Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Restoration and Mitigation in North East Arkansas

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jonesboro specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  

Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly with the best resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit North East Arkansas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Tips For Building An Emergency Ready Plan

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Choose at least two pre-planned places for your family to meet in case of an emergency. One should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.

Hold evacuation drills at home, practice getting out of the house quickly, and drive your planned evacuation route. The more you practice, the more confident you will be if you really need to evacuate.

Communication is a key component to your safety; make sure you have an out-of-town contact that will help your household reconnect after an emergency. Store an “In Case of Emergency” contact on your phone, have regular conversations about whom to text or call if you need help, and where to go during and after an emergency.

Create a personalized plan and supply kit for your specific daily needs and responsibilities, taking into consideration any additional friends or family that may be included in your emergency plans, such as elderly neighbors or grandparents. Some key factors to consider when creating a supply list are different ages within your household, medical and dietary needs including medications, children.

We are Ready to Assist You!

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

When storms or floods hit, SERVPRO of Jonesboro is ready to assist! 

We have seen an enormous amount of rain already this spring and we have assisted numerous customers after they have contacted us. 

Our professional teams are ready to respond to your home or business following water damage. We provide 24/7/365 emergency services to all of Northeast Arkansas.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Jonesboro is able to reduce and prevent additional damage, which keeps restoration costs lower.

While we're located in Jonesboro, we are ready to serve wherever we're needed. Through our nationwide network of franchises and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the United States, we are equipped to handle any size disaster. 

Have storm or flood damage. 

Call us today at 870-934-0501

Storm Damage:

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

There is no way to know the extent of the damage until our trained team at SERVPRO of Jonesboro arrives onsite and inspects the property after a storm. For example, this Spring, a snowstorm occurred here in Jonesboro. There were calls coming into the office about pipes bursting, flooding, etc. 

We received a call months later involving a flood in a customer's basement and extra bedroom. After our team assisted the situation they discovered that the flood had occurred from a pipe bursting during the storm, and another damage was caused. This had not been noticed because our team had not been brought in. Choose SERVPRO of Jonesboro, and we will make sure to make each situation "Like it never even happened," even if the damage isn't visible. 

Do you have a pipe burst?

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a pipe burst?

Since the winter weather moved out and temperatures begin to rise, many will encounter water damage from pipe breaks. If you experience this, do not hesitate to give us a call at (870)934-0501. However, to prevent any further damage till we can make it out to mitigate, here are some steps you can take to help with the process: 

  • Turn off your water to stop any more water from coming into your home or business.
  • Disconnect your electricity by switching off your breakers in the areas affected by standing water.
  • Move contents away from the flooded/wet area or elevate them using blocks of some kind. This prevents your belongings from soaking up water.
  • Call a plumber to fix the source of the water damage. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Jonesboro at (870)934-0501 to have us come out and help mitigate your water damage.
  • Start extracting and drying out the water to the best of your ability from your home or business until we get there. This is important to help prevent mold. 

We are wishing everyone the best, and hope you do not have to experience an issue like this. But if you do, we are always here to help! Together, we will get through this.

Ice Dam Damage

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

We are currently experiencing an ice storm and then possibly snow next week. With the winter months among us, snowstorms and ice can be the culprit of many water damage concerns and cleanups. SERVPRO of Jonesboro knows first hand what to do when catastrophe strikes. 

Ice dams are one example of a major problem during the winter season. These dams form when heated air melts roof snow. This snow turns into water and moves downward on the roof. Then that water causes a dam-like block of frozen ice. Water becomes trapped and cannot safely flow or run into a gutter system, causing a backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior. This then causes leaks and water damage to your home or business. 

We can help mitigate water damage caused by these ice dams and dry the interior of your structure. Keep our number on hand, (870)934-0501, in case an emergency like this occurs. Our trained crew will be ready to go and help mitigate the water damage, work with your insurance company directly, and get your home or business back “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Jonesboro is always here to help!

SERVPRO: Winter Weather Alert

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO: Winter Weather Alert!

We are currently experiencing a winter storm warning for Northeast Arkansas and the surrounding areas. There are freezing temperatures accompanied by the possibility of freezing rain and some icing over the next couple of days. With this type of weather, there could be power outages, hazardous driving conditions, and freezing pipes at your home or business. It is important to be aware of this weather, to help prevent any injuries or damage to you or your home/business. Here are a few prevention tips:

  • Gather emergency supplies in case you lose power. Items such as warm clothes, blankets. Flashlights, medicines, and food.
  • Have phone numbers written down in case you cannot use your mobile phone
  • Disconnect hoses and closing valves to prevent water flow
  • Keep a water faucet turned on to a slow, constant stream
  • Insulate all exposed pipes
  • Know where your water shut off valve is located and how to turn it off

If you need any assistance with possible water damages due to this weather give us a call at (870)934-0501!

