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How to Prepare Your Riverside Home for an Earthquake

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

drop cover and hold blue diagram for people in wheelchair, using a cane, or walker Stay Safe During an Earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

A new study suggests that the Ridgecrest quakes have increased the chances of another big one occurring, this time in southern California. A big enough quake along the Garlock—magnitude 7.5 or bigger, by the researchers' calculations—could spark a quake along the San Andreas that travels southward toward Los Angeles.  From National Geographic.

Take action now, before an earthquake hits.

• Secure items that might fall and cause injuries (e.g., bookshelves, mirrors, light fixtures).

• Practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On by participating in a ShakeOut earthquake drill (www.ShakeOut.org).

• Store critical supplies and documents.

• Plan how you will communicate with family members.

To prevent potential injuries, take the time to secure your space. Secure items that might fall, fly, or slide in an earthquake (see www.earthquakecountry.org/step1). Imagine if the room was picked up and shaken up and down and side to side and then determine what items would be thrown around. Periodically review the locations where you spend time—your home, workplace, or school—to look for potential hazards and secure them.

DO A HAZARD HUNT FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDS AND THINGS THAT MIGHT FALL

1. Cabinet doors can fly open allowing contents to crash to the floor; secure them with latches.

2. Objects such as framed photos, books, lamps, and other items that you keep on shelves and tables can become flying hazards. Secure them with hooks, adhesives, or earthquake putty to keep them in place. Move heavy or breakable items to lower shelves.

3. Mirrors, pictures frames, and other hanging items should be secured to the wall with closed hooks or earthquake putty. Do not hang heavy objects over beds, sofas, or any place you may be seated.

4. Electronics such as computers, televisions, and microwave ovens are heavy and expensive to replace. Secure them with flexible nylon straps.

5. Bookcases, filing cabinets, china cabinets, and other tall furniture should be anchored to wall studs, (not drywall), or masonry. Use flexible straps that allow them to sway without falling to the floor.

6. Secure your water heater, refrigerator, and other major appliances with the appropriate straps screwed into the wall studs or masonry to help keep them from falling over and rupturing gas or electric connections. Gas appliances should have flexible connectors to absorb the shaking while reducing the risk of fire.

ASSEMBLING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES Take the time now to collect the emergency supplies you would need if the power was out, water supplies were cut off, and grocery stores were not open. You can build your supplies over time by adding a few items as your budget permits. Basic emergency supplies should include the following, most of which you probably already have in your home.

WATER – Ensure you have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days. (Store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). An average person needs to drink about 3/4 of a gallon of fluid daily. Individual needs vary depending on age, gender, health, level of activity, food choices, and climate. You may also need stored water for food preparation.

FOOD – Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food for members of your household, including pets. Consider special dietary needs (e.g., infant formula). Include a non-electric can opener for canned food.

FLASHLIGHT, RADIO, and CELL PHONE CHARGER – You will need to be able to charge these items without electricity. Your flashlight and radio should be either hand-cranked or battery-powered, and stored with extra batteries. Your cell phone charger should be hand-crank, solar, or able to be charged from a car outlet.

MEDICAL – Include first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription/over-the-counter medications, and medical supplies.

SANITATION – Pack supplies for sanitation, such as hand sanitizer, towelettes, paper products, and plastic bags, for use when water resources are limited.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY – Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.

CLOTHING AND BLANKETS – Ensure you have clothing with long sleeves and long pants, thick-soled shoes, and work gloves to protect yourself after the earthquake, and a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person, if you live in a cold-weather climate.

WHISTLE – Include a whistle to signal for help.

CASH – Store cash in case ATMs are not functioning after the earthquake.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER – Earthquakes can cause fires to break out; have a fire extinguisher so you can put out any small fires. Use a fire extinguisher only if you are physically capable.

