How to Stay Safe During a Storm in Pacific Northwest
We don't get huge storms here in the Pacific Northwest like other parts of the country, but we are no stranger to high winds, lots of rain, and blackouts. SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties wants to help you stay as safe as possible when storms rage.
Below are tips on how to stay safe during a thunderstorm while inside a building:
- Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
- Unplug appliances if possible
- Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
- Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing
Even here in the PNW weather is unpredictable; it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into a larger storm on the North Coast consider the following tips:
- If the building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
- Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so
Remember, SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties is Here to Help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm, or other property damage.
How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Tillamook
Tillamook is no stranger to severe storms. If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. FEMA has stated that emergency kits should include some of the following:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Any medicine currently being taken
- Emergency food and water
- Extra change of clothes and shoes
- Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else may be needed. 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 Yamhill & Tillamook Counties wants to make sure City is prepared!
Don’t let a wet floor stress you out in Yamhill County
Any type of damage inside of a house can be frustrating but one of the more stressful situations is a residential flood. In the middle of a disaster such as a flooded home in Yamhill, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to cleaning up and restoring the damaged area.
That is where SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties comes in. We are ready to help when called and we are highly trained in property damage restoration and in this case, water damage specifically. Here are some steps that can be taken in the event of a flooded home/room:
- Make sure the floor is secure before you start walking through the water or wet areas
- If there is an exposed plug underneath the water, do not walk in that area because electricity can travel through water
- Call SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties to help clean up the flooded area
- Wet floors might be slick so walk slowly to avoid falling and sustaining injuries
We want to make this as easy as possible for our homeowners and reduce the amount of stress you may be feeling in Yamhill.
Different Types of Fire Damage That Strike Homes In Yamhill County
In the event of a kitchen fire this holiday season, it is best to be informed on the different types of smoke, and the damage they cause.
Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber):
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary, and Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood):
Fast-burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore the smoke rises.
Protein fire Residue: (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)
Virtually invisible, discolors paint and varnishes, extreme pungent odors.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace puff backs):
While "Puff Backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties franchise professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly!
Other types: (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.
SERVPRO franchise professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact your local SERVPRO franchise professionals to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Yamhill, Helping Our Community
SERVPRO of Yamhill teams are Here to Help
Last month our team at SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties had the opportunity to help a local family in need. We had someone in the community reach out and let us know about a local family and need and told us their story. We knew at once that they were someone we needed to help and knew we could help.
This family had mold in their home that had caused damage to the contents of the home and they needed help with how to take care of their contents. Our team helped to safely dispose of the affected contents and items. We are so proud of being part of this community and able to help those in need in our area.
SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counites is Here to Help when our community needs us.
What To Do After A Fire In Your Yamhill Property
Home fires are stressful events. However, having a plan on what to do after a fire can help with the stress. At SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties, we are Here to Help® when a fire occurs in your home. We have created a checklist to help you to start the recovery after fire damage.
What to do after a fire damage
Call your insurance company immediately after a fire. After you went through the details with your insurance company, contact SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook counties so the fire damage cleanup process can begin quickly. Make sure to notify your mortgage company of the fire as well. If you're not sure that the home is structurally safe, have it inspected by a certified structural engineer or building inspector before going near.
- Make sure to arrange a board up of any broken windows and doors.
- Take pictures of all exterior damages
- If you suspect that the structure in a room is unsafe, avoid entering the room.
- Turn off the power at the electrical panel.
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and gloves. To protect you from the soot as well as trying to prevent other items from being contaminated.
- Try locating any important papers and documents.
- Any burnt money can be taken to a Regional Federal Reserve Bank for replacement
- Begin taking inventory of the building damage and all damaged items.
- Begin saving receipts for any expenses incurred after the fire. These may be needed when filing insurance claims. We're faster to any disaster
We're faster to any disaster
We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage. limit further damages and reduces the cost. Our professionals make disasters, "Like it never even happened."
If your home or business suffers from an emergency, call (503) 648-8513
Why trust SERVPRO of Yamhill?
We know that when it comes to restoration companies you have a lot of options to use, but our Yamhill team of professionals has 20 years of experience serving customers like you when disaster strikes. Our experienced professionals have the skills, training, and equipment to make any property disaster “Like it never even happened.”
No matter the cause of damage, from a pipe break, toilet overflow, mold or mildew, sewage leak, or more, our teams are ready to respond and begin restoration. We are Here to Help you when disaster strikes. We are in the community, we are your neighbors, we know that when disaster strikes your life, you need help as soon as possible, even if it is outside of “normal” business hours. Trust the local team with 30 years of experience, SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties.
Property Damage In Yamhill Commercial Building
Nearly 50% of businesses will not reopen following a property disaster such as a pipe break or fire leading to water or fire damage. Our team in Yamhill and Tillamook counties wants to make sure that you are not part of that staggering statistic. Our team of trained, experienced and skilled professionals are ready to respond 24 hours a day. We know that property damage can not only distract you and your employees but can also cause delays in getting business done and taking care of your clients. We work with you and your team to minimize disruption to everyday workflow.
Our on-call teams in Yamhill and Tillamook counties are ready to respond to any kind of damage you may suffer, and can leap into action to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Why Choose SERVPRO of Yamhill and Tillamook Counties
When things like broken pipes, dishwasher leaks, and sewage backups you need to act fast. You need a restoration company who acts fast also. That is why our team at Yamhill and Tillamook counties has crews who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to respond to property damage and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
With 20 years of experience, there are not many situations we have not seen or restored. Our team of trained and empathetic professionals is here to walk through the disaster and damage with you. SERVPRO of Yamhill and Tillamook Counties is proud to be a locally owned and operated team committed to our customers and community. If property damage strikes, we are just a call away.
SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties Commercial Restoration
Your business is something you have likely been working towards for years. From dreaming, planning, and implementing your vision. Your business has been a passion project and to have it damaged by things like a broken pipe or a microwave catching fire is devastating. That is why our team here in Yamhill has professionals on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to emergencies.
We know that you need to be operating so that you can better serve your customers and clients and if your building is not operational it is incredibly hard to serve your customers and work towards your company goals. We work to get you open again as soon as possible and limit any downtime for your business. We are able to work with you and your team to help limit disruption and disturbance so you can get back to business.