Flood Preparedness

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is one of the most common widespread weather-related disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always the potential for flood damage. With this being such a prevalent occurrence across the country, it is good to know the following safety tips provided by the ARC:

Stay Away from floodwaters

If you approach a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

Driving on a Flooded Road

Turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water is rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

Keep Children Out of the Water

They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

Always be prepared and ready. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Jonesboro is prepared to handle any size disaster. The sooner work begins; the sooner your home or business can return “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (870)934-0501. 

Emergency Storm Kit

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

When you think about severe storms and how to be prepared for them, one of the most important tools to survive is to have a good Emergency Kit in your home. There are different options that you can buy online, but you can also build your own and accommodate it to your family-specific needs. Even though you can add unique items to yours, there are some things that are basic to any emergency kit and that we recommend that you should have when making your own, those are:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food 
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Matches and candles in a waterproof container.
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies (if you are taking care of an animal)
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket
  • Cellphone fully charged

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources, they can be easier to deal with.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro wants to make sure Jonesboro and the surrounding areas are prepared!

Board-up and Roof Tarp Services

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarp on roof and plywood covering broken windows This is a house we performed emergency roof tarp and board-up services on following a tornado.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro is more than just a clean up and restoration company. We provide numerous services, including roof tarping and board-ups. These services are completed following a catastrophe like a storm, fire, flood, or whatever the case may be. Both of these services are crucial when it comes to preventing further damage to your property, keeping animals out, and reducing the chances of break-ins. 

Preventing Further Damage to Your Property

Both roof tarping and board-ups are utilized when preventing further damage to your property. Roof tarps are used to cover damaged roofs in order to prevent exposure to weather like rain intrusion, which can cause water damage and wind that can carry debris into the building. Our board-up services are intended to close any openings to your property, whether it be a broken window, broken door, damaged hinges, or knocked down walls. This service helps keep the natural elements out of your building, thus preventing further damage.

Keeping Animals Out

Along with debris, you might find that some animals have made themselves at home in your building. This is a direct result of your building not being properly boarded up. If animals were to find their way in, this could cause a variety of problems. Here at SERVPRO of Jonesboro, we will complete our board up service properly in order to prevent this possible animal problem.

 Reducing the Chances of a Break-In

Unfortunately, many people might see your damaged property as an easy target for theft or vandalism. Your building likely contains a variety of valuable property inside that would be costly to replace. If there are areas of the building missing, it can be easy for others to take advantage of the situation. Using our board-up and tarping services will help deter this, as it will be more difficult to get inside.

If you are interested or want to find out more information about our roof tarping and board-up services, call SERVPRO of Jonesboro at (870)934-0501 or visit our website at www.SERVPROjonesboro.com.

Tornado Recovery

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are a terrifying, often devastating, weather event. They can turn houses into dust, and flip lives upside down. Living through a tornado can be traumatizing, and sometimes the aftermath is just as bad. Our community of Jonesboro, Arkansas knows this first-hand. On April 28th, 2020, our town was faced with destruction as an F-3 tornado roared through the main commercial district, across the airport, and some residential neighborhoods. We are grateful no lives were taken, but our town was not left unscathed; a significant amount of damage was reported throughout our community. With this damage, came the task of recovery. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are steps to take toward recovery and people ready to help. We know from recent, first-hand experience, how beneficial it is to follow these steps.

Protect Yourself, Family, and Friends

The very first step you should take in occurrence with a tornado is to stay in your safe place until the storm has passed completely. Once you can ensure the storm is gone, check yourself and those with you for any injury. If someone is hurt, receive the proper medical help. After everyone is okay, inspect the damage to your house. Do this safely, and always be aware of possible hazards caused by the tornado. 

Protect Your Property

Once you and your loved ones are protected, you can begin protecting your property. First, you will want to make temporary repairs. These repairs will aid in preventing any further damage. Also, be sure to make a list of any damaged property and do not throw any belongings away. This is crucial so your adjuster will be able to assess the value of your belongings and find out if your policy covers them. Another important step in protecting your property is inspecting all utility lines and appliances. Damage to these could lead to a possible electrical shortage or gas leak. Once these steps are taken, contact your insurance company. 

