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Making Sure Your Business Is Ready for Any Potential Disaster Situations | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
There are a multitude of things that must be taken care of when running a business, but one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.
While having a plan in place cannot stop all disasters, it can still give your business a leg up on the safety side and at least make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.Making a Plan
Have you taken the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!
There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:
- Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
- Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
- Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
- Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure
It doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or one stemming from nature, if there is no emergency plan for your business, things could get even more stressful quickly.
You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.Where to Start
When beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, you’ll first want to evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—and those that are a longshot but could still happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.
There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
You should also conduct a business impact analysis (BIA) to help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.
Once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.
Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is Faster to Your Business Disaster
Are you a business owner in this beautiful Alamo City? Have you recently experienced a water or fire damage? At SERVPRO of Alamo Heights, we understand the complexities of working work commercial clients and are here to help. We have crews available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year to respond faster to any size business disaster. We can help with a one room pipe leak all the way to a fully involved overhead sprinkler loss that has covered your entire building. We have the experience and IICRC training to navigate the proverbial waters or fires for you. Let our team of mitigation experts help you to make it "Like it never even happened." As a preventative measure, we are happy to come to your business to complete an Emergency Readiness Plan. So whether you have experienced a loss or want to plan for what could happen, call us at (210) 822-2063.
Creating a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes can make Mother Nature quite a force to be reckoned with. The best way to cope with these natural disasters is to be prepared for any or all of these worst-case scenarios.
Preparation for those disaster situations must involve creating a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog will be used to suggest considerations that need to be made when designing that plan.<4fe5339a5896596b64ea4ad8ef91f92b>What to Consider
In planning for a natural disaster and creating your disaster plan, you will need to consider many aspects that pertain to your business. Everything from employees to material assets must be taken into consideration.
Some of the things you need to include in your considerations should be:
- Ways to protect your employees
- Ways to secure your assets
- Getting your business back up and running again
Many checklists have been developed by informative sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan and also areas where there may be weaknesses in your disaster plan.<4fe5339a5896596b64ea4ad8ef91f92b>Employee Safety
If disaster were to strike without warning, that very disaster plan could be the difference between life and death. Hence it is important to have a plan in place that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors to follow.
Ensure that evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly marked and visible, identify an area that will serve as a shelter, consider the installation of emergency lighting and have designated staff “safety wardens” who are properly trained and will be ready and able to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.
A basement or storm cellar is the ideal location for a shelter space in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind circumstances. However, if there is no basement space available, designate a small interior room on the lowest level of the building, such as a closet or interior hallway, as a shelter space.<4fe5339a5896596b64ea4ad8ef91f92b>How to Protect Your Assets
Even if your business is located in a brick and mortar location, there will still be choices you need to make about protecting the inside assets. There may be thousands of dollars of equipment and merchandise at risk when a natural disaster strikes.
Having a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items and, if possible, photographs of your assets prior to a disaster is useful if insurance claims have to be made. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps, such as cloud storage options, to ensure that the backup system is working correctly and the storage system cannot be damaged.
Speak with a contractor to locate areas that could stand improvement with regard to structural integrity if you own your building. This contractor will be helpful in walking you through possible safety upgrades and give advice on any areas that may not withstand certain weather situation.<4fe5339a5896596b64ea4ad8ef91f92b>Getting Back in Business
If a natural disaster does occur, it is quite possible that your business will have to be closed due to damage until that damage can be remedied. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits; therefore, it is wise to have a “disaster” fund set aside to cover additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.
Compile a list of contractors in advance who will be available for rebuilding or repairs and know which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.
With SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights to be there for you.
If A Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans.
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in preparedness discussion, training or class.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is here to help if disaster strikes.
National Preparedness Month 2018 Disasters Happen
As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.
This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together a s a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact your local SERVPRO of Alamo Heights to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.
Fast, Reliable Mold Remediation For Your San Antonio Restaurants
When mold damage threatens your restaurant, count on the SERVPRO team
San Antonio restaurants, bakeries, and other food preparation enterprises know inspections are regularly conducted to ensure public health and safety. Mold growth is one of the negative marks your business can receive, so you want to move on mold remediation before the inspector comes. Stick to creating your delicious savory and sweet treats and hire us to manage the mold.
