Recent Storm Damage Posts

Commercial and Residential Property Damage from Storm Damage

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded crawl space under the house from storm damage

Every year flooding damages residential and commercial properties in every community across the nation. Natural and man-made events including, broken plumbing, storms, and leading appliances will account for thousands of flooded properties and tens of millions of dollars in insurance claims and costs to property owners. 

When flood water begins saturating building materials, damages can be temporary, requiring only drying out or permanent, requiring replacement. Drying out floors, walls, and cabinetry as quickly as possible following a flood can help control for damage that comes from mold growth and structural damages. 

The cost to recover from a flood is obviously associated with the size of the affected property, the type of building materials involved, the nature of the water (clean or contaminated), and the speed to begin cleanup operations. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has been in business for many years and is an expert at drying out and reconstructing properties damaged by water from any source. Also, SERVPRO can represent a property owner to an insurance carrier to get the very best solution in place, returning the property back to pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. 

Let SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas send an expert to your property for a free estimate to remedy a recent disaster, or one that may need our experience and recommendations. 

Storm Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Major rain and thunder storms were heading towards San Gabriel Valley near the foothills.

Which also meant the possibility of major storms in the mountains as well.

There's no telling what kind of damage the weather of a storm can have on one's home or business properties. 

When property damage happens from a storm it can be extremely detrimental to your property and lifestyle!

However, there is power in knowing who to call to help you with the damages. Calling SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas we arrive onsite and we do what we do best, get the property to "Like it never even happened." 

That's exactly what happened with this hotel building in Big Bear, CA. 

The damages came from the roof from the storm so they called us immediately.  

Prepare For the Winter

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

California winters seem to carry great variety from year to year. Some winter seasons the rain comes down for multiple days in one week with chilly temperatures. Other years, the rain may never come and balmy seventies will persist until a few surprise days of cold in the spring. Whatever the case may be, as homeowners and community members it is important to be prepared for winter.

Heavy rain fall can lead to flooding in Southern California. The drought conditions cause dry soil, which leads to poor absorption of ground water. Keeping storm drains clear is one way to alleviate the potential of flooding. This includes using sandbags and plastic tarp to create better flow of water. Also, keeping home gutters free of leaves and other environmental debris will lead to a more consistent and controlled flow of water away from your house, to the well functioning storm drains.

Floods can cause millions and millions of dollars in damages and unfortunately great injury to people. This makes community members involvement crucial in flood preparedness. Local fire stations provide free sandbag materials and the Department of Public Works can provide services to clear storm drains, 1-800-675 HELP (4357). Utilizing these local resources can help prevent flooding. Families should also put together disaster kits in case of emergency. 

Tips on sandbag barrier: http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/docs/brochure_floodfightingathome.pdf

Important things to include in your disaster kit:http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit

In the worst case scenario, if water enters your home it is important to take care of the moisture immediately to prevent hazardous mold from growing. SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas provides mold remediation services.

While Los Angeles County does not face severely cold of temperatures, it is still important to be educated for if and when the cold does come. According to the Los Angeles County Emergency guide, every year there is carbon monoxide poisoning due to incorrect heating sources. Barbeques, ovens, and stoves should not be used as sources of heat. Make sure that all heating devices, such as central heating and electric heaters, are clean and in appropriate working condition. All types of chimneys should be cleared of debris. As a general practice, it is always a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you or someone you know needs a safe and warm place to escape possibly health damage temperatures, call 2-1-1 for information on places of shelter.(Information provided by LACOA Emergency Survival Guide)

For the health and safety of you and your family, educate on how to handle severe winter weather conditions in Southern California.

Disaster Preparedness Plan

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

With about 3 million small businesses in California alone, according to NFIB National Small Business Poll, only 38% is these businesses have an emergency preparedness plan. Natural disasters have impacted more than 30% of small businesses, but many people believe a disaster will never affect them.

Most never think that a disaster will never happen to their business, but once it does it'll be too late to develop a plan. Getting back to business after a disaster, greatly depends upon the amount of advanced planning you do for your business. 

Now is the best time to start if you haven't already put a disaster plan in place for your business.

Here are 7 steps to help prepare your business:

1. Risk Assessment: Identify what kinds of emergencies are most likely to affect your company then evaluate your preparedness level. Questions you can ask yourself include: Do we have emergency equipment on site? Do I have any employees trained to help in a medical emergency? Do we have our data backed up and stored someplace safe?

2. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Based on your risk assessment, talk with your insurance agent to make sure your business is covered should a disaster strike. Many times business owners think they have plenty of coverage, only to find out later that their policy didn’t cover a particular disaster situation.

