Recent Storm Damage Posts

Is Houston A Flood Zone?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Houston A Flood Zone? This picture shows how deep floodwaters got along the Sam Houston Tollway. No wonder people were able to drive boats through the tollbooths!

After Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people were sent into a financial panic. Most people did not have flood insurance because their house was not located in what is considered a flood zone. Thanks to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, many of these families were able to begin the recovery process. But what now? What does this once every hundred years storm mean for your insurance? You will be surprised. 

New Flood Zones

Did the Harvey floodwaters cause over $5,000 in damage to your home? If they did, congratulations, you are now in what is considered to be a flood zone. Even if you have never flooded before this one event was all the insurance companies needed to raise their rates for flood insurance in your area. While it is possible and likely Houston will never experience another Harvey, we can not predict how the rivers and flood zones will change. Hence, causing the caution for all the rise in insurance.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

There is no easy answer to that question. If you are in a flood zone, many communities will require you to have it. Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, we say "You can never have too much insurance. Better safe than sorry." Our recommendation is if you are along the coast or in a flood zone including those formulated after Harvey, purchase flood insurance. If you are outside of a flood zone speak with your agent to calculate the risk and consider putting together an emergency storm fund. If you do deny to purchase flood insurance your agent will need to receive it in writing. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Either way, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will be ready to take care of you when the next storm hits; And if you do have insurance we are on their vendor list. All you have to do is request us and we will come to take care of you. Experienced a catastrophic weather event? Call us at 281-412-6211.

Pretend a Storm is Coming Now

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pretend a Storm is Coming Now Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

Don’t wait until you hear a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm of the century is coming. There are plenty of storm preparation checklists and common-sense advice out there for storm preparation. Take care of the things you can now, so you don’t have to be scrambling at the last minute.

Here are some things you can check for:

  • Make sure you have plenty of food and water supply
  • Candles and batteries if the power goes out.
  • A communication device in case there is an emergency
  • A way to stay informed on changing weather conditions, for example, a tv, radio, or cell phone
  • Boards to cover windows from any strong wind or debris

Know that SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is here 24-hours a day to serve you at 281-412-6211.

Facts About Hurricane Harvey

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facts About Hurricane Harvey Facts and information

Hurricane Harvey

Category 4

August 17- September 2, 2017

  • 82 confirmed deaths
  • Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US since Wilma (2005)
  • Was the first Category 4 Hurricane in Texas since Carla (1961)
  • Over 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 738,000 people registered with FEMA
  • More than $378 million dollars have been paid out
  • The Hurricane caused $125 billion in damage
  • The first point of landfall was August 25 in south-central Texas
  • Only 20% of homes hit had flood insurance, leaving the other 80% left without coverage
  • Some areas were recorded getting up to 51 inches of rain
  • The highest wind speed recorded was 134 mph
  • Texans Football Player J.J Watt raised a staggering $37 million in relief funds for Harvey

Facts and information credited to:

Amadeo, Kimberly. “Hurricane Harvey Shows How Climate Change Can Impact the Economy.” The Balancewww.thebalance.com/hurricane-harvey-facts-damage-costs-4150087.

“Hurricane Harvey Aftermath.” Www.cnn.comwww.cnn.com/specials/us/hurricane-harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey: Facts, FAQs, and How to Help.” World Vision, 11 Dec. 2017, www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/hurricane-harvey-facts

Hurricane Preparedness

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness Are you ready?

Hurricane Season starts June 1st, get prepared now!

Living in or near a coastal county, you’re most likely already accustomed to stalking the weather channel during Hurricane Season. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the less frustration you’ll have in the event a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast. And, you will thank yourself later, I promise.

Follow these 4 Steps for successful Hurricane Preparedness.

