Tornado Cleanup in the Omaha Metro
SERVPRO of Sarpy County was called upon to secure and restore this storm-damaged home in the Omaha-Metro area.
On Friday June 16, 2017, a severe thunderstorm tore through Omaha and Sarpy County with two tornadoes developing in Bellevue as confirmed by National Weather Service. An F2 tornado hit the Hyda Hills and Two Springs neighborhoods particularly hard, damaging many houses and causing significant wind and water damage.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County has been working around the clock to help those effected by this major storm event. Our office staff continues to take calls day and night, maintaining a list of those in need of our services and managing the logistics of the recovery effort, while our crews are working long hours to help those in need.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County understands that tornado damage is a very traumatic event and is stressful for everyone affected. We are here to help ease the hardship as we continue to assist affected households and businesses.
If you need help or have questions, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County any time day or night at 402-291-3355.
Summer Fire Safety and Preparedness
SERVPRO of Sarpy County is here to help 24x7. Call us at 402-291-3355
Summer is finally here! The kids are excited that summer break is here. They are busy enjoying the city pool and riding their bikes. Your family summer vacation plans are in place.
Amid the are many things to enjoy this summer, SERVPRO of Sarpy County would like to remind you to add fire safety and preparedness to your to-do list.
Statistics show that home fires claim the life of one child every day and approximately 16 children are injured from fires or burns every hour. Over 85% of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread quickly and often leave as little as 2 minutes to escape.
Some top fire safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
• Teach kids to never play with matches and lighters and store these up and away from children.
• Create and practice a home fire escape plan with 2 ways out of your house. Make fire escape practice a fun game for the kids by having a race to see how fast they can escape and practice often. The better prepared your kids are, the better chance they have to escape.
• Teach your children to get low and get out when they hear the smoke alarm.
• Use common sense in the kitchen. Pay attention when cooking and never leave a hot oven or cooktop unattended.
Don't forget to check out the Red Cross fire safety checklist on their website.
Your friends at SERVPRO of Sarpy County wish you a safe, happy summer.
Be Storm Smart, Be Storm Ready
SERVPRO of Sarpy County reminds you to Be Ready
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of:
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 land falling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage*. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking a few actions and being an example to others are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Know your risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
NOTE: Statistics gathered from www.stormready.noaa.gov
Omaha Gymnasium Mold Remediation
BEFORE (left HVAC ducts)...AFTER (above scoreboard)
A malfunction in the HVAC system caused a moldy mess around the ceiling of this Omaha gymnasium. This picture taken during the restoration process shows areas to be treated (left HVAC ducts) and an area that had been cleaned (above the soreboard).
After sealing the gymnasium and establishing negative air pressure and cleaning the contaminated air with HEPA air filters, SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews used dry ice blasting techniques to safely remove the mold. This method is similar to sand blasting but uses dry ice under less pressure, leaving minumal residue to be cleaned up after blasting.
Although restoration process was complicated by the gymnasium's high ceilings and special flooring, SERVPRO of Sarpy County was able to restore the gymnasium in less than two weeks; certified mold-free.
Be Prepared in Eastern Nebraska...for FREE
Our years of experience helping the community to recover from disasters large and small have shown the value of preparedness. Preparedness is vital to being better able to recover from most forms of loss and allow for peace of mind before anything even happens.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County encourages you to review the following links to find no-cost ways to be better prepared:
There are also some free sites to help plan for your business:
The trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County hope you have a safe and happy fall season and .
If you have questions or need help, please call us 24x7 at 402-291-3355
Omaha Metro Area - Smoke Free Housing Summit
SERVPRO of Sarpy County at the Omaha Metro Area Smoke Free Housing Summit
SERVPRO of Sarpy County recently participated in the Smoke Free Housing Summit, hosted by Tobacco Free Sarpy (TFS) and the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC). The event was attended by several multiple family housing providers in the Omaha Metro area and featured presentations and discussion on the costs and benefits of transitioning communities to smoke free living.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County provided a presentation on the cost of mitigating fires in multi-family housing.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County provides emergency cleanup of fire, water, mold and sewage throughout the metro area.
We are here to help 24x7. Call us at 402-291-3355
Be Prepared For Severe Weather in Omaha
While we are all excited that warmer weather is finally here, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants to remind you to be prepared for severe weather season. In 2013, there were seven severe weather and climate disaster events across the United States, claiming the lives of 109 people.
As a national sponsor of the Red Cross Ready Rating Program and a premier fire and water restoration provider, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants you to be better prepared in 2016.
A few simple actions will increase your readiness today:
Check the weather forecast regularly. Know when there is an increased risk of severe weather in your area.
Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. A weather radio can be purchased at many retailers and also at the Red Cross Store online, www.redcrossstore.org.
Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. These are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine of your mobile device is WEA-capable.
Learn more about severe weather safety. The Red Cross is an excellent source of severe weather safety and warning information and tools. Visit www.redcross.org/prepare to learn more about preparedness for disasters of all kind. Be sure to check out the app store for the FREE Red Cross Tornado App.
Avoid Thanksgiving Day Fires Omaha Metro
During the holidays, fire risks and incidences increase and Thanksgiving is no exception. Thanksgiving fires are more frequent and cause more property damage than typical residential structure fires. The dollar loss per incident increases 25% on Thanksgiving Day alone. As you may have guessed, cooking is the leading cause of residential fires. In fact, 42% of Thanksgiving fires are the result of a cooking incident with unattended food being the main source of ignition. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 4,300 fires occur on Thanksgiving each year in the United States, resulting in nearly $27 million in property damage.
Turkey fryers are a growing concern regarding fire safety according to Underwriter Laboratories (UL), Inc. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Underwriter Laboratories, Inc. recommend the following precautionary safety measures when using a turkey fryer:
- Only use turkey fryers outdoors; away from buildings and flammable material.
- Make sure at least two feet of space is between the liquid propane tank and the fryer burner.
- Keep children and pets well away from the fryer when in use and for several hours after cooking.
- Never place the fryer on wooden decks or under a garage, carport, or breezeway.
- Never leave the fryer unattended; monitor the temperature closely.
- If any smoke at all comes from the heating pot of oil, turn the burner off immediately as oil may be overheating.
- Cover bare skin and use pot holders.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the amount of oil to add; do not overfill the fryer.
The trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
If you have questions or need help, please call us 24x7 at 402-291-3355
Are You Prepared For Fire?
Test your smoke alarms regularly
October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans, for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2015 focus is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep." The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?* Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
The professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County want you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster.
* Data provided by the National Fire Protection Association
Make This Fall Fire Free
SERVPRO of Sarpy County responded to this house fire.
The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.
Tips from the National Fire Protection Association (nfpa.org):
- Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
- Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.
We hope you stay safe this fall, but if you suffer fire or smoke damage to your home, SERVPRO of Sarpy County is here to help 24x7. Call us at 402-291-3355