Recent Storm Damage Posts

A Guide to Being Storm-Safe at Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A large branch of a tree laying on a damaged roof after a storm Taking precautions against storms throughout the year can really help when the bad ones hit!

Thunderstorms are a common part of life in Dutchess County, but they can also be dangerous or deadly—which means that just because they happen frequently does not mean they should not be taken seriously every time.

Severe thunderstorms can produce high winds, heavy rains, hail and lightning if conditions are right, all of which can be harmful to you and your home. Thankfully, through practicing storm safety, you can circumvent many of the issues that could arise due to storms.

Storm Safety for Every Element of Your Home Storm

-Safety for the outside of your home:

Storms can lead to serious household damage that can be a headache to deal with. To prevent this damage from occurring, you can take several steps:

-Inspect your roof regularly for missing or loose shingles.

-Clean out your gutters at least twice per year.

-Bring in or secure patio furniture, potted plants and any other objects that could become projectiles in high winds.

-Consider installing a lightning protection system for your home.

-Trim trees near your home regularly to reduce the chances of dead limbs falling on your home.

-Storm safety inside your home:

If severe weather is on the way, the best thing you can do is stay put and stay safe at home—and having a plan in place can help you make that happen:

-Keep a weather radio, flashlights and batteries handy as part of your emergency preparedness kit.

-Designate a safe area of your home for your family to shelter from the storm—it should be an interior room without any windows.

-Use surge protectors on every outlet in case of lightning strikes.

-Storm safety when you are away from home:

If you will be going out of town, it is important to make sure your home is still protected from a storm that might come through while you are away.

-Unplug all appliances and electronics in case of lightning strikes.

-Secure all outdoor furniture and possible projectile objects before you go away just in case.

-Be sure a trusted neighbor knows you are going out of town so they can contact you if any issues arise.

If your home sustains storm damage, you can count on us to help. Contact us today for more information about how we can help 24/7.

When Storm Damage Threatens Your Home, We’re Here to Help | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

A yellow storm damage sign posted in front of a heavily damaged roof of a home. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Storms happen quite frequently during the warmer months in Dutchess County, and with how common they are, it might feel easy to forget how destructive they can be in the winter months. In 2018, $2 billion in household damages was attributed to storms, making them the top reason for insurance claim filings.

A storm could cause damage at any point, so preparing for restoration is the best protection strategy. By choosing a restoration company to work with in advance, you can be prepared to make the call as soon as damage is discovered to prevent it from getting worse.

How We Handle Your Storm Damage Restoration

-By Starting With a Custom Restoration Plan
Because every incident of storm damage is inherently different, we approach every situation prepared to create a custom restoration plan. Storms can cause issues with moisture, structural damage and mold, so we make sure that we are prepared to handle whatever damage Mother Nature has brought your way.

-By Training Our Technicians Well
Technicians who are knowledgeable in their field are the key to our high-quality work, which is why we invest heavily in our training programs. We begin with training materials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and provide many other training opportunities throughout our technicians’ careers to make sure they stay up-to-date on the latest restoration techniques and technology.

-By Having Enough Resources
As a locally owned business with a national brand affiliation, we are able to provide however many resources are required after widespread storm damage occurs. We can call in SERVPRO® technicians and equipment from nearby locations that are not impacted in order to make sure everyone in the community receives quick and quality service.

-By Living Up to Our Reputation
We have been in the restoration business for years and are considered leaders in the industry. Because there are so many scams that pop up after severe storms impact an area, choosing a reputable company to work with is vital to make sure you are not getting scammed during the restoration process.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is your GO-TO for any type of winter storm damage!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A large, fallen tree laying on the roof of a home after a winter storm SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will handle ALL aspects of storm damage to your home or business.

Even when you feel like you’re super prepared, mother nature can still do a number on your home in Wappingers when a storm hits just right. If you find yourself dealing with storm damage like structural issues, fire or water damage, taking immediate action is essential. Choose the company with storm damage experience, resources and equipment to handle the job on all levels. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can respond immediately to storm damage and flooding conditions.

