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Business Owners and Disaster Preparations | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background Having a disaster plan in place is crucial. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is your full service commercial restoration company.

Business Owners and Disaster Preparations | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Anticipating future risks your business will be exposed to can be difficult due to many factors, but one thing business owners should certainly prepare for is a natural disaster.

While often not discussed in a business-focused manner, natural disasters have grown increasingly common in recent years and the way businesses handle them can often make or break future operations.

While there is no way to know for sure if a natural disaster will strike your commercial property, understanding your insurance coverage, action plan and the process for reopening afterward will help ensure you can recover quickly if it does.

Disaster Preparations Especially for Business Owners

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Unfortunately, not every business policy is designed with natural disasters in mind. Often, excessive damages from natural causes will not be fully covered, leaving business owners to foot the bill for recovery from their own capital. However, starting this dialogue with your agent and researching the types of supplemental policies business owners may be eligible for will help you be certain you are fully covered.

2. Create Your Action Plan
When you are faced with a scenario where you must evacuate from your business right away, it is important to have a plan in place and all necessary supplies in order to do so in as little time as possible. Documenting local shelters, evacuation routes and medical facilities will be helpful, as well as any key actions such as shutting down machinery on your way out the door.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
It is important to not only make an emergency action plan for yourself but to also include your staff in the procedures. Once you have your details determined, sharing the plan with your employees and designating those in leadership roles to host regular and varied disaster drills with the team can help everyone stay safe and know what to do in a frightening scenario.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
All aspects of disaster planning are important, but one vital thing is knowing how you will get your business property suitable to reopen following the disaster. The best way to do that is to work with a restoration company that has expertise in commercial jobs in order to get your damage restored and your doors reopened as quickly as possible.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Preparing for Floods When You Own a Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in large room with staircase partially submerged in water A flood can happened when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County.

Preparing for Floods When You Own a Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

When most people think disaster, they likely think fires or thunderstorms, but planning for a flood is just as important for business owners. Because of the high amount of flooding during natural disasters, even those not in commonly known flood-prone areas should be prepared.

Planning specifically for a flood is also a great way for business owners to keep their employees safe, thus reducing liability, and decreasing the timeline in which they can reopen. Advanced planning will help you know exactly what to do when a flood occurs so you can overcome it.

How to Prepare Your Business for a Flood

When planning for flooding, it is important to make sure you are not overlooking anything, which is why we have assembled some must-read tips for flood preparations:

  • Access the Flood Map on FEMA’s website in order to find your location and understand any specific geographic struggles you might face at your business.
  • Have copies of all your important documents stored securely in another location, such as a safety deposit box or in a waterproof safe.
  • Utilize OSHA’s guidelines to draft an official emergency action plan as a way to educate employees.
  • Host regular evacuation drills to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do.
  • Research your insurance options—many business policies do not include coverage for water damage and flooding.
  • Make room to store office emergency kits in case you must await help.
  • Consider elevating electronics if flooding is imminent and there is time.
Preserve Important Documents Before a Flood

It is better to preserve as much as you can than to discover you have forgotten something after a flood. Some of the best documents to copy are:

  • An outline for your plan to reopen and steps to get there
  • Any supply companies, vendors and other parties that need to be contacted quickly
  • Your business insurance policy and flood policy, if applicable
  • Recovery instructions for digital files
  • Any loan agreements, leasing documents and banking files that could be relevant

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

It’s a Smart Business Decision to Choose Us | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Consider choosing SERVPRO of North Kenosha County for your business restoration needs. You won't be disappointed!

It’s a Smart Business Decision to Choose Us | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

As a business, sustaining damage from a natural disaster puts the business owner in a vulnerable position. FEMA completed a study about how damage from disasters affects businesses and found that 40 to 60% are left unable to reopen after the damages.

Because of these dismal odds, it is important to make smart business decisions during the period of disaster recovery. By working with a trustworthy commercial restoration company, you can ensure that repairs to your business are done as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you can get your doors open again more quickly.

Here are some reasons why working with us for commercial restoration is a smart business decision:

1. You’ll Receive a Faster Response

Damages do not stick to a schedule, but no matter what hour of the day you discover them, we will be here to help. Our slogan “faster to any size disaster” is more than just something we say. Because of our 24-hour emergency service line, we are able to live up to that slogan and jump into action right away so business owners can focus on other aspects of getting their business practices restored.

2. You’ll Get Service From a Highly Trained Team

Hiring and training a top-notch team is of the utmost importance to us. Our training includes information from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure everyone is up-to-date on industry practices and the current developments in the field. Our technicians are also given access to certification programs and online learning classes so they can continue to develop their expertise.

