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Chips for Children 2017 at Greensboro Country Club

Chips for Children announces new location for 2017

We’re busy here at Disaster One planning Chips for Children 2017 and we’ve got exciting news today: Chips for Children is moving to the Greensboro Country Club!

Nestled in the heart of Irving Park at 410 Sunset Drive, Greensboro Country Club boasts impeccable ambiance, incredible cuisine, and ample onsite parking. We’re confident this new venue will be the perfect backdrop for an amazing casino night experience this year.

Our 4th annual Chips for Children fundraising event supporting the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017. We hope you’ll join us for a thrilling evening of blackjack, roulette, poker, craps, auctions, prizes, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Clubs’ programs, which promote and enhance the development of boys and girls during critical periods of their lives.

Ticket and sponsorship information coming soon – stay tuned for updates!

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North Carolina’s 2017 Severe Weather Prepareness Week

2017 Dates: March 5-11, 2017
Statewide Tornado Drill:
March 8 at 9:30 AM

North Carolina’s winter has been unusually warm and quiet, but stormy spring weather will be right around the corner. March 5-11 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.  This week the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents.  Quiet weather days are the best opportunity to make sure you and your family know what to do during a severe weather situation, whether it is a tornado, hurricane, flooding or even a wildfire. North Carolinians should take a few moments this week to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, to help protect their homes, businesses and children.

Tornado Drills

Schools and government buildings statewide will hold tornado drills Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and the Emergency Alert System. All North Carolinian residents are encouraged to participate in the drill. Knowing the difference between a watch and warning is one of the most important details in severe weather planning. A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for strong wind, large hail or tornadoes. Watches are typically issued hours before severe weather develops in the area, giving you and your family time to prepare for what may form later in the day.

Watches vs. Warnings

A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning is issued when damaging and dangerous weather is on-going. A storm producing wind gusts stronger than 58 mph, hail larger than an inch in diameter, or a tornado would be considered for a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. When a warning is issued, this is when you need to put your plan into action. If a tornado is in your area, get into your tornado safety place.

Sever Weather Tips

Understand The Risks

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.  Check the weather forecasts regularly and visit readync.org to learn more about becoming prepared.

Prepare and Take Action

Pledge to prepare by visiting readync.org. Take the first step to make sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather.  This includes building an emergency kit, filling out a family safety and communication plan, keeping important papers in a safe place, and having multiple sources for weather alerts.

Be an Example

Once you have taken action, get involved, and share your story with your family and friends.  Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know that they are safe.  This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others.

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The National Weather Service will be highlighting ways individuals can prepare for the severe weather season by providing events and resources to help you take action.

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Change smoke detector batteries

Change your smoke detector batteries when you "Spring Forward" or "Fall Back"

It’s a good habit to form. If you use battery-powered smoke detectors in your home or business, change the batteries each spring and fall as you turn your clocks forward or back when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends.

No, there’s nothing magical about doing these tasks at the same time – it’s just an excellent way to link the tasks in your memory and avoid having a dead smoke detector. The last thing you want is to find out your batteries are dead by having a fire in your home or office and the detector fails to warn you!

(While we hope that never happens, Disaster One is here for you if you ever need fire damage cleanup and restoration.)

It’s recommended that the battery in every smoke detector be changed at least annually. If you didn’t change them at the last time change, then you definitely want to do so at the next change.

By the way, most of us rely on mobile devices whose clocks change automatically when the time changes. The challenge we face is remembering all of the other clocks that need to be changed manually. Here’s a few that we sometimes overlook:

  • Microwave/oven clocks
  •  Coffeemaker clocks
  •  Programmable thermostat clocks
  •  Car radio clocks
  •  Alarm clocks
  •  Mantel clocks
  •  Wristwatches (yes, some folks still wear them!)

Do you have other tips? Add them in the comments section.

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A damaged and leaking roof can lead to water damage.

Top 13 ways to prepare for spring

Spring is almost here. After enduring the long cold winter, it’s finally time to start thinking about warmer temperatures again. Now is the time to prepare for spring and fix any issues that have surfaced due to winter storms. The Disaster One team shares these tips to help you inside and outside your home or business.

