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Do You Have An Emergency Kit Prepared in Case of a Severe Storm in Ulster County?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

An overhead photo of a black table with supplies like a flashlight, batteries, water bottle, masks, matches and pocket knife. Keeping a stocked emergency kit ready to go is a key way to get through any kind of storm!

Severe weather can be extremely dangerous, especially when it comes about suddenly. While severe storms typically happen during the warmer months of summer, they can really happen at any time of year in Ulster County—and for this reason, it is important that you are always as prepared as possible in the event of severe weather.

One of the first things you should do when attempting to increase your severe weather preparedness is to pack an emergency kit for your household and keep it in the area you have designated as your safe space during the storm. That way you can be certain that should severe weather threaten your home, you and your loved ones have everything they need to stay comfortable and safe.

What Should Go Into My Severe Weather Emergency Kit?

Building an emergency kit is a great way to gain peace of mind about your family’s preparedness and can ensure that you have everything you need in the event of severe weather. As a bonus, this can be a great, age-appropriate way to teach children about severe weather and the importance of always being prepared.

It is recommended that you store your emergency kit in a rubber tote or one made of another resilient material, in an area that is handy to where you will shelter in the event of a storm. If you need help making an emergency kit checklist, the items below will point you in the right direction:

  • Non-perishable food such as granola bars and canned goods
  • Sealed water- one gallon per person per day, plus plenty of extra for pets.
  • Flashlights and their corresponding batteries
  • Utensils, plates and napkins
  • An NOAA weather radio (some models are powered by hand, but be sure to include extra batteries if yours requires them)
  • First-aid supplies and over-the-counter medications
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Food, medication and paperwork for pets
  • A change of clothes for each person in the household
  • Any prescription medication members of the household require
  • Cards, books and other sources of entertainment that do not utilize electricity
  • A copy of insurance cards and extra cash
  • A map with your local emergency shelter marked on it
  • Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and deodorant
  • Varying sizes of sealable bags and garbage bags
  • Baby wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer

Everyone's list is different but there are key items everyone should pack. Stock and store yours today and feel at ease no matter what kind of storm could head your way!

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can count on us to help. Call us ASAP for our storm damage remediation and how quickly we can help you.

Storm Prep for Your New Paltz Home or Business

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

A full grown tree leaning into the side of a home, having fallen during a storm. Get your home or business prepped ahead of time to have piece of mind and safety before bad weather hits!

September is National Preparedness Month, an yearly awareness promotion sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help everyone get a leg up on preparing themselves, families and businesses in the event of a disaster. This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

While we’ve all been watching the devastation in Louisiana caused by Hurricane Ida and the torrential downpours it’s brought up to Ulster County, it’s harsh realities serve as a reminder for home and business property owners to review their emergency and disaster plans.

While Ulster County has seen some significant property damage in the months of September and October in recent years, we have been spared from it all. Flooding, roof leaks, broken windows, electrical fires, sewage back-ups and downed trees are always possibilities in our area, regardless of hurricane status or not.

While your home and its contents are vitally important to remedy immediately from storm damage, commercial restoration has the same time frame but presents unique challenges in and of itself due to the sheer nature of size and layout. Building structures, employees, clients or customers, inventory, files, documents, and other crucial elements can all be affected and with varying degrees.

It’s important to have a solid and comprehensive emergency plan for home or business that has critical information about the location of utility shut-off valves, fire system controls, network info if applicable and emergency contact numbers in addition to emergency escape plans and other critical disaster information. Having this all at your fingertips can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz knows the time to create an emergency plan is before you need it. There are several valuable websites that offer potentially life-saving info whether it be for a fire-escape plan for your family, a to-do list for your pets in a storm-related emergency, a list of how-to’s for your elderly family members or an all encompassing guide for commercial or business property owners in the event of a crisis. www.Ready.gov is a great resource of where to begin your research.

There is some piece of mind in knowing that you can to help protect your family, home, pets, business, employees or commercial property from storm damage by having a plan in place and by calling SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz. We’re always here to help. Our storm damage professionals are available for any emergency 24/7 at (845) 255-4334.

How Different Kinds of Storms Can Damage your Saugerties Home

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

a basement with several inches of standing water surrounding utilities No two storms are the same, check your insurance and be prepared no matter what!

