Wellington Prepares for 2022 Hurricane Season
Hurricane season 2022 is almost here. Forecasters at Colorado State University expect this season to include four major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour). This raises questions in the Wellington community and surrounding areas about preparation. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach unpacks a list of insurance and other preparation details you’ll need to brush up on before the first storm hits.
It may be better to have a local agent guide you through customizing your policy. GreatFlorida Insurance in Wellington suggests this because, without local perspective you could buy too much coverage or too little. Allow an agent in the community to help answer your questions and review your policy with them prior to storm season so that you can understand exactly what damage and claims would be covered.
According to Brightway Insurance, in Wellington, 25 percent of all Flood insurance claims come from non-flood prone areas in the U.S. Flooding is particularly threatening in the region of Wellington and greater South Florida. Some coverage could be available through The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which is managed by FEMA. However, it is important to assess your risk and consider purchasing excess flood insurance protection from a private, commercial insurance company. Some flood insurance policies can include a 30-day waiting period so it is important to secure this prior to a storm event.
It is a market trend in states that experience frequent hurricanes, such as Florida, for homeowners insurance policies to exclude wind damage. Be sure to review your policies and acquire any additional windstorm policy you may need to recover from a high-speed wind’s impact during a hurricane.
Free Hurricane Guide
Hurricane recovery is made a lot easier by proper preparation. Having a plan for your family, home and business allows or more peace of mind. A digital copy of the SERVPRO of West Palm Beach free hurricane preparedness guide is available to you by submitting a request here.
- Life safety issues: 9-1-1
- Small Business Administration (SBA): 1-800-359-2227
- FEMA Tele-registration hot-line: 1-800-462-9029
- Insurance company and agent’s contact information
- Village of Wellington Storm Updates
- SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for your water damage, storm damage and reconstruction services. Call 561-795-5410 for 24/7 emergency services.
Preparing Your West Palm Business For Hurricanes
With a vigorous hurricane season ahead, it is important for business leaders to ensure their West Palm Beach business is prepared. Hurricane preparation goes beyond protecting the physical dwelling and belongings within a business. Detailed communications, reinforcements and adjustments are needed to recover from a natural disaster event. Below are some ways to assist your business operation to continue through storm intervention.
Does your staff and business have the capability to operate remotely from another location? While it may be difficult to rely on a hybrid or remote workforce if there are power outages in the area, consider a plan for conducting tasks and teams remotely if the restoration of the office is delayed. Other tips surrounding the physical office include:
- Backup any data offsite to protect information including tax, payroll and other valuable information stored for your business.
- Store electronic equipment in a safe room on elevated areas that could keep the devices safe from flood waters.
- If operating under more mild storm conditions, like a tropical storm, consider hiring a qualified licensed electrician to perform surge protector installation.
- Make sure that inventory is accurate for any equipment and technology in the office. This will make insurance claims process simpler should damage occur.
Anticipate Needs of Employees & Customers
Navigating a storm and its aftermath is tough on the entire community. Consider procedures that would support your team through that time.
- Consistently check in on the health and safety of employees.
- Delegate tasks and assignments to team members who may be unaffected by storm impact
- Consider leniency on customer policies surrounding returns, payments, or applications which could be impacted by electricity or internet access.
Create A Disaster Plan for Disasters During Hours of Operation
If employees are on the premises during an emergency, ensure that they have access to a plan to respond.
- Keep checklists and kits available on site.
- Review commercial insurance policies with insurance agents.
- Predetermine a certified, qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, to be the responder.
- Share a disaster plan with the team. The Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can be used to clearly guide any member of your team through disaster response.
Training Employees To Mitigate Disaster
In the case of a fire, flood, or severe structural damage to a property some inhabitants may need to be evacuated. Conduct dry runs of evacuations, testing communication systems, and controls, as practicing reporting emergencies through scenarios can be helpful in training teams in crisis response. A clearly defined emergency plan that is consistently reviewed and rehearsed limits business interruption during an emergency event. Below are a few key areas of emergency management that can benefit your West Palm Beach business.
Designate a flow of information within internal staff and contractors as well as externally to clients, customers, and the greater community. Establish a chain of command and clear procedure for reporting incidents within your office or business spaces. Communication platforms that allow for mobile application users can be incredibly convenient. Run drills where they practice leadership tasks and critical thinking skills. Encourage the team (both in management and other departments) to follow local and state weather advisories.