  1. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. It’s a good practice to change the batteries when you change your clocks at the start and end of Daylight Saving Time, but do it now so you don’t forget.
  2. Check flashing, caulking, and shingles on your roof for damage from winter weather. These are prime opportunities for water to enter your attic and cause damage.
  3. Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts and inspect for damage. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and damage fascia or soffit boards, and the repairs can be costly.
  4. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, purchase one and store it in an accessible place. If you already have one, inspect it and confirm it’s filled and ready for use.
  5. Inspect electrical outlets for fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose plugs. While we’re on the subject, don’t ever overload outlets or extension cords.
  6. Have a professional HVAC technician inspect and service your air conditioning system (get this done before warm weather hits or you may be in for a wait). While you’re at it, replace all of your filters.
  7. Check your water heater for leaks, corrosion, or other damage. Your water heater works harder in cold weather; make sure it survived and is ready to keep going.
  8. Clean lint, dust, and other materials from your clothes dryer exhaust duct. Thousands of fires are caused by clogged dryer vents each year.
  9. Inspect washing machine hoses for leaks and replace as necessary. Believe it or not, we respond to countless water damage losses caused by broken washing machine hoses every year.
  10. Check siding for any pieces that may have come loose during winter storms. Reattach or replace them or hire a professional to repair them.
  11. Trim trees and remove dead or loose branches. Falling branches are a leading cause of roof and other structure damage.
  12. Trim bushes back from crawlspace vents. These vents need to be unobstructed so they can allow outside air to circulate under floors and prevent moisture buildup that can encourage mold and rot.
  13. Check caulking and insulation around windows and doors and seal as needed to keep warm air out. A little time and money now could save big bucks in cooling costs later.

These tips can help you avoid problems from numerous sources. But rest assured if you do experience damage to your home or other structure, Disaster One is here to help.

Our emergency response team is available 24/7/365 to respond to your need. Call us at 800-277-4787 or contact us online any time.

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Disaster One expands into Myrtle Beach

Disaster One expands into Myrtle Beach

Disaster One continues to expand its presence with the opening of its newest office in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, effective February 15, 2017.

We’ve been providing disaster restoration services in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas in South Carolina from our Wilmington, NC office for several years and this new office will allow us to serve our greater Myrtle Beach area clients better and quicker than ever before.

If you experience water damage, storm damage, fire or smoke damage, or mold damage in or near Myrtle Beach, you can contact us at (843) 284-6920. Visit Disaster One Myrtle Beach to learn more.

 

Read the full news release here.

 

The new office is located at:

Disaster One
2111-1 S Hwy 17
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

(843) 284-6920

 

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Frozen Pipes Ahead

Frozen Pipes: How to Avoid a Disaster

Want to join the nearly half million American homes and businesses that suffer water damage from frozen pipes? Want the expense of dealing with flooding, structural damage, and possibly even mold? We didn’t think so.

As winter cranks up and temperatures fall, we’ve entered the frozen pipe season again. But you can dramatically reduce your chances of joining this unwelcome club by taking a few simple steps.

Why do pipes freeze?

Your pipes can freeze for any combination of reasons:

  • Quick drops in temperature to 20 degrees F or below
  • Extended hours below 32 degrees F
  •  Poor insulation
  •  Setting thermostats too low

How do I keep my pipes from freezing?

You can’t keep the temperature from dropping, but you can protect your pipes.

  • If you haven’t already done so, insulate any pipes in your crawl space and attic. Pipe freezing is especially an issue in warmer climates where pipes run through un-insulated or under-insulated spaces like these. Pay attention to pipes that are adjacent to exterior walls inside your structure as well. Both hot and cold lines should be insulated.
  • Seal leaks that let cold air into spaces where pipes are located. If it’s cold enough, even a small opening could let in enough cold air to freeze a pipe.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and drain sprinkler systems to reduce the chance of freezing at those points.

When a hard freeze is coming:

  • Let warm water trickle from faucets overnight, particularly on an exterior wall or at the end of a long stretch of unprotected pipe.
  • Open cabinet doors, especially near exterior walls, to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks, etc. (Make sure harmful cleaners or other household chemicals are out of the reach of children.)
  • Don’t turn your thermostat down below 65 degrees during extreme cold. Further drops in temperature could be enough to cause a problem, especially inside walls where pipes are located. Your heating bill may go up a little, but that’s better than an expensive repair job if a pipe freezes and bursts.

My pipes froze…now what?

Don’t assume your pipes will automatically burst if they’ve frozen. No reason to panic yet.

  • Turn on your faucets and leave them on. As the frozen area starts to melt, water will start moving again and help more ice to melt.
  • Try to locate the frozen area of the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the frozen area if possible. You can use an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer, a portable space heater, or wrap the pipes in towels soaked in hot water. CAUTION: never use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater or other open flame that could create a fire hazard. Such a device could also boil the water, causing the pipe to explode.

If these steps don’t do the trick, or if you can’t find the frozen area or don’t feel confident about performing these steps, call a licensed plumber.

What if a pipe bursts?

