Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon house with fallen tree on it How to be prepared for power outages in the case of a storm

Managing Without Power in [Your City or County]  

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMs, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • Use generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up a plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors




Links:

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

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Unclog Gutters to Prevent Water Damage

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Roof gutters against a blue sky Keeping Your Gutters Clean in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro has no way of changing if it will rain or not, but we can help residents and business owners prevent water damage by sharing this information about gutters.

Keep the Gutters Clear in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro:

  • Gutters channel water from the roof to downspouts, so it flows safely away from the building
  • Because debris ends up in the gutters, you should clean them twice a year
  • Debris such as twigs, leaves, and litter can clog the gutters
  • When gutters are clogged, rain may cause water damage to the roof, the foundation, or the basement
  • When you clean the gutters, check seams, bends, and downspouts for debris
  • Replace broken or missing struts and screens
  • Be sure to check the seams, downspouts, and bends
  • A pressure washer or a plumber's snake may be useful for clearing obstructions that are hard to reach
  • Find out if any downspouts lead to underground pipes and check those for clogs or debris

Clear gutters aren't the only means to prevent water damage, and storm damage can strike even buildings with the clearest gutters. If you need help, call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro. We will make your place look “Like it never even happened.”

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

Links: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/diy-repair/how-to-unclog-gutter/

https://www.fema.gov/