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Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon person in wheelchair near a pool Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro: SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. You may want to consider, during times of flooding, to pack a bag to have ready in case the worst happens. Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car. Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency: Where can I get medical supplies? How I do get accessible transportation? If medical help is needed, where would I go? Does this facility have a disability ramp access? Items to bring with you: Written list for emergency contacts. List of all medications, dosages, and allergies. Style & the serial number of medical devices. Supply of medical equipment. Extra battery for a power wheelchair. Any cushions or padding. Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc. Medical bracelets. Medical insurance cards. List and/or supply of prescription medications. Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider: Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal. Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you. Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal.

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

black background with green logos Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro. Evacuation may also be more difficult.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro  has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.  You can also use it at home.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:  

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal



Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

green background with cartoon water bottles and clipboard Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro. 

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.  

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

home surrounded by fire, water and storm Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Floods in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. 

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades 
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters.  SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a caraway
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Beware of Flash Flooding in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in a structure can occur through natural channels such as flash flooding or through the accumulation of water over a period of time from water line leaks/ruptures. Attacking this problem without professional help can become tedious and possibly dangerous in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro. When your home and/or business are affected by water damage, it is critical to act immediately to minimize cost and inconvenience. SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro has trained professionals who are quick to respond and apply the latest equipment and techniques to make the removal of water and the restoration of your property as organized and pain-free as possible. The drying process is timed and documented to ensure the job is done quickly and completely. Our hope is that we can make the entire unwanted experience “Like it never even happened,” and that we can continue to be your cleanup and restoration specialists in the future.

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

standing water in living room If water damage strikes your home or office, know who to call and what to do.

If your home or business in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on a dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

Links:

www.fema.gov

How to Get Flood Insurance in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon house with life preserver Know if you need flood insurance before its too late.

Water Damage & Insurance in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

Did you know that most property insurance does not cover flood damage?

Most insurance rates vary by company. While the rules for insurance varies by state, flood insurance is an exception.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage comes from:

  • sewer or drain backup
  • sudden & accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems, or air conditioning 

The policy might also cover mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

How to get flood insurance in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro :

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area. The insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in City or County. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. Buy the insurance through an insurance agent. The NFIP sets the rates.
  • If your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 1-800-427-4661

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance 

www.fema.gov

Different Types of Home Fire Extinguishers in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

two men testing fire extinguishers Know which fire extinguisher(s) you need to stay safe in your home or office.

Smoke and fire damage is something all of us at SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro would like to see you avoid. In the event the worst happens and you are faced with this kind of disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand. We have a team of highly trained professionals to walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your Otay Mesa/San Ysidro home.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro recommends you keep at least one fire extinguisher and know how to use it (them).

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you see a small fire that you take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro  wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro explains the Types of Home Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Who Should I Use for Restoration in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

fleet or SERVPRO vehicles Who to use for your restoration needs.

Who should I use?

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is the-fast-response you need to get relief. Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is business owners, homeowners, and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity-based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

SERVPRO is Ready to Help in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

1700+ reasons why…

In the beginning, there was a painting business in California and from that SERVPRO was born. There are now currently over 1700 stores from our Atlantic Seaboard to our Pacific Frontier. Over seventeen hundred franchises tell the tale. We have grown phenomenally and are continuing to grow. Your business in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has been the cornerstone of that growth and we recognize that. Because of you, we strive to always put our best foot forward. Whether bagging up hazardous waste or speaking with insurance adjusters, our efforts are and always will be to give you our best.

Over five decades…

Without experience, the best intentions are fruitless. We, here at SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro have experience. In fact, we’ve got over five decades of professional cleaning and restoration know-how scattered across the country. The staff at our franchises are well trained and professional when performing their duties and/or assessing your situation. If and when you are facing the discomfort of a high-stress situation, find us online or call us at 619-439-2407 and we will put those years of experience to work for you.