Recent Storm Damage Posts

September Hurricanes

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

In Mississippi, September usually means a small break from the summer heat, but it also means an uptick in hurricanes.  Living along the gulf coast, Mississippi has weathered many hurricanes and will continue too.  While Mississippi hasn’t had a direct hit in a few years, it is important to remember a few details about hurricanes.  Hurricanes can be hundreds of miles out and still cause dangerous rip currants in the gulf.  It is important to stay aware of all hurricanes, they can turn quickly and leave the unprepared not enough time to evacuate or get needed supplies.  If a hurricane is heading toward your home or business it important to follow directions from government agencies and be ready to either evacuate or shelter at your home or business.   If you choose to shelter make sure you have enough water and food for every person, and don’t forget about food and water for you animals.  Also, if your able make sure outdoor furniture is brought inside or tied down.   

For more information about what to have supplied and things to do visit, www.fema.gov

Hurricane Preparedness

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Its hurricane season again and if the last couple of years are anything to go on, we all should be prepared.  While Mississippi has not had a direct hit in many years, we should all still be prepared.   If in the event of a hurricane headed toward Meridian and the surrounding counties here is a list of a few things everyone should do according to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.html

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared — stock up on everything you might need now. Be sure to:

  • Prepare an emergency water supply
  • Prepare an emergency food and medicine supply
  • Gather safety items
  • Gather personal items

Prepare an emergency water supply

  • Have at least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)
  • Gather clean containers for water.
  • Get supplies to make your drinking water safe (like iodine tablets or chlorine bleach).
  • Learn how to safely store your water supply.
  • Learn how to make your drinking water safefor use.

Prepare an emergency food and medicine supply

  • Put together a 3 to 5 day supply of food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)
  • Make sure to have enough baby food or formula (if needed).
  • Gather any prescription medicines.
  • Learn tips for preparing your emergency food supply.

Gather safety items, including:

  • First aid kit and instructions
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets

Gather personal care products, including:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons and pads
  • Diapers

Tip: Make sure your supplies are stored together in a place that’s easy to reach.

Remember in the event of a hurricane SERVPRO of Meridian will be ready to help as soon as its safe. 

Summer Storms

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

This week Lauderdale and Clarke counties experienced a very strong summer storm, with extremely strong winds associated with it.   Storms can be frightening when your local weather channel is broadcasting multiple alerts.  There are a few things property owners and managers can do to prevent damage. 

  1. Make sure all grills, furniture, lawn mowers, pool items are in a garage so secured in a safe place, so they can’t be thrown around by the wind.
  2. Prevent roof leaks by cleaning out your gutters.
  3. Cut or hire a service to cut any trees that could hit your house.

If you have any storm damage to your home call SERVPRO of Meridian and our team of certified technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Call SERVPRO of Meridian at 601-693-7300 for any storm or mitigation emergency!

What Happens Next

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

When Water Rises

Storms can cause severe damage to your home—potentially even making them unsafe! 

What You Should Do After a Flood

Even if you were properly prepared for the flood and weathered the storm until it passed, your home could still have sustained heavy damage. Now that the sky is blue once more, how do you proceed? Here’s a look at what to do after a flood:

Be Cautious

Just because the sun is shining, and the flood waters have receded, that doesn’t mean all danger has passed. Exercise caution by doing the following:

  • Tune into local alerts and warning systems to stay up-to-date with current information and receive expert, informed advice about the flood. After all, additional flooding could still occur.
  • Stay away from rushing water. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • Avoid walking through large areas of standing water, which may be electrically charged by downed power lines. The water could also be hiding broken glass or dangerous animals.
  • Unless you are specifically asked for help by the police, fire department, or relief workers, keep out of damaged areas.
  • Help emergency workers by staying off the roads in and out of the damaged neighborhood or region.
  • If you’re caught in a stalled car during a flash flood, abandon the car and get to higher ground immediately.
  • Heed barricades and find an alternate route if you encounter one blocking your way. Crossing bridges even after the water has receded could be dangerous if the structural integrity has been jeopardized.
  • Return home only when the authorities permit it. Even then, stay out of the building if it’s surrounded by flood waters and exercise extreme caution when you do enter.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Take care of you and your family as cleanup efforts begin. To stay safe and healthy, remember the following:

