Global Warming and Flood Forecasts
Global Warming and Flood Forecasts
Despite the torrential summer thunderstorms, we are accustomed to and the risk for tropical activity, Alabama doesn’t make the top 10 when it comes to states most at risk for future flooding. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published a report detailing the risk of flooding for each state due to effects of global warming. Sea levels have been rising over the last century due to warming ocean temperatures and melting land-based ice. The ramifications of this could include an inundation of coastal flooding; however, Alabama isn’t among the states that bear the greatest risk. This is because changing rain and snowfall patterns could also increase the risk of inland flooding. So what states could be affected by the influence of global warming? The top 10 most at-risk states as reported by NOAA (in rank order) are:
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
For more information on climate change and its impact on flooding, visit NOAA’s website by CLICKING HERE. Remember, if you are ever impacted by a flood, SERVPRO of North Mobile County is always just a phone call away. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you with your water damage situation!
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
When the dark clouds roll in and thunder begins to boom, we all know its time to take cover. As a rule, we have always been told, “if you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.” You might think that you could never be struck by lightning on a beautiful blue-sky day, but this is a fallacy. The first thing to note is that there are different types of lightning. The most common type of lightning is what we would expect. It is “cloud to ground” lightning that you would see when those dark storm clouds appear. However, this is another lesser known phenomenon known as “positive lightning”. About one in twenty cloud to ground lightning bolts is positive lightning. These bolts originate in the tops of positively charged storm clouds and reverse the charge of typical lightning bolts. These bolts are far stronger than your typical lightning and can stretch out across the sky to strike nearly 10 miles from the origin of the storm. Although rare, this means that you could be struck “out of the blue”. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we want to help you be more informed about all extremes of severe weather that you can encounter. Be aware of the weather conditions in your general area, not just directly above. To stay informed about current weather conditions, you might want to consider downloading a weather app on your smartphone or device. There are loads of resources out there. For more information on recommended weather apps, CLICK HERE.
Water Spouts and Tornadoes
Water Spouts and Tornadoes
Tornadoes are a common component of severe weather and they can bring immense destruction with them. Living in a coastal community, the threat of tornadoes is less than other regions of the nation, but with so much water surrounding us, waterspouts are a common occurrence. So, what’s the difference? Are water spouts just a tornado over water? To truly understand waterspouts, you must first know that there are broken down into two different categories. There are fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. Tornadic water spouts start from intense rotating thunderstorms and these are the most dangerous but fortunately, the least common. Fair weather waterspouts spring from slow moving developing storms and occur much more frequently. Both require high humidity and a warm water temperature to develop. It is important to remember that waterspouts can move over land and become a tornado. Alternately tornadoes can move from land to water and become waterspouts. Waterspouts are most common from late spring to early fall. If they do move over land they can still cause damage, though in general, not as extensive as a tornado that has developed over land. They are generally weaker by the time they reach land. If you are impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of North Mobile County is always “Here to help”. Contact us any time of the day or night at 251-633-7500.
Most of us take out a homeowner’s policy when we purchase our home. We often assume that everything is covered, but that is a misconception. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we want to help you be better informed when it comes to protecting your home. There are many situations that aren’t covered by your average policy. Many homeowners don’t realize this until the damage has been done. In addition to flood and mold coverage, wind damage is often an additional rider that you must add to your policy. Even if your policy does cover wind damage that can be attributed to a natural disaster, there may be stipulations such as the age of the roof at the time of the event. It is important to know that each insurance carrier covers wind damage differently and it is important to discuss with your agent exactly what your policy covers. If you experience roof damage during a storm, call SERVPRO of North Mobile County. We can help with temporary tarping until the restoration process can begin.
Let Us Handle the Worry
Let Us Handle the Worry
After a catastrophic storm event, you may feel like your life is in shambles. It can be overwhelming, stressful and confusing. Where do you begin to pick up the pieces? That is where SERVPRO of North Mobile County can help! We have vast experience in handling storm situations. As part of SERVPRO’s national Disaster Recovery Team, we have traveled all over the country to help those in need. Not only does this mean we are experts in triaging damage and quickly creating plans of action, but we are familiar with the insurance process as well. As a preferred provider for numerous carriers, we know what they want and how to get the job done quickly. We will take the burden off you by acting as an intermediary between you and your insurance company for any claims that are covered. We also know that many flood claims resulting from storm situations may not be covered by insurance. We are here to help you through those situations too. When it comes to disaster recovery, SERVPRO of North Mobile County wants to help you when you need it most. Let us handle the worry for you, so you can get your life back on track faster.
