3 Commonly Neglected Evacuation Preparedness Tactics

Between this incredibly active hurricane season and the wildfires scorching much of California, most of you should be prepared, if you weren’t already, for a natural disaster. No matter where you live, a natural disaster can strike at any time, leaving you and your family to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Here are some commonly neglected evacuation tactics that could help protect you and your family in an emergency.

1. Water

Water is sometimes taken for granted as an everlasting resource. However, in the event of a natural disaster you may not have access to a safe water supply. Wells and other water suppliers may become contaminated; grocery stores may be closed or sold out of bottled water. So, make sure to keep an emergency supply of water on hand. The Center for Disease Control recommends storing at least one gallon of water for each person per day for at least three days. If you can safely prepare more, do so. Keep the water in a dark, dry, cool place, above the ground in case of damage from flooding.

2. Gas

The quickest way to escape a natural disaster in your area is to relocate by vehicle. Don’t allow your vehicle to run out of gas, because in an emergency, fuel may not be available and you won’t have time to stop on your way out of town. Don’t allow your gas tank to fall below the quarter-mark. During an evacuation, you need to get out as fast as possible, so you’ll need enough gas to allow you to sit in heavy traffic and get you completely out of the affected area.

3. Pet Supplies

If you have pets, they are your family too and should be included in your preparation plan. While you prepare your emergency water and food supplies, make sure to include enough for your pet(s) as well. Include any medications they will need with those for your family. Also, make sure your pet’s collar and leash is readily available to grab as you head out. Ready.gov outlines some additional pet evacuation tips you can use to prepare your four-legged friends.

 

Air Quality Safety During a Wildfire

It’s National Fire Prevention Week October 8 through 14. Unfortunately, with the droughts, high heat, lower humidity, and heavy winds in parts of the country, wildfires are more prevalent this time of year. It’s important to be prepared.

Share the below safety information with all business or home owners.

Always pay attention to the news and warnings. Even if you are not within the area(s) that evacuations are ordered, you may still be at risk for smoke advisories. Smoke can travel miles away, especially in high wind conditions. Inhaling this smoke can cause sinus irritation, burning eyes and respiratory issues. It can be dangerous to one’s health, even if they do not have pre-existing conditions.

To avoid these health effects, check your Air Quality Index. If you are within an unhealthy level, you should remain indoors with all windows and doors closed shut and your HVAC unit turned on. That’s right, your HVAC unit is not just for comfort, but also for safety. Using your HVAC unit can help purify the air indoors, making it more breathable.

However, it will only keep the air safe if it has been properly maintained. Make sure to replace your air filter every one to six months. Air filters vary, so consult the recommendation for replacement when you purchase your specific air filter.

K-TECH HOLDS 18TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HOLIDAY FOOD BASKETS

forefoodgolf(Weston, Wis., Oct. 4, 2017) – K-tech Kleening, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced K-tech Charities, in conjunction with Chatterbox Charities, hosted their 18th annual Fairways Fore Food Golf Outing at Tribute Golf Course on September, 23 2017.

The Fairways Fore Food Golf Outing is K-tech’s main fundraising event to provide funding for holiday food baskets distributed to less fortunate families in the Wausau community and various food banks in Central Wisconsin.  Over 10 tons of food is distributed annually.

This year, around 90 golfers attended, raising nearly $22,000 through silent auctions, and putting and driving contests.

“It is great to see so many familiar faces and new people helping us raise money for the food baskets and local food pantry. We are definitely blessed to have this kind of support for a much needed fundraiser,” said K-tech President Craig Kersemeier.

Established in 2006, K-tech Charities of K-tech Kleening Systems has raised over $1,000,000 for financial aid and services, in addition to donating countless employee volunteer hours to local nonprofit organizations.