Why Call Us?

*24/7 Emergency Services-there is ALWAYS a live person who will answer your call, no matter the day or time. Our crews are available for your emergency at any time, no matter the time or the holiday.

*We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: We’ve been a local company for over 25 years. When you need help right away when a storm hits your Wappingers, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie or Beacon home or business, our fast response will help prevent secondary damage and therefore reduce restoration costs.

*We Have Specially-Trained Storm Damage Specialists: Being leaders in the water, fire and storm damage industry, our teams have advanced training and years of expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Our professionals will respond quickly, start the remediation process and restore your home to pre-storm condition. From smoke removal to drying out to complete reconstruction, there is nothing we can’t handle!

*We're the LOCAL Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry: Our local 25+ years in the damage restoration industry have proven our trust-worthiness and reliability. Our power lies in being locally owned with National Storm Resources. No damage is too big, or too small.

*We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we have the capability to access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events. Not all damage restoration companies are created equal!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, the local restoration leader for over 25 years and always here to help. Call us anytime at (845) 831-3600, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winter weather Prep tips For Your Wappingers Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A view of snow falling and accumulating over a home's roof Follow some easy tips to get your Wappingers home Winter Ready!

While the Hudson Valley is used to unpredictable winters, it’s incredibly advantageous to prepare your home ahead of time should we get hit by significant snowfalls or days of super freezing temperatures. These weather extremes can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County wants to make sure you are prepared and know what to do in case you do have a damage! 

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:

  • When temps dip below 20 degrees, or the “temperature alert threshold,” keep cabinet and closet doors open to allow heat to circulate in. Especially true in attics, basements and garages. If possible, purchase some pipe insulation material from a hardware store. It’s inexpensive and easy to do.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 
  • Shut off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off". After turning off the water,  open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. Additionally, have your hot water heater inspected as they also can leak if not properly maintained.
  • Have your roof and attic inspected for any leaks or damage. Unknown leaks can cause secondary damage like mold and structural issues. Definitely not something you want to deal with in the winter months.

If your Dutchess County home experiences any kind of water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to take care of it effectively and efficiently. We’re here to help 24/7 at 845-831-3600. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Making a Flood Escape Plan That Includes Your Pets | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

A disheveled white dog wading through flood waters Pet parents: find out in advance where the pet-friendly hotels and shelters are in case of an emergency!

When making household emergency plans, it is common to create one plan for the entire family since many people will have the same needs. However, it is important to remember family members’ individual needs as well, especially when it comes to pets.

Including household pets in your flood emergency plan is not that much different than making one for any other member of the household. By making sure their documents are safe, their emergency kit is stocked and you have a moment-of evacuation plan in place, you can keep the whole family together and safe in the event of a flood.

Prepare Your Pets Before a Flood-

When making your own flood preparedness plan, be sure to remember these pet-specific items as well:

  • Be aware of differences between a flood watch and flood warning to understand weather reports.
  • Use the FEMA Flood Map Service Center to assess your overall risk.
  • As you get your own important documents together to store in a waterproof location, obtain copies of your pet’s vaccine records and microchip information to include as well.
  • Find a designated location to take your pets if you must evacuate, such as a pet-friendly shelter or hotel.
  • Coordinate with other pet-owning neighbors to develop a plan for if one of you is away from home when a flood strikes. Show them where your pet emergency supplies are and designate a meeting spot.