3. Create a contingency Plan: Review all your business operations and identify those areas most critical for your business survival. Establish a procedure for managing those functions in the event of a disaster. It may also be helpful to determine an alternate business location that you and your employees can continue to run business.

4. Create a Communications Plan: Establish a calling tree or create a password protected area where employees can report in. Deciding how communications will be managed in advance will minimize panic and the relay of misinformation.

5. Backup Your Data: Be sure to backup all of your data and keep it stored in a safe location off-site. Important documents such as contracts, business licenses, and corporate records should be kept in a fireproof box or bank lock- box.

6. Build an Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit on-site at all times. It should include items such as water, batteries, flashlights, a fire extinguisher, non-perishable food, water, a whistle, and first-aid items.

7. Review and Rehearse Your Plan: After making a plan, be sure to review and rehearse it with your team throughout the year, so when disaster strikes they will know what to do. You should also provide a copy of the plan to each employee as well.

It is crucial for your business to create a disaster plan. If you have trouble deciding how to prepare your Southern California business for disaster, call SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas and we can help you develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. Let us help you prepare your business disaster plan! Call Today 626.852.9922

Before, During and After the Storm

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Before a storm hits the three main areas to protect from storm damage are: roof, windows, and doors. Review your insurance policies. Make sure you have hurricane protection and a flood policy if you live in a flood prone area and it protects your home and your belongings. You can also take photos of your home before the emergency just in case you have to file a claim. Also, having your emergency bag ready can save you time if you need to evacuate your home. 

During the storm you want to stay in a safe place away from windows or doors. Don't go into the streets, disconnect all unnecessary electronic appliances. Avoid fires by use a battery flashlight instead of candles or gas lamps. Remember to protect your pets as well by having food and water for them in a designated area in your house. 

After the storm, assess your property to see if there has been any damage that may have occurred. Protect your property from further damages. If there are any damages that have occurred you should call your insurance adjuster or call your nearest SERVPRO to come assess, work with your insurance if needed, and to help restore any damage to help get you back to normal.

SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas is experienced with storm damage and Large Loss events that may have occurred to your home or business. You can trust us to make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage To Your Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

If you are a California resident, you know you must be ready at any moment for the unexpected to happen.

In California, you never know when a storm is going to occur in your area and you never know how severe the storm will be or what kind of disaster it might bring.

Whether it's a hurricane that causes devastation to your whole community, strong winds that cause a tree to fall through the house or even rain and intense hail that causes unforeseen damage can always bring major stress to a family. 

Every year in the United States millions, sometimes billions, of dollars are spent by the insurance companies to repair damage caused by natural disasters.

Here at SERVPRO, we help families recover from these types of situations and make the restoration process for the client and insurance company as smooth as possible.

We know that most people have other responsibilities to take care of. Leave it SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas to take care of those unexpected storm, water, fire and mold damage. There is no job that is to big or to small for us!

California Storm Ready

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

California's historic drought remains severe, and residents must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we must also prepare for the possibility of large storms and coastal/bay flooding.

Storms in California sometimes cause flooding, mud flows, landslides, electrical outages and other impacts.

Using water wisely while taking steps to prepare for winter storms and coastal/bay flooding will help to protect our households, our communities and our state.

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.

  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.

  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.

    • Evacuate if told to do so.

    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

    • Stay where you are.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

For more information visit: https://storms.ca.gov/

Flood Waters Rising...

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Every year flooding damages residential and commercial properties in every community across the nation. Natural and man-made events including, broken plumbing, storms, and leading appliances will account for thousands of flooded properties and tens of millions of dollars in insurance claims and costs to property owners. 

When flood water begins saturating building materials, damages can be temporary, requiring only drying out or permanent, requiring replacement. Drying out floors, walls, and cabinetry as quickly as possible following a flood can help control for damage that comes from mold growth and structural damages. 

The cost to recover from a flood is obviously associated with the size of the affected property, the type of building materials involved, the nature of the water (clean or contaminated), and the speed to begin cleanup operations. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has been in business for many years and is an expert at drying out and reconstructing properties damaged by water from any source. Also, SERVPRO can represent a property owner to an insurance carrier to get the very best solution in place, returning the property back to pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. 

Let SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas send an expert to your property for a free estimate to remedy a recent disaster, or one that may need our experience and recommendations. 

Tips to Preparing Your Southern California Business For Disaster

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

In California alone there are over 3 million small businesses. According to an NFIB National Small Business Poll, only 38% of these businesses have an emergency/disaster preparedness plan. Many people think that a disaster would never affect them, but natural disasters have impacted more than 30% of small businesses.