  • Turn off the home’s electricity at the main breaker box, even if the power is out. Only turn the power on when your home is dry.
  • Avoid floodwater, which may be contaminated with sewage, gasoline, or oil.
  • Fix damaged sewer systems as soon as possible.
  • Don’t drink water from the tap. Listen to news reports to learn when the community’s water is safe to drink again.

Clean and Repair Your Home

  • Use the information in the Repairing Your Flooded Home PDF from the Red Cross to learn how to enter your home safely, protect your belongings from future damage, record damage for insurance claims, check for gas leaks, and begin the cleanup process.
  • Contact your insurance agent to discuss your claim.
  • Hire a professional water damage mitigation company as soon as possible. It’s important that the company is qualified for the services you need. SERPVRO of Meridian is available 24/7 to help when you need it most. Not only are we a local command center, but we also have the resources of 1,600 franchises nationwide—meaning no disaster is too big.

Get Help After a Flood

SERVPRO of Meridian is prepared and ready to help you when you and your family need it the most. We’re here to help you get back on your feet and make it look like it never happened.  Call us @ 601-693-7300.

Storms Are Innevitable

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

If your business suffers a serious damage after a storm contact SERVPRO of Meridian and we are able to provide emergency services to reduce business interruption allowing you to focus on day to day operations. Our teams are available always to inspect and service your property reducing interruptions.

When your business is damaged by severe storms contact us immediately SERVPRO of Meridian @ 601-693-7300.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER!

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. September is National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month(NPM), recognized each September, is designed to raise awareness and encourage everyone to prepare themselves for emergencies that could impact their homes, jobs, schools, and communities. Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight as a strong tropical storm or low end hurricane. For our area that means, flash flooding is possible, along with strong winds that could possibly down trees, and maybe even isolated tornadoes. Although Gordon isn't expected to be a major threat to our area, it's a good time be sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens." Did you know SERVPRO of Meridian offers a FREE emergency ready profile that anyone can set up using a smartphone or tablet?  SERVPRO has ensured making your emergency ready plan is available at the touch of your fingertips through our FREE app available in your app store. The SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

The no-cost assessment ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
Establishes SERVPRO of Meridian as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.
Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. 

Not sure where to begin? Call our office today!

Knowing our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days each year is a great way for your home or business to stay prepared.  Add our number to your plan: 601-693-7300 and make sure you download our ready app to create your emergency ready profile today! Like Us on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter, or Instagram and follow the tips, tricks and advice we share with our community.  

Hurricane Season 2018 is Upon us!

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and will end on November 30th, 2018.  Many are predicting the 2018 hurricane season to be especially bad.  SERVPRO o of Meridian wants to makes sure you are prepared this hurricane season. Follow the tips below this hurricane season:

  1. Stock-up on Necessities

Water, canned food, charcoal, necessary medications, toiletries and anything else you may need if you cannot get to the store for several days. 

  1. Make a Disaster Kit

Many stores run out of necessities like water, batteries, and other supplies when a storm is going to make landfall. Buy supplies before a storm is on the way, so you have everything you need. Make a disaster readiness kit and include the items below:

  • Flashlight 
  • Batteries
  • Copies of important documents
  • Cash
  • Fully charged backup cell batteries or a portable charger
  • Battery operated radio
  • Candles
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Water (several cases)
  • Canned food
  • Pet food
  1. Make a Plan

Create a disaster readiness plan with your family. Figure out where you will go if you need to evacuate. Create a list of important phone numbers. Make sure each member of the family is accounted for in the plan and knows what to do. Plan for pets too, as pets are often forgotten in storm preparations and many pets are lost each hurricane season. 

