National Fire Pup Day
Sparky poses with the Monitor Township Fire Department Truck
October 1st is National Fire Pup Day. Today we at SERVPRO recognize the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country. When most of us think of a “fire pup”, the image that comes to mind is a Dalmatian. Have you ever wondered how Dalmatians became the firefighter’s mascot?
In the days of horse-drawn carriages, dogs were a popular means of protection for the carriage’s occupants. Dalmatians were a popular carriage dog breed, partly due to their natural athleticism, and partly due to the fact that they were well-behaved around horses. It didn’t take long for the Dalmatian to make the jump from carriage dog to fire dog.
Early firefighting equipment was horse-drawn, and Dalmatians were frequently used as “sirens” running along ahead of the horses, barking warnings that told people the fire wagon was coming and to “get out of the way.” Fire pups also guarded the wagons as the firefighters worked, and even did “chores” (like chasing rats) around the firehouse. Today Dalmatians don’t run ahead of fire trucks, but they still maintain a visible presence at many fire departments as a mascot and fire-safety symbol.
While most firefighting-related jobs have been taken over by machines, machines haven’t completely replaced dogs in search and rescue efforts. According to the Search Dog Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps partner rescue dogs with firefighters—fire pups need to be able to focus and concentrate even when surrounded by loud noises or strangers, and they need to be healthy and athletic. Not surprisingly, common search dog breeds include retriever breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors, as well as herding breeds like German Shepherds and Border Collies.
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
It’s Week three of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Every disaster plan should include an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).
Here are more tips from SERVPRO of Saginaw on how to practice and build out your plans in case of a disaster:
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
- Participate in an emergency drill
- Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
- Maintain emergency savings in case of a disaster.
- Do you know how to access community resources where you live? Search online today.
- Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes.
- Have at least a one-week supply of medications.
- Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods floodsmart.gov
- Give yourself financial peace of mind & create an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis
- Financial prep tip: gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster.
Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Professionals, Property Adjusters, and Facility Managers
Hoarding - An Extreme Claims Situation
On Thursday, October 12, 2017 we will host a series of three Continuing Education (C.E.) Classes for insurance professionals and property managers at Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth.
There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Neena at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (989) 752.8644.
We will offer the following classes:
Hoarding: An Extreme Claim Situation (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
When a fire or water damage occurs in a home of a hoarder, it may result in an extreme claim that needs to be managed carefully. In this class we will focus on understanding what hoarding is and the different levels of hoarding. We will look at liability concerns of insuring hoarders and learn how to identify a hoarding situation before the carrier agrees to insure the property. At the conclusion, we will outline suggested hoarding protocols that, if implemented by all restoration providers and adjusters, will result in controlling and/or lowering restoration costs. (Class offered by CRDN)
Restoration Techniques for Textiles (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Restoring smoke-damaged contents is often a less costly option than refinishing or replacing them. This course has been specifically designed to explain the different approaches and techniques to scoping, cleaning, and restoring smoke-damaged contents. The purpose is to provide you with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at smoke-damaged work sites.
Doing the Right Thing, Doing Things Right (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Presenting ethical responsibility and the legal responsibilities for which agents are responsible, this course helps agents learn how to do the right things the right way in their dealings with customers and carriers. Ethical responsibility and legal responsibility are explained as to what they are and how they differ in definition and work together in practice.
Make a Disaster Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
MAKE A PLAN
September is National Preparedness Month. Follow our weekly blog posts designed to help you prepare for a disaster. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. This week we are focusing on making a plan for yourself, family and your friends.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Saginaw to get you started:
- Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
- Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
- Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
- Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
- Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
- Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.
Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
It’s week two of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Do you know what to do when an emergency happens?
Here are some helpful tips and links from SERVPRO of Bay City to help you know what to do until help arrives:
Did you know almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster? Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you help your neighbors in an emergency:
- Plan today: Your neighbor may have to rely on you during an emergency. Will you be ready: https://go.usa.gov/xRf4N
- Preparation can help your community discover activities to keep you and your neighbors safe: ready.gov/prepare
- Plan a preparedness event for your community. Get FREE planning guides from: http://bit.ly/29Kjc0Q
- DYK: In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help here: ready.gov/until-help-arrives
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
For the final week of National Preparedness Month SERVPRO of Saginaw encourages you to get involved! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Get involved and share preparedness info in your community, faith-based organization, business & more:
- Ready Campus
- Make sure your campus is a Ready Campus and prepared for all types of emergencies. Get involved: ready.gov/campus
- Make sure your school has emergency procedures in place for disasters that could affect your campus.
- Know how to get in touch with family/friends if phones are down. Text instead of call and mark yourself as safe on social media.
- If you can’t get in touch with family/friends after a disaster, register yourself as “Safe and Well” on theRed Cross’ website
- Sign up to receive alerts from your school in case of an emergency like an active shooter event or natural disaster.
- Faith-Based Preparedness
- Keep your congregation safe – make sure your house of worship has a plan for all types of emergencies.
- Faith-based venues can become targets. Protect your congregation & house of worship by preparing for emergencies: fema.gov/faith-resources
- Take steps to protect your house of worship from arson. Illuminate the exterior/entrances and clear anything that could fuel fire.
Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume
Top 10 Franchise
SERVPRO of Saginaw has once again been recognized as a national leader for outstanding sales volume performance.
As part of SERVPRO’s National Convention held last June in Seattle, Wash., owners Randy Miller and Mike Snyder received the “Legend Gold” award for outstanding performance in 2016. The award places the group third in total sales volume among more than 1,700 franchises throughout the United States.
“Receiving this recognition is indeed an honor,” says Miller. “It truly is a reflection of the outstanding team we have assembled. From our project managers and technicians in the field to the office staff and management team, we are all dedicated to resolving any size disaster.”
This award marks the 10th time in as many years the franchise has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 producers.
Mold Remediation by SERVPRO
Mold spores thrive on moisture.
Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however, is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. After all of the recent flooding through central Michigan, mold can be a massive concern for businesses and homeowners. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.
If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem.
Call SERVPRO of Saginaw with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. (989) 752-8644.
SERVPRO now offers Financing to help cover the costs of our Emergency Services
Disasters never pick an opportune time to occur, and our piggy banks often bear the brunt of an emergency situation.
Disasters never pick an opportune time to occur. And, our piggy banks often bear the brunt of an emergency situation. If you need help paying for fire or water recovery, SERVPRO of Saginaw/Bay City can help.
Through our new financing program, qualified customers can receive up to $55,000 in financing to apply toward emergency mitigation and reconstruction projects undertaken by our franchise. The web-based loan application process is conducted on-site with your SERVPRO representative. It is secure and efficient, and approvals are provided in minutes – not days.
Imagine your relief with the opportunity to take months to cover the cost of emergency services instead of paying out-of-pocket at the time the disaster occurs.
Through SERVPRO’s new emergency line of credit, we’re offering yet another way to make it “Like it never even happened.”
For more information, or to learn if you qualify, please contact SERVPRO of Saginaw/Bay City at (989) 752-8644.
Restoring your Saginaw Commercial Property after a water damage event
Flooding and water damage events at Saginaw commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Saginaw
SERVPRO of Saginaw specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property