Lightening and Fire
Lightning and Fire
It doesn’t have to be a catastrophic event to cause catastrophic damage! We all know that the weather here in Mobile can turn on a dime. This means that strong thunderstorms, with damaging winds and lightning can pop up on a moment’s notice. These storms often cause extensive damage especially when they are loaded with lightning. On average over 22,000 residential home fires are reported each year due to lightning strikes. These fires account for an average of nine deaths and nearly $451 million in property damage each year. The good news is that there are things that you can do to protect your home from lightning strikes. Click Here to find out how to protect your investment, and remember, should you ever experience a fire in your home, SERVPRO of North Mobile County is always Here to Help.® We are available 24/7 to take care of your fire restoration needs!
Staying in the Know with SERVPRO of North Mobile County
Staying in the Know (Storm)
Severe weather can come out of nowhere. Here in Mobile, we are all too familiar with forceful pop up thunderstorms that can strike at any time, especially in the summer. How do you stay ready? Watching the weather while you are getting ready for the day, doesn’t always keep your prepared. With today’s technology there are a wide variety of ways to receive notifications and SERVPRO of North Mobile County wants to make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”. If you have your email linked to your mobile device and receive up to the minute notifications, this may be a great option for receiving severe weather alerts. If you are like many of us and don’t want to have to think emails when you aren’t at work, text messaging may be a better choice. Text messages area a great way to make sure you receive alerts. Just always make sure to go to your device settings and allow notifications. If you set your phone to do not disturb during certain hours, make sure that text message notifications from your platform of choice are set to allow. As far as what service you use, the options are almost limitless. From local news stations to national outlets such as NOAA and apps such as Weather Underground, the best thing to do is try them out and stick with the one that works best for your needs. For a listing of services that offer severe alerts via email and text, you can visit weather.gov by CLICKING HERE.
We all know what fire is and we all know what a tornado is, but have you ever heard of a Firenado. At SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we know just about everything there is to know about fire, but even this was a new one for us. There is some disagreement as to the correct term for the occurrence, but it is basically a funnel of fire. It has been referred to as a fire whirl, fire devil, fire swirl, fire twister, firenado or fire tornado. The phenomenon is rare and occurs when there is a large, intense fire with rapidly rising heat and intense wind conditions. These variables combine to create a unique vortex of swirling columns of flames. Unlike tornadoes, these vortexes do not run from ground to cloud which is why the name Firenado or Fire Tornado isn’t considered to be the accurate label. The vortex in a Fire Whirl is actually created from the heat rising rapidly combined with strong surface winds. They may reach heights up to 150 ft.
We Can Handle the Load
We Can Handle the Load (Commercial)
From hospitality to hospitals, SERVPRO of North Mobile County has helped clients from all industries take care of their textile and laundry needs. As one of the only providers of the Esporta laundering system along the Gulf Coast, we have the technology and expertise to handle the load! No job is too big or too complex for us to tackle. The Esporta laundry machine is an innovative approach to traditional washing that provides options never available using traditional systems. The Esporta uses specifically formulated detergents based on the item being cleaned and the contaminant. We can even wash items affected by mold, sewage and soot. The results speak for themselves. The Esporta removes 99.9999% of contaminants. The size capacity and cleaning capabilities also mean that we can handle ANY size job. We have dedicated team members trained in all aspects of the Esporta laundry service to ensure the best results and fastest turn around times to meet all of your commercial needs. Contact us at 251-633-7500 today to learn more about our laundry services.
Commercial Fire Safety
Commercial Fire Safety (Fire)
We talk a lot about residential fires but at SERVPRO of North Mobile County, we also handle a large volume of commercial fires. There are a variety of scenarios that you may encounter when discussing a fire in a commercial building. From multi-tenant buildings to schools and restaurants, there are a multitude of planning and safety tips we could cover. For the focus of this article we are going to concentrate on kitchen fires in the restaurant and hospitality industry. With large ovens, open flames, cooking oils, electrical equipment and the hustle and bustle of large numbers of employees, the fire hazards abound. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly 8,000 establishments reported a fire every year, resulting in an annual average of nearly $246 million in property damage annually. A fire in your business can lead to lost productivity and revenue and we want to help you be better protected. Here are some safety tips to help protect your investment:
- Install an automatic fire suppression system.
- Keep portable fire extinguishers on hand as backup.
- Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment.
- Regularly inspect cooking systems for grease buildup.
- Train your staff on proper use of fire extinguishers.
- Store flammable liquids properly.
- Be prepared: have an emergency plan in place.
SERVPRO of North Mobile County also offers our FREE Emergency Ready Plan service to help you develop a customized emergency plan for your facility. Call us today at 251-633-7500 to schedule a consultation.