You never know when a disaster might strike your small business and once it does, it’ll be too late to develop a plan. How quickly you get back on your feet after a disaster hits depends greatly upon the amount of advanced planning you do for your business. If you haven’t already put a disaster plan in place for your business, now is the best time to start.

Here are seven steps to help prepare your business:

  1. Risk Assessment: Identify what kinds of emergencies are most likely to affect your company then evaluate your preparedness level. Questions you can ask yourself include: Do we have emergency equipment on site? Do I have any employees trained to help in a medical emergency? Do we have our data backed up and stored someplace safe?

  2. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Based on your risk assessment, talk with your insurance agent to make sure your business is covered should a disaster strike. Many times business owners think they have plenty of coverage, only to find out later that their policy didn’t cover a particular disaster situation.

  3. Create a Contingency Plan: Review all your business operations and identify those areas most critical for your business survival. Establish a procedure for managing those functions in the event of a disaster. It may also be helpful to determine an alternate business location that you and your employees can continue to run business.

  4. Create a Communications Plan: Establish a calling tree or create a password protected area where employees can report in. Deciding how communications will be managed in advance will minimize panic and the relay of misinformation.

  5. Backup Your Data : Be sure to backup all of your data and keep it stored in a safe location off-site. Important documents such as contracts, business licenses, and corporate records should be kept in a fireproof box or bank lock- box.

  6. Build an Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit on-site at all times. It should include items such as water, batteries, flashlights, a fire extinguisher, non-perishable food, water, a whistle, and first-aid items.

  7. Review and Rehearse Your Plan: After making a plan, be sure to review and rehearse it with your team throughout the year, so when disaster strikes they will know what to do. You should also provide a copy of the plan to each employee as well.

Creating a disaster plan is simple, but crucial for your business. If you have trouble deciding how to prepare your Southern California business for disaster, call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas and we can help you develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. Let us help you prepare your business for disaster!! Call Today 626.852.9922

The Importance of Gutters

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. Especially in stormy seasons, it is important to ensure gutters are functioning to their highest ability.

Removal of water and debris in gutters lightens the load on the roof, preventing the possibility of roof leaks and caving under stress from weather. It is important gutters are maintained in optimal working condition to prevent damage to the entire commercial or residential structure.

Gutters should be inspected twice yearly and cleared of debris that could prevent flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.

Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.

Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.

In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas provides “24 Hour Emergency Services.”

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/commercial-roofs-gutters-drains-and-scuppers/

https://disastersafety.org/hurricane/roof-damage-checklist/

Storm Safety Tips

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

No matter where you live in Southern California, you will encounter storms. Most of the time they are routine, but some can cause serious damage and wreckage. Here are some tips for preparing for storms, and weathering them safely.

Before the Storm

  • Keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.
  • Keep a flashlight on every floor of your home in an easily accessible spot.
  • Keep a supply of candles on hand in case of power failure.
  • Before leaving your house for an extended period of time be sure to unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Nail down roof shingles or use adhesive to keep them from blowing in a violent wind.
  • Place grounding rods at opposite corners of your home to protect against lightning.
  • Keep an eye on large trees that could damage your house in the event of a storm and cut them back if necessary.

During the Storm

  • If there are flood threats, seek high ground and stay inside as much as possible.
  • Close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an “X” along the full length of their diagonals.
  • If there is a tornado threat, leave windows slightly ajar.
  • Take shelter underground, far from your home (in case the roof falls)  and away from the gas and sewer systems.
  • Try to avoid water because it is a great conductor of electricity.
  • Do not use electric equipment.

After the Storm

  • Stay tuned to local news organizations for important announcements concerning the storm area.
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked.
  • Avoid metal fences and downed power lines.
  • Assume the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area so only use a phone for emergencies.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to inspect your home for damage and aid in repairs.

If your home experiences storm damage in the San Gabriel Valley or LA Basin be sure to contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas for all of your restoration needs.

The Greatest Storm on Earth

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Few things in nature can compare to the destructive force of a hurricane. Hurricanes, the greatest storm on Earth, is capable of annihilating coastal areas with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour or higher, intense areas of rainfall, and a storm surge.

Hurricanes form over tropical waters in areas of high humidity, light winds, and warm sea surface temperatures. During development, certain characteristics become more prominent as the storm strengthens. At the center of the hurricane is the eye, a cloud-free area of sinking air and light winds that is usually from 10 to 65 kilometers in diameter. As air rises in the thunderstorms surrounding the eye, some of it is forced towards the center, where it converges and sinks.The eye is the calmest part of the storm because the strong surface winds converging towards the center never actually reach the exact center of the storm, but instead form a cylinder of relatively calm air. Bordering the eye of a hurricane is the eye wall, a ring of tall thunderstorms that produce heavy rains and very strong winds. The most destructive section of the storm is in the eye wall on the side where the wind blows in the same direction as the storm’s forward motion.

