Recent Storm Damage Posts
Disaster Preparedness Tools For Your Family
National Preparedness Month (September) is a great time to evaluate and elevate your level of preparedness. Our years of experience helping the Omaha community to recover from disasters large and small have proven 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:
If you or your family are affected by a disaster, such as fire damage to water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Commercial Water Damage in Omaha, NE
Recent storms brought heavy rain to the Omaha area, causing water damage to several thousand square feet of a local business. This picture shows an area of the building before we extracted the water.
Our crews responded quickly to extract the water and then cleaned and dried the affected areas with minimal inconvenience and no disruption to normal business. The owner was surprised and grateful, saying he expected to shut down for a week to recover. He says we saved the business thousands of dollars in revenue and reconstruction costs over his expectations. "We hope to never need you again, but if we do, we will definitely call SERVPRO!".
If you experience storm damage or water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in the Omaha Metro
The Papio Creek came pretty close to running over after heavy rains in the Omaha area.
Recent heavy rains led to flooding concerns for many parts of the Omaha Metropolitan area. According to an article in the Omaha World Herald, rainfall totals ranged from 1.26 to over 2 inches around the Omaha area.
Heavy rains frequently cause water seepage into basements, which is not usually covered by standard homeowners insurance. Keep gutters clear and downspouts running away from your foundation to guard against basement flooding.
It is also a good idea to check your foundation for low spots, particularly after a heavy rain. Sometimes, gutters overflow during a heavy rain and cause the ground to sink. These low spots collect rainwater near your foundation and can lead to water seeping into the basement.
If your Omaha-area home or business needs water damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355; we are always here to help.
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.
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
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.