About K-tech Kleening

Headquartered in Weston, WI, K-tech has been serving Central and Northern Wisconsin customers since 1975. It still thrives today as a second generation family-owned business with superior commercial and residential cleaning and restoration solution services. Through its K-tech Charities division, conceptualized in 2006, K-tech prides itself in giving back to the community in which it serves. For more information about K-tech Kleening or Charities, visit its website at www.k-techkleening.com or like its K-tech Charities Facebook page.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Don’t Throw It Out! Property Restoration Might Be an Option

Guest Blog By: Preston Guyton of CRG Companies, Inc.

It is a homeowner’s worst nightmare to sustain damage to a home’s structure and its contents such that most things are lost. However, few homes are truly a complete loss of everything inside and out. Many homeowners struggle to part with cherished family items that they cannot replace. The truth is that they may not have to. Personal property restoration services can often give a second chance to certain materials that have been damaged by fire, water, smoke, or mold.

Document Items to Save

When major disaster strikes, homeowners realize that there are layers of complication involved with trying to clear out the mess, determine what is salvageable, and start to rebuild. After the fear starts to subside, confusion sets in. The best way that homeowners can help to speed the process of identifying which items they have lost and what they might be able to save is to complete a home inventory. Home inventories are ideal to be able to give to the insurance company while a claims adjuster is investigating the extent of the damage. Additionally, if your home has a warranty, check to see if any of your damaged items are covered (typically things like larger systems, appliances, and the roof). Making a note on the home inventory of items that cannot be replaced and should be saved if possible, as well as their general location in the home, prioritizes the possessions that are most important.

Protect From Additional Damage

A large number of homes that go through significant trauma may suffer a secondary wave of damage after the first one. For example, a home that encounters notable flooding may be at risk for developing mold in the weeks afterward. Homeowners should do what they can to preserve their belongings from additional wear, damage or theft. Obtain professional advice prior to moving particularly delicate items, as this may cause more problems.

Arrange for Prompt Care

Although possessions of all different kinds of materials have unique options for restoration, one factor is true: The sooner a homeowner has the item restored, the higher the likelihood of recovery. Some items cannot be preserved, depending on the materials they’re made of or the extent of damage, but it is better to invest the time in the beginning to see what is available. Professional restoration companies can minimize the spread of mold throughout a home after flood damage, clear a treasured item of soot residue, or restore a fire-damaged piece of furniture to its former glory. Starting the process early helps to ensure that it does not end up in a box at the back of the closet, but could possibly go back to its place of pride within the home.

With a better understanding of personal property restoration services and a plan to preserve the possessions they care about most, homeowners may feel more hope as they start to rebuild.

COUSINO RESTORATION HOSTS 7TH ANNUAL CHIC PALOOZA

chic 2 2017(PERRYSBURG, Ohio Sept. 25, 2017) – Cousino Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced the success of its seventh annual Chic Palooza on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at The Lodge at Strawberry Acres in Holland, OH.

This complimentary ladies night included speaker, cardiologist, Carolyn Gbur, music and dancing, shopping opportunities, wine tasting, a photo booth and a massage or manicure treatment. Cousino hosts the event each year as a way to show thanks to their female clients, and to introduce a new, local charity.

This year’s charity was Good Grief, a non-profit group of Northwest Ohio, which offers grief support to children, teens and young adults, ages 4 to 19 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. The organization holds support sessions, led by trained facilitators, to encourage its participants to express their feelings through music, play, art, journaling and more.

If you would like to learn more about Good Grief or how to get involved, visit www.goodgriefnwo.org.


About Cousino Restoration

With a full-service team of skilled craftsmen and technicians, Cousino Restoration is equipped to tackle any size reconstruction and/or remodeling project, whether residential, commercial or institutional. Cousino is proud to be able to be involved with projects from beginning to end. Cousino Restoration is a proud Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For information, please visit www.cousinorestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

DISASTER RESTORATION SERVICES RAISES $5,500 FOR THE CONNECTICUT FOOD BANK

DRS_Golf_Charity(MIDDLETOWN, Conn. Sept. 20, 2017) – Disaster Restoration Services (DRS), a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that they successfully raised $5,500 for the Connecticut Food Bank and Connecticut Burns Care Foundation through hosting their first annual charity golf tournament.