As a hurricane moves closer to land, coastal communities begin to feel the effects of heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes. It’s most destructive weapon is the accompanying storm surge, a rise on the ocean level of up to about 33 feet. When a hurricane approaches the coast, an 80-160 kilometer wide dome of ocean water sweeps over the coastline. Storm surges have demolished marinas, piers, boardwalks, houses, and other shoreline structures while eroding beaches and washing out coastal roads and railroads.

In the early 1970s a classification system was designed to quantify the level of damage and flooding expected from a hurricane. This system is called the Saffir-Simpson Scale and consists of 5 categories with 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. The scale corresponds to a hurricane’s central pressure, maximum sustained winds, and storm surge. Categories 3, 4, and 5 are considered major hurricanes, capable of inflicting great damage and loss of life.

As a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has access to Semi-truck Trailers of emergency equipment and hundreds of experienced personnel to assist any communities affected by hurricanes in a moment’s notice.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Hurricanes/hurricanes_1.php 

Hurricane Watch 2017

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

The 2017 hurricane season has proven to be intense and highly active. This may be because of the ideal conditions for a lot of big, powerful storms. These conditions include low wind shear and high ocean temperatures.

On average, 12 tropical storms form in the Atlantic during hurricane season and this year has already seen 13. Of these 13 named tropical storms, eight were hurricanes and of those, four were major hurricanes. These major hurricanes have been Category 3 and greater and hurricane season still has two months left to go.

 Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, dropping 19 trillion gallons of rain water on the unfortunate cities in these areas. The heavy rains triggered unprecedented flooding, that is estimated to cost $180 billion in damages, which is more costly than Hurricane Katrina was.

Hurricane Irma was the next hurricane and quickly became one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma set the record for most intense storm for a long duration with wind speeds of 180mph blowing for 37 hours. Irma began in the Florida Keys before rolling through both Florida coasts causing much damage and knocking out power to millions of people is some areas.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and was the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928 when the San Felipe hurricane terrorized the island. All of Puerto Rico lost power and was plagued with many flash flood warnings. The storm thrashed the island with winds over 100mph and more than 30 inches of rain.

People are still reaping the affects of these hurricanes and the total damages are still unknown. As a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park has access to Semi-truck Trailers of emergency equipment and hundreds of experienced personnel so if any of these areas affected by hurricanes need us to respond, we can be there in a moment’s notice.

Thunderstorms in Southern California

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

The weather in southern California this time of year proves to be perfect for beach trips, picnics, and any other summer fun. What most people don’t know is that it can also be perfect weather for thunderstorms, which can potentially be dangerous. The highest risk areas are cities in the foothills including Azusa, San Dimas, Glendora and La Verne because flooding can do the greatest amount of damage in these areas.

Thunderstorms occur most often during the warmer months and thrive under specific conditions. The two most basic elements of a thunderstorm are moisture and rapidly rising warm air. The two biggest threats associated with thunderstorms are lighting and flash floods, which are very dangerous because they can come on suddenly and cause massive amounts of damage. The presence of lighting can cause wildfires if the storm contains very little rain while flash flooding can cause property damage and great loss.

Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts will prove to be beneficial in avoiding loss from storms. Also, if your home or business does suffer from damage at the hands of a thunder storm do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park. During a storm, SERVPRO can assist by putting temporary covers on a property until the roof leaks can be properly fixed. After a storm, SERVPRO can clean-up water inside of a property that may have been caused by heavy rains.

Wind Storm in California

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Composition Roofing Material Blown off a Residence in California Winds.

Sometimes a storm may take on other qualities other than one of rain or snow fall. 

In Southern California, there are frequently natural disasters that take the form of Fire and/or Wind.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park helps recovery efforts from Fire and Wind storms and the damage they cause homeowners and businesses every year.

Recently, in Hacienda Heights California, there were unusually high winds that gusted locally to such high speeds that residential roofing materials were blown off homes causing the owners the expense of repairs along with the additional risk from exposure to water damage with possible seasonal rain storms.

Wind Storms that occur in California generally are seen in the Summer and Fall months.

The so called Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry down-slopewinds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California.  Santa Ana winds are known for the hot dry weather that they bring in the fall (often the hottest of the year), but they can arise at other times of the year as well. 

Seasonal Santa Ana Winds are a source of potential property damage to homes and businesses that SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park can help customers recover from.