We all have our favorite weather channel, website or app on our phones and t’s true that no one can predict to 100% what a storm will do, but it’s important to take weather advisories seriously every time they’re issued. Weather and atmospheric conditions can vary at the drop of a dime and change by terrain, temperature, location and other factors. Some might pass through and bring gentle showers, others can cause extreme amounts of damage in a short time. You might even hear of your friend down the road in Glasco with a flooded basement when you’ve gotten barely a thunderstorm.

To give homeowners in Ulster County an idea of what to expect when severe weather is forecasted, we have compiled the four most common types of storm damages that can happen to a home. The effects of a severe storm can range from mild to severe, and it is important to know what your homeowners insurance policy will cover and won’t as well as to prepare for when hazardous weather is coming your way. 

Lightning Damage Lightning strikes occur around 25 million times each year, and yes- it is possible for lightning to strike the same place twice. When lightning strikes a home, it can cause fires, electrical issues and structural fractures. If your home is struck by lightning, having an expert inspection by a fire department, building inspector and electrician is key as lightning damage could also increase your chances for electrical fires in the future. 

Hail Damage Hail is caused when the storm pushes rain clouds upward enough that the water droplets are frozen solid before passing through to the ground. Hail damage is commonly considered for cars that are parked outside, but it can also wreak havoc on a house’s roof, drainage systems and can even break windows if conditions are right. 

Flood Damage Flooding is one of the most dangerous things that storms can lead to. While thunderstorms typically cause what are known as flash floods, they can also lead to more long-term flooding when conditions are right. Flood damages can be detrimental to a home and its contents and cause hazardous conditions due to the contaminated water and other structural dangers. It’s vital to know what flood insurance you do have, it’s limitations and exceptions before something happens. Call your insurance agent today to get clarity.

Wind Damage In some cases, severe storms can have winds as significant as a tornado would, and they often last much longer. We all can remember a “straight line storm” that was thought to be a tornado by the shear damage it left. Some severe weather can cause damage beyond recognition, especially if they face an open area or are in a spot where they might be particularly vulnerable to winds. Fires can start, glass and debris can be airborne, and the structure could be unstable and dangerous. Seek shelter immediately somewhere else until the area is deemed safe by officials.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz are storm damage specialists. If you’re dealing with any damage to your Ulster County home, call us 24/7 to get your restoration process started right immediately! We’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Prevention Tips for your Woodstock, Saugerties, New Paltz or Kingston Home

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

A large home with it's roof on fire while firefighters spray water on it. This could happen to your home in less than 3 minutes. Learn all you can about fire prevention!

A fire can happen in less than 3 minutes. It’s scary to think that there is such little time to get everyone to safety, however there are many things you can do in your home to prevent fires, most of them quite simple too.

-Install smoke detectors in the right spots- When placed in the correct locations in your home, it’s your best bet of getting to safety quickly.

-Test your smoke detector batteries once a month. Set a reminder on your phone to make it consistent. Keep in mind that smoke detectors have a life of 8-10 years, replace them when needed.  

-Inspect heating sources and have regular maintenance performed on them.

-Keep the oven and stove clear of anything- Make sure there are no curtains, towels, cookbooks, or anything flammable by or on the stove and oven. Kitchen fires are the most common places for house fires. Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Make sure pot handles are turned in and don’t leave the room with any food cooking. Turn off everything and take the pot or pan off the heat if you need to leave the room.

-Keep fire extinguishers handy- Have one in the kitchen and other high-risk areas like a fireplace or garage. Learn the P.A.S.S system for how to use it effectively.

-Check the dryer and have dryer vent cleanings performed once a year. The build up of lint, dust and debris is a significant fire hazard.

-Maintain electrical cords- don’t keep them under a rug as cords produce heat. Use extension cords sparingly and unplug appliances that feel warm. Don’t plug in appliances to an extension cord, plug them directly into the wall. Check for fraying or damage and replace immediately.

-Locate the utility shut-offs- All utilities have shut-off valves or switches in or on your home. Gas, appliances, circuit breakers, and water. Make sure all family members know where, when and how to use them.

-Keep flammable products away from heat sources- aerosols and hair products, cleaners, and shaving cream and combustibles like paint and gas should be kept in a cool, dark place.

-Never, ever, leave candles unattended- Keep them in secure, tip-proof holders and never near curtains or blankets. Set a reminder on your phone to extinguish them before leaving or sleeping. Check and double check that a cooling candle is nowhere anything that can burn.