The 18-hole tournament was held on August 17, 2017 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middletown, Conn. Golfers competed in a scramble-format with prizes awarded for putting, longest drive, hole-in-one, and first and last places. All proceeds went to each charity.

The checks were presented at the Connecticut Food Bank on September 7, 2017. Tammy Strong, vice president of DRS, was joined by Mia Freedenfeld of the Food Bank and Kathleen Gerrity of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation to each receive $2,750 to help support their charity work.


About Disaster Restoration Services

Disaster Restoration Services (DRS) can take any disaster clean up from start to finish. DRS is available 24/7 and services all of Connecticut. DRS provides services for: Water Mitigation, Fire Damage Clean Up, Storm Damage Clean Up and Mold Remediation. Not only can DRS do the mitigation, but DRS can also handle the remodel. Doing Restoration Strong! For more information, visit www.drscleanup.com or www.facebook.com/drscleanupllc.

About the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

The mission of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation (CBCF) is to promote burn prevention and help burn survivors lead productive and successful lives through the Children’s Burn Camp. The CBCF operates the Children’s Burn Camp for children ages 8 through 18, to promote self-discovery, build self-esteem and help children achieve a successful future despite challenges caused by their burn injuries. For more information, visit www.ctburnsfoundation.org.

About the Connecticut Food Bank

Founded in 1982 in New Haven, the Connecticut Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America. It partners with food retailers, growers, donors and volunteers to source food and distribute it through a network of community-based programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters that serve adults and children, as well through its Mobile Pantry, GROW Truck and Kids’ BackPack programs. To learn more, visit www.ctfoodbank.org.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Shocking Statistics from Hurricane Harvey, and Why You Should Prepare!

DKI is busy monitoring the floods in Houston and its surrounding areas, and working with our clients to ensure their safety during this tragic event. We have support from our member companies from all over the country, on the ground, to assist those impacted!

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Harvey is one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history, with record-breaking rainfall. Here are some of its shocking statistics:

  • Up to 30% of Harris County, including Houston, is under water (NOLA)
  • Some areas received more rain in one hour than they typically receive during the entire month of August. (AccuWeather)
  • The Cedar Bayou recorded 51.88 inches of rain
  • A gauge at Clear Creek and one along Marys Creek reported rainfall totals of 49.4 inches and 49.2 inches, respectively

As a reminder, September is National Preparedness Month. While you should be prepared all year round, it’s surprising to learn that, although 8 out of 10 Americans feel unprepared for a catastrophic event, only 1 in 10 have taken the appropriate preparedness steps (recent data from the Red Cross)!

Please don’t allow a catastrophic natural disaster to sneak up on you! Prepare now!


If you or your clients have been impacted by the floods, please call our 24/7 emergency line for help right away: 866-277-2977!

DKI’S CREWS ARE READY TO ASSIST THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill. August 25, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is ready to assist those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey has strengthened into a category 3 hurricane, and is forecast to make landfall along the Texas coast Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Devastatingly severe rain and flooding, winds and storm surge are the major concerns along the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas.

With DKI’s national footprint and its resources, DKI has the capability to access affected areas and respond immediately to any size loss.

If you or someone you know is impacted, please call DKI’s 24-hour emergency line 866-277-2977.


About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Whether you’re suffering from extreme heat or dodging thunderstorms, it’s important to keep you and your employees safe! Since the weather can sometimes be unpredictable, be prepared for all conditions so you don’t have to think twice when working outdoors during severe weather.

First, and you’ve heard it before, but always do your research; identify potential weather disasters in your area. And, as you receive warnings for possible severe weather, continue to follow and listen to alerts from the officials so you are well prepared.

