Recent Commercial Posts

Protecting Your Business from Tornadoes

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado season is upon us once again. We often think about securing our homes but many business owners don't have a tornado plan for their business. SERVPRO cares about your home AND business. Here are some tips offered by the Environmental Protection Agency on how to back up your business on-site records.

Most businesses keep on-site records and files (both hardcopy and electronic) that are essential to normal operations. Some businesses also store raw materials and product inventory. The loss of essential records, files, and other materials during a disaster is commonplace and can not only add to your damage costs but also delay your return to normal operations. The longer your business is not operating, the more likely you are to lose customers permanently to your competitors. To reduce your vulnerability, determine which records, files, and materials are most important; consider their vulnerability to damage during different types of disasters (such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes) and take steps to protect them, including the following:

  • Raising computers above the flood level and moving them away from large windows
  • Moving heavy and fragile objects to low shelves Storing vital documents (plans, legal papers, etc.) in a secure off-site location
  • Regularly backing up vital electronic files (such as billing and payroll records and customer lists) and storing backup copies in a secure off-site location
  • Securing equipment that could move or fall during an earthquake
  • Prior to hurricanes, cover or protect vital documents and electrical equipment from potential wind driven rain, which may breech the building envelope through windows, doors, or roof systems.

BENEFITS OF UTILIZING THIS MITIGATION STRATEGY Helps to prevent the loss of essential business records and files, and protects raw materials and product inventory Helps a quick return to normal business operations Helps to prevent the loss of customers to competitors.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County is faster to any size disaster. You can reach our professionals at (731) 423-9944, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Important Tips to Protect our Business Records

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Here some more helpful tips on keeping your business secure ahead of a tornado. Keep these points in mind when protecting your business records and inventory:

  • Make sure you are aware of the details of your flood insurance and other hazard insurance policies, specifically which items and contents are covered and under what conditions. For example, if you have a home business, you may need two flood insurance policies, a home policy and a separate business policy, depending on the percentage of the total square footage of your house that is devoted to business use. Check with your insurance agent if you have questions about any of your policies.
  • When you identify equipment susceptible to damage, consider the location of the equipment. For example, equipment near a hot water tank or pipes could be damaged if the pipes burst during an earthquake, and equipment near large windows could be damaged during hurricanes.
  • Assign disaster mitigation duties to your employees. For example, some employees could be responsible for securing storage bins and others for backing up computer files and delivering copies to a secure location.
  • You may want to consider having other offices of your company or a contractor perform some administrative duties, such as maintaining payroll records or providing customer service.
  • Estimate the cost of repairing or replacing each essential piece of equipment in your business. Your estimates will help you assess your vulnerability and focus your efforts.
  • For both insurance and tax purposes, you should maintain written and photographic inventories of all important materials and equipment. The inventory should be stored in a safety deposit box or other secure location.
  • Periodically evaluate the building envelope to make sure that wind and water are not able to penetrate the building. Do regular maintenance and repairs to maintain the strength of the building envelope.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett Count is faster to any size disaster. You can reach their professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (731) 423-9944.

ERP's - Making Business Owner's Breathe Easier During a Disaster

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

National Emergency Preparedness Month has just past but that doesn't mean you can't make preparedness top of mind now in October! We might not  be in the path of a hurricanes like Florence but earthquakes and tornadoes are natural disasters this area has experienced - we all need to have a plan.

And although natural disasters are very scary. Experts estimate that only 5% of the disasters affecting businesses are caused by nature.

Man-made disasters have the ability to cause as much damage and be as scary. A pipe burst or a fire could happen to anyone anytime.

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead But You Can.”

40% of businesses never recover after a disaster. The majority of business that do survive already had a preparedness plan.

Have you heard of SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) app? This app is really convenient for businesses or churches because it would help them get ready for any sized disaster. And Its free of charge!

Our ERP is designed to be a “snapshot” of each building owned or managed by a business. It provides critical information needed for emergency preparation.

The key to mitigation is knowing in advance :

• What to do

• Who to call

• What to expect

The app has information and pictures. Dustin, Jackson’s Marketing Representative, would go to your business and find this information for you. You just have to download the app for free and gain access to it. You could also receive this information printed or by email.

If you are a business owner, call Jessica, if not talk to your employer or your church and make sure they have an emergency plan. If they need help, we can help them for free.

Let’s explain our app:

• Overview -  Location / Parking

• Building Access

• Utility contacts & Shut off

• Emergency & Key Contacts

With this plan, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

For us, it is important that you are “Ready for whatever happens”.

CONTACT: 
Dustin Murdock 
(731) 423-9944
dmurdock@SERVPRO5727.com

Recovering Your Business from Water Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Jackson/Crockett County 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 Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County 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.

Restoring Your Jackson/Crockett County Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Jackson/Crockett County Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Jackson/Crockett County 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 Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County 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.