Consider storing supplies in several locations if possible. This means having basic supplies of food and water in locations, including your workplace, your vehicle, and, if possible, other places you and members of your household regularly spend time (e.g., house of worship, community center, and school). It is important to consider the unique needs of your family, including access and functional needs, and the needs of children and pets. You may need to include: extra water; special food, such as infant formula or pet food; and supplies or equipment, such as diapers, glasses, or medical equipment. Download Emergency Supply Checklist at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

DEVELOP A COMMUNICATIONS PLAN Your family may not be together when an earthquake hits, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and how you will get back together in case of an emergency. Landline and cellular phone systems are often overwhelmed following a disaster, so you may need to use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends. Keep important numbers written down in your wallet in case you cannot access the contact list in your phone. For more information, including a sample household communications plan, visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Check with your insurance agent regarding coverage for earthquakes.  Most likely your normal homeowners policy will not cover damage from earthquake.  It might cover if the earthquake caused a fire, then damage from the fire would be covered. 

Should you experience damage from an earthquake, SERVPRO can inspect for FREE.  Keep us in mind for those unexpected disasters, and be prepared.  

SERVPRO of West Riverside City

951-351-8033

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National Preparedness Week 3: Prepare for Disasters in Riverside City

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

dark skies, orange and red flames in the background with a white barn on the forefront In 2019, 87% of wildfires were caused by humans.

With fires taking place all over California, being prepared hits close to home especially for residents in Azusa, Yucaipa and those near Sequoia National Forest.  

The information from Ready.gov helps limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of fires, earthquakes, heat waves and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

In this blog we will discuss how to prepare for wildfires and extreme heat.  Look for our next blog covering being prepared for earthquakes.

Wildfires

Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires can:

  • Often be caused by humans or lightning.
  • Cause flooding or disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications.
  • Happen anywhere, anytime. Risk increases with in periods of little rain and high winds.
  • Cost the Federal Government billions of dollars each year.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WILDFIRE WARNING, GET TO SAFETY RIGHT AWAY

  • Leave if told to do so.
  • If trapped, call 9-1-1.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Use N95 masks to keep particles out of the air you breathe.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A WILDFIRE THREATENS

Prepare NOW

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. Sign up for email updates about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Check AirNow.gov for information about your local air quality.

  • Know your community’s evacuation routes and find several ways to leave the area. Drive the evacuation routes while following the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your state and local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Have a plan for pets and livestock. Remember that some shelters do not accept pets.
  • Prepare for long-term social distancing by gathering emergency supplies. Include cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, first aid supplies, and water. Consider gathering soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, household cleaning supplies, and masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Set aside supplies in case you must evacuate to your safe location. After a wildfire, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment. Being prepared allows you to address smaller medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
  • Being prepared allows you to avoid unnecessary excursions and to address minor medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
  • Remember that not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases and slowly building up supplies in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips. This helps to protect those who are unable to procure essentials in advance of the pandemic and must shop more frequently. In addition, consider avoiding WIC-approved products so that those who rely on these products can access them.
  • If you already have one at home, set aside a respirator, like an N95 respirator, to keep smoke particles out of the air you breathe. Respirators are not meant to fit children. Due to COVID-19, it may be difficult to find respirators. While cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and dust masks provide protection from exposure to COVID-19, they will not protect you from smoke inhalation. To ensure that healthcare workers have access to N95 respirators, it is best to limit your exposure to smoke rather than buy respirators.
  • Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows. Set up a portable air cleaner to keep indoor pollution levels low when smoky conditions exist.
  • Keep important documents in a fireproof, safe place. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate, or make repairs.
  • Find an outdoor water source with a hose that can reach any area of your property.
  • Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris, or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Review insurance coverage to make sure it is enough to replace your property.
  • Pay attention to air quality alerts.

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. In fact, extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

Remember:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN EXTREME HEAT THREATENS

Prepare NOW

Find places in your community where you can go to get cool while following the latest guidelines from CDC about social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Try to keep your home cool:

  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.  
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
  • Weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
  • Add insulation to keep the heat out.
  • Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic by clearing hot air.
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

If you are directly impacted by fire, or even smoke damage we have years of experience on remediating damage.  We can help, and we offer FREE inspections!  Call us 951-351-8033

What to do when smoke and ash invade your Riverside home.