Empowering Employees With Proper Tools
Emergency management training goes beyond mandatory training from meeting OSHA requirements. Each business will naturally follow its own industry’s best practices when it comes to ensuring a safe and efficiently run operation. Simplify the process by having a central plan for the team to reference in case they need to address water damage, fire damage, or storm damage emergency. The Emergency Ready Profile is a customized guide to mitigating disaster in your specific space. The plan instructs your team on vital access and control points on the property, who to contact, and allows them to quickly report the damage.
Authorize them to Call in The Reinforcements
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is prepared for any size disaster at any time. Allow the certified restoration and reconstruction experts to assist your operation in recovering from disaster. For your free West Palm Beach business emergency plan call 561-795-5410.
Preparing for South Florida’s Above Average 2022 Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is just over a month away and weather and climate researchers are beginning to make projections about the storms ahead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will announce their official detailed storm tracking in May. While we wait to hear more about the named storm, we know it is important to reflect on what the community can do to properly prepare.
It isn’t overstated just how important evacuation and hurricane prep kits can be. The days and a couple of weeks preceding a major hurricane can create short supply, traffic issues, and general delays. Do you have an evacuation plan in place? If your evacuation plan requires driving, do you have a serviced and reliable car? Do you have a plan for any pets and animals? Plan beyond only having a first aid kit and flashlights, medicine, water, and food. It is helpful to consider the potential aftermath and things you need in a prolonged storm recovery period. Find your evacuation route. For help building a plan, use a digital copy of the SERVPRO of West Palm Beach free hurricane preparedness guide, by submitting a request here.
Review Your Insurance and Acquiring More
While most people have certain protections from storm damage in their homeowners’ policies, protection for your personal and real property can come in many forms. Consider acquiring additional flood insurance to add to your National Flood Insurance Plan coverage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that just one inch of water throughout a home could result in an average of $25,000. While it is important to understand every claim and water damage event will vary in cost and severity. When preparing for a storm, review your policy documents, take inventory of your real and personal property, and discuss your current coverage with an insurance agent.
Reinforcements & Resources
Don’t wait until substantial storm damage occurs to scramble for disaster resources. Locate numbers to local resources such as the Palm Beach County Fire Department, electric and utility teams, and county and state alerts ahead of a storm. Predetermine who can assist with water, fire, or mold damage. Select an IICRC-certified restoration and reconstruction team, like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach.
What to Know About SERVPRO
SERVPRO has a national Disaster Recovery Team to address major storm events. Teams are dispatched from all over the country during a large storm event to ensure that our community members are taken care of quickly and efficiently. We have the capacity and labor force to handle any size loss. We help ensure a more streamlined claims process. Remember SERVPRO of West Palm Beach’s 24/7 emergency services when planning this hurricane season.
Effects of Smoke and Soot Damage in Your Palm Beach Home
When fire damage occurs in a home, the effects on the property and contents often span further than the visibly damaged area. Unlike certain damage like water or storm damage that can typically be restricted to one recovery zone, fire damage has lingering effects on contents and air in a space. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides many fires damage restoration and reconstruction services for your Palm Beach home to recover after the flames are extinguished. Here are some of the ways that smoke, soot, and fire damage can damage your belongings.
Certain furniture is very tolerant of fire damage. Metal and glass furniture pieces can be inherently resistant to fire. These items may require less abrasive cleaning to remove soot and smoke odor from the area. Quick response helps prevent rust. More porous and synthetic materials may require more aggressive measures. The ability to restore different wooden furniture pieces typically depends on the porosity of the furniture and the extent of damage.
There is often an urge to vacuum curtains and other upholstery items with attachments. This action can result in soot particles traveling deeper into the items, making fully cleaning them more difficult. Cleaning the soot from the fibers requires special chemicals and processes.
On Air Quality
Smoke particles have the ability to travel farther and wider than the contaminants in other types of damage, such as standing water damage. We use the high-efficiency equipment needed, like HEPA air scrubbers, to eliminate airborne particulates left behind in the air. This addresses the remaining odors as well as improves the overall air quality of a home post-fire.
Relying on a Qualified Restoration Team
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach has a team of highly certified and trained specialists who can tackle your contents restoration needs. If you need an inspection of post-fire damage or are seeking soot removal, smoke and odor restoration, or post-fire reconstruction in Palm Beach and the surrounding areas, then call 561-795-5410.
Wellington Insurance Claims Process Made Easy With SERVPRO
Experiencing water damage, fire damage or storm damage is a stressful time. Coordinating insurance claims and processes typically creates more stress for homeowners and business owners. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach helps you navigate the claims process for a quick and easy experience. Below are some reasons that insurances and policyholders believe we are the #1 choice for restoration and reconstruction in Wellington.
Vetted and Preferred by Most Major Insurance Carriers
SERVPRO partners with several major insurance companies throughout the United States. These agreements establish our team as preferred vendors for these companies’ policyholders. The national agreements in place also ensure that we follow strict guidelines to comply with the quality standards set forth by many insurance companies. Choose the restoration team that is experienced, certified and well-known.
Precise Estimates & Accurate Documentation
We use state-of-the-art software and inspection equipment to properly document any damage to your property. A thorough collection of photos is sent to the insurances. We also provide inventory services for your contents. Allow our team to coordinate the paperwork for simpler process.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is independently owned and operated. Our operation is managed and maintained by staff of locals who care about our community. We maintain relationships with independent insurance agents throughout the area to better understand how we can serve the Wellington community. Choose a trusted brand with a team of locals who are active in community spaces, such as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
24/7 Response Team
Our professionals are on call in the event you need an emergency inspection for your home or business. We can dispatch someone to you to assess the damaged areas immediately. We understand that allowing water damage, mold, or fire damage can create secondary damage to your home and belongings. Prevent delayed insurance claims or further damage by calling us for a free inspection.
Our team has the quality, capability to assist you and your insurance claims. You don’t have to handle each step alone.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is now ICRA Certified
Our community hospitals and healthcare facilities provide life-saving care to people each day and night. The SERVPRO of West Palm Beach team is uniquely prepared to handle disaster scenarios in these critical environments. Our professionals have recently acquired Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) training. This specialized certification ensures that our team members will understand and adhere to strict processes during restoration, maintenance, and reconstruction work in Palm Beach County. Our teams will work with healthcare facility operations to prevent and limit the transmission of contaminants. We begin with three important guidelines:
- Define the scope, any hazards and level of activity.
- Identify the patient risk categories and care areas.
- Define the class of precautions.
Limiting business interruption is always a key objective for our commercial restoration services. However, we understand that healthcare locations are more than just a business operation. They are an integral component to a functioning community. As the leading restoration brand in the industry, it is our responsibility to help reduce the risk for Healthcare Associated Infections while performing services. Safety goes beyond equipment and chemicals training. With infection control in mind we emphasize the following:
- Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality.
- Compliance with rules; regulations; guidelines and state-of-the-art practices.
- Working within each facility’s personalized ICRA guidelines.
- Identifying certain opportunistic fungi and bacteria and routes of exposure.
- Meticulous standards for our dust-tight work area enclosures, equipment decontamination, and proper personal protective equipment.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach prioritizes the health and safety of healthcare professionals and patients. Our capabilities and training position us as a preferred choice for restoration in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and assisted living facilities. For references and more information about our ICRA certification, reach out to us today.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach Receives Readers' Choice Award
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is the recipient of the Florida Community Association Journal Platinum level Readers’ Choice Award in the Disaster, Recovery & Restoration category!
This year marks the ninth annual Florida Community Association Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards, hosted by the Florida Community Association Professionals. This process allowed South Florida residents to vote for their trusted service providers that serve community associations! Between September and December, the magazine saw more than 240 nominations and 10,173 votes cast.
The FLJAC magazine was created in 1987 as an industry resource. It provides news and education for leaders of condominiums, homeowners associations, cooperatives, and other multi-unit communities. The Florida Community Association Professionals organization understands that not every vendor can effectively do business with community associations. These clients require compliance with boards, committees, managers, maintenance, and other parties to complete a project.
These are the reasons why SERVPRO is a trusted and valued service provider for community associations throughout the South Florida region.
Here of some of the details that help make us an award-winning business:
Locally Owned & Operated
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides the best quality of a national brand with the local understanding of our community needs. We prioritize accuracy and customer satisfaction. Our customers and clients are more than just a project – they are our neighbors.