-Practice fireplace safety- put a metal screen in front of the area, don’t leave the fireplace unattended and place the ashes in a metal container. Do not put the ashes in a plastic bag or any other vessel, you’d be surprised how long ashes can stay hot. Have a chimney cleaner come at least once a year to prevent build up that could cause a fire.

-Prevent wildfires- Keep a bucket of water available if you’re using a fire pit, having a bonfire or using a burn barrel. If you smoke, keep it outside and always have a water source to extinguish. It only takes one spark!

-Know your location- firefighters need an exact address, make sure every family member knows it.

Learn all you can about fire prevention and talk it over with your family members. If you do ever experience fire damage, call the trained experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz 24/7, we’re here to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Use SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz For Your Home or Business?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO tech underneath a structure, laying on his back looking up with a flashlight. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has the experience you need and can rely on to handle any type of residential or commercial disasters!

Chances are, a lot of your time is spent managing your Ulster County home or business to help avoid maintenance issues from happening and to keep everything going smoothly.

However, when a disaster happens, the responsibilities you normally have are put on the back burner until the situation is resolved and a new batch of stress and decisions take over. There is a pressure to step into a role that you might not be prepared for—and may not be qualified for either.

Recovering from a disaster is our specialty. It’s what we do best, and we can help alleviate some of that concern and responsibility.

Here is why you can put your trust SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz when life takes aim at your home or business.

We’re Always Ready

As a team who is standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are ready to help you exactly when you need it. If there is a fire at your home or your office is flooded, no one has time to wait. The quicker remediation processes can start, the less likely you'll face secondary damages like mold growth or structural issues.

When disaster strikes, we are ready to take on your problem.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Every second counts in a crisis situation, and we know that better than anyone.

With every minute that passes until the restoration process begins, there is a possibility for more sewage to spread, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and with a local team right here in Ulster County, you’ll receive the service and expertise SERVPRO is known for nationally, combined with the speed of a team who also live and raise families locally in the area.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Disasters can happen in any place at any time. Homes and businesses are victims of natural disasters, and accidental damage strikes both indiscriminately. No two damages are the same, and we never expect them to have the same plan of restoration either. We offer custom solutions for all circumstances to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

If we start the restoration process for your property, we’ll see it through to the very end. No need to hassle with different companies for the services that need to be completed.

We are the nationwide experts in disaster recovery and restoration, and we’ll shape our service around your unique needs to ensure your home or business is restored to the best possible state.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Our world has been turned upside down because of the coronavirus pandemic, and disease prevention is now more important than ever. Because of this, we offer various levels of comprehensive cleaning services that allow for more peace of mind for you, your employees and your clientele.

If you’re looking more than traditional janitorial services for your commercial space, we can provide a customized clean that you can feel confident in.

As much as proactive planning can help, disasters happen. Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you need help, call SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz for the best service possible, 24/7.

Do You Have an Emergency Kit in Your Ulster County Business?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

An image of the interior of a commercial building hallway flooded with dirty water and debris Now is the time to plan and stock up on an emergency kit for your Ulster County business!

We know that having a well-stocked emergency kit for your family at home is important, but considering that most people spend an average of a third of their life at the office, having an emergency kit for your workplace is also extremely important. If you are a business owner, it is wise to prioritize creating and maintaining an emergency kit for your Ulster County facilities that will keep you and your staff safe in case of a disaster.

Starting and maintaining an emergency kit is something that is not terribly expensive, but it could become invaluable in case of a disaster. Being certain that you and your employees have everything you need in an emergency situation where you are trapped in the workplace for a period of time can keep people much calmer and more comfortable during a scenario where you and your staff are unable to leave. Simple items like a first aid kit, some food and water, flashlights, a radio and other items can make a huge difference.

What to Stock Up On

If you are going to stock up your office emergency kit, your goal should be to make sure your office is equipped with all the necessities so that you and your staff can survive several days without electricity, food or water in the building. While this is an extreme situation, planning ahead can truly make the biggest difference. This includes considerations for nourishment, comfort and first-aid supplies in case of injuries.