Making Your Pets’ Emergency Kit-

An emergency kit for your pets contains many of the same things as one would for a human, with some special considerations:

  • A picture and detailed description of your pets
  • Proof of ownership
  • Vaccination records
  • An extra leash and collar
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Required medications
  • Enough sealed food, water and treats needed to last several days
  • A pet first-aid kit
  • An identical replica of a favorite toy to bring them entertainment and comfort

Surviving a Flood With Your Pets-

The most important thing to do when a flood becomes imminent is to tune in to local weather channels and emergency stations to stay aware of authorities’ instructions. Here are some other tips for surviving a flood with your pets:

  • Bring any outdoor pets inside and head to the highest area of your house.
  • If authorities are advising to evacuate, do so and bring your pets, as animals are required to be included in state and local emergency plans.
  • Keep your and your pets’ emergency kits handy so they can easily be taken with you.


The time period after a flood can be traumatizing, but SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help restore your home to pre-flood condition fast. Get in touch with us today to learn how we approach water restoration differently and can help you after an emergency.

Is your Western Dutchess County business prepared for a disaster?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A convenience store with broken out windows, soda machine on the ground and shelving on the floor. Disasters can strike with little warning, make sure your business is prepared for emergencies!

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help everyone get a leg up on preparing themselves, families and businesses in the event of a disaster.

This is a great time for business and commercial property owners to review their emergency plans. Historically, tropical storms from hurricanes have caused significant property damage homes and businesses in the months of September and October. Flooding, roof leaks, broken windows, electrical fires, and downed trees are possible damages from hurricanes. 

Commercial restoration presents unique challenges in and of itself. Building structure, employees, clients or customers, inventory, files, documents, and other crucial elements can be affected. It’s vital to have a comprehensive emergency plan that contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers in addition to emergency escape plans and other disaster information. Having this all at your fingertips either in mobile form on your phone or in a full document format can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.

Because SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program (ERP) for any business owner to have at their facility, at no charge. It’s a simple process involving one of our team members and the business working together to gather information that will be critical to have if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free mobile app. If needed, we’re happy to provide a full hard-copy for your employees as well.

In short time, you can help to protect your business or commercial property from storm damage by having a plan in place and by calling SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County. We’re here to help 24/7, no matter where and when. Call us asap to schedule your ERP at 845-831-3600.

Thunderstorms can cause serious damage in Western Dutchess County

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't underestimate the power of a thunderstorm!

Thunderstorms are pretty common during the summer months in the Hudson Valley. However, with these storms comes a chance for storm damage caused by those severe thunderstorms.

A little Thunderstorm 101 from SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County-

In the U.S., there are generally around 100,000 thunderstorms per year, and 10% of those that are considered severe. Compared to hurricanes and winter storms, thunderstorms affect relatively smaller areas.

Every thunderstorm needs 3 ingredients:

*Moisture- to form clouds and rain

*Unstable Air- warm air that can rise rapidly

*Lifts- fronts, sea breezes, and mountains can lift air to form thunderstorms

(This is why you often hear meteorologists’ reference when cold and warm fronts are about to intersect, creating dangerous conditions).

Damage from Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can create many different dangerous situations that can occur during it, but debris flying around due to high winds is among the most dangerous to both property and humans.

Wind speeds can gust in a severe thunderstorm up to and over 57.5 mph. That is enough to cause damage to your property. If you have anything in your yard that’s not secured, including things like bikes or trash cans, those items can become projectiles quickly, causing damage to homes, businesses and cause personal injuries.

Thunderstorms can also produce the following damage besides wind damage:

Lightning damage. When lightning strikes a building, electricity moves through the wiring of the home. This can lead to appliances blowing out, along with an increased risk of fire.

Tornado damage. Consider this—the average storm has winds around 60 mph. The wind in a tornado can gust upward of 200 mph, which can wreak some serious havoc.

Hail damage. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year?

Flood damage. During storms, a lot of rain often falls in a small amount of time. This can make it impossible for the water to soak into the earth, leaving pools of water everywhere. This flash flooding can have dangerous consequences.

Dealing with storm damage to your home or business? Know that the team at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess Countyis available 24/7 for emergencies to help with cleanup and restoration.

