure to follow our social media to stay up to date with all things #NationalPrepMonth like Blog Posts and helpful information we'll be posting on social media. #PrepareNow