3. You’ll Get the Best Equipment

Because of the rapid advancements in the last few years have brought to the restoration industry, the IICRC has developed guidelines for the most effective equipment. We’re equipped with the top tools in the industry, so we are prepared to tackle anything from removing toxic soot particles after a fire to extracting water rapidly after a flood.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

Emergency Ready Profile - SERVPRO of North Kenosha County

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s the middle of the night and your phone rings, because you’re the one that gets the calls when something goes wrong. The company you work for, well, they had a sprinkler head burst and the facility is filling up with water. What do you do first and who do you call? Do you have a plan?

Some of the things that might cross your mind are:

                -I need to get the water shut off and maybe, where is that?

                - Who is our insurance carrier?

                -Who can clean up a mess like this?

                -Are we going to be able to open the facility and operate business as usual?

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the ones that survive, the majority of them had a plan in place for events such as this. No one ever plans on a disaster to happen, but when it does, the best time to prepare is long before that. Ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever happens?”

SERVPRO of North Kenosha can help you with a property management tool that we’ve developed also known as our Emergency Ready Profile. And the best part is it costs you NOTHING. It is a no cost assessment of your facility that has an immense amount of value. This profile includes information such as where your shut-off valve locations are, priority areas and priority contact information so when you get that call in the middle of the night, you know what to do and who to call.

And best of all is we give you this information in a free app on your smart phone or tablet. We want to help you minimize your down time as much as possible.

Give SERVPRO of North Kenosha County a call today to schedule your absolutely FREE assessment or visit SERVPRO.com/Ready. We are always Here to Help.

Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Potential Disasters? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Potential Disasters? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Business owners have many things to think about, but emergency preparation should be near the top of the list.

Having an emergency preparedness plan in place will not protect your business from all disasters or emergencies. However, it can offer peace of mind knowing that you have put together a plan to ensure that you have given the safety of your employees priority should a disaster or emergency situation occur.

Creating a Plan

Have you prepared an emergency preparedness plan that encompasses various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

A disaster is a disaster, and an emergency is an emergency. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or a natural disaster. If you have no emergency plan for your business, you are opening your business and your employees up for more problems than you would need in a stressful situation.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

As you are beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, you should first perform an evaluation as to which scenarios are most likely to occur—and even consider the longshots. After all, it’s better to be prepared for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Perform a business impact analysis (BIA), which will help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

After you have done all of the above and have prepared an emergency preparedness plan, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

How about that Mother Nature! She can prove to be quite a formidable foe by throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us. The best defense is a good offense, and that is being prepared in advance for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects to consider when designing that plan.

How to Begin

There are many factor and things you will need to consider and include in a disaster plan for your business, your employees and your assets.

Included in those considerations are the following:

  1. Protecting your employees
  2. Securing your assets
  3. Getting your business up and running again

There are many checklists available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can guide you in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also help you figure out just how prepared you truly are.

Providing Safety for Employees

If a disaster should strike without warning, your plan should provide for the protection of employees and visitors.

It is extremely important to make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked, that there is an area available where people can take shelter, that emergency lighting has been installed, and that staff are available to volunteer to serve as “safety wardens” who are properly trained and ready to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

When you are deciding on a sheltering area, a basement or storm cellar is ideal in case of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If that type of space is not available, you should designate a small interior room, such as a closet or interior hallway, on the lowest level of the building.

Steps to Take for Asset Protection

If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, you’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets inside it. From equipment to merchandise, there are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes.

Keep a complete and current inventory of your equipment and merchandise and, if possible, having photographs prior to a disaster is always helpful during an insurance claim process. If your assets are saved on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that regular backups are performed by the backup system and that the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own your building, work with a contractor to locate areas that may need improvement and strengthening. The contractor can also discuss with you possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not withstand certain weather situations.

Getting Business Up and Running Again

If you find yourself a victim of a natural disaster, it is quite possible that your business will have to be closed for repairs due to damage. And every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. It is wise to have a “rainy day” fund available to help with additional costs not covered by your insurance.

Make a list of contractors available for construction and repair needs, and familiarize yourself with a cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County to be there for you.

Commercial water loss at large grocery store in Kenosha

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Photo showing ceiling tiles that were removed due to water damage from a malfunctioning sprinkler head.

This past week we were called in for a large commercial water loss at a local grocery store here in Kenosha due to a sprinkler head blowing. Although there wasn't an extensive amount of free standing water on the floor, a large section of ceiling tiles were affected right above most of the checkout aisles. This posed some challenges for our crew as the store manager wanted the majority of the aisles reopened in just a few hours time for their rush of customers.

We pulled the damaged ceiling tiles and removed all contaminated product from the aisles. Everything was thoroughly wiped down with a cleaning agent and the area inspected by the fire marshal before customers were able to use the aisles again. We worked quickly and efficiently to get them reopened and "Like it never even happened."  

Restoring Your Kenosha Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Kenosha 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 North Kenosha County

SERVPRO of North Kenosha County 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.