Recent Storm Damage Posts

Do you know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

It’s important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. Make sure you’re prepared this hurricane season with these hurricane watch and warning tips from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

What is a Hurricane Watch?
A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. 

What to do during a Hurricane Watch

  • Fill up your car with gas.
  • Secure buildings.
  • Review evacuation plan.
  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • Check your family's emergency supplies.
  • Bring in outdoor objects (i.e. toys, garden tools).
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
  • Secure outdoor objects which cannot be brought inside (i.e. boats, lawnmower).
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.

What is a Hurricane Warning?
A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 hours or less.

What to do during a Hurricane Warning?

  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs and prepare to evacuate.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.

*source- http://www.chathamemergency.org/preparedness/hurricanes.php

Hurricane Preparedness: Red Cross Tips

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.

The best way to protect your home and your family from a hurricane is preparedness. SERVPRO of Savannah works closely with the Southeast and Coastal Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, and they have some tips to make sure you are prepared the next time a hurricane (or any type of tropical storm) hits:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Please visit http://www.redcross.org/ for more information.

We specialize in flood cleanup and restoration

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Savannah sees flooding often since we are a coastal county.  A home can flood at any time due to heavy rainfall in a short period of time or when storms come in during high tide.  However, flooding could also occur due to the following events:  

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Flooding?

Call Today - 912-234-9690

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded building can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Savannah and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flood Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Building Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 912-234-9690

It's Hurricane Season in Savannah

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Although hurricane season started on June 1st, we are now headed into the peak of the season here in Savannah, GA. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, approximately two-thirds of the hurricanes form in August and September.  The season will last through November 30th. 

Savannah has been extremely blessed when it comes to hurricanes but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared. 

Below are a few reminders on being prepared:

  • Keep a close watch on the predicted storm routes, storm watches and storm warnings.
  • Have an evacuation route planned.
  • Have key contact information for loved ones.
  • Keep a supply kit ready.
  • Make sure you gather medicine or medical equipment for any special needs.
  • Have a plan in place for your pets.
  • Make sure you have copies of insurance and vital records.

For more information, visit www.fema.gov or www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Types of Storms

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

There are so many types of storms out there - many people get hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones confused.

Do you know the difference between these storms?

The location of where the storm occurs is the only difference. 

Hurricanes are large tropical storms in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States of America.

Typhoons are the tropical storms in the region of the Western Pacific Oceans and/or the region of the Indian Oceans.

Cyclones are the tropical storms in the in the South Pacific Oceans and Indian Oceans.  

These storms are all created by a combination of preexisting weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture and relatively light winds.  

For more information on these storms go to www.oceanservice.noaa.gov.

The National Ocean Service helps coastal communities prepare for and recover from major coastal storms such as hurricanes. 

When Storms or Floods hit Savannah, SERVPRO is ready!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Savannah, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Savannah.

SERVPRO ofSavannah specializes 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 Savannah, 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 912-234-9690

Flood Safety Tips

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.

Flood Safety Tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • If your property suffers flood damage, clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwaters can contain sewage and chemicals. Dispose of any food or personal hygiene items exposed to floodwaters.

If you experience residential or commercial water damage due to a flood, call SERVPRO of Savannah immediately! (912)234-9690

Hurricane Preparedness: Red Cross Tips

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.

The best way to protect your home and your family from a hurricane is preparedness. SERVPRO of Savannah works closely with the Southeast and Coastal Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, and they some tips to make sure you are prepared the next time a hurricane (or any type of tropical storm) hits:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Please visit http://www.redcross.org/ for more information.

Do you know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

It’s important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. Make sure you’re prepared this hurricane season with these hurricane watch and warning tips from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

What is a Hurricane Watch?
A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. 

What to do during a Hurricane Watch

  • Fill up your car with gas.
  • Secure buildings.
  • Review evacuation plan.
  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • Check your family's emergency supplies.
  • Bring in outdoor objects (i.e. toys, garden tools).
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
  • Secure outdoor objects which cannot be brought inside (i.e. boats, lawnmower).
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.

What is a Hurricane Warning?
A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 hours or less.

What to do during a Hurricane Warning?

  • Listen to a radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs and prepare to evacuate.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.

*source- http://www.chathamemergency.org/preparedness/hurricanes.php

When storms or floods hit Savannah, SERVPRO is ready!

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Savannah specializes 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 to Damage

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 Savannah, 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, and always ready for action.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Savannah Today at (912) 234-9690

We specialize in flood cleanup and restoration

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Savannah sees flooding often since we are a coastal county.  A home can flood at any time due to heavy rainfall in a short period of time or when storms come in during high tide.  However, flooding could also occur due to the following events:  

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Flooding?

Call Today - 912-234-9690

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded building can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Savannah and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flood Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Building Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 912-234-9690

Types of Storms

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

There are so many types of storms out there - many people get hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones confused.

Do you know the difference between these storms?

The location of where the storm occurs is the only difference. 

Hurricanes are large tropical storms in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States of America.

Typhoons are the tropical storms in the region of the Western Pacific Oceans and/or the region of the Indian Oceans.

Cyclones are the tropical storms in the in the South Pacific Oceans and Indian Oceans.  

These storms are all created by a combination of preexisting weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture and relatively light winds.  

For more information on these storms go to www.oceanservice.noaa.gov.

The National Ocean Service helps coastal communities prepare for and recover from major coastal storms such as hurricanes. 

Its Hurricane Season in Savannah

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Although hurricane season started on June 1st, we are now headed into the peak of the season here in Savannah, GA. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, approximately two-thirds of the hurricanes form in August and September.  The season will last through November 30th. 

Savannah has been extremely blessed when it comes to hurricanes but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared. 

Below are a few reminders on being prepared:

  • Keep a close watch on the predicted storm routes, storm watches and storm warnings.
  • Have an evacuation route planned.
  • Have key contact information for loved ones.
  • Keep a supply kit ready.
  • Make sure you gather medicine or medical equipment for any special needs.
  • Have a plan in place for your pets.
  • Make sure you have copies of insurance and vital records.

For more information, visit www.fema.gov or www.nhc.noaa.gov.

New Evacuation Zones for Chatham County

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Chatham County Emergency Management Agency has posted their new evacuation zones for the county.

Be sure to check to check your area so that you are prepared as we begin to enter hurricane season!

For more information, please visit the CEMA website.

Hurricane Categories

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Savannah has been very fortunate when it comes to hurricanes.  The last hurricane to make landfall in Savannah was Hurricane David back in 1979.  That hurricane made landfall as a category two hurricane.  Below is the description of the different hurricane categories.  

  • Category one: sustained winds of 74-95mph (119-153 km/h); some damage and power cuts
  • Category two: winds of 96-110mph (154-177 km/h); extensive damage
  • Category three: winds of 111-129mph (178-208 km/h); well-built homes suffer major damage
  • Category four: winds of 130-156mph (209-251 km/h); severe damage to well-built homes, most trees snapped or uprooted
  • Category five: winds of 157 mph (252 km/h) or higher; high percentage of homes destroyed, area uninhabitable for weeks or months

While it is our hope that Savannah doesn't experience another direct hit, we are ready and prepared for whatever is to come.  

Call SERVPRO of Savannah at 912-234-9690 for any of your hurricane/tropical storm/flood damage.