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Hurricane Season 2017: What You Need To Know

Get Ready for Hurricane Season 2017

Leading weather experts are revising their forecasts and are predicting a more active than average hurricane season in 2017. IBM’s The Weather Co. now predicts 14 named storms, including 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. Warmer North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, which historically have been associated with more active seasons, have been recorded in recent weeks. This trend, coupled with uncertainty surrounding the development and magnitude of El Nino, could be revised upward again with the next update in June.

Although Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April, the official Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, 2017, and runs through November 30, 2017. And while Weather Channel meteorologists point out there is no strong correlation between the number of hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season, it is always prudent to remain vigilant and be prepared.

What to do before, during, and after a hurricane


Hurricane Categories Explained

Category 1:

The lowest hurricane level, maximum sustained winds are between 74-95 mph. Still considered dangerous but typically no substantial damage to structures other than unanchored mobile homes.

Category 2:

Maximum sustained winds between 96-110 mph. Roof and siding damage can occur; shallowly rooted trees can be snapped or uprooted. Some damage to windows, doors, and roofing materials, but no major destruction other than to exposed mobile homes. Flooding can be expected in low-lying areas.

Category 3:

Maximum sustained winds of 111-129 mph, first level of major hurricane status. Large trees can be blown down; well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage, mobile homes can be destroyed. Extensive flooding can occur inland and may destroy smaller structures. Superstorm Sandy was a memorable category 3 hurricane in 2012. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 season.

Category 4:

Maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph; extensive damage to roofs, windows, and doors, with complete failure of roofs on many smaller residences (mobile homes completely destroyed). Terrain may be flooded far inland. Joaquin was a category 4 hurricane in 2015 with 155 mph winds.

Category 5:

Rare but the most severe, they generate winds of 157 mph or higher and cause catastrophic damage; buildings can be completely destroyed. Flooding can cause major damage even very far inland. Memorable category 5 hurricanes include Andrew (165 mph in 1992), Katrina (175 mph winds in 2005) and Matthew (165 mph winds in 2016).


We can’t predict the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. this year, but we can guarantee Disaster One’s emergency response team will be ready to respond if it happens near you. We bring order and assurance to chaotic situations – if you ever sustain storm damage at your home or business, we’re just a phone call away. We’re standing by 24/7/365 at 800-277-4787.

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Church Bell

On the Job: Church Bell Restoration

In this edition of On the Job we take you (literally) inside a church bell.


Lando Baptist Church in Richburg, SC, was heavily damaged by a fire that officials believe was caused by a lightning strike. During the fire, the church steeple and roof collapsed into the sanctuary, destroying the entire first floor and causing extensive water and mold damage down into the basement. The steeple bell suffered major fire damage and corrosion.

church bell exterior before
church bell interior before
church bell exterior after
church bell Interior after

Disaster One Charlotte restoration technician Jose Miron completed the bell restoration project, the first project of its kind for our Charlotte branch.

Jose first applied a corrosion inhibitor to neutralize and prevent further damage to the bell, and then meticulously utilized grinding tools to remove all existing corrosion. Small pockets of corrosion in the bell’s crevasses required a tool similar to a dental pick for complete removal.

He then heated and straightened the bell clapper, which was damaged when the steeple collapsed, and followed the same process to remove soot and corrosion. The final step involved several applications of gun oil to fully restore the bell.

Prior to restoring the bell, Jose also completed 2,000 square feet of mold remediation in the church basement and managed all packing, storage, and cleaning of the building’s contents that were damaged by smoke, soot, and water.

Disaster One’s large loss-structure division is currently completing the building repairs on this project, so the beautifully restored bell will soon have a new home.


In the before & after photos (left, top to bottom): soot- and corrosion-covered bell exterior before; bell interior before; bell exterior after restoration; straightened and repaired bell clapper; bell interior after restoration.


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Disaster One names new corporate trainer

Scott Marcle has been appointed to the newly created position of Corporate Trainer at Disaster One.


Scott Marcle, Disaster One Corporate TrainerMarcle returns to Disaster One after several years in other areas of the restoration industry. He previously served as an estimator with Disaster One from 2000-2010.

In his new role, Marcle will be responsible for training in all aspects of restoration and job management throughout the company and developing and improving company operating procedures. He will report directly to Disaster One’s vice president of restoration.

“We’ve discussed the need for a trainer for some time,” stated company president Rasmus Fenger in announcing the appointment. “I’m happy to welcome Scott back to Disaster One. He will ensure that our standards are being followed on a consistent basis and that those standards are the highest in the industry.”

Marcle holds numerous certifications from the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) including Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer.

Welcome back to Disaster One, Scott!

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Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017

NC Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 7-13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.


With many NC communities still struggling to recover from last October’s Hurricane Matthew, it’s already time to start preparing for the 2017 hurricane season.

“Last fall, North Carolinians experienced first-hand the life-changing devastation of Hurricane Matthew, and we know from experience that any storm should be taken seriously,” said Gov. Cooper in a statement issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The National Weather Service has developed a unique focus for each day of Hurricane Preparedness Week. Disaster One urges all North Carolina residents to familiarize themselves with these preparedness steps:

Sunday: Determine your risk – “Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live.”

Monday: Develop an evacuation plan – “The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone.”

Tuesday: Assemble disaster supplies – “You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the…aftermath.”

Wednesday: Secure an insurance check-up – “Call your insurance company or agent…to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance.”

Thursday: Strengthen your home – “If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair.”

Friday: Check on your neighbor – “There are…many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches.”

Saturday: Complete your written hurricane plan – “The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins.”

Disaster One responded to calls for help with hurricane damage and severe flooding in and around Lumberton, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Raleigh, NC following Hurricane Matthew. While we hope you don’t experience this in 2017, rest assured we’re here and ready to respond whenever you need our help with storm damage repair.

To learn more, visit Hurricane Preparedness Week.


(Photo credit: By Ryan Johnson (City of Charleston) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

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Fire in downtown Raleigh

On the Job: fire in downtown Raleigh

Saint Patrick’s Day was not a day for celebration in Raleigh. A downtown fire of unknown origin began the previous night on the construction site of a wood-framed apartment building. Because the building had only been framed up and sprinklers weren’t yet installed, and a lot of lumber and materials were onsite, it went up like a book of matches according to witnesses. Making matters worse was a stiff wind to fan the flames even higher.

Disaster One teams respond to Raleigh Fire Adjacent to the construction site stands the Link Apartments Glenwood South, managed by a long-time Disaster One client. As the fire raged, a large construction crane collapsed onto a nearby building, narrowly missing the Link.

The Link didn’t escape unscathed, however. Increasing heat set off sprinklers installed on the outside of the building which cover tenants’ balconies. Several windows later exploded due to the extreme heat, allowing water inside; sprinklers inside the apartments were next to go off. Meanwhile, the Raleigh Fire Department was busy hosing down the building to prevent it from catching fire.

Ultimately more than 60 of the building’s approximately 204 units were impacted by water and smoke damage.

Disaster One received the call to perform water mitigation and cleanup. Before the flames were completely extinguished, Disaster One teams from Raleigh, Roanoke VA, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Atlanta, our Large Loss division and corporate headquarters began converging on the scene.

As soon as fire and police officials deemed the building safe to enter two days later, our teams diligently worked twelve-hour days with a singular focus of drying, selective demolition where needed, cleaning, and restoring the building.

At times Disaster One has had as many as 200 workers on site and has fully gutted 25 units. Mitigation continues some thirty days later.

The repair phase is expected to begin soon and there is still a long road ahead; watch for further updates.

An apartment fire is never welcome news, but if it happens to you, rest assured Disaster One stands ready to provide expert fire damage restoration. Don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 277-4787.

Disaster One response to Raleigh Fire
Disaster One equipment on site of Raleigh fire damage


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April Miller, Disaster One

Meet Our Team: April

Welcome to the first installment in our new blog series “Meet Our Team.” We’ll periodically post a brief interview with one of our team members to let you see inside Disaster One and learn more about who we are.


Today we’re pleased to introduce you to April, a contents department manager with Disaster One. A Greensboro native, April will mark 20 years with us this September. She’s responsible for overseeing the team that cleans and restores our customers’ contents that have been damaged by water, fire, smoke, or mold.

What inspires you to do what you do?

I like the craziness. I get to meet different people every day from all walks of life. It’s a huge challenge, and I like the feeling of doing something good for somebody.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

I like seeing things put back together, seeing the finished product.

What is your proudest moment at Disaster One?

When I was given the opportunity to be contents manager; that’s my proudest moment.

What do you like to do when you’re off work?

I like to spend time with my kids, go to the beach, and I like to cook – I love trying new things. But I spend most of my time at my second job: cleaning my house.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m good at surf fishing; it’s one of my favorite things to do.

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PTAA 2016 Diamond Award

Exterior Contractor of the Year (Again!)

Disaster One has once again been recognized by the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) as its Exterior Contractor of the Year.


PTAA 2016 Diamond AwardThe association presented the award at its annual Diamond Awards program on April 6, 2017. This is the fourth time since 2011 that Disaster One has received this prestigious award from the PTAA.

Vendor award winners are selected from nominations submitted by the PTAA’s apartment communities and property management company members.

In presenting the award, PTAA officials stated:

“In an emergency or disaster situation, it’s nice to be able to depend on a company that has served our community for 40 years with expertise and professionalism. In addition to providing amazing service after a disaster, Disaster One has hosted “lunch and learn” seminars to help their customers better prepare. They are active PTAA member and continually support our industry. One customer said, ‘Disaster One is a reputable company to do business with; transparent, fair, and willing to communicate intelligently with clients about the often complex processes necessary in disaster recovery.’ Congratulations to the Disaster One team! Truly one of a kind.”


We are very humbled by these kind words and we’re grateful for this great honor from the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association. Thank you, PTAA!

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Disaster One employees obtain Certified Restorer certification

Disaster One employees receive Certified Restorer® certification

Two more Disaster One employees have attained the Restoration Industry Association’s coveted Certified Restorer® (CR) certification. Often called the “Ph.D. of damage repair,” this advanced certification is widely recognized as the pre-eminent restoration training program.

Pictured above, Steve Brown (left), vice president of restoration, and Mark Klamerus (right), Wilmington/Myrtle Beach branch manager, received their CR certificates during the 2017 International Restoration Convention held this month in Palm Springs, California.

4-step certification process

Before receiving Certified Restorer® certification, Brown and Klamerus were required to complete a four-step process. They first met pre-qualifying requirements that include either five years of restoration work experience or three years of supervisory experience. Then to become accepted as candidates for the CR Prep Course and exam, they completed rigorous training courses in multiple disciplines including fire, smoke & water damage restoration, structural restoration, contents restoration, health & safety training, and project management.

Finally, after completing the prep course and exam, they each were required to present a CR Formal Report which verified and illustrated the candidates’ communication skills when documenting actions taken on a restoration job. (If the CR is the Ph.D. of damage repair, you might think of this report as their doctoral dissertation.)

Since the Certified Restorer® program began in 1980, only 655 people have completed the process.

Brown and Klamerus are the second and third Disaster One employees to attain this certification, following in the footsteps of Greensboro branch manager Ron Johnson. Brown is a 22-year veteran of Disaster One, and Klamerus has been with the company for 7 years.

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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, October 27, 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.

Daily Events

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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