Firefighters & EMS are Invited to Leadership Development Classes!
Announcement by Minerva Alvarado, Marketing Development Coordinator for SERVPRO Team Fabiani Southern New Jersey:
As a heartfelt THANK YOU for their dedicated service, SERVPRO Team Fabiani cordially invites Firefighters and EMS Personnel in our New Jersey locations to Leadership Development training at no cost to the attendee. This is a win-win for fire departments and the communities they proudly serve.
The instructor, NJ Deputy Chief (ret.) Frank Viscuso is an international speaker, and author of eight books, including bestsellers “Step Up and Lead” and “Step Up Your Teamwork.” Chief Viscuso’s seminars move people to action and will provide attendees with the knowledge of what skills they will need to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams. We hope this training will inspire others to recruit and retain much-needed personnel. Learn more about his training here:
Two classes are being offered:
June 20, 2022 - 4 HR
"Step Up and Lead" (.25 NJDFS Credits)
June 27, 2022 - 2 HR
"The 4 Stages of Team Development"
Register early to get exclusive access to a 90-Minute webinar by Chief Viscuso entitled, "Command and Management of Structure Fires."
Training will take place at the Vineland Public Schools Administration Building, 61 W. Landis Avenue, Vineland. Certificates of Completion will be provided to everyone.
You may register for one or both classes here: Leadership Training REGISTRATION.
Anyone with questions may contact Training Coordinator, Minerva Alvarado at: marketing@SERVPRO11562.com.
New Construction Building Suffers Water Loss
An interview with Team Fabiani Large Loss Manager, Mike Williams, King of Prussia, PA.
As the Large Loss Manager for the Team Fabiani Franchises, you see a lot, don’t you, Mike?
Oh yes, I do! A recent large loss in King of Prussia came in as a call from corporate. The customer was a large construction company, which suffered an extreme water loss. The 4th floor sprinkler head failed, affecting 26 new apartments all the way down to the 1st floor. In today’s world, supply chain is a real issue, cabinets for this project have a 12 week lead time for new orders. 90% of the affected cabinets were saved.
What equipment do you use for such a large drying project?
We used three 5,000 CFM desiccant dehumidifiers powered by three independent diesel generators. Additionally we used 2 separate diesel generators to supply power distribution to the floors, providing the necessary power to operate the supplemental equipment. LGR dehumidifiers and air movers were used to supplement the drying process.
Mike, can you name the person or people who provided outstanding assistance with this large loss?
Hands down, the individual is Scott Fabian. Scott has impeccable response time, and he was paramount in the success of this project. His extensive knowledge of drying processes, and his ability to put that into motion is impressive. View our short video.
SERVPRO of King of Prussia is part of the SERVPRO Team Fabiani Franchises owned by Vince Fabiani. We're Here to Help® should any of your commercial or industrial properties suffer from water damage. We have the experience you need and with franchise locations in Southern NJ, Southeast PA and Northeast PA, we're strategically positioned to serve the tri-state area best. To reach Mike Williams directly, please call 386-623-6231. We'll make it, "Like it never even happened."
Preparing for Thunder & Lightning Storms
Preparing for severe weather is critical to your safety and keeping your property safe from damage.
30/30 Rule for Lightning
- If there is less than 30 seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder, seek shelter.
- Wait at least 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder before leaving shelter.
Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.
Know your Risk
Understand the type of hazardous weather that affects you and your family where you live:
Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can create or cause:
For more tips on preparing for thunder and lightning storms follow these tips from Ready.Gov: Prepare for Thunder & Lightning.
If your property is damaged in a severe storm, call the experts at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton, 609-965-0885. We're a preferred vendor for many insurance companies and can work with you and them to get you back up and running as quickly as possible.
Minerva Alvarado Wins Award for Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Work.
We are proud to announce that our Business & Marketing Development Coordinator, Minerva Alvarado has been awarded the "Best of the Bunch" award by the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the President's Party at The Grove at Centerton on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Minerva's volunteer work for the chamber dates back a few years when she was asked to help the Partnerships & Recognition Committee, chaired by Jason Scythes, First National Bank of Absecon.
"Minerva's volunteer work and dedication to helping us promote our chamber marketing campaigns is of great help. She knows our business members and also supports them by shopping local. We have seen a great increase from the community in our campaigns, and we owe that in large part to Minerva and her skills with social media marketing and create great promotion videos. Thank you, Minerva," said Jason Scythes who along with Executive Director, Dawn Hunter, presented the award to Minerva.