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

orange smoke in the sky In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin cleanup as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of West Riverside, CA  is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Safety is most important. Wear an N-95 ANSI-approved dust mask (like a

painter’s mask) and work gloves during cleanup.

  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw

smoke-odor laden air and char out of the building.

  • Replace ventilation filters as soon as possible, then run the ventilation system to filter-out smoke-related particles.
  • Clean the exterior of the building of fire-damaged debris, smoke and char particles. Exterior cleaning includes washing off the building, sidewalks, driveways and decks with detergent and fresh water scrubbing followed by rinsing.
  • Clean the interior by dry HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), vacuuming the ceiling, upper and lower walls and then flooring. In some situations, detergent wet cleaning must be applied to remove a smoke film which impacts and absorbs onto surfaces.

Vacuum contents and upholstery. Make sure your house or building vacuum is HEPA rated, otherwise, you risk blowing smoke and soot into the air.

  • Draperies, clothing and machine-washable items such as towels

may be dry cleaned or laundered.

  • Unless the upholstery manufacturer says otherwise, use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize acid in smoke, soot, char and ash.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinse from top to bottom.
  • When smoke and soot damage and residue is moderate or heavy, or you cannot complete smoke and soot odor removal on your own, consider hiring a professional who is certified in fire and smoke damage restoration to cleanup and restore your home or business and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance provider to determine if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered under your policy. Insurance companies can often provide a list of credible restoration companies from which property owners can choose.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a general contractor who can also be found in the IICRC list of approved restorers.

Reduce smoke exposure outdoors

  • Take it easier during smoky times to reduce how much smoke you inhale. If it looks or smells smoky outside, avoid strenuous activities such as mowing the lawn or going for a run.
  • Know your air quality. Smoke levels can change a lot during the day, so wait until air quality is better before you are active outdoors. Check your state or local air quality agency’s website or airnow.gov for air quality forecasts and current air quality conditions. On AirNow, you can also sign up to get email notifications, download an air quality app, or check current fire conditions. In addition, some communities have visual range programs where you can assess smoke conditions by how far you can see.
  • Have enough food and medication on hand to last several days so you don’t have to go out for supplies. If you must go out, avoid the smokiest times of day.
  • Reduce smoke in your vehicle by closing the windows and vents and running the air conditioner in recirculate mode. Slow down when you drive in smoky conditions.
  • Do not rely on dust masks or bandanas for protection from smoke. If you must be out in smoky conditions, an N95 respirator can protect you, if it fits snugly to your face and is worn properly.
  •  Have a plan to evacuate. Know how you will get alerts and health warnings, including air quality reports and public service announcements (PSAs). Public advisories can provide important information such as changing smoke conditions and evacuation notices. Know your evacuation routes, organize your important items ahead of time, and know where to go in case you have to evacuate.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure.

When hiring a fire and smoke removal professional in your area, make sure that the technician is a certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) to ensure they are educated on the latest techniques for proper remediation. In some cases, a mold remediator may also be necessary as the volume of water used to combat fires can result in an abundance of standing water within a property, leading to mold growth.

For more details, visit https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.IICRC.org/resource/resmgr/docs/112018_cawildfiredoc.pdf

Need a professional? Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033 today. We are here to help 24/7. 

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National Preparedness Month- Week 2: Build A Kit

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

white background orange lettering announcing National Preparedness month, are your ready. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Are you prepared?

In California, we are affected by wild fires and earthquakes.  However, any other natural disaster can hit at any time.  Week 2 of National Preparedness Month is building a kit.  Do you have the essential items for you and your family should you lose power?  Or if all stores are closed? 

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Here are some tips on building a kit from Ready.gov:

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Replace expired items as needed.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Whether it's a flood, earthquake, fire, or extreme weather, we must work together as a team to help ensure our family, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City to find out how we can help make it “Like it never even happened,” in your life.

SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033

We are here to help during those devastating circumstances.  

September is National Preparedness Month, Riverside Residents Are You Prepared?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Logo-at the top a green cell phone, check list, bear flashlight,  & battery, In black National Preparedness Month SERVPRO's Emergency Preparedness Plan can help you because, "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

National Preparedness Month is recognized every September to promote community disaster planning, with the theme for 2020 being “Disasters Don’t Wait.  Make Your Plan Today.” 

With August behind us, we are still seeing an extremely active fire season we are also faced with extra preparations and precautions due to COVID-19... preparing yourself, your loved ones, and your property for a disaster situation is of the utmost importance.  Ready.gov offers weekly National Preparedness Month themes to help organize your preparations:

Week 1 (September 1st-5th): Make a Plan

Determine lines of communication, designated meeting places in case of separation, and responsibilities for each member of your household.  Depending on the needs of your family, you may require additional planning steps.

Week 2 (September 6th-12th): Build a Kit

Gather supplies for each member of your family.  You kit may include food, clean water, medications, pet foods, communication devices, and batteries.  Keep your kit as compact as possible, and in an easily accessible location, in case evacuation becomes necessary.

Week 3 (September 13th-19th): Prepare for Disaster

In the Panhandle of Florida, one of the most common disasters you may face is a hurricane.  To prepare for such an event, be sure to follow local and national news as it pertains to hurricane tracking, check your insurance coverage, and make sure your disaster preparedness kit is built. If a storm is forecasted to hit in your area, follow the direction of local officials concerning shelter and evacuation orders.

Week 4 (September 20th-26th): Teach Youth About Preparedness

Make sure children’s needs are included in your preparations.  Include their items in your disaster kit, talk with them about protocols and procedures in the event of a disaster situation, and answer any questions they may have.

As a leader in clean up and restoration, SERVPRO of West Riverside is Here to Help in the event your property is damaged by a fire, or sustains damage as a result of an earthquake or any other disaster situation.   Serving the inland empire, our team is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!”  To learn more about our services, call 951-351-8033.

For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit 

https://www.ready.gov/september

Rain Rain Go Away, Beware of Flooding in Riverside!

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

homes with street flooded with rain water and a car in the flood water Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.

It is important to remember that floods caused by rain can occur anywhere, with floodwaters rising gradually or flash floods striking suddenly. Water's powerful force can easily overtake vehicles and people.

Safety tips for driving in heavy rain:

  • If you must drive in the rain, drive slowly and steadily.  Pull over and stop if it is raining so hard that you cannot see.
  • DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODWATERS!
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
  • One foot of water will float most vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • Stay away from water that electrical or power lines have fallen into; electric current passes through water easily.
  • Stay off your cell phone unless you must report severe injuries or call for help.

Safety tips for walking or cycling on urban trails:

  • Move to higher ground and never go into a culvert! If you are on a streamside trail during a rainstorm use the alternate trail up to street level to avoid underpasses and culverts.
  • NEVER take shelter in a culvert, under a bridge, or in an enclosed space, especially in low elevations . Always go to higher ground out of the flow of water.
  • Do not walk or bike through moving water. Six inches of moving water can cause a person to fall.
  • If lightning is present, do not stand under or near an isolated tree or group of trees.
  • Never allow children to play around drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains or flooded areas.

Localized street flooding:

  • In underpasses and some areas that are geographical low-points, water cannot be expected to disappear down the storm inlets instantly; the pace and volume of the rainfall may be too quick and too great to immediately drain off. It takes time for the system to accommodate the rainfall.
  • If you know that your street tends to flood because it is located in a low point, be sure to move your vehicles to higher ground whenever rain is forecast.

Hazards in Your Riverside Home After Flooding

When water enters your home from a structural breach or through natural flooding scenarios, it can be a hazardous situation for your riverside residence. Knowing these risks and what to do about them can be enough to protect those that matter most and help to protect some of your belongings and possessions in the earliest stages of flood losses as well.

