Remember the PASSword!

Oct 7, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

Most people are familiar with the fire extinguisher, but some don’t have any idea how to use one.

You should always have a Class A fire extinguisher at home and at your place of work. Class A is used for the most common type of fires – wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, cardbo

And, knowing how to use one is very important, since accidents do happen.

Just remember the PASS word:

P: Pull the pin. This will break the seal so you may use the extinguisher.

A: Aim it at the base of the fire. If you aim at the flames, it will go right through the fire.

S: Squeeze the top handle or lever. This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent in the extinguisher.

S: Sweep from side to side. Start from a safe distance away from the fire, then move forward, and continue to spray until the fire is completely out.

DKI Member Company Decorated for Industry Performance and Excellence

October 6, 2014 – First Priority DKI Proud Recipient of Coveted CCC “Golden Hammer” Award

DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that First Priority DKI, of South Elgin, IL was presented with a Golden Hammer Award at the 2014 Contractor Connection Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

Contractor Connection is the largest, fully independent network of managed restoration and contractor repairs for insurance companies and consumers. The Contractor Connection network has the best construction, building repair, and remodeling contractors in the U.S. and Canada.

The Golden Hammer is presented to the contractors ranking in the top 100 of more than 4,000 contractors in the U.S. and Canada.  This special recognition is awarded based on strict performance criteria and overall quality of service and professionalism.

Rob Bradley, Construction Estimator for First Priority DKI said, “It was a total team effort.  All of us at First Priority DKI share in the recognition of this award.”

We at First Priority graciously acknowledge this as a team effort; but undeniably, this award could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of Construction Estimator, Rob Bradley, who oversees our CCC program.


About First Priority DKI
First Priority DKI is located in South Elgin, IL and has been providing full-service restoration to the greater Chicagoland area since 1981.  We are customer focused, providing quality without question and strive to maintain a company culture and standard for exceeding expectations. For more information about First Priority DKI, visitwww.firstprioritydrs.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 our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

Stop, Drop And Roll…What Else is There to Know?

Oct 1, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

In the case of a fire at work, be aware of your surroundings. Ensure you know the location of each of the following fire alarms:

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Designate a group of safety wardens and hold routine fire drills. This number will vary due to office and building size. If you’re a small company, one to two safety wardens is sufficient, but you may need one to two per department for larger offices. Each employee should know the office’s evacuation plan, as well as be aware of alternative exit routes.

DKI CIO of IT Patrick Phillips Speaks About Why We Underutilize Human Potential

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(ELK GROVE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2014) – Patrick Phillips, CIO of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration organization, spoke today at the Northeast Lean Institute in Springfield Mass. about the greatest waste of corporations – underutilizing people’s talents, skills and knowledge.

Phillips stressed the importance of applying LEAN (Lead, Enable and Nurture) principles within an organization to drive creativity, innovation and reduce the effect on a business’ economical costs.

He argued, “Turf wars, politics, red tape, budget nepotism, envy, ego, greed, cronyism, short-term thinking, and rapid changes [in strategic direction for no apparent reason] must be removed from the culture and replaced with the fuel, the tools, the resources, and the attitudes that drive the innovative process.”

With 16 years experience in LEAN principle research, Phillips has built a framework of how these principles can enable IT to stay relevant throughout the continued evolution of cultures of innovation.

He presented this structure at the conference and delved into how organizations can create a growing awareness around knowledge management through mutual respect by representing a purpose, process and people.

Phillips reasoned that “With a LEAN perspective in mind of purpose, process and people, what remains is to put them together in a creative combination.”


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, including: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction, 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 our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

DKI Ranks #2 on Qualified Remodeler Magazine Top 500 List

September 23, 2014 – (Elk Grove Village, Ill., Sept. 23, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that it claimed the #2 ranking on Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 List for 2014, in addition to being ranked #1 in the state of Illinois.

Founded by Qualified Remodeler Magazine more than 30 years ago, the Top 500 List has become a tradition in the remodeling industry.  The list is a comprehensive look at the largest and most accomplished remodeling firms throughout the nation.

“DKI prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and building long-lasting relationships with our customers,” stated Dan Cassara, President & CEO of DKI.  “We’re extremely pleased DKI has once again, ranked highly on the Top 500 and continues to exemplify outstanding service and continued growth in the restoration industry.”

With this year being the 37th year that Qualified Remodeler Magazine compiled the Top 500 ranking, it is currently the longest established recognition program in the remodeling industry.


About DKI

Headquartered in Chicago, DKI is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI has been providing full-service restoration to customers since 1974 and has returned damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers across the U.S. and Canada.  With over 400 service locations and over $1B in system-wide revenue, DKI is committed to providing services such as disaster response planning, emergency response services, and much more.  DKI is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Mary Smith at (630) 350-3000.

Be Prepared…When Disaster Strikes

Sept 18, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

In observance of National Preparedness Month, here are a few tips to prepare your place of business for an emergency disaster.

Emergencies can strike at any time, and can range from fires and floods to tornadoes and earthquakes. It’s important to be prepared – know your region and have a plan.