Turn the water off at the main shutoff valve and leave the faucets on. Call a licensed plumber immediately to repair the pipe.

If the worst does happen and you sustain water damage, rest assured Disaster One is here to help. Our trained and certified technicians are on standby 24/7 for emergency restoration response. You can call us at 800-277-4787 or contact us online any time of day or night.

Do you have other tips for preventing frozen pipes?

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2016-2017 Winter Weather Predictions

Although the Northeast will likely get the brunt of this year’s winter weather with snow and precipitation, the Southeast will also see its share or freezing temperatures and wintry weather…just much later into the season. While winter officially starts on December 21, 2016, the Farmers’ Almanac predictions  point to some snow and cold conditions in mid-November in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Midwest. The good news is that the frigidly cold temperatures won’t take hold until much later in the season. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year.

Look To February For Winter Weather

According to predictions, December and January will be a mixed bag of wintry weather with temperatures and storm systems being spotty and inconsistent. An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New England states throughout most of the winter,especially February. In addition, another storm track from the Pacific will deliver an above-normal precipitation across the Western States, while near or below-normal precipitation will cover the nation’s midsection.

Even though most people associate Winter with snowfall and ice, this year’s weather looks grim for the Southeast where drought-like conditions will more than likely continue for states like North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Isolated winter weather and storms will threaten parts of Virginia and North Carolina in December and January, while the deep south will stay relatively dry and free of large storms. The best chances for snow and frigid temperatures in the Southeast will be mid-February and mid-March.

Damaging Freeze Threatens Farmers In Southeast

The new year of 2017 will bring in a pattern weather changes as a sudden burst of cold air penetrates the region. In January and February, we have a high likelihood of seeing a damaging freeze in central Florida. The freeze and frost could mean a disaster for the area’s citrus farmers. This cold air and big temperature drops can also mean a chance for frozen pipes and water damage emergencies along with ice damage emergencies. Cold temperatures will retreat after January and the biggest threat is predicted to shift to severe winter weather.

Cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Roanoke could have some severe weather. Some prediction models could put this weather farther east where cities such as Raleigh, Wilmington, and even Charleston could be blasted with severe winter weather.

How To Prepare For Winter Weather

Now is  the time to make sure you’re prepared for a winter storm:

  • clean gutters to prevent icicles and ice dams that can form in freezing rain and snow
  • check caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doors
  • trim tree limbs that could fall on your roof under the weight of snow or ice

Learn more: 11 tips for winterizing your home

Disaster One is constantly monitoring conditions and we’re on standby in case you experience winter storm damage. Our winter storm team specializes in:

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Our Response to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeastern U.S. hard in early October causing nearly $6 billion in damage from Florida to the Carolinas. Record-breaking flooding left many towns under water in southeastern North Carolina alone.

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Disaster One had already mobilized its Greensboro-based Large Loss division, along with storm teams from each of its branches (Tampa FL, Atlanta GA, Roanoke VA, and Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington and Fayetteville, NC), in the days leading up to the hurricane’s arrival. Even as the massive storm was still in progress over Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, teams were already responding to calls for help from as far inland as Gastonia NC and Roanoke VA.

Teams dispatched throughout the Southeast

Storm teams and numerous truckloads of disaster restoration equipment were dispatched to hotels, businesses, churches, multifamily properties and single family residences, responding to several hundred reports of severely flooded buildings, trees down on roofs, and related hurricane damage.

Crews began removing damaged drywall, carpet, cabinets, and other affected materials from buildings across the Southeast. They removed mud and other debris and then thoroughly cleaned all framing and remaining surfaces. Once done, they strategically placed large air movers and dehumidfiers to start the drying process.

The work continues

Cleanup, drying, and repair work continue in late October in countless locations from Savannah GA to Lumberton NC. Long after the media has moved on to the next big story, Disaster One’s teams will be onsite finishing what needs to be done to bring order and assurance to the chaotic situation left behind by Hurricane Matthew.

A hurricane can clearly bring widespread devastation to a large geographic area. And although hurricane-force winds can and do cause extensive damage, even greater damage often comes from storm surge and the ensuing flooding, as Matthew vividly demonstrated in southeastern North Carolina.

While we hope this never happens to you, rest assured that Disaster One is ready to provide expert storm damage repair if it does.

 

You can call us any time day or night at 800-277-4787 – we bring order and assurance to chaotic situations.

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Weeks After A Hurricane…Mold Can Move In

We are all aware of the dangers floodwaters, high-winds and saltwater can do to your home or business; from the furniture to the building’s structure itself. What most people forget is that as the water recedes and moves out of the area, an unwanted roommate moves in…MOLD.

