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We're Hiring - Recession Proof Industry

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

We are seeking team members in our production department who excel a positive attitude, are willing to work long hours when needed; sometimes unexpected and enjoy helping others in times of disaster. We have been seeking those individuals who have a desire to become employed or wish to change careers. If you like learning new trades, want to grow with our company, enjoy seeing the job you do improve on a daily basis as we work in customer homes and businesses then this may be a job for you. Our work environment is very active as production employees are always on the go. Production employees respond to emergency water and fire damages, complete mold remediation and much more. While you may be assigned a job and return to that job daily until it is completed our work load doesn't keep you in the same place week after week and month after month like a factory would. Working for SERVPRO allows individuals to be out in the public and see different cities and counties within our assigned territory. We have a competitive pay rate. We have bonuses that apply as well to various situations. While overtime is controlled as much as possible our industry and work load sometimes can't control overtime. If you are willing to learn more about SERVPRO or wish to talk in more detail please contact us. Feel free to send a resume or come by our office to complete an application.

SERVPROjonesboro.com

870-934-0501 Office

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3025 Peabody Dr. Jonesboro, AR 72404

Tyronza, Arkansas Tornado Damage

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Possible Tornado Damage A building was destroyed after a possible tornado tore through Tyronza early Monday morning. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - At least two people were taken to the hospital after a possible tornado tore through the Poinsett County town of Tyronza.

The National Weather Service said it would send a survey crew to the area to confirm if it was a tornado that touched down.

The storm hit around 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Sheriff Kevin Molder said several buildings were “blown away,” including a Valero station near the school.

Molder has a message for storm chasers and rubberneckers: Stay out of Tyronza.

“Don’t go looking for damage,” he said. “We have trees and powerlines down all across town.”

He said that crews were out looking for injuries and making rescues, and ambulances and emergency crews needed to get through the debris-cluttered streets.

“We need all the help we can get,” Molder said.

All of the streets of Tyronza are shut down, Fire Chief David Woods told Region 8 News.

“We got hit hard” he said, shortly after the storms tore through. “We don’t know how hard yet.”

He asked everyone to “stay off the streets” until they can clear the scene.

As of 9 a.m., the town had no power or cell phone service.

Due to the damage, East Poinsett County Schools were closed Monday.

Just before 6 a.m., the NWS issued a tornado warning for Poinsett and Mississippi Counties. At the height of the storm, a tractor-trailer rig overturned on Interstate 555 near Tyronza, according to an Arkansas State Police dispatch officer.

More than 1,400 customers lost power after severe storms rolled through Region 8.

At 4 a.m. Entergy Arkansas was reporting over 700 people without power in Poinsett, Sharp, and Baxter Counties.

By 5:30, that number had risen to more than 1,400.

Tyronza was not the only Region 8 town to see damage from Monday’s storms.

The National Weather Service reported a tree down in Monette in Craighead County.

A dispatch officer for Independence County told Region 8 News they received a few reports of “trees down on a few county roads.”

“We got off pretty light,” a Lawrence County dispatch officer told us.

The storms also brought heavy rains and lightning to parts of Randolph County, including Pocahontas.

For the latest power outages, or to report an outage in your area:

https://www.kait8.com/2019/10/21/tornado-watch-issued-all-region/

Apartment Fire

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

We recently were called to a multi unit apartment complex in Jonesboro, AR due to a fire. It appears the fire resulted from cooking in one of the units. The fire damage was confined to a few units but the entire complex suffered smoke and/or water damage. We never know the scope of a project until we complete an initial walk through. While the job seemed very large much of this became specialty services being required. Professional asbestos abatement had to be completed due to the age of the structure and the amount of demo that was necessary. By the time all of this was completed there was additional water damage and mold growth. Dry Ice Blasting was another specialty service that had to be completed due to the wide spread damage. SERVPRO of Jonesboro handled all of the smoke cleaning for all salvageable units to include cleaning of walls, ceilings, cabinets, bathrooms and similar items. We also handled the drying of each affected unit that was damaged by water damage. While this was a devastating event for the building owner and the tenants we are thankful they placed their trust in SERVPRO of Jonesboro. While we may not be able to handle every aspect of a job by doing the work, we do have the resources to get the job completed regardless of size. Sometimes the specialty services are just that; specialty and completed by the proper licensed companies for that service. 

Call SERVPRO of Jonesboro for any size disaster; residential, commercial, industrial and allow our team and resources to make your loss Like it never even happened.

870-934-0501

Arkansas Flooding

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Often not thought about unless you have personally been impacted by a severe flood or storm we need to always remember the great work by the American Red Cross Disaster Relief teams across our great state of Arkansas. Over the last month Arkansas experienced sever flooding with from the Arkansas River that ran across our state from one side to the other. Here is an update this week from the American Red Cross. As always, if you have been impacted contact your closest SERVPRO franchise for guidance and assistance while dealing with contaminated water.

With the Arkansas River back below flood stage, the American Red Cross is refocusing its efforts to help victims of the massive flood. Spokeswoman Christina Fowler says the group is closing its final shelter in the state, which is in North Little Rock, on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Two others, located in Fort Smith and Conway, shut down over the weekend. She says that although the shelters are closing their doors, the group will continue working to help.

"As people have been able to get connected with Red Cross caseworkers, we have been able to get them transitioned to the next phase. Sheltering is that immediate emergency need that we address. Once we can get them connected with caseworkers, we can provide them more temporary housing or other resources," said Fowler. That will include helping connect victims of the flood to government and relief organizations, she said.