  • Start putting together a disaster supply kit now. Getting a jump on this will help prevent a last-minute run to the store only to find empty shelves, and you can save yourself from incurring the expense all at once. Get a medium-sized plastic, sealable container to keep everything dry and together. Include a flashlight (or few), extra batteries, cash, first aid supplies, water, portable chargers (fully charged), an extra pair of contacts (if needed) and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. 
  • Create an evacuation plan. In the event your area is ordered to evacuate, having a plan in place will save you a lot of stress. Know the local hurricane route(s) and have a plan for where to stay. Make sure your plan includes supplies you may need while you’re traveling. Traffic on hurricane evacuation routes can seriously delay normal travel times, so be sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks for the kiddos and pets. Also, consider packing a small “entertainment box” in advance for each child, stuffed with their favorite (quiet) activities. Including something new, such as a travel game or new movie can help curb boredom. You’ll want to keep them as entertained as possible. You might also want to throw a roll or two of toilet paper in your disaster supply kit (trust me on this one). An extra gas can (full, of course) won’t hurt either. 
  • Stock up on supplies. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you plan to weather the storm in place, be sure you have adequate supplies. Make sure your portable generator is working, and you have plenty of gas on-hand. You may lose power and water for several days and you may not be able to leave due to flooding. Have a one-week supply of non-perishable food and water for each person. Don’t forget to get those prescriptions filled, also. If you have infants, stock up on diapers, wipes, and formula.
  • Prepare your home. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds. Secure loose rain gutters and clear them of debris. Also, bring in any outdoor furniture or toys that could get tossed around, damaging your, or even your neighbor’s, home. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings and use a cooler when possible to keep food cold during a power outage. Fill your bathtub(s) with water for use in flushing toilets, especially crucial for those who have septic systems when the power goes out.

If your home suffers storm damage during Hurricane Season, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to restore your property to pre-disaster condition. "Like it never even happened." Please call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 any time of the day or night for assistance.

Pretend a Storm is Coming Now

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pretend a Storm is Coming Now Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

Don’t wait until you hear a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm of the century is coming. There are plenty of storm preparation checklists and common-sense advice out there for storm preparation. Take care of the things you can now, so you don’t have to be scrambling at the last minute.

Here are some things you can check for:

  • Make sure you have plenty of food and water supply
  • Candles and batteries if the power goes out.
  • A communication device in case there is an emergency
  • A way to stay informed on changing weather conditions, for example, a tv, radio, or cell phone
  • Boards to cover windows from any strong wind or debris

Know that SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is here 24-hours a day to serve you at 281-412-6211.

Be Financially Prepared

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Financially Prepared How Do I Buy Flood Insurance?

Please make sure you have adequate insurance coverage, especially if you live in a storm-prone geographic area. You might also consider creating an emergency fund, which is always a good practice generally, but it’s especially important to have extra resources on hand in the event of a natural disaster. You never know when you will have to evacuate and travel and leave your home. 

Start making an emergency plan with your family, friends, and household by discussing the types of disasters that could strike and what to do at different times of the day. Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play. Keep your emergency plan as simple as possible and use places that are very familiar and hard to forget. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is here to help. Give us a call 281-412-6211.

Storm-Proof House Checklist

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm-Proof House Checklist Creating the right barrier can protect your home even in extreme situations like the one above. This personal dam could set you back $10,000!

So a Tropical Depression has made its way into the Gulf of Mexico. Chances are, you are not going to evacuate. Most Houstonians will choose to ride out a storm as long as it is classified below a Hurricane. Even then a category 1 Hurricane doesn't spark enough fear to cause mass evacuations. If you do plan on riding out the storm here is a checklist you should perform to protect your property before hunkering down.

Property Checklist

  • Visual Inspection of your roof. Make sure there are no holes and places where water will enter your home.
  • Nail sheets of plywood over every window to protect it from flying debris. 
  • Trim any loose branches nearby.
  • Bring any potted plants or loose objects inside lest they come flying through your window!
  • Call your insurance company to make sure you are covered in case you do suffer storm damage. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland recommends you do this before Hurricane seasons starts, as it usually takes a few months for your policy to go into effect.
  • Do a video walkthrough of your home. This has become more popular in recent years with the surge of technology and it is a fantastic way to keep a record of your personal contents for the insurance companies.
  • Lock down your Garage door. If your garage gives way your entire house instantly becomes at high risk for wind or water damage. 
  • Line all exterior doors to keep rising water from entering your home.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your home during a storm? Message us on Facebook!

Is Houston A Flood Zone?

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Houston A Flood Zone? This picture shows how deep floodwaters got along the Sam Houston Tollway. No wonder people were able to drive boats through the tollbooths!

After Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people were sent into a financial panic. Most people did not have flood insurance because their house was not located in what is considered a flood zone. Thanks to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, many of these families were able to begin the recovery process. But what now? What does this once every hundred years storm mean for your insurance? You will be surprised. 

New Flood Zones

Did the Harvey floodwaters cause over $5,000 in damage to your home? If they did, congratulations, you are now in what is considered to be a flood zone. Even if you have never flooded before this one event was all the insurance companies needed to raise their rates for flood insurance in your area. While it is possible and likely Houston will never experience another Harvey, we can not predict how the rivers and flood zones will change. Hence, causing the caution for all the rise in insurance.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

There is no easy answer to that question. If you are in a flood zone, many communities will require you to have it. Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, we say "You can never have too much insurance. Better safe than sorry." Our recommendation is if you are along the coast or in a flood zone including those formulated after Harvey, purchase flood insurance. If you are outside of a flood zone speak with your agent to calculate the risk and consider putting together an emergency storm fund. If you do deny to purchase flood insurance your agent will need to receive it in writing. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Either way, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will be ready to take care of you when the next storm hits; And if you do have insurance we are on their vendor list. All you have to do is request us and we will come to take care of you. Experienced a catastrophic weather event? Call us at 281-412-6211.

How To Survive A Flood

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Survive A Flood 30,000 were put into shelters after the Houston Flooding.

After the onset of Hurricane Harvey, many homes both in flood zones and out were trapped underneath the gulf waters. Those in Dickinson who believed to be safe soon found themselves in danger. So what should you do if you get put into that situation?

I Am Trapped By Water! What Now?

Don'ts:

  • Do Not Panic. This is the most common bit of advice. Keeping a cool head will allow you to develop the best plan of action.
  • Do Not try to drive through the water. Trust us on this one, even if you have a heavy duty truck it only takes two feet of water to wash it away.
  • Do Not call 911 if your life is NOT in immediate danger. But DO advise a family member of your current situation.

Do's:

  • Be prepared to get on the roof or up high. If there is no opening, make one. Only do this if the water is just beginning to come into your home.
  • Unplug all electronics and put them up high. If you end up having to swim through the water you will avoid a 'shocking' situation.
  • Move your furniture to someplace higher, if you can. If the water is only coming in a little put blocks underneath the feet of the furniture to give it a little lift.
  • Write all information you need to remember on your arm in case the power goes out or you lose the documents. Ex: Emergency numbers and Social Security (if you don't know it).
  • Be patient. The flood waters will go down, there is not much else you can do until it does.

To monitor the flood gauges near you, we recommend looking at this map

For advice on your chances of flooding, see here.

The Aftermath

Congratulations! You made it through the worst of the flooding and a catastrophic once-in-a-lifetime disaster. What comes next? Thankfully this part is easy. Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland. We have access to hundreds of storm teams and refined mitigation techniques to help return your home to normal. Not only are we certified to mitigate the water, unlike other mitigation teams (including other SERVPRO franchises) we can rebuild. You have been through enough, let us take care of you.

Suffered A Flood? Call Us at 281-412-6211.

Hurricane Harvey Final Facts

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Final Facts The 'Be Someone' graffiti is one of the most memorable landmarks of Houston. It sits above I-45 near downtown.

Hurricane Harvey

Category 4

August 17- September 2, 2017

  • 82 confirmed deaths
  • Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US since Wilma (2005)
  • Was the first Category 4 Hurricane in Texas since Carla (1961)
  • Over 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 738,000 people registered with FEMA
  • More than $378 million dollars have been paid out
  • The Hurricane caused $125 billion in damage
  • The first point of landfall was August 25 in south central Texas
  • Only 20% of homes hit had flood insurance, leaving the other 80% left without coverage
  • Some areas were recorded getting up to 51 inches of rain
  • The highest wind speed recorded was 134 mph
  • Texans Football Player J.J Watt raised a staggering $37 million in relief funds for Harvey

Facts and information credited to:

Amadeo, Kimberly. “Hurricane Harvey Shows How Climate Change Can Impact the Economy.” The Balance, www.thebalance.com/hurricane-harvey-facts-damage-costs-4150087.