Roof Leak and Mold in Temple City

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

A Temple City residential home suffered a loss to their guest house due to a roof leak during a rain spell in Southern California. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park was contacted to attend to the water damage and mold damage. The mold and water affected walls and ceilings in the bedroom, living room, closet and bathroom.Two dehumidifiers and one air scrubber were initially placed by the SERVPRO crew in the space. Asbestos testing was done. The materials affected by water from the roof leak had to be removed in order order to access insulation which was affected my mold. 

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park crew removed drywall and insulation, set up all needed equipment, and monitored moisture levels until the Temple City guest home job was complete and mold clearance results were clean. 

Importance of Gutters

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

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Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. Especially in stormy seasons, it is important to ensure gutters are functioning to their highest ability.

Removal of water and debris in gutters lightens the load on the roof, preventing the possibility of roof leaks and caving under stress from weather. It is important gutters are maintained in optimal working condition to prevent damage to the entire commercial or residential structure.

Gutters should be inspected twice yearly and cleared of debris that could prevent flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.

Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.

Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.

In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas provides “24 Hour Emergency Services.”

 

https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/commercial-roofs-gutters-drains-and-scuppers/

https://disastersafety.org/hurricane/roof-damage-checklist/

 

Southern California Winter Storms

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Southern California was drenched with rain the first few weeks of the New Year. The storms brought damage to roads, homes, and resulted in mudslide conditions north of the 210 freeway. But, for the first time in five years, a majority of California is no longer classified as the most extreme drought conditions.

After the onslaught of water, less than 60% of California is in drought conditions for the first time since 2013, cited USA Today in a recent article. The rain has alleviated the severe drought condition, but Southern California still remains in some level of drought conditions as a few days of rain will not reverse the multi-year lack of water. [1]

The recent rain should NOT provide Californian’s with the feeling of not needing to maintain drought conscious practices. Drought conditions persist in many areas, especially southern California. California faces long term water supply issues due to climate change. Conservation of water in homes, business, and other services should be maintained.

 

Some simple ways to conserve water in homes are: not using toilets to flush trash like facial wipes; making sure sprinklers only hit the lawn and not pavement; running only full loads of laundry on water saving settings; and installing water saving shower heads.[2] While reservoirs in Northern California are filling, many in Southern California remain close to empty, causing the drought to still be of statewide concern. [3]

[1] http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/12/northern-california-drought-ends/96487788/

[2] http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

[3] http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-drought-monitor-20170112-story.html

Winter Preparedness

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

California winters seem to carry great variety from year to year. Some winter seasons the rain comes down for multiple days in one week with chilly temperatures. Other years, the rain may never come and balmy seventies will persist until a few surprise days of cold in the spring. Whatever the case may be, as homeowners and community members it is important to be prepared for winter.

Heavy rain fall can lead to flooding in Southern California. The drought conditions cause dry soil, which leads to poor absorption of ground water. Keeping storm drains clear is one way to alleviate the potential of flooding. This includes using sandbags and plastic tarp to create better flow of water. Also, keeping home gutters free of leaves and other environmental debris will lead to a more consistent and controlled flow of water away from your house, to the well functioning storm drains.

Floods can cause millions and millions of dollars in damages and unfortunately great injury to people. This makes community members involvement crucial in flood preparedness. Local fire stations provide free sandbag materials and the Department of Public Works can provide services to clear storm drains, 1-800-675 HELP (4357). Utilizing these local resources can help prevent flooding. Families should also put together disaster kits in case of emergency. 

Tips on sandbag barrier: http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/docs/brochure_floodfightingathome.pdf

Important things to include in your disaster kit:http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit

In the worst case scenario, if water enters your home it is important to take care of the moisture immediately to prevent hazardous mold from growing. SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas provides mold remediation services.

While Los Angeles County does not face severely cold of temperatures, it is still important to be educated for if and when the cold does come. According to the Los Angeles County Emergency guide, every year there is carbon monoxide poisoning due to incorrect heating sources. Barbeques, ovens, and stoves should not be used as sources of heat. Make sure that all heating devices, such as central heating and electric heaters, are clean and in appropriate working condition. All types of chimneys should be cleared of debris. As a general practice, it is always a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you or someone you know needs a safe and warm place to escape possibly health damage temperatures, call 2-1-1 for information on places of shelter.(Information provided by LACOA Emergency Survival Guide)

For the health and safety of you and your family, educate on how to handle severe winter weather conditions in Southern California.

 

http://storms.ca.gov/factsheet/

http://dpw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags/

https://www.ready.gov/kit

http://lacoa.org/pdf/emergencysurvivalguide-lowres.pdf