Many of the hazards that can exist after flood damage in Riverside  homes are universal to any disaster, whether natural flooding or roof/property damage is to blame for the intruding water. Our SERVPRO professionals are often not the first individuals in a damaged home after a flood loss situation, so understanding these hazards before entering the property can keep you safe until our qualified technicians arrive to begin mitigation work.

  • Structural Concerns

One of the most pressing concerns for those inspecting the damage to their house is oversaturated materials like ceiling assemblies. Sagging materials are often a strong indication of overweight drywall and insulation that can collapse and injure those underneath it. Wall systems are also at risk for becoming oversaturated beyond the capabilities of drywall screws in studs. These are the areas where our team can perform controlled demolition to help with the drying process and protect other materials nearby.

  • Electrical Shock Hazards 

When standing water reaches outlets near the floor of your home, or electrically charged equipment still powered on, it can cause the pooling water in the area to become electrified. Unless you can be confident that no hazard exists, such as the power getting severed to the structure, do not enter standing water.

  • Contamination Concerns 

Natural flooding presents a real risk of contamination to materials, contents, and occupants. We have disinfection products and cleaning practices that remove these bacterial threats from structural framework remaining installed before full-scale build back begins.

We understand the urgency that you feel when your home gets flooded, but keeping yourself and your family safe should be your priority. Our SERVPRO of West Riverside City team is standing by whenever you need us to help.

Be Prepared for a Commercial Loss in Your Riverside Workplace

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

If you have water or fire damage in your property right now, call us at 951-351-8033 RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait to mitigate - the longer damage sits unattended, the more likely it will develop secondary damage.

If you or someone you know works in a large commercial building, you may benefit from preparing a workplace emergency preparedness kit! SERVPRO of West Riverside City is passionate about preparedness, and as we operate out of a large commercial space, we know how beneficial a kit could be in the event of an emergency.

As you’re building a kit, whether it’s generally applicable and stored in a shared office space, or specific to you and kept at your desk - it’s important to choose the right storage material and to keep your kit updated. Using airtight, water-proof bags and containers to store a kit could keep your supplies in working condition. Additionally, consider transportable containers, such as a backpack.

Whether general or specific, consider the following items to include in your kit:

  • A large flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Surgical masks or dust masks.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Prepackaged foods. Emergency survival food ration bars are ideal for storage and consumption.
  • Mylar emergency blankets.
  • Bottled water - plan for one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for both drinking and sanitation.
  • An emergency whistle attached to a lanyard.
  • Maps of your local area.
  • Duct tape.
  • Work gloves.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Hand sanitizer and moist towelettes.
  • Plastic garbage bags.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers.
  • Contact lens solution.
  • Matches.
  • It’s important to pack supplies for three to seven days. If your commercial workplace ever experiences a large loss, or a disaster, while you are at work, know that making a kit like this could help keep you and your coworkers safe. 

    If your property experiences a Large Loss in the future, you can always count on SERVPRO of West Riverside City to assist in restoring your property. We roll in after disaster ready to dry, clean, and restore – but there is always a few things that need to be handled before we can start our work. This would include emergency response from your utility companies or plumber, or even emergency services from the Fire Department.

    Being time sensitive after a Large Loss is crucial. Even if we can’t start restoration work immediately, make sure to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Doing this will ensure that our project manager is able to communicate with you throughout the process of the emergency response, and is prepared to respond to your property for mitigation and restoration as soon as we are able. Don’t wait to call – if you know your property needs mitigation or restoration work.

    Safety comes first, but when it’s time to restore - call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at 951-351-8033.

    National Senior Citizen Day August 21st!

    8/18/2020 (Permalink)

    a woman and her daughter at her elderly neighbors front door talking, smiling. Spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know they are appreciated and loved.

    On August 21st, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation.

    The day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives. 

    One way to show we care about our seniors is to ensure they are prepared for an emergency resulting from a storm or natural disaster.  Here are 3 ways READY.GOV recommends for our seniors:

    1. Get a kit. 

    The first step is to consider how an emergency might affect their individual needs.   A plan to make it on their own, for at least three days. It’s possible that they will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It is crucial that they and their family think about what kinds of resources they use on a daily basis and what they might do if those resources are limited or not available.