Be familiar with storm terms and what to do at your Western Dutchess County home!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

When lightning strikes, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County strikes back!

The Hudson Valley has seen our fair share of severe storms these past few years that have had the potential to cause damage to homes and impact daily life. It’s important to understand the terminology, do some early prep and have a plan for your family.

-Make sure you have a communication plan and emergency kit ready to go. Discuss this with your family often.

-Get rid of rotting or dead branches or limbs that could pose a hazard in high winds.

-Tie down or bring inside any loose items or furniture

-Stay inside a car (not a convertible with a soft top), a home or building until the threat is over.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, here are the differences between a ‘watch’ and a ‘warning.’

*A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued. 

*A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch a designated area 24/7 for severe weather that has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

Having a plan for severe storms is important. Plan on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to get your Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Fishkill or Beacon property back to preloss condition no matter the size, and no matter the time, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting Your Property From Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

No matter where you live or work in Western Dutchess County, it's important to know about flash floods.

Whether you live in an area that’s a known flood zone or not, it’s important to be prepared for flash flooding at your Western Dutchess County home or business. As the name implies, flash flooding can come up suddenly and affect even areas that aren’t typically prone to rising waters. Here’s what you need to know:

~What Causes Flash Floods?

There are several different factors that can contribute to a flash flood developing. Prolonged rainfall or quick, intense rainfall can put areas at risk. Dam or levee failure, as well as a sudden release of water held by a debris jam can all cause flash flooding.

Most flash flooding is caused by thunderstorms that remain isolated over an area or repeatedly develop over the same place, or heavy rain from tropical storms. Additionally, ice melting in the spring can have a trickle-down effect and lead to flash flooding farther down the water stream.

~Flood Watch vs. Flood Warning

Here is a breakdown of flash flood terminology so you can be alert:

Flash Flood Watch: Be alert within the designated watch area, flooding is possible.

Flash Flood Warning: Flooding has been reported or is imminent, get to higher ground.

Urban/Small Stream Advisory: Low-lying streets, small streams and areas are experiencing flooding.

~How to Stop Flash Floods From Damaging Your Property

While flash flooding cannot be prevented or deterred, there are ways you can prepare your property to lessen the damage if you’re at risk:

*Raise your essential equipment- Have a professional lift your water heater, air conditioner, furnace and other equipment off the ground if your home is in a known flood zone.

*Stockpile materials- In some cases, you may be able to divert flood waters and discourage landslides with sandbags, so keep some on hand. Also keep plywood and nails on hand to board up your home in the event of damage.

*Shut off utilities- If a flood is imminent, shut off electricity to your house. This will keep essential components from shorting out and causing more damage.

*Know your evacuation route- The most important thing to keep safe in a flood is your family. Draft an evacuation plan and make sure your family is aware of it. Review the plan often and adjust if needed.

If you’ve suffered from water damage from a flash flood, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help. Our dedicated team is here for you, no matter when. Contact our 24/7 Emergency Line today at (845)831-3600.

Prepping for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Help your family be prepared for unwarned severe weather!

While we may have advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there will be times when we will be taken by surprise.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family is prepared for the unwarned severe weather occurrences.

Why You Should Plan for Severe Weather

One of the best ways to prepare your family for these situations is to have an established family emergency plan prepared.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, it is important to have drills to practice that plan and review it as the weather seasons change throughout the year so everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, we’ve compiled some information of things to take into consideration when creating one:

1. How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?

Thanks to today’s smartphone technologies, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone in addition to the emergency broadcasts on the radio and television. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you can quickly receive emergency alerts, which gives you valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. What type of storm shelter is available?

If your home is in an area where tornadoes are a frequent occurrence, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home. Basements are preferable, but if there is no basement, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home that is away from windows and doors. Tornadoes are not the only situations that require a form of storm shelter, and there is more information available about those situations at ready.gov.