Cleanup and Repair

SERVPRO of Jonesboro has highly trained storm damage specialists and would be a great choice for your storm cleanup and repair. We offer our services 24/7, allowing us to have an incredibly fast response time. We also have equipment and personnel across 1,700 franchises. Our experience and training will allow us to restore your property efficiently and quickly.

PREPARE NOW!

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

To date, winter has nearly come and gone with no effects for Jonesboro and surrounding areas. Now is the time to prepare for Spring storms.

Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM's, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent the use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

CALL SERVPRO OF JONESBORO AT 870-934-0501 OR VISIT US ONLINE AT SERVPROjonesboro.com 

We have Storm Resources

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jonesboro specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Jonesboro, Paragould, Batesville, Forrest City, West Memphis, Pocahontas and all cities between we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 870-934-0501

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/

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.

Power Outages

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM's, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

American Red Cross TIPS

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Check out www.redcross.org for more information!

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

2. Stay away from floodwaters.

3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

4. Keep children out of the water.

5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

What do you think of when someone says STORM?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Through all seasons of the year we could see and be faced with many storm situations. It is my opinion, that when most people think of a storm it is related to a thunderstorm, tornado activity or if you watch much news you've heard a lot about hurricanes lately. Currently we are watching Summer fade away and although Fall is here we are still experiencing some warm days in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Very soon the leaves will begin to change colors but most are still green at this time. We will experience much cooler temperatures as the days and weeks move along. I think that Fall is a happy medium time of year and I truly enjoy the cooler temperatures and morning crisp air. Very soon you will begin the process of raking, bagging or mulching leaves in the yard. This will consume your time and energy for many weeks but I ask that you consider the next season to come. As you are outside cleaning the yard please look up at your roof for missing shingles, look at your gutters to ensure they are still attached to the home but more importantly consider cleaning out the gutters. Before long we will be faced with one or more beautiful Winter storms. The snow and ice will begin to form and to protect your home from damage you will want to know that you had plenty of time to prepare your homes exterior. Gutters which are full of leaves and debris sure don't help prevent ice dams which could lead to water inside of your home. Maybe you need to trim the trees so that when ice accumulates on them they are not weighted down to damage or fall onto your roof. Be prepared for Winter storms even while enjoying Fall and feel confident that you've done everything possible to upkeep and protect your home.

For more information about SERVPRO please visit our website at SERVPROjonesboro.com

NOAA Storm Data

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

NOAA

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/

Storm Watch or Warning?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Lately there has been flooding all over the United States: if you are unfamiliar with the difference between a flash flood warning, flood warning, and flood advisory; then read below! 

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Information from http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Severe Weather Tips

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Since SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross we love sharing their tips on different occasions. 

Check out www.redcross.org for more information!

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

 

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

2. Stay away from floodwaters.

3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

4. Keep children out of the water.

5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Flood Damage in Pocahontas Arkansas

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

In May of this year Pocahontas suffered another flood damage that affected many commercial buildings and homes. SERVPRO of Jonesboro was very grateful to be asked by many in this community to assist them in the cleanup efforts. Some of our projects included the Pocahontas Housing Authority, Dollar Tree, Verizon, CATO, Black River Area Transit Center and Great Harvest Church plus many homes within and outside the city of Pocahontas. This was made possible by great assistance and resources of the SERVPRO Extreme Team out of Fort Collins, CO. Together we accomplished 100 apartments for the Pocahontas Housing Authority among all the other jobs mentioned. With SERVPRO, our resources are not limited to only our local office in Jonesboro. We had a Semi Trailer, service vehicles and box trucks on the ground in no time to assist with the cleanup efforts.

Flood cleanup is challenging for all of those affected. There are many factors to determine coverage for each structure and even when coverage is available the limits of flood policies are often discovered. We had to work closely with both commercial and residential clients to ensure that all parties were aware of what needed to take place coupled with the limits of their flood policy. Our primary goal was health and safety of both our client and our employees. Flood water is referred to as CAT 3 which is grossly contaminated water. All porous materials that come in contact with CAT 3 water should be removed and discarded.

Thank you Pocahontas for allowing SERVPRO of Jonesboro and our SERVPRO Extreme Team to assist you during this traumatizing event. We are always Here to Help. SERVPRO of Jonesboro can be reached at 870-934-0501 or by visiting our website at www.SERVPROjonesboro.com

When Storms or Floods hit North East Arkansas, SERVPRO is ready!

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in North East Arkansas.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit North East Arkansas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 870-934-0501