If you experience flooding or storm related damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Meridian at 601-693-7300.

Tornado's can Happen Any Time!

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes Explained
Tornadoes are a destructive weather occurrence that is measured by the Enhanced Fujita Scale. While they vary in strength, tornadoes can destroy buildings, lift railroad cars and create other damage to surrounding areas.  Tornadoes are columns of air that begin to rotate slowly and pick up speed until they are violently spinning funnels though it may not be visible until it reaches the ground and picks up debris.


Tornado Formation
No one knows exactly how tornadoes form, but a supercell thunderstorm is required. Supercell thunderstorms differ from traditional thunderstorms in that they have strong updrafts of rotating air. Other necessary factors for tornado formation may include strong wind changes, moisture in the air or temperature differences between downdrafts and the surrounding air.


Funnel Cloud or Tornado?
Many people confuse funnel clouds with tornadoes, but they are different. Tornadoes start as funnel-shaped clouds that extend down from a thunderstorm’s cloud base. A funnel cloud is comprised of tiny moisture droplets that are visible as it rotates. However, some funnel clouds lack moisture and are invisible. Once funnel clouds reach the ground, they become tornadoes.


Tornado Facts
The path of destruction created by tornadoes ranges from 100 yards to more than 2.6 miles. They typically travel from southwest to northeast with speeds between 30 and 70 mph. Tornadoes can last for a few seconds or more than an hour, but typically don’t last more than 10 minutes.


Tornado Locations
Tornadoes can form anywhere in the U.S. but are most common in the deep south and between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains. They occur most in April, May, and June, but can occur at any time of the year.  Did you know that the deep south generally has more tornadoes than the plains do?  The key difference is the deep south tornadoes are short lived and not very strong, the plains tornadoes are long lived and often the huge monster tornadoes of nightmares.


Tornado Causes
Tornado formation requires the convergence of three air layers. The ground layer consists of warm, moist air with strong winds from the South. Another layer is in the upper atmosphere and consists of cold air with winds coming from the west or southwest. The third layer is in the middle and consists of hot, dry air, which allows the lower layer to heat up. This creates instability that is exacerbated when the upper layer begins to move east. The result is that all the layers begin to lift, which creates thunderstorms and strong updrafts. The interaction between the updrafts and surrounding winds can cause the rotation to develop, which is a tornado.

If a tornado has affected your home or business give SERVPRO of Meridian a call at 601-693-7300.  Our team of trained technicians are ready at a moments notice to assist you in putting your life back to normal. 

Types of Storm Damage That Can Drastically Affect Your Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather can take a toll on your home. It's not unusual for storm damage to affect your home, leading to serious problems in the aftermath of the weather. SERVPRO of Meridian provides 24-hour restoration services for weather-related damage to homes.

When a storm strikes, it's important to be aware of the potential problems that can develop. You can't control the weather, but you can control how you respond in the immediate aftermath. Here are three of the issues that could afflict your home after a storm hits:

  • Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains to snowstorms. Moisture can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles or cause visible damage to them. You may notice a leak in your attic or ceiling if a storm damages your roof.
  • Windows Are Vulnerable: A thoroughly sealed and weather-stripped window is unlikely to suffer severe storm damage, but old windows that haven't been catered to recently could develop problems if it rains. For example, the moisture can seep into openings around the window, causing a leak inside the house. Rain can also cause wood to rot and mold to develop in the window's vicinity. Rugs and carpets in the area could also be susceptible to water damage. Windows in the basement are extremely vulnerable if they aren't protected, which leads to flooded basements and potentially damaged property.
  • Gutters Can Become Clogged: Gutters aren't immediately obvious problems because you have to inspect them to see if they've become clogged after the storm. Rain can wash all kinds of debris into them, and once they become congested, they no longer filter water away from your home. The result could be water damage to your property, and the gutters could also suffer damage later since the excess weight of debris can cause them to sag.