3. What is your evacuation route?

Before an emergency happens, you should map out evacuation routes, since things such as hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home at a moment’s notice. It’s always wise to have multiple routes planned as some routes could become impassable, and be sure you find places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members that need to be evacuated.

4. How will everyone stay in touch?

We can have peace of mind when we are able to communicate with our family members during an emergency. Our first instinct is to rely on cell phones, but in some circumstances, that may not be possible. Cell phone towers can be damaged, phones may be lost or left behind, and if power is lost, you will not be able to recharge the batteries.

For these reasons, your family should have an emergency communication plan in place and a pre-arranged meeting spot to gather in case you are all separated during the evacuation.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Protecting Your Property From Damaging Winds | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your property from damaging winds!

There are many concerns that come with severe storms, and damaging winds are always a threat. These winds, which can come with little to no notice, can be devastating and cause long-term structural impacts.

The Concern With Damaging Winds

While many consider damaging winds to come from a tornado or hurricane, those are not the only times when they may come into play. Traditionally, damaging winds are considered those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph. They can stem from a strong thunderstorm and are called “straight-line” winds, which cause damage much like tornadoes and, yet, the damage is different.

The damage from these winds can be especially destructive, as they can also cause loose objects on your property to become projectiles. Windows and the roof are especially vulnerable and can take the brunt of this damage, and if the damage is extensive, water damage can result inside the home as the outside elements are allowed indoors.

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area will be at risk from damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk in winds over 80 mph, including mobile homes, even those that are anchored.

Protecting Your Property From Damaging Winds

There are a number of ways you can protect your property from damaging winds, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove. A few of these are listed below:

  • Have a professional reinforce your garage door.

  • Remove and/or anchor loose objects on your property, such as trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture, that could be moved or tossed by the wind.

  • Hire a professional to remove large or dying trees and branches that could fall over onto your home.

Not all high wind circumstances come with advanced warning, but some of these action items could be the difference between damage and little-to-no damage.

Also, when building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure the windows, walls and doors are up to code for the weather in your area.

Should your home ever be hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, our highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home at all times of the day. Call us at 845-831-3600.

We can restore your home in Dutchess County after a storm!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County handle your storm damage, no matter the season!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (845) 831-3600

Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County?

    • 24/7 Emergency Services
    • We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
    • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
    • We're a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
    • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.
    • Locally Owned Company with National Storm ResourcesAs a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our Hudson Valley communities! Call 845-831-3600 today for help!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is ready, no matter what, to handle any storm damage!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dutchess County.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Dutchess County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 845-831-3600.

Storm Damage: What You Need to Know

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 for all your storm damage needs!

New York has seen its fair share of heavy rainfall in the past few months of summer 2018. Heavy rainfall and its accompanying floods are only some of the common types of damage from storms.

There are several major storm types:

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Snow storms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Tropical storms

Under 100 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, Dutchess County is not unfamiliar with storms caused by severe tropical weather. Since Dutchess County is also so far north and close to the coast, it’s very likely that residents might experience each of these types of storms.

The fact remains that hurricanes can still cause damage far past the coast. New Yorkers remember just how widespread the damage from Hurricane Sandy was.

During a hurricane, most damage is caused by a combination of floods, storm surge, and wind.Storm surge: the most damage

As a hurricane approaches the shore, its powerful winds push extra water along with it. If the wind is powerful enough, it can push so much water shoreward that the water has nowhere to go but up and inland. This is storm surge: when the water level rises so far high above the predicted tide level and then surges inward toward land. The force of storm surge can be strong enough to destroy buildings and roads.

Floods: the most common

Floods tend to be incredibly common and seemingly inevitable in hurricanes. They are caused by heavy rainfall and by storm surge. A tropical storm can cause widespread heavy rain, as far out as 100 miles. This much surplus water cannot drain quickly enough or properly and thus causes flooding.