Mold spores begin to bloom 24 to 48 hours after contact with humidity, water, warmth, and darkness, all of which are present after a hurricane. The presence of air conditioning is the last line of defense against mold and when the power is out mold can move in in less than a day. You’ll see mold in the form of small, fuzzy, green spores clinging to furniture, black streaks of toxic mold lining the corners of cabinets and several-inch-thick masses of mold covering debris in the road. It may look intriguing…but it can kill you.

Hurricanes can be huge producers of mold as the storm moves through its path and leaves thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of homes at risk. A hurricane with the path the size of Hurricane Matthew impacts more than 120,000 homes and the reconstruction costs could jump over $40 billion. Hurricanes with the size and damage of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy left tens of thousands of homes so damaged from water and mold that repairs could not even be performed and re-construction was the only option left.

Act Quickly to Prevent Mold After a Hurricane

Mold can be especially dangerous for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma. But high levels of mold (especially after a hurricane or disaster) can also cause problems for people who are relatively healthy. Symptoms of mold exposure can include: shortness of breath, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, and fatigue. Mold isn’t the only invader after flooding. Bacteria may also be a problem if your home was flooded by sewage from your property or elsewhere. Bacteria can cause dangerous gastrointestinal and skin infections.

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Who Should Clean Up After a Hurricane?

The first thing to do after hurricane flooding is to pump out or soak up any standing water. As a warning; if you have several feet of water where fuse boxes and other electrical circuits are submerged, please call emergency workers to clear the space before you get to work. Water restoration companies have heavy equipment that’s needed to dry out spaces quickly. Using industrial-sized fans and de-humidifiers. You will also need a professional if your home was flooded with sewage. Sewage is hazardous and best handled by someone who’s trained and certified.

What Do To After Mold Starts Growing

If the power has been off for a a few days or even 24 hours, you must act quickly to contain the growth. The Center For Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend bringing in a trained mold remediation professional to clean up mold that covers more than a 10-foot-by-10-foot area. Some states require contractors that clean up mold to be licensed (this includes Florida). At the minimum, anyone you hire should have experience getting rid of mold such as Disaster One, references you can call, and liability insurance.

If you’re cleaning a smaller area on your own, you can clean mold off most surfaces with a mixture of hot water and detergent. The EPA doesn’t recommend using chlorine bleach or other biocides to clean up mold unless there are special circumstances. One such circumstance is if you have someone living in the home who has a weakened immune function. You may have researched that you can use bleach to clean up mold. If you go this route, the CDC recommends mixing a solution of no more than one cup of bleach for every gallon of water. (Do not to mix it with ammonia or cleaners that contain ammonia)

What Can Be Saved & What Should Be Thrown Away After A Hurricane?

Throw Away

  • Upholstered furniture
  • Papers and books
  • Carpet, carpet padding, and rugs
  • Computers, microwaves, window air conditioning units (any appliances that have fans)
  • Food, including canned foods if they were in contact with flood waters

Save These Items

  • Art, blankets, coats, or clothing that have no visible damage
  • Hard and sealed items like jewelry, dishes, glass, porcelain, and metal
  • Wood furniture, even if it’s moldy, as long as it’s in good condition
  • Some electronics and small appliances without fans
  • Photographs, books, and valuable legal documents with only small levels of mold

Residential & Commercial Mold Removal From Disaster One

When your building suffers water damage or was hit by a hurricane, mold damage can quickly grow and become a problem. Whether you need commercial or residential mold remediation for a home, business, hospital, school or any other type of building, Disaster One’s certified staff of Mold Remediators, Supervisors, Specialists, and Consultants can assist you in the mold remediation process. Locations in Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Charlotte, NC Roanoke, VA, Tampa, FL, and Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit the following sources:

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Our response to Hurricane Matthew

On the Scene With Hurricane Matthew Still In Progress

Disaster One’s response to Hurricane Matthew is in full force along the Southeast U.S. coast even as the storm is still in progress over Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.

Our storm teams have already been dispatched to hotels, multifamily properties and single family residences, responding to reports of trees down on buildings, damaged roofs, flooded basements, and water leaking into commercial properties and homes. Calls for help have come in from as far inland as Gastonia, NC and Roanoke, VA.

Immediate response is critical following severe weather in order to prevent further damage, and Disaster One is responding around the clock to assist our clients. Learn more about why rapid response is so important in our post Why Act Quickly After a Disaster.

If your commercial property or residence has sustained damage from Hurricane Matthew, Disaster One is ready to help. Call us any time at 800-277-4787. We bring order and assurance to chaotic situations.