Providing Better Patient Care During Natural Disasters

Hospital room with four empty beds

When a flash flood or storm leaves local communities flooded, caring for patients can be very challenging, even for well-equipped hospitals. The number of people seeking shelter and medical attention can seem overwhelming at first, but there are several things physicians and other health professionals can do to cut down on the chaos. Here are just a few: Plan ahead.… Continue reading

Assessing Your Property for Storm Damage Restoration

Crowded city street with rain and lightning storm 2

Post-Storm Damage Assessment After a storm has rolled through the area, your priority is getting your home or business back to the way it was. Storm damage restoration begins with an assessment. First, no matter how small the storm is, take a look at the outside of your property and catalog the results. You want to be sure you know… Continue reading


First priority DKI truck at home completing repairs

May 4, 2018 – First Priority DKI, a member company of DKI Services, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, responded to a call yesterday for a 9,000-square-foot home in Barrington Hills that was damaged by a large fire. The fire, allegedly caused by lightning, broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. Luckily no one was injured, and with the… Continue reading

Flash Flood Season: What You Should Know

Benches and trees flooded

While flash floods can occur with little to no warning, they most commonly happen between spring and fall. However, depending on your geographic location, these times can vary. Here are some location-specific tidbits for homeowners to stay on top of natural disasters and potential flash flood threats. Coastal Areas Though they have a reputation for being hot and sunny, states… Continue reading


Level Creek Property Restoration logo

May 1, 2018 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Level Creek Property Restoration of Buford, GA has joined the DKI network. Through its DKI franchise membership, Level Creek can employ DKI’s 24-hour call center, claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its customers. The new member company also gains access to DKI’s… Continue reading

How to Spot Hazardous Trees on a Property

Tree damaged by lightning in a home's front yard

Leaning – Most trees will lean a little bit, but sometimes trees lean because of poor weight distribution or root damage. If your tree looks like it is leaning a little more than usual, check the base of the tree. If you see cracked or heaving soil on the opposite side of the lean or exposed roots around the bottom,… Continue reading

How to Tell if a Hospital has a Moisture Problem

Hospital hallway with a gurney and waiting benches

Standing Water – Standing water is a visible sign of a moisture problem. If you notice standing water in the building, it can be a sign of plumbing leaks. Make sure standing water is cleaned up within 48 hours to prevent extensive water damage. Mold – Another major red flag is the visible growth of mold. Mold thrives in damp… Continue reading


DKI Werner team picture

April 19, 2018 – Werner Restoration Services, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, proudly announced they were one of the five businesses chosen for the 2018 Quad Cities Better Business Bureau Torch Award. On April 26, the BBB will recognize Werner during a luncheon at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, IL. The Torch… Continue reading

6 Tornado Safety Tips

Tornado and lighting storm in an open field

Find a Safe Place – The first thing you need to do when you hear that tornado siren is get to a safe area. If you are in a mobile facility, go to a sturdy building or storm shelter nearby. If you cannot get to a building, do not attempt to drive away; find a ditch, get down in it… Continue reading

What to Do When a Basement Floods

Front yard of home flooded up to front door

Examine the Exterior – A flooded basement can be a sign of structural damage to the exterior of your property. Look for signs of deterioration. Do not enter your basement if the exterior appears structurally unsound, as it can be extremely dangerous. Turn off Utilities – Before entering your basement, turn off your electricity and gas. Water is a conductor,… Continue reading