Wind: the speediest

Winds that come from hurricanes range from 74 mph to 155 mph. At this speed and force, winds can cause substantial damage. Not only can wind knock down trees, but it can also carry those trees as well as other debris and hurl them into buildings, vehicles, or anything else in its path.

The damage from storm surge, floods, and winds can be overwhelming to deal with. After a storm, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to make it like it never even happened.

Floods and Storm Damage: How to Prepare

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600!

Did you know that climate change is increasing the chance of floods even in areas previously considered to be [low risk]?(https://www.economist.com/briefing/2017/08/31/the-likelihood-of-floods-is-changing-with-the-climate) As rainfall increases, so do floods. As heavy rain has continued to fall in New Jersey in recent months, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for flooding.

If at least two properties (or acres) are totally or partially submerged in water, then a flood has occurred.

But safety will always matter a lot more than a legal definition if a flood does occur.

To prepare for a flood and storm damage, you should be able to answer these questions:

  1. Do you know the risk of a flood?
  2. Are you prepared for a flood?
  3. Are you able to evacuate if needed?
Follow these guidelines to prepare for flood and storm damage.

Before a storm ever hits, you should know the chances of flooding. The best resources for this? The local government or FEMA office. The more informed you are, the better prepared you are. For the Western Dutchess County area, start here.

You could also buy a weather radio to stay informed about possible storms and flooding.

All households should have an emergency preparedness kit. Your car and office should also have an emergency kit. For floods, a smart tip is to store important documents in water proof casing. Flood waters can contaminate usual water sources (like the kitchen tap), so it becomes extra important to keep fresh, clean water in your emergency kit. If you aren’t sure how to prepare a kit, read this.

An emergency generator is equally important as an emergency preparedness kit. Severe storms have the ability to knock out the power grid for your area. An emergency generator will keep the lights on in the event of a storm. The size of your house and its power needs influence the kind of generator that you need.

An evacuation order might be issued. Evacuation orders are common under the threat of severe storms and flooding. It’s important that you know how to follow this order if it comes. To learn the official evacuation procedure, contact your local government. You can use this procedure as a jumping point for creating a family evacuation policy. The entire family should practice the evacuation plan until everyone has it memorized.

Remember, high flood waters can conceal damage and debris. Always use caution.

After a flood has receded and it’s time to clean up the damage, call SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County.

Building Your Family’s Emergency Kit the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 if you'd like help building your emergency kit!

In 2017, over $306 billion in damage was declared that directly correlated to natural disasters. Emergency situations happen now more than ever, and being prepared is a sound investment in safety and peace of mind.

At SERVPRO®, we’re committed to educating the community about emergency preparedness. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack a natural disaster kit for the whole family, so you can have everything you need until help arrives:

Food and Water: When deciding how to pack food and water rations, it’s recommended to set aside a 72-hour supply per family member. Not sure what to include? Shelf-stable items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section are filling, require no preparation and don’t take up much space. If you have pets, the same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water as well.

Tip: Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are great, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater to prepare.

Stay Comfortable: Remember your emergency kit is for the worst-case scenario—meaning you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like pillows, blankets and extra clothes might not seem important, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Keep the living space sanitary by packing practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels as well.

Tip: Pack cards, books and puzzles for the kids (and adults!) to pass the time with.

Odds and Ends: The odds and ends regularly get overlooked, but are often the handiest items. Remember the first-aid kit, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, survivalist tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful for many situations, with the added benefit of taking up almost no space.

Tip: Forgetting something? Make note of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.

If you need help with disaster preparedness or recovery, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Western Dutchess County location today to get connected with our team of professionals.

How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 to help with your storm damage today!

April showers bring May flowers, but if you’re not careful, they can also bring water damage. The promise of spring is exciting, but don’t forget to take the steps to prepare your home—it only takes an afternoon and will ensure your home stays dry through the strongest of storms.

SERVPRO® knows what it takes to prepare your home for rain because we know what happens when you don’t. We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way, but we do know how to be prepared.