“Hurricane Harvey Aftermath.” Www.cnn.com, www.cnn.com/specials/us/hurricane-harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey: Facts, FAQs, and How to Help.” World Vision, 11 Dec. 2017, www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/hurricane-harvey-facts

Remembering Harvey- 6 Month Anniversary

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remembering Harvey- 6 Month Anniversary Hurricane Harvey lasted two and a half weeks. That is 17 days!

It has been 6 months since peoples lives have changed forever. Their homes destroyed by flood damage with many not having the proper insurance to cover it all. In all that time Houston has shown its true strength as people have come together to help one another in their time of need. But the struggle is not over. To this day, repair and clean up efforts are still being done to restore Houston to the great city that it is.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has worked tirelessly to get Houston back on its feet and will continue to do so until we make Hurricane Harvey feel "Like it never even happened." If you still need help give us a call today at 281-412-6211. 

To keep up with the ongoing efforts to restore Houston see the below link.

https://houstonrecovers.org/numbers/ 

SERVPROS STORM Response

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPROS STORM Response This is a chart providing a quick look at the timeline of a STORM response

What Is STORM? 

A controlled response managed by one or more SERVPRO® Storm Sites which are operated by one of four Franchise owned teams.  These Storm Sites are committed to being in a constant state of readiness.  Always answering the call and mobilizing to service National Accounts clients’ customers.  Always willing to assist the Local Franchises in servicing spikes in volume for which they have difficulty getting to all customers in a timely fashion.

How Does It Affect You?

The Storm Response Program maximizes production volume as a result of weather and catastrophic events. Through the four Franchise owned Storm Teams the program is capable of scaling to manage catastrophic events from a local microburst that provides only a few opportunities serviced by regional Franchises, up to large hurricanes that provide thousands of opportunities and require hundreds of crews.

How Do We Do It?

  1. Promote and Plan
  2. Monitor the Potential Event
  3. Activate the Event
  4. Execute the Event
  5. Exit the Event
  6. Post Event

Time is Money

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland are ready to help. Give us a call (281)-412-6211. 

4 Steps For Successful Hurricane Preparedness

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Steps For Successful Hurricane Preparedness Satellite image of a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Season starts June 1st, get prepared now!

Living in or near a coastal county, you’re most likely already accustomed to stalking the weather channel during Hurricane Season. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the less frustration you’ll have in the event a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast. And, you will thank yourself later, I promise.

Follow these 4 Steps for successful Hurricane Preparedness.

  • Start putting together a disaster supply kit now. Getting a jump on this will help prevent a last-minute run to the store only to find empty shelves, and you can save yourself from incurring the expense all at once. Get a medium-sized plastic, sealable container to keep everything dry and together. Include a flashlight (or few), extra batteries, cash, first aid supplies, water, portable chargers (fully charged), extra pair of contacts (if needed) and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. 
  • Create an evacuation plan. In the event your area is ordered to evacuate, having a plan in place will save you a lot of stress. Know the local hurricane route(s) and have a plan for where to stay. Make sure your plan includes supplies you may need while you’re traveling. Traffic on hurricane evacuation routes can seriously delay normal travel times, so be sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks for the kiddos and pets. Also, consider packing a small “entertainment box” in advance for each child, stuffed with their favorite (quiet) activities. Including something new, such as a travel game or new movie can help curb boredom. You’ll want to keep them as entertained as possible. You might also want to throw a roll or two of toilet paper in your disaster supply kit (trust me on this one). An extra gas can (full, of course) won’t hurt either. 
  • Stock up on supplies. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you plan to weather the storm in place, be sure you have adequate supplies. Make sure your portable generator is working, and you have plenty of gas on-hand. You may lose power and water for several days and you may not be able to leave due to flooding. Have a one-week supply of non-perishable food and water for each person. Don’t forget to get those prescriptions filled, also. If you have infants, stock up on diapers, wipes and formula.
  • Prepare your home. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds. Secure loose rain gutters and clear them of debris. Also, bring in any outdoor furniture or toys that could get tossed around, damaging your, or even your neighbor’s, home. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings and use a cooler when possible to keep food cold during a power outage. Fill your bathtub(s) with water for use in flushing toilets, especially crucial for those who have septic systems when the power goes out.

If your home suffers storm damage during Hurricane Season, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to restore your property to pre-disaster condition. "Like it never even happened." Please call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or Missy at 281-520-1293 any time of the day or night for assistance.