Be Informed

  • Where do you live?
  • What kind of natural disasters have occurred in the past?
  • How did these events affect your location?

Make a Plan

  • Know your evacuation routes throughout your building.
  • Hold drills pertaining to natural occurrences (fires, earthquakes, etc.)
  • Train your employees to know which roles each person has in the event of an emergency.

Create a Kit

  • Try to assemble in advance. Some significant services might not be available for some time after an emergency. Obtain items to help you survive during these outages.
  • Some necessary safety equipment to include in your kit:
    • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    • First Aid kit
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Food and Water Supply
    • Flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
    • Dust Masks
    • Emergency Contact Information

Visit www.Fema.gov and www.DHS.gov for more information on emergency preparedness.

Bay Area DKI Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with October Donation Campaign

October 7, 2014 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that one of its member companies, Bay Area DKI, of Tampa and Jacksonville, FL, is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a donation campaign.

To honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bay Area DKI is holding a charity campaign for the entire month of October.  For every property owner that brings Bay Area DKI on board for property restoration repairs during October, Bay Area DKI will donate $25 directly to Moffitt Cancer Center to help support their efforts in breast cancer research.

 “We are extremely proud to participate in this awareness campaign by donating to a local institute that is making a global impact in the fight against cancer” said Mark Spicola, president of Bay Area DKI.

Located in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control.  Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999.  For more information, visit MOFFITT.org and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


About Bay Area DKI 
Bay Area DKI is a full service damage restoration company providing Tampa Bay area with quality restoration services for over 28 years.  The Bay Area DKI team is specialized in restoring and rebuilding properties that have been affected by water damage, fire and smoke damage, wind, mold or sinkholes.  As a full service, licensed General Contractor our highly trained professionals can repair property damage of all kinds, from cleanup to reconstruction.  For more information visit www.bayareadki.com or contact Kara Benson at (813) 835-1445. 

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 our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

Personal Evaluation…Would You Hire You?

Sept. 24, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

How you dress in the workplace might affect your clients and others within the company. People tend to form judgments of another person based on first impressions – usually one’s physical appearance.

Here are some tips to help you “dress for success:”

  • Size Matters:
    • Tailor your suits.
    • Avoid clothing too baggy or too tight.
  • Less is Best:
    • Simple jewelry
    • Basic clothing designs/colors
    • No logos/insignias
  • Clean is Keen:
    • Don’t be that
    • Maintain proper hygiene.
    • Clean your clothes.
  • Bye Bye Shaggy:
    • Shave regularly.
    • Schedule haircuts every four to five weeks.
    • Wear deodorant.
    • Apply colognes and perfumes conservatively.
    • Clip and clean fingernails.

Skyline DKI Ranked #265 in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 for 2014

August 20, 2014 – (Blue Island, IL, August 19, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Skyline DKI. Blue Island, IL, was ranked in Qualified Remodelermagazine’s Top 500 Remodelers List for 2014.

Skyline DKI was ranked #265 in the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers List which ranks the Top 500 contracting firms out of 50,000 companies invited to apply. This has raised Skyline DKI 123 spots from their 388 rating in 2013.

Founded by Qualified Remodeler, the Top 500 has become a tradition in the remodeling industry. The list is a comprehensive look at the largest and most accomplished remodeling firms throughout the nation. These results are verified through third-party analysis as well as the Qualified Remodeler editorial staff.

“Skyline DKI has established itself as a leader in restoration and reconstruction services throughout the Greater Chicago area and Illinois. I am very pleased that they are being recognized for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Dan Cassara, DKI president and CEO.


 

About Skyline DKI

Skyline DKI is one of the most trusted names in disaster restoration services in the Greater Chicago area. We provide property restoration services to commercial and residential clients, and our many services include fire damage recovery, water damage repair, storm damage repairs, environmental remediation (including mold removal), contents restoration, and reconstruction. For more information, visit www.skylinedki.com.

About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI franchise 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 our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.

Skyline DKI Aides in Detroit Flood Efforts

August 19, 2014 – (Blue Island, IL, August 19, 2014) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Skyline DKI of Blue Island, IL, mobilized to aide in Detroit flood efforts last week.

Last week the Detroit, Michigan area was impacted by a series of storms that lead to significant flooding and water damage.  Skyline DKI’s quick mobilization and expertise, in water removal and drying, was welcomed after the torrential rain of nearly 5 inches of rain in a short period last Monday afternoon and evening.

In an effort to help with water mitigation, roof tarp and temporary repair services, Skyline DKI sent out three crews to help with the overflow of local restoration companies.  Their team effort helped extend the efforts of the local Michigan restorations and come to the aide of homeowners and businesses that much sooner.skylinedetroit1

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About Skyline DKI

Skyline DKI is one of the most trusted names in disaster restoration services in the Greater Chicago area. We provide property restoration services to commercial and residential clients, and our many services include fire damage recovery, water damage repair, storm damage repairs, environmental remediation (including mold removal), contents restoration, and reconstruction. For more information, visit www.skylinedki.com.

About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI franchise 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 our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Jessica Nielsen at (630) 350-3000.