Mold damage in your San Antonio bakery and restaurant not only violates health regulations but also repels your customers if they see or hear about it. In a perfect world, your business would never need to deal with mold growth, but the conditions supportive of mold spores germination are common in most food preparation areas. Mold prefers temperatures from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but some strains thrive at temperatures as low as 30 or high as 120 degrees. Water, even in the form of steam or high humidity fuels the growth of the fungi, and organic materials offer a food source. All commercial kitchens present this type of environment. We are familiar with the challenges of mold remediation in these circumstances.
Expect SERVPRO mold remediation technicians to assess both the current mold damage and the various sources of moisture observed. Unless your business addresses the moisture issues, mold can recur. In kitchens, one of the essentials is an adequate ventilation system, including exhaust fans that move the steam out of the area. Spills, neglected plumbing leaks, and condensation from coolers, freezers, and ice machines all contribute to the water mold spores seek to absorb.
SERVPRO technicians apply the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation using the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation when responding to your mold emergency. The restoration industry outlines the best practices in this standard and guide, and we as industry leaders follow the recommendations and steps.
We do our best to complete the mold remediation while allowing your business to operate. The SERVPRO team erects physical barriers to contain the moldy area, a zone outside of which your staff and customers remain during the process. Air quality cannot be compromised, so we frequently use negative air pressure machines to prevent the contaminated air from drifting into the rest of your business and that employ HEPA filters to catch airborne debris before venting to the outdoors.
Once contained, our technicians remove the mold, using wiping, scraping, and abrasive techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO clears the residues with HEPA filtered vacuums, and bag the debris for disposal according to local codes. EPA-registered antimicrobial formulations treat surfaces to inhibit future mold growth and damage.
Let SERVPRO of Alamo Heights partner with you when mold damage threatens your food service business. Call us for an evaluation of even a minor infestation at (210) 822-2063 -- the sooner, the better to retain your hard-earned reputation for unique and tasty delicacies.
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San Antonio's Trusted Cleaning Service, SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights has launched a full general cleaning division. With this added service we can service more commercial properties, such as restaurants, office spaces, etc. Our general cleaning service is deep clean of the entire property.
Here is a list of our total commercial cleaning and maintenance we offer:
- Carpet cleaning
- Upholstery cleaning
- Cleaning of Draperies
- Walls, Ceiling & Hard Surface Cleaning
- Janitorial services
- Vandalism cleaning
- Kitchen cleaning (degreasing)
Along with the general cleaning of commercial properties. We also offer our duct cleaning and HVAC cleaning for all commercial properties as well.
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SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights: 210-267-2159
Alamo Heights Commercial Damage Remediation
A water main break, a sprinkler malfunction, or a pipe burst can suddenly leave your business under water. An electrical fire can cause massive smoke & soot damage to your commercial property. These sudden emergencies require an expert to begin the remediation process. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has performed services on several commercial losses. We have the knowledge and experience to help get businesses back to business quickly. If you find yourself in this sudden predicament, look no further than you local San Antonio remediation experts, and call us at (210) 822-2063. We have the ability to take you through the process from initial dry-out, in the case of water, to rebuild. For further information visit our Commercial Services page to learn how we can be of help with your commercial needs.
San Antonio Commercial Damage Experts
Commercial Fire Damage in San Antonio
Commercial water, fire or bio-hazard damage presents a unique challenge to the remediation expert. Oftentimes commercial clients need to get their operation back into business as quickly as possible to avoid lost revenue. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has worked with many commercial operations to quickly remediate their damage in order to facilitate a seamless return to operations. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has also been asked to work with businesses to allow them to keep their doors open while we worked around their schedule to complete the remediation. Contacting SERVPRO of Alamo Heights at the first sign of damage is the key to getting your business back into business. Another service that we offer is an emergency ready plan, which allows you to have all of the important information ready at the touch of button if disaster occurs. For more information about this plan or to aid in your commercial remediation needs contact us at (210) 822-2063.