"Everyone is going to have a different look and feel to what it’s going to take for them to get back onto their feet, to get to the place where they were prior to when the floodwaters arrived," Fowler said.

Several relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, will open a Multi-Agency Resource Center in Pine Bluff as another way to provide assistance to victims of the flood. The center will be open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center. It’s located at 211 West 3rd Avenue. Identification verifying an address may be required for residents to be eligible for assistance from certain agencies.

On Monday four counties in the state were added to a major disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, bringing the total to 12. Arkansas, Desha, Logan and Pope counties will now be eligible to receive federal assistance following the flood. Previous counties named were Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell counties.

Logan County Emergency Manager Tobi Miller says residents there were happy to hear about the federal assistance. 11 homes in the county were inundated with water, she said.

"They are needing the assistance," Miller said. "They’ve been pretty resilient, and they’ve been trying to help themselves a lot."

Miller said she has been in close contact with impacted residents and knowing beforehand that flooding would be occurring gave officials time to prepare.

"During the time that we were planning for the flood, we had several days to pinpoint which houses were going to be inundated. Some of the areas were going to be cut off from being able to exit or enter their homes, so we were able to notify [them]," said Miller.

Most roads in the county have reopened, she said, allowing people to finally return to their homes. Those who sustained damage should reach out for federal assistance, Miller said.

"We’re just encouraging everyone that was affected by the flood to apply and let FEMA make that decision on what type of assistance they get."

https://www.ualrpublicradio.org/post/final-red-cross-shelter-arkansas-close-following-historic-flooding

TAGS: ARKANSAS RIVER FLOODINGARKANSAS WEATHER

Start Repairs Now - Don't wait on FEMA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

This article is great information for those affected by the recent Arkansas flooding. Contact your closest SERVPRO franchise for guidance and assistance while dealing with contaminated water and mold that is in your home or business. 

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Flood Clean Up after Arkansas Floods

Release date: June 20, 2019Release Number: News Release (NR) 008

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – State and federal emergency management officials encourage Arkansas flood survivors to begin repairs as soon as they can.

 Flood survivors do not need to wait for a visit from FEMA or their insurance company to start cleaning up and make repairs. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will be able to verify flood damage even after cleaning has begun.

It’s important for survivors to take photographs of damage and keep recovery-related receipts. Insurance companies may need both items, while FEMA may need receipts.  

Survivors should check for structural damage before entering their homes and report any damage to local officials. They should also immediately throw away wet contents like bedding, carpeting and furniture because of health issues that may arise with mold. 

Emergency management officials encourage survivors to contact their insurance companies. Disaster survivors should first assess their needs and speak to their insurance agents before registering.

FEMA assistance may help eligible homeowners and renters pay for a temporary place to stay, make repairs or replace certain damaged contents.

Individuals can register online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available.

Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-

7585. Survivors who use 711 or Video Relay Service or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362.

FEMA assistance is not taxable, doesn’t need to be repaid and doesn’t affect other government benefits.

Those who are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration should complete the application for a low-interest disaster loan. It is not required to accept a loan offer but completing the SBA application is necessary for FEMA to consider survivors for certain forms of disaster assistance.

 https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/06/20/its-not-too-early-begin-flood-clean-after-arkansas-floods

Arkansas Storms

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Here in North East Arkansas we have been very fortunate and blessed this storm season so far. For whatever reason it appears that the strong storms miss the Jonesboro area more times than we see severe weather. Yes, we have had a lot of rain this season, well more than usual, and may have broken some records but we have not seen the severe weather that other parts of Arkansas have. We hear about tornado alley all the time and most generally the tornado producing storms are in the Oklahoma region. Last night there were some severe storms that passed once again from western Arkansas to eastern Arkansas all south of Jonesboro. We did see some rain here in Jonesboro last night but the 60-70 mph winds and severe hail and lightening all moved across the southern part of Arkansas. Photos of baseball size hall were all over social media last night also depicting damaged to vehicles. When severe weather does strike in North East Arkansas please give SERVPRO of Jonesboro a call at 870-934-0501 if our services are needed.

We are Certified

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

[Information via IICRC.org]

Mold Testing

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

In some cases, our mold jobs need to be referred to an industrial hygienist. If you were like me then you're asking "what exactly is that and what do they do?" 

According to www.aiha.org ,  "Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community."

They describe Industrial hygienists as "scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community."

SERVPRO of Jonesboro does not do inspections but we can give you a quote on the visible substance you can SEE. 

The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - 870-934-0501
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Mold Control

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

You Can Control Mold

Inside your home you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.

If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
  • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

www.cdc.gov

When in doubt call your local Jonesboro SERVPRO franchise at 870-934-0501. We are Here to Help!

Storms

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

The Storm Events Database contains the records used to create the official NOAA Storm Data publication, documenting: 

  1. The occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption to commerce;
  2. Rare, unusual, weather phenomena that generate media attention, such as snow flurries in South Florida or the San Diego coastal area; and
  3. Other significant meteorological events, such as record maximum or minimum temperatures or precipitation that occur in connection with another event.


The database currently contains data from January 1950 to November 2017, as entered by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Due to changes in the data collection and processing procedures over time, there are unique periods of record available depending on the event type. NCEI has performed data reformatting and standardization of event types but has not changed any data values for locations, fatalities, injuries, damage, narratives and any other event specific information. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information. 

You can register your email address with NCEI to receive future information regarding access system downtime, data issues, new features and general news about the Storm Events Database. 

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Storm Events Database:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/