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SERVPRO® Pro: Holiday Safety Travel Tips
Many of us have spent a significantly larger amount of time than normal at home over the last year and a half. With the holidays fast approaching, perhaps you are going to visit family or friends. When you intend to travel, taking a little extra time to prepare your house for your absence can keep your home safe, increase your peace of mind while you’re away, and help reduce the chances of unexpected problems.
For example, emptying the fridge and pantry of foods that will perish in your absence is a good practice; consider freezing items that could be saved for later. Throw your items away before your weekly trash pick-up, to avoid critters feasting on your refuse. To ensure that you are aware of any thawing of the freezer, place a cup of ice in there. When you return, if the ice is still separate, the food should be fine. If, however, the ice has melted, that indicates that the contents in your freezer thawed and re-froze, which means you should throw away what was in there.
Set your thermostat for your absence. Consider turning off the water at the main line. If you do turn off the water, remember to run the faucets until they are dry, and flush all the toilets and turn off their incoming water at the base of the tank. If you will be gone awhile, it might be a good idea to turn off your hot water heater as well, or set it to vacation mode, to save energy.
Make sure that all exterior windows and doors are locked, including the garage. If you have a hide-a-key, think about moving it inside, or giving it to a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency. If you have a fireplace, close the flue to prevent animals and birds from coming inside from that route.
Aside from ensuring that your home avoids accidental damage in your absence, you want it to appear that you are not gone. Set lights on a timer, ask your neighbors to check on your property, and do not post about being out of town on social media. By following these suggestions, you will be in a good position to enjoy your holiday season!
PREPARE NOW: SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
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. Learn how to be prepared.
Make and Practice Your Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.
Learn Life Saving Skills
Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these lifesaving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.
Check your Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevant to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.
Save for an Emergency
Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or fire? Check out FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search “EFFAK” on fema.gov for the free PDF.
Whether its flood, wildfire or extreme winter weather, we must work together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals to find out how they can help make it “Like it never even happened,” if disaster strikes in your life.
Supporting Locally & Diversely Owned Businesses is Supporting the Community We Call Home
Proud to Support Local and Diverse Business!
ocal businesses and business owners- they don’t just work in our community, they live here. They our neighbors and friends. They are what make our community special and are essential to our economy.
Local and diverse business brings growth and innovation to our communities. They are specially vested in our towns and neighborhoods - providing employment, creating opportunities, supporting local economies, and adding strength and stability.
Most are feeling a financial strain right now, and are worried about the future. Now is the time to remind ourselves, supporting locally & diversely owned businesses is supporting the community we call home.
What Can I Do?
You may be saying, “I understand why it’s important to support these businesses, but what can I do?” The answer is a lot easier than you think. Simple tactics and changes of habits can make a huge difference. Get in the proper mind set, we’re all in this together. Start with, if you need to buy something, try your local store first. You’re in need of a service-who are your local providers? Now that you’ve got the ball rolling, check our 4 Tips on Supporting Local & Diversely Owned Business.
Four Tips on Showing Your Support for Locally & Diversely Owned Business
- Get to Know Your Neighbor. Check-in, get to know the local businesses in your community. Ask how you can offer support -are they open or selling online, do they sell gift cards, share their information on social media. Actively participate.
- Recognize the Helpers & Pay it Forward. Many local businesses are great neighbors, doing what they can to contribute the health and wellbeing of the community. We’ve witnessed our friends, coworkers and neighbors offering pro bono services, donations and volunteering with the institutions that help feed and support the most vulnerable members of our community. Support these business- they strengthen us all.
- Order Take-Out. Sure, it sounds simple but with limited (many still closed) dine-in options and reduced capacity local restaurants are dependent on take-out and delivery offerings to survive. In addition, think about treating clients or coworkers, in these times we know they could use the pick-me up, it helps the economy and serves as word of mouth marketing.
- Get on Social Media & Spread the Word. The pandemic crisis has affected everyone, you may not have extra money to spend right now. That’s ok, you can still help support local business by spreading the word. Is there a local business that you care about? Get on social media- share their info, write a review, share their posts. Word of mouth marketing is a huge value to relationship based businesses.
It’s all related- we know if we want to see our communities thrive, the businesses in them need to thrive. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to us, the local consumers and customers, to support local and diverse business. These businesses are made up of our families, neighbors and friends- we’re all in this together. We’re local, Be Local, Support Local.
To Learn More about Supporting Local Business through Social Media, check out our blog post: Doing Your part to Help Local Business | The Benefits of Online Reviews
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