Our owners, Oscar and Rosie Barrig, have provided quality service in the restoration and reconstruction industry for over 20 years.
Simplifies Insurance & Payment Process
For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork. You and your carrier can rely on well-documented inspections and procedures.
Continuous Training, Certifications, and Advancement
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is committed to evolving as the industry and its technology grow. Our team consistently participates in employee certifications, specialized franchise training, and IICRC training courses. This ensures that the team providing your home restoration and reconstruction work is highly-qualified and informed.
We are grateful for the nomination and every vote cast for SERVPRO of West Palm Beach in the 2022 readers’ choice awards. We will stay committed to serving our community well throughout the year ahead.
Managing Water Leaks in West Palm Beach Commercial Buildings
It is National Fix a Leak Week and we are reminding businesses in West Palm Beach to understand leak prevention, detection, and insurance protection. Commercial building leaks can range in severity and size but there are a few proactive measures you can take to try to mitigate and prevent damage before a leak spreads.
Secure a Certified Water Restorer
Preventative maintenance can save communities considerable money in the long term. Having a qualified restoration company vetted and selected before disaster strikes will help restore and repair water-damaged areas after a leak. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach assists many high-rise condominiums and office buildings in the Palm Beaches to address their water damage and prevent secondary damage. We are an IICRC Certified firm with highly-certified technicians on our teams. We work with and around tenants and other vendors to complete a job quickly and efficiently.
Through proactive inspections and consistent monitoring, maintenance teams can prevent problematic leaks in an office space. Don’t wait to diagnostic look to determine an issue within the building. Leak detection can be tricky and intricate. A good way to watch water use is to install water meters to track water use. These meters and submeters allow facility management teams to narrow down specific areas and timeframes linked to heavier water use.
Other methods of general leak detection include listening and visually inspecting areas for water use. Wet spots, floor puddles, and any sounds of running water. Be data-driven when evaluating the water use within your West Palm Beach commercial facility. View water bills from the past year or two and try to find trends or inexplicable inconsistencies. Determine if there are unexplained factors for changes year over year.
Keep Insurance Agents Close
It is important to know what is covered by your commercial property insurance policy. The insurance market experiences change constantly. Review your policy terms when you notice signs of water damage. Always document losses with photos. Insurance agents keep open communication with local and national vendors, like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach in order to provide you with the best recommendations.
Protecting Wellington Businesses With Quality Restoration
A business can lose profits and clients from unexpected crises. Selecting a restoration company in advance can help make a crisis mitigation plan stronger. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is a quality, IICRC certified firm that provides repair and rebuild services in Wellington, Florida, and surrounding areas.
As members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, SERVPRO of West Palm Beach prioritizes the health and success of our local community businesses. We understand the importance of presenting your public space or place of business as a safe, clean place to be. We have earned a reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration and reconstruction industry. Our team understands that business disruption is costly for your business and reputation. That is why we offer a flexible schedule for our operations. We will work after your business hours or around the clock to complete your restoration and reconstruction projects.
When certain cases require, we can clean up damaged areas by safely isolating the affected rooms or areas. With methods such as containments, we can sometimes leave a functional space undisturbed for your business operations to continue. This can limit downtime for operations, which protects the productivity and efficiency of your Wellington business.
We offer the following benefits of restoration for Wellington businesses:
- Quicker, streamlined claims process.
- Accurate, free commercial water damage, fire damage, and mold damage inspections. We don’t miss damaged areas when inspecting and restoring your Wellington business.
- Smart machinery to provide accurate readings for our team of experts, reassuring your family and insurance company with the best quality control.
- The ability to authorize work and provide detailed reports even if you can not be on-site with our teams.
- Free emergency preparedness plans, known as the Emergency Ready Profiles to provide your staff with a step-by-step guide during disaster situations.
- SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can fix your fire/water damage and reconstruct any areas extensively damaged. Maintaining just one point of contact through the entire process is best, saving you worry and stress.
- We work with certified mold assessors and other local subcontractors (when applicable) to provide the utmost expertise on our projects.
It is important to choose a restoration team that can provide 24/7 emergency service. Our local franchise is faster to any size disaster. Call 561-795-5410 for assistance with mold, water damage, fire damage or storm damage.