Some helpful things to include are: 

  • An emergency radio so you can get important updates without electricity or cell service and extra batteries it needs.
  • A first-aid kit with all the essentials for cuts, sprains and consider how many employees you have during any given time and make sure there’s enough supplies for each in the event of a need. Consult with varying associates as well for any personal items or needs you might not have thought of.
  • Enough unopened drinking water for each person in the workplace and more for washing up.
  • Shelf-stable foods such as canned goods or granola bars
  • Flashlights, headlamps, lanterns and extra batteries that correspond to each
  • Rechargeable phone chargers
  • Paper goods like toilet paper, wet wipes, paper towels and napkins

What to Do in a Workplace Emergency

If you find yourself faced with an emergency during the workday, not panicking is the most important first step.

Be sure to listen to all emergency updates so you know whether you and your staff should evacuate immediately or stay put until the threat has passed. Be alert and aware of exits and possible obstructions or complications. Be sure you instruct everyone to do as emergency officials recommend and be certain that everyone in the building is accounted for.

If you need help making sure your business is prepared for a disaster, you can count on us. Contact us at any time to learn more about our business preparedness services and how we can help in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is always here to help, 24/7.

The Importance of Hosting Fire Drills at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

A man and a woman looking at a diagram of an evacuation plan for their business with a host pointing areas out. Workplace evacuations drills are crucial no matter the type of business you have!

If you own a business in Ulster County, you are well accustomed to all the moving parts required to keep things running smoothly. From daily tasks to long-term planning, there is a lot to juggle—but it is vital that as a business owner, you do not let safety tasks such as fire drills slip through the cracks.

While fire drills are not the most enjoyable task and do not grow your business directly, they contribute significantly to the overall safety of your workplace as well as your peace of mind in the event of a problem.

Why Hosting Fire Drills at Your Business Is Important

Hosting regular fire drills at your business is a must for the safety of you as well as your employees. While no one wants to experience a fire, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are more than 3,000 fires in commercial spaces every year—and all it takes is one to derail your business plans and put your staff in danger.

Fires can spread within seconds, especially in commercial buildings where there is often plenty of fuel. The faster everyone can get out of the building, the quicker you can be certain that everyone is safe. Knowing that your staff has a plan of evacuation in place can relieve some of the stress should you ever have to face an event.

What to Consider When Planning Fire Drills

Utilizing Different Scenarios: Running fire drills with various scenarios is key to making sure your staff is thoroughly prepared for any situation. Fires can start for a variety of reasons and of course, in various places, so be sure to run your drill from different locations each time and utilizing real time but completely different situations (i.e. an electrical fire on the 2nd floor, a lightning strike to the building next door, a burning ashtray right outside the door, malfunctioning appliance or machines in the break room).

Prioritizing Employees With Special Needs: Not every employee will be able to execute a fire drill without assistance, so be sure you are including your employees who might need an extra hand in your plans. Pairing up employees with a buddy can be a great way to ensure everyone is equally able to get out of the building safely. Be mindful of location, distances, obstructions and time needed.

Hosting Drills on a Regular Basis: When it comes to solidifying the details of a fire drill in the minds of your staff, repetition is key. Be sure you host drills at least once every few months so everyone feels completely prepared and can memorize the plan that is in place.

If you need help with your business’ fire readiness or assistance with fire restoration, we are here to help. Get in touch 24/7 to learn more.

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher and How to Use One in Your Kerhonkson Home

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

2 pots fully engulfed in flames and smoke on top of a stove Know how to use a fire extinguisher BEFORE you have to know!

You probably have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, maybe even one in the garage too. A fire extinguisher can really help put out a small fire before emergency personnel arrive at your Ulster County home and can help you exit quickly to safety. Keep in mind though, that not every extinguisher is for every type of fire, so what type would you need and where?

All household fire extinguishers have the top 3 classifications: A, B or C. Some models have a combination of all three extinguishers in one. Some models are for commercial use or industrial specifications, classified as D or K extinguishers.

-A is for ordinary combustibles like trash, wood and paper

-B is for liquids & grease (like stove-top and grease fires)

-C is for electrical equipment and wiring fires

A good note to remember, according to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of your home should have an extinguisher. 

Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? How about your family members?

To use an extinguisher properly, you want to use the PASS method:

PULL, AIM, SQUEEZE, SWEEP


-Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

-Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire instead of at the flames themselves. Standing at least 6 feet away from the fire is important! Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on a CO2 extinguisher as it gets extremely cold and may damage your skin.

-Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly while keeping the extinguisher upright. 

-Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the extinguisher runs dry.

Always read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and get familiar before a fire breaks out. Hold small trainings for your family members as well. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations so make sure you have the correct extinguisher for your home and type of fire. 