Storm damage affects more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home's foundation. After a major storm, take a close look at your home and investigate for problematic signs. If you discover anything, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of Meridian at (601) 693-7300. 

Call SERVPRO of Meridian for Storm Damage

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Has your home sustained damage from a recent storm? Whether it be water intrusion from heavy rains or damaged or broken windows from strong winds, it's best to leave the cleanup to the professionals, such as those at SERVPRO of Meridian.

Serving both residential and commercial customers in the Meridian and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Meridian knows the process of cleaning up storm damage can be an intensive process, requiring help from the experts who have the experience in restoring homes to their original condition.

Check out these reasons why you should always hire a professional storm damage restoration company to clean up after disaster strikes:

  • To Avoid Mold: If your home has sustained water damage, be it a flood from a broken pipe or a heavy rain storm, mold can grow quickly if the water is not removed completely or in a timely manner. Mold spores can grow in your home's carpet, behind the walls, and even on your personal belongings, so call in the pros to handle the mess.
  • To Identify Structural Damage: While you may think the storm damage to your home or business is solely cosmetic, there could be underlying structural damage, which could pose serious problems if not tended to. Storm restoration specialists can help to identify any structural damage that may be lingering behind your walls or in your flooring that could jeopardize the integrity of your home.
  • Timely Cleanup: When disaster, such as a large flood strikes, you'll want the mess cleaned up quickly to avoid further damage. SERVPRO of Meridian can respond in a timely manner to start the remediation process and even offers 24-hour emergency services.

If you'd like to learn more about professional storm damage restoration services and how they can help to restore your home after water, fire, and mold damage, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Meridian by calling (601) 693-7300. 

When Storms or Floods hit Lauderdale County, SERVPRO is ready!

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

When storms hit Meridian, or the surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.

SERVPRO of Meridian specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Meridian or the surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 601-693-7300

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Storm Repsonse

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

 When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, such as those produced by Hurricane Irma, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. The damage is more than overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear with the response of our team of professionals. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system. Our team may have traveled to help, but you'll be treated as though you're from our local area. Which means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “like it never even happened.” Placing your trust in SERVPRO of Meridian for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, restoring your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO (601) 693-7300 to begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Flood Damage in Meridian

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

This was just one office that received water damage due to excessive flooding in Meridian that SERVPRO of Meridian was called on.
Due to heavy winds and rains making its way through our area Sunday night into Monday morning, we received many reports of water damaged homes and business. Unfortunately, we are expecting more rain tomorrow that could have some of the same effects.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact the 24/7 emergency water removal & flood damage clean-up professionals at SERVPRO of Meridian. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every flood damage situation. Even minor damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, is often an overwhelming task... not to mention the cleanup! The team here at SERVPRO of Meridian is prepared to handle any sized disaster.

During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Meridian is locally owned and operated serving Lauderdale, Clarke, Jasper, Newton, Kemper, and Noxubee counties.  Our certified water removal staff can perform a complete flood damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly.

 

The sooner you reach us at (601) 693-7300, the sooner we can start the drying process, preventing additional damages to your home or business.

When EF-2 Tornado hit Lauderdale County, SERVPRO was ready!

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly-trained crews were ready to respond to damages caused by tornado in the Lockhart area of Lauderdale County.

NWS Jackson storm survey found EF2 tornado occurred on January 21, 2017 in Lauderdale County, MS. Maximum sustained winds were 120mph.

SERVPRO of Meridian specializes in storm and water damage restoration that can be caused by tornadoes.  Damages caused by tornado damage in the Lockhart area of Lauderdale County, MS was no exception. Despite the significate damage, our highly trained crews were ready to help restore salvageable property back to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When the tornado hit Lauderdale, we were able to use our resources locally to handle the disaster. But in the event where disaster is much larger, we are able to access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Water Damage? Call Us Today 601-693-7300