There is no predicting when or where a disaster may strike, leaving property destruction and damage in its wake. But National Preparedness Month, sponsored each year in September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focuses the nation’s attention on the steps home and business owners can and should take to be ready to respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.
“SERVPRO® professionals know a lot about disaster cleanup,” Executive Vice President of Servpro Industries, Inc. Rick Isaacson, said in a press release. “And one of the most important things we know is that it’s better to take steps to prevent or minimize damage from an unexpected weather event or other disaster than it is to try to clean up after it. That’s why we emphasize the importance of readiness to our clients through SERVPRO’s ‘Emergency READY Program.’ Being ‘READY’ can make the difference between moving back into your home or losing it – or staying in business or closing the doors forever.”
As a National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program and the originator of SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program, SERVPRO® is uniquely positioned to offer Hendricks County-area home and business owners’ guidance on a robust, two-step approach to disaster planning and recovery, encompassing both readiness and recovery planning, according to Isaacson.
Step one includes readiness planning. Knowledge is power, and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program is designed to help home and business owners assess their level of preparedness for weather-related or other emergencies in advance. This free, web-based program, available at readyrating.org, walks responsible parties at businesses, organizations and schools through a 123-point self-assessment of their establishment’s level of preparedness for weather-related or other emergencies, and then offers tips and best practices to help improve their readiness.
The second step is recovery planning. Through SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program, local schools, businesses and other establishments can arrange for their local SERVPRO® disaster recovery professional to establish an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about the business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by ensuring there is an immediate plan of action already in place for the facility. If disaster strikes and damages the business, the ERP can save the property owner both time and money during the recovery period.
Smartphone app and web versions of the Emergency READY Program are also available.
For more information about the app, visit www.servpro.com/ready. For more information on the Red Cross Ready Rating program, visit http://readyrating.org/.
Cindy Hiland of SERVPRO of Hendricks County may be reached at 838-0100 or email@example.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses.