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National PrepareAthon Day - April 30th

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

NATIONAL PREPAREATHON DAY!

National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30th reminds us that crises happen suddenly. Being prepared needs to happen now, not later.

Natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and even winter storms can require us to make decisions with little to no warning. Do you have an emergency plan in place with your family in the event of an emergency situation?

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take action by visiting www.community.fema.gov to get prepared. Use #NationalPrepareAthonDay to share on social media.

Visit these sites for more information on making emergency preparedness plans:

Flood https://community.fema.gov/hazard/flood/be-smart

Hurricane https://community.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/be-smart

Storm https://community.fema.gov/hazard/winter-storm/be-smart

HISTORY

In 2014, The White House announced  America’s first National PrepareAthon! Day as part of President Barack Obama’s National Preparedness Initiative.

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Continuing Education in bethlehem, PA

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bethlehem focuses heavily on educating our staff on how to handle any situation, to make sure we deliver on our promise to make it “Like it never even happened." We focus on maintaining and updating our knowledge base constantly. Many professions require continuing education. Our office is proud to offer education credits to our local insurance agents and adjusters. Every month the sales team is up early cooking breakfast, prepping our classroom and greeting our attendees. Steve Davis, one of the owners of SERVPRO of Bethlehem, is a certified instructor. He can provide credits for our local agents and some of our classes can even accommodate agents or adjusters from New Jersey. So, if you or someone you know is looking to gain some credits soon or if you would like to visit and enjoy a great breakfast while bulking up your collection of credits. Give SERVPRO of Bethlehem a call at 610-838-0200.

If you are not an agent or an adjuster don’t feel left out. If you would like to learn more about how to handle fire, mold, or water damage, or how to take care of a bio-hazard issue talk to your local representative. We have provided several “lunch & Learns” to businesses in our local area. We have visited property managers, real estate offices, construction firms, and even school districts. We hope to hear from you soon.

Contractor Relations

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Because of the way the national contracts work, contractors end up working with independent claims adjusters or staff adjusters that are not always local. All communication is done by email and phone and the contractor is relied upon to provide accurate information to the carrier so they can settle the claim. At SERVPRO of Bethlehem we believe those practices that kept our referrals coming in the past are more important than ever before. If the insurance company is going to rely on us to provide them the information they need to help our customer, we have a much larger obligation in this process than before. We have to be quick, accurate, and thorough so that customer and adjuster have the information they need to keep the process moving forward. Understanding that our clients didn't plan for this project and doing everything we can to make it a smooth process for all parties is what sets us apart from the competition. 

Teaching Your Children to Handle the Unexpected

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Teaching your children to handle the unexpected

Handling the Unexpected

It’s almost that time of year again when schools are out for summer and the kids run free. Sometimes things happen and our children are left to fend for themselves for part of the day and sometimes the entire day.  This can come with some hesitation as we allow our children to grow up and fend for themselves.  Rest assured the more that you prepare them for this phenomenon, the better off you both will be. 

Handling the Unexpected

You can feel more confident about your absence if your child learns some basic skills that might come in handy during an emergency. Organizations such as the American Red Cross offer courses in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in local places like schools, hospitals, and community centers.

Before being left home alone, your child should be able to complete certain tasks and safety precautions, such as:

  • knowing when and how to call 911 and what address information to give the dispatcher
  • knowing how to work the home security system, if you have one, and what to do if the alarm is accidentally set off
  • locking and unlocking doors
  • working the phone/cell phone (in some areas, you have to dial 1 or the area code to dial out)
  • turning lights off and on
  • operating the microwave

Knowing what to do if:

  • there's a small fire in the kitchen
  • the smoke alarm goes off
  • there’s severe weather
  • a stranger comes to the door
  • someone calls for a parent who isn't home
  • there's a power outage

Regularly discuss some emergency scenarios — ask what your child would do if, for example, he or she smelled smoke, a stranger knocked at the door, or someone called for you while you're gone.

Call SERVPRO of Bethlehem at 610-838-0200. We are Here to Help.