Preventing Flood Damage to Your Property
Flooding is a year-round concern in Atlantic City, Hamilton Township and Hammonton.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Association ("FEMA"), “Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States.” FEMA also recommends that homeowners take 3 important steps to minimize flood damage: “Know Your Risk”, “Insure Your Property”, and “Reduce Your Risk.” In this blog, we’ll discuss ways in which you can reduce your property’s risk for experiencing flood damage in accordance with FEMA’s guidelines.
Preventative Measures Inside and Outside
There is a wide array of indoor and outdoor preventative measures that you can take in order to best protect your home or business from flooding damage both well in advance or immediately before the storm hits. Outside, be sure that you clean out your gutters regularly, as doing so prevents them from becoming clogged and helps rainwater drain properly during a storm. Outdoor equipment and utilities, including heat pump or air conditioning units, can be elevated at least 1 foot off of the ground in order to decrease the potential for costly water damage during a flood. Inside, it may also be beneficial to elevate your indoor units, such as your HVAC system, in the event of indoor flood damage. Lastly, be sure to keep valuable indoor items, which may include important documents and sentimental objects, in watertight containers within a safe, elevated location. This step prevents such items from enduring irreversible water damage in the wake of a flood.
Call SERVPRO® for Professional Storm Damage Restoration
Even with preventative measures in place, storm damage due to flooding is never 100% avoidable. However, taking the steps outlined in this blog and those recommended by Ready.gov can help minimize serious damage.
That’s why SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton – Team Fabiani is standing by and Here to Help® in the event that your home or business needs restoration to its preloss condition after a damaging flood. Our website contains various flood and storm damage resources, including: Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration, Commercial Storm Damage, and Water and Storm Damage Tips.
Call us at 609-965-0885 at the first sign of damage after a flood or severe storm for immediate, professional assistance and restoration services that you can trust. You'll be glad you enlisted the help of a professional.
Six Tips for Summer Accident and Disaster Preparedness
Six Tips for Summer Accident and Disaster Preparedness
The days are growing longer and warmer on the Atlantic coast. That means tourism season – and hurricane season – are almost upon us. Summer 2022 is predicted to be record breaking both in terms of travel and significant weather events. Whether you are concerned about slips and falls or a Category 5 storm, below are six tips to help mitigate potential harm to your business, your employees, and your customers when disaster strikes:
Assess your risks. First, identify the potential risks and hazards specific to your business. Think about your location, layout, operations, and clientele. For example, is your building in a flood zone? Do you stock food subject to spoilage? Is your establishment kid-friendly? Considering your business’s particular attributes will go a long way in helping you prepare for any accidents that may occur.
Make a plan. Next, create written policies and procedures tailored to the risks and hazards identified. Stress caused by emergency situations can affect decision making and judgment. Having a written plan can dramatically reduce chaos and confusion, saving property, equipment, and lives. Periodically review the policies with your employees, and revise them if necessary.
Train your employees. Employees must be familiar with and trained regularly on the policies and procedures in place. Depending on the type of risk involved, it may be beneficial to run simulations or drills. Every employee should know their roles and responsibilities in a time of crisis.
Document, document, document. Proper recordkeeping is essential to risk management. Maintain records of employee training. Record incidents when they occur so you can appropriately evaluate your policies and decide if they need updating. Consider taking photographs and/or videos of your establishment so you are prepared if you need to file an insurance claim.
Safeguard information. It is vital to ensure sensitive business records and customer information stay protected. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, make sure your technology is up to date. Use different passwords for different accounts. Instruct your employees not to open suspicious emails or attachments. Separate your public Wi-Fi network from the business Wi-Fi. Enlist the help of an IT professional if needed. As your SERVPRO Franchise Professional about our Emergency Ready Profile program (“ERP”). A free assessment of your property designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. It provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It's the best way to be "Ready for whatever happens."
Check your insurance. Confirm you have proper insurance coverage. Commercial property insurance can cover damage to your building and its contents due to a fire or storm. Flood insurance can cover losses caused by flooding. Liability insurance can protect you if an allegation is made against you by an injured patron. Are your employees covered by workers’ compensation insurance if they are injured on the job? Cyber insurance can also help protect you in the event of a cyberattack.
The above is by no means a complete list of everything that you can do to prepare for an accident or disaster; however, considering these steps can give you a start for deciding what your business needs and help prevent further loss or injury in the event of a disaster.