Keeping Your Home or Business Fresh!
What Is Duct Cleaning?
This process refers to the cleaning of various system components of your heating and cooling system. The components that should be regularly cleaned include grilles, supply and return air ducts, heat exchangers, coils, and unit housing.
When not cleaned, these components can become contaminated with dust, dirt, and pollen. In addition, moisture can even result in mold growth, which often has harmful health effects. A thorough cleaning, however, can prevent such contamination and keep your indoor air at a high quality.
How Can It Help Remove Foul Odors?
When the ducts are thoroughly cleaned with proper equipment, professionals can remove dander, mold, dust, and other contaminants in your air vents. These particles are generally the cause of foul odors. For example, mold often causes a musty smell, while pet fur and dander trapped in the ducts may cause other odors. To truly remove these smells, the process sanitizes and deodorizes all areas that are affected.
Be “Ready for whatever happens” WITH THE SERVPRO Emergency READY PROGRAM
National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers,
business, and family.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.
The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professional as your
disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.
Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.
Preparation is the key to making it through any
size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event
happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.
The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is
a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency
Commercial Response in San Antonio
We are always happy to be able to take care of our commercial clients on a moment's notice. Here are some recent words of praise from some commercial customers:
“The SERVPRO® team gave me my life back! From start to finish they handled my situation with kindness, care and outstanding professionalism.”
“I just wanted to drop you
a quick note to personally let
you know how pleased we were
for the extraordinary service we got from SERVPRO®! Much of our 60,000 sq. ft. building was flooded due to an activation of a sprinkler system. The SERVPRO® team was extremely responsive and professional in all respects. I personally witnessed their excellent leadership and communication skills, and my staff consistently praised their performance.”
If your commercial building experiences a loss, call us at (210) 822-2063.
Alamo Heights Commercial Restoration
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has the expertise and experience to help with your Alamo Heights commercial damages. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights has trained professionals to help with any fire, water, or mold damage remediation. From a small kitchen fire to a completely engulfed high rise building, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights can help you with your fire remediation needs. From a small pipe leak to a fully flooded 10,000 square foot office, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is here to perform the water mitigation. In addition to these emergency needs, we have the expertise to help with your microbial growth remediation. So, if you are looking for a local family owned San Antonio company then, SERVPRO of Alamo Heights is your remediation experts. We are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at (210) 822-2063.
Does Your Alamo Heights Office Have Odors Due to A Fire?
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights can help treat odors from a fire damage in San Antonio
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned & deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damange in your business can create unplease & potentially permanent problems. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues & deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents & may result in resurfacing odors.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out & remove the sources of the odor.
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Commercial Disaster Planning in Alamo Heights
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients & employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO of Alamo Heights Emergency READY Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects water and fire damage can have on your business.
When You Need To Get Back To Business Quickly
As a commercial property management professional, your clients and tenants rely on you for efficient day-to-day operations of their property. They also depend on you to protect it. SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professionals understand there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity.
Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables your local SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professional to help get your facility back into operation quickly.If you experience a water or fire damage at your managed property, call us immediately at (210) 822-2063. Day or night, we are here to help.
Alamo Heights You Can Trust SERVPRO of Alamo Heights!
We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore, the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year. That helps lower your insurance rates, too!
24-Hour Emergency Service
In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals
A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition whenever possible.
The SERVPRO of Alamo Heights Difference
With over 10,000 quality teammates nationwide, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you get your business back.
SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is an IICRC-approved school to help ensure our training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards.
SERVPRO® is a Franchise System with over 39 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration.
With 5,000,000 square feet of building space housing over 140,000 pieces of equipment, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the resources to help you!
With each saved home, with each reopened business and with each satisfied insurance client, SERVPRO’s track record of excellence continues to grow.
From the SERVPRO® National Call Center to our Large Loss and Storm Response Teams, SERVPRO’s corporate infrastructure provides the support to help put your property on the road to recovery.
Restoring Your Alamo Heights Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Alamo Heights commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Alamo Heights
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Alamo Heights Business
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Alamo Heights commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Services
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of Alamo Heights specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.