During a Thunderstorm

If you hear thunder, go inside! Lightning is a dangerous force that can severely injure those working outdoors. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 300 people are struck by lightning each year in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advises that nowhere outside is safe from lightning strikes.

If you have workers working outside, add the following thunderstorm safety guides to your training manual and emergency safety kit:

  • Prior to working outside, check the weather report. If a thunderstorm is approaching, do not start or continue a task that cannot be quickly stopped.
  • Include a list of nearby fully-enclosed buildings that your employees can remain in for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder. If a building is not available, they must seek out a hard-topped metal vehicle with rolled up windows that can be used as shelter until at least 30 minutes after the thunder stops. Do not shelter in sheds, tents, or other places that do not provide sufficient protection.
  • Identify how long it will take your workers to reach safety wherever they may be working, and indicate these times, so they are prepared ahead of time.
  • Include a list of projects and areas to avoid. Stay away from any place that may make you a tall object to target (open space, tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cranes, ladders, large equipment, rooftops, scaffolding), and anything that can conduct electricity (wiring, fencing, plumbing, any bodies of water).

During Extreme Heat

Workers who are exposed to hot and humid conditions outside are at risk of heat-related illness. Most common workers affected include those performing strenuous activity, wearing heavy or non-breathable clothing, those new to an outdoor job. Remind your employees to do the following if extreme heat is in your forecast.

  • Drink water throughout the day, and more than you normally would.
  • Avoid sugary beverages.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen regularly.
  • Schedule work for earlier or later in the day to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • If you don’t have a required uniform, wear a hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take frequent breaks in shady areas.
  • Know the signs of heat illness:
    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Slurred Speech
    • Irritability
    • Profuse sweating

During an Earthquake

Earthquakes can strike suddenly without warning, and all 50 states are at risk. It’s important to train your employees about safety during an earthquake – what they should do before, during, and after.

  • If you are outside, stay outside.
  • Avoid buildings, windows, utility wires, streetlights, fuel and gas lines; anything that can potentially collapse on you.
  • Once in the open, “stop, drop and hold on.” Get down low, and remain there until after the shaking stops. After the earthquake, look around and go to an open space away from damaged areas.
  • If you are driving, stop as quickly and safely as possible and stay in your vehicle. Avoid buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. Once the shaking stops, proceed cautiously and avoid damaged roads.

4 Foolproof Tips to Have a Fun and Safe Family Vacation

Summer is coming to an end, and school is about to start up again for your kids. This is usually the time you try to schedule in that last family summer vacation. As you start your planning though, consider these safety tips.

  1. Check the Weather

It’s important to always check the weather forecast before you book your trip. If you’re planning on lying on the beach all day, you may be sorry if a storm is headed in or you experience a rip tide warning during your stay. Also, check the weather reports again a week before and throughout the week you plan to leave, so you can pack appropriately. Weather can be inconsistent, and you want to ensure you and your family are fully prepared.

  1. Keep Your Home Safe

Have a trusted family member or neighbor occasionally check on your home while you are gone. They can pick up your mail and/or newspaper if you didn’t issue a mail stop, move your trash cans, water your plants, etc., just to show a little activity at your house. You don’t want to be a target for burglars. In addition, refrain from posting about your travels on social media. This can be done upon your return, and will avoid attempted break-ins while you are away.

  1. Travel Safely

Whether you are traveling by plane or car, make sure make sure everyone is properly buckled up, and keep kids occupied with books, toys or movies to avoid any distractions to the driver.

If you are driving to your destination, check that your vehicle has been properly maintained and is suitable for the road conditions during your trip.

  1. Plan for Emergencies

Emergencies happen, and everyone in your party should be prepared on how to handle one. Communicate your plan of action and keep an emergency kit on hand with supplies, first aid, important phone numbers and information.

Whether you plan to visit out-of-state relatives, or relax in a sunny beach location, following the above safety tips and communicating an emergency plan with your entire travel party, will help you have peace of mind and a fun and safe vacation.