Whenever you use an extinguisher, whether you ran it dry or used it briefly, it's important to replace it or refill it right away. This is also the rule for any gauge that goes down to the red zone over time. 

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has experienced and trained experts and is the local leader in the industry of fire damage remediation. If you experience fire damage in your home, don't hesitate to call us, 24/7 for emergencies. We’re here to help and will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz Can Help Reduce Costs for Storm Damage Remediation

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

A large tree fallen on top of a dark gray colored home Trust the leader in property restoration if you're dealing with any kind of storm damage!

Most of us were ready to see 2020 end, because it brought us drama of all sorts. But you might be surprised to learn it was also a record-setting year in weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

We saw 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that caused at least a billion dollar in damages, plus so many other damaging storms that aren’t included in that statistic. After the National Weather Service used up all of the letters from the alphabet by September, they had to turn to the Greek alphabet to successfully name all of the storms.

Costly Damages

We are unfortunately used to seeing the catastrophic damage that hurricanes can do, but we are starting to see that it’s not all from hurricanes. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In 2020, there were 14 official weather disasters that were severe thunderstorms.

In August 2020, eastern Nebraska had what seemed to be a typical thunderstorm turn into a catastrophic event called a Derecho. A derecho is something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm.

When this happened ,it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

Our area isn’t immune to the effects of severe damage. In 2020, Ulster County saw more severe thunderstorms or tropical storms than it did winter weather storms. So far, 2021 has included some doozy thunderstorms and the 3rd wettest July ever recorded!

Costly Damages

2017 saw the highest total of damages on record, with a total over $300 billion in damages. 2018 and 2019 combined had a total of $136 billion in damages.

It shouldn’t have come as a shock when 2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters. Severe weather is starting to become more intense and frequent, so as a homeowner or business owner, it’s never too early to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.

No matter the precautions you take, Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Thankfully, you have friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property. By utilizing our fast response, job efficiency, and our restore versus replace mindset, our teams help keep your insurance claims from skyrocketing. In the event of a disaster, we’ll work directly with your insurance company, many of whom we are a preferred restoration company for, to formulate the best possible strategy and outcome within your policy limits and help make it "Like it never even happened."  

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right.Contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz today to see how we can help.

Why Grease Fires Can Cause a Permanent Smell in Your Kingston Home

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

A grease fire on a stove spreading orange flames and black, greasy soot to other parts of the room kitchen. Contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to get your home back to normal after a grease fire!

Accidents happen and cooking with oil or grease can ignite and cause a kitchen fire much easier than you think. There are some little-known facts about food fires that make the smell and damage in your home quite tricky to get rid of.

Protein fires usually start from food that is burnt in the kitchen. Think about a cooking pan on the stovetop and the grease has caught fire. Due to the chemical makeup and structure of food proteins, grease can make an especially unique restoration challenge and create odor issues that are difficult to get rid of yourself when they burn.

Important things to know regarding protein/food fires:

*Generally, these types of fires leave little visible residue, often confusing to someone who isn’t trained locate and get rid of. The smell is there but hard to pinpoint where it could be coming from. Occasionally, you might come across a sticky residue on the walls or upper cabinets. Once dust particles have settled on a surface, this creates an unpleasant coating that’s tough to get off without professional products and experience.

*Protein fires create a significantly more distasteful smell than most other fires. Pungent, acrid, noxious, and thick are ways our clients have explained the smell.

*The nature of the burn causes odor to permeate even more completely than other fires, into everything. Inside cabinets that weren’t opened, in a room on the other side of the home, sometimes on a whole different floor.  Items or belongings you never thought would’ve been affected could have some lingering and unforeseen issues. Sometimes the damage can require a sealing agent or even stripping and repainting to completely eradicate the odor.

*If the damage is part of a homeowner’s insurance claim, the insurance carrier will likely recommend hiring a professional, seasoned restoration company to take care of everything so it’s a complete job at one time rather than doing it yourself which is extremely time consuming and costly.

*Keep in mind that the damage may require multiple attempts and methods to achieve the best results. Using a certified remediation company will decrease the attempts and are effective and efficient.

Don’t tackle this issue by yourself, let the trained and certified experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz take care of it. There is no damage too small or large and with over 25 years of  LOCAL experience, we can tell you that When fire and odors take control of your life, we’ll help take it back!.