###Perform a Roof Inspection for Existing Damage

Naturally, your roof is one of the biggest defenses you have against a rainstorm, so it’s important to check it thoroughly. When homeowners take the time to climb up on the roof, they are often shocked to find they already have storm damage that was invisible from the ground.

Because we never know how severe spring showers will become, making repairs in advance is the best way to keep the problem from getting worse.

###Declutter Your Gutters

You probably clean your gutters every autumn, but spring is a good time to give them another pass. As debris builds up, water drains more and more slowly—meaning if a heavy shower falls, your home will be absorbing the excess.

Taking the time to clean out your gutters will keep water flowing away from your home instead of into your foundation.

###Check the Seal of Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are generally sturdy, but with age and weather comes eroding resiliency. The sealant surrounding windows and exterior doors can flake away over time, giving moisture a hiding spot and mold a home.

As water starts to seep in, exterior walls become soaked and unsupportive, which can cause a plethora of structural issues. Taking the time to re-seal these seams ensures rain will stay where it’s supposed to be—outside.

Spring is an exciting season, but only if your home is protected from the elements. Taking an afternoon for spring maintenance will give you peace of mind and keep your family dry through many storms to come.

If you need help knowing how to prepare your home or if you’ve suffered water damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has trained professionals ready to help!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Can Help With Your Storm Damage!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.


Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (845) 831-3600


 


Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County?





  • 24/7 Emergency Services

  • We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: When a storm hits your Dutchess County home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.







  • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.


 



  • We're a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry


 



  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.




 


  • Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.


 


We are proud to serve our Hudson Valley communities! Call 845-831-3600 today for help!

When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Storm Damage

Did a winter storm cause water damage in your Dutchess County, NY home or business? Here's some winter weather tips!


This last storm for the Hudson Valley area predicted 16-24 inches of snow and severe cold temperatures. That can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County wants to make sure you are prepared for storms and know what to do in case you do have a damage! 


Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:



  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 

  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".

  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 

  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 

  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 


Tips for Preparing your Business for Winter Weather:



  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and/or snow, can cause branches to fall which would cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.  

  • Ask SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for any future or potential emergencies. 


If your Dutchess County home or business experiences water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

When Storms or Floods hit Ulster County, SERVPRO is ready!

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dutchess & Ulster County.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Ulster County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 845-255-4334

Flooding, Water & Storms: Hurricane Season is Upon Us Hudson Valley

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season could affect Dutchess & Ulster County.

June 1st marks the official start of the hurricane season. After experiencing Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy in the Hudson Valley, the importance of Hurricane Preparedness is at an all time high. Here at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, we want to make sure that you and your customers are prepared in case another hurricane sweeps through our area. Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!


WATCH” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
WARNING” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips:
Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:
   o   Bottled Water
   o   Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags
   o   Flashlights
   o   Extra Batteries
   o   Portable, battery operated radio
   o   First Aid Kit
   o   Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets
   o   Non-electric can opener
   o   Prescription Medication
   o   Cash and credit cards
   o   Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots


1. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.
2.Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.
3. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.
4. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.


Develop an Emergency READY Profile for FREE through SERVPRO and have all the critical emergency information at your fingertips before disaster strikes! FREE SERVICE. FREE APP. LIFE SAVING TOOL.

And in the event of any damage caused by storms, call us to help make your disaster “Like It Never Even Happened™”
845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334

Preparing for Hurricane Season!

5/28/2014 (Permalink)

June 1st marks the official start of hurricane season.

Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!

Hurricane Tips:

1. A “watch” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A “warning” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

2. Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:

• Bottled Water

• Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags

• Flashlights

• Extra Batteries

• Portable, battery operated radio

• First Aid Kit

• Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets

• Non-electric can opener

• Prescription Medication

• Cash and credit cards

• Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots

3. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.

4. Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.

5. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.

6. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.