    Basic Supplies: Think first about the basics for survival – food, water, clean air and any life sustaining items they require. Consider two kits. In one kit put everything they will need to stay where t hey are and make it on their own for a period of time. The other kit should be a lightweight, smaller version they can take with them if they have to leave their home.

    Recommended basic emergency supplies include: 

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation 
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener if kit contains canned food 
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both 
    • Flashlight and extra batteries w First aid kit 
    • Whistle to signal for help 
    • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation 
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 
    • Local maps 
    • Pet food, extra water and supplies for your pet or service animal
    • Make a Plan for What they Will Do in an Emergency

    For every aspect of their daily routine, plan an alternative procedure. Make a plan and write it down. Keep a copy of their plan in their emergency supply kits and a list of important information and contacts in their wallet. Share their plan with family, friends, care providers and others in their personal support network.

    • Create a Personal Support Network
    • Develop a Family Communications Plan
    • Deciding to Stay or Go
    • Consider Your Pets
    • Staying Put
    • Evacuation
    • Fire Safety
    • Contact Your Local Emergency Information Management Office
    • Be Informed Some of the Things They Can Do

    To prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan are the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect their region. For more information about specific types of emergencies, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. Be prepared to adapt this information to their personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, they can be ready for the unexpected. Prepare For Emergencies Now. Information For Older Americans. www.ready.gov

    Their wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience offer so much. They deserve the respect and dignity their achievements earn them. Supporting our senior citizen to live their lives to the fullest and as independently as possible. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SeniorCitizensDay

    • Spend time with the senior citizens you know.  Let them know they are appreciated and loved.  
    • Volunteer at a retirement home. Share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today. 
    • If you are a senior citizen, check for special discounts and promotions that may be offered at stores and restaurants in your area.

     #SeniorCitizensDay

    Part II-National Non Profit Day August 17th: Project Boon

    8/17/2020 (Permalink)

    colorful display of circles against white background. In each circle, lists a service ad the number of items provided. Project Boon operates events that bring together those in need, those willing to help, and the resources that make a difference.

    Project Boon amplifies the power of community through events that bring together committed individuals, organizations, and the underserved.

    Their name, boon, means the general good created by meaningful, accessible action. It comes out of a simple idea: that we’re all connected, and we all have the ability to help one another.

    About Project Boon

    Project Boon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. As found on their website, They act as the organizing force behind a host of events every year, and while assisting the underserved is one of their primary achievements, they are also proud to:

    • Show people the power they have to change the lives of others and how to use this knowledge.
    • Offer a meaningful experience to the beneficiaries, participants, donors, and sponsors of events and create a lasting sense of community following these events.
    • Engage professionals, executives, and companies, demonstrating the human impact of their business contributions.

    Why Project Boon?

    Project Boon operates events that bring together those in need, those willing to help, and the resources that make a difference.

    When we were children, the neighborhood pulled together when a family down the street faced tough times. Our community made an immediate impact, and we knew the human connection.

    Now, our mission is to help people connect with and rediscover the community to which we all belong—next door or a world away—by supporting our neighbors in need.

    Board Member Matt Frechette

    I  wanted to highlight Matt Frechette who is one of the board members of Project Boon.  He is one of the many members who help support and run the initiative of Project Boon.  Matthew Frechette is the Executive Vice President & co-founder of MyTPG and the founder of Be Intentional Inc. He loves to help protect and grow small businesses and individuals who want to live a life of abundance. He does this by having fun, making a difference, and being intentional. He helps protect businesses from the state, the IRS, and themselves and helps promote individuals. Matthew believes culture is very important in the workplace, community, and home. He has supported multiple charities and been a part of many charity boards. He sees Project Boon as an organization of leaders intentionally having fun and making a difference.