For more information, please call our office: 609-965-0885 and speak to a Franchise Professional today.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
- Hamilton Township, NJ
- Atlantic City, NJ
- Brigantine, NJ
- Galloway, NJ
- Hammonton, NJ
- Absecon, NJ
- Smithville, NJ
- Pleasantville, NJ
- Buena, NJ
- Egg Harbor City, NJ
- Mays Landing, NJ
- Folsom, NJ
- Landisville, NJ
- Weekstown, NJ
- Mullica, NJ
Smoke Damage After A Fire in Atlantic City
Smoke Damage After a Fire in Your Atlantic City Building? Here's What To Do:
If you experience a fire in your Atlantic City NJ building, it’s not only the flames that you need to be concerned about. In some cases, smoke can cause even more damage.
The following are a few reasons that smoke cleaning should be performed as soon as possible after a fire.
- Smoke Travels Further Than Flames
Even if the fire was small or contained to a specific area, there may be smoke damage beyond this point. Smoke travels through the air and carries soot and other contaminants as it does. Because of this, it is important to have smoke cleaning done throughout the building, whether the flames spread far or not.
- It Can Cause Long-Term Damage
While fire damage is often obvious, smoke damage can be less so. Smoke and soot particles can find their way into small crevices where they can begin to cause problems for your belongings. This is especially true for electronics, as the acidic elements in the smoke can cause the metal and hardware to corrode. If you believe that your computers, televisions or equipment have been affected, do not turn them on until they have been examined to prevent making the damage worse.
- Odor Can Be Difficult to Remove
It may be fairly easy to remove the visible signs of smoke and fire damage, but the smell can linger for long afterward. Smoke particles can become trapped in the walls, carpeting and porous items, so you should include these in the cleanup process as well. Smoke odor can be stubborn, but a fire restoration company will have professional equipment that should be able to remove it from the air and your belongings.
After a fire, it can be easy to focus on the damage that you can see, but you should be sure to pay attention to that which is less visible as well. Performing smoke cleaning is an important part of the restoration process and should be done thoroughly to return your building to its previous condition.
For questions about cleaning smoke and soot after a fire, call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Atlantic City|Hamilton|Hammonton – 609-965-0885. We serve Atlantic City, Hamilton Twp. and the Hammonton area.
The SERVPRO® You Trust With Storm Damage
When your Atlantic City or Hammonton home or business has been damaged by a storm, preventing further destruction from the elements with tarp placement and protective measures can be crucial.
We provide 24 hour emergency services including tarp placement, temporary fencing, temporary power and more to Atlantic City, Hamilton Twp. and Hammonton.
We are locally owned and operated, and our experienced Franchise Professionals are quick to respond and Here to Help® 365 days a year. We're the company you can trust to get the job done right the first time.
Call the restoration company you can trust: SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees. If you’ve been hit with a disaster, call us: 609-965-0885.
Don't Be the 50%!
Don’t Be The 50%!
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Ready to Get Started? Call a Franchise Professional today: 609-965-0885.
Commercial Flood Damage – Who is Responsible?
Leaseholders are Responsible for On-site Flooding, and May Have to Enlist Commercial Flood Damage Experts for Restoration. SERVPRO® is a Brigantine-based Commercial Water Restoration Service.
What Coverage Does Business Insurance Offer?
It is usual for businesses in Brigantine to take out a business insurance policy. These can differ from policy to policy, but generally, they cover loss of revenues due to unforeseen events. While these policies may cover revenue losses, they often do not extend to property damages. A leaseholder of a mechanics, furniture shop, or estate agent remains responsible for the upkeep of a building and any damages. Leaseholder liability makes it essential to enlist the aid of professional restoration technicians during a flood emergency. Not only do SERVPRO® technicians hold extensive qualifications for flood-related damages, but they also have experience in mitigating and providing emergency services for businesses.
What Order Should I Carry Out Flood Restoration?
- Emergency services like providing power, boarding up the structure, and safety scoping
- Mitigation of the losses through drying the property and removing non-salvageable materials
- Cleaning and restoring the property as well as installing any necessary replacements
Are Business Premises Challenging to Restore?
Restoring commercial flood damage in your Brigantine business may be a complicated task to undertake. Not only could you put your staff at risk but also your customers. SERVPRO® technicians and crew chiefs are experts at spotting potential safety hazards in a flooded property. We can also perform regular monitoring of the premises to ensure that harmful microbial bacteria or fungi do not infest the property. At the end of our service, a crew chief can perform a walkthrough with you to highlight any areas of damage, as well as inform you of potentially useful preventative measures such as installing vapor barriers or flood bricks.
How Can I Protect My Business From Flooding Costs?
- Secure separate temporary premises to allow work to continue
- Photograph any existing damage (SERVPRO® can record an item inventory on your behalf)
- Contact local authorities for a dumpster or skip hire to dispose of non-salvageable goods
Keep the expenses of flooding at your business low by using a reliable commercial restoration service.
Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.