    Back Pack Event & Grocery Distribution

    Project Boon recently hosted a Back Pack Event and Grocery Distribution in July. 

    They teamed up with The Hitch Burger Grill, Hillside Community Church, Firm Media, and OmniTrans to host a drive-thru back-to-school backpack event and grocery distribution for underserved families in Rancho Cucamonga and the surrounding areas. The event was held at The Hitch Burger Grill, in Rancho Cucamonga on July 26. Each family had the opportunity to receive fresh groceries, and school children were provided with backpacks filled with school supplies.

    The event was on a first-come, first-serve, and they asked that attendees not line up early. Each family could receive one bag of groceries, and each child was given one filled backpack, with a maximum of two per car.

    Project Boon received support for the effort by accepting donations of school supplies that could be dropped off at specific locations.  Some of the items donated included:

    • Backpacks for young boys and girls and older teens
    • Pencils, pens, markers
    • Pencil boxes
    • Paper & notebooks
    • Rulers
    • Glue
    • Binders & folders

    One Business, Propel Chiropractic was able to contribute 90 filled backpacks to families in need! 

    Project Boon was able to accomplish this successful event with the  help of many supporters. Because of the generosity of the community, they distributed backpacks to 600+ students and provided groceries to 300+ families. Cars lined up for miles, and they were able to serve everyone who joined. Check out their social media post within Facebook

    please visit the Project Boon website at www.projectboon.org for more information on how to donate or get involved in future events. 

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City encourages all  to look to support a non-profit organization.  We highlighted two with Clear the Shelters and Project Boon, but there are many nonprofit organizations.  Through nonprofits, awareness, research, and aid reach the people who need it most. Nonprofits also produce tremendous benefits to their surrounding communities and the broader world. Take some time to learn more about nonprofits. Understanding that the funding for these organizations often satisfies more than the mission statement will help us see the benefits of supporting nonprofit organizations.

    Top 5 things Riverside Residents Need to Have on Hand to Prepare for a Storm

    8/13/2020 (Permalink)

    Living in Riverside we get the occasional storm that will knock out power for a period of time, especially during high winds.

    These 5 thing will come in handy in a time of a storm that cause power loss.

    • Canned goods and a manual can opener

    Now everyone knows in a natural disaster that canned fruits, vegetables and even things like canned beans are a great food supply. They will last a long time and offer you the nutrients you need. 

    However, opening a can without a can opener can be difficult and sometimes not possible. Make sure to add a can opener to your set so in a time of disaster you have access to canned goods. 

    Here are some additional items to have :

    • Crackers
    • Trail mix and other nuts (for those without allergies)
    • Protein/Breakfast Bars
    • Canned tuna, salmon, etc.
    • Canned Soup
    • Dried Fruit
    • Ensure/ Non-refrigerated individual cartons of organic milk
    • Batteries (big and small)

    One of the most important things you’re going to need in the event of a storm is power and if you don’t have a generator, you’re going to be relying on batteries to get you through the day.

    Not only are they going to be powering the flashlights you’re using to see at night, but they’re going to be powering other things as well that you’ll have to remember. For example, don’t forget to stock up on your hearing aid batteries if that’s one of the things you use. 

    • Water

    The most important thing, and everybody pretty much knows this, is you want to have drinking water on hand but what everybody doesn’t really know is how much do you need?

    The American Red Cross recommends that you have one gallon, per person, per day in the event of a natural disaster. So that means a family of four, over five days is going to need 20 gallons of water.

    Your water could be out longer than 3 days, or fresh water could become You can also buy water purification tablets or a filtering system at a camping store or online.

    • Cash is King

     When the power is out, credit cards and ATMs are a no-go so cash is a must have. Always keep a handy amount ready to go in case the storm fallout lasts longer than you anticipated and you need to get more supplies or fill up your gas tank.

    If your home or business ends up sustaining damage from inclement weather, call SERVPRO of West Riverside City as soon as possible - we can help you get your property restored to preloss condition. Don’t wait to mitigate - call us as soon as you see storm damage on your property: 951-351-8033.