Recent Storm Damage Posts

Prepare For A Storm Before You’re In Its Path

2/22/2024 (Permalink)

Florida Storm Flooding Florida Storm Flooding

Before a Flood

  • Find out what your flood risk is.
  • Avoid building in a floodprone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Retrofit your property. Elevate the A/C, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Purchase flood insurance for your home, business or rental.
  • Know your evacuation zone. .
  • Make an emergency plan to protect you, your family and your pets. Pet friendly shelters are limited.
  • Register to receive emergency alerts. 
  • Protect your home by taking actions to prevent flooding. 
  • For more information on what to do before, during and after a natural disaster, visit Emergency Management.
  • Don’t forget flooding can still occur outside of flood zones.  

  • Duval County’s local emergency preparedness measures are always being improved and updated. This includes a significant change in the statewide approach to evacuation zones. In the past, evacuation zones have been primarily based on the category of the approaching storm. New scientific data that includes other factors, such as wave action, precipitation, and areas known to flood, has allowed us to better define evacuation zones for Duval County. Evacuation zones are based on a lettering system, with A,B,C,D,E, and F Zones.  You can find your evacuation zone on your county’s government website.  
    SERVPRO® of Jacksonville Northwest is ready to assist you in any flooding or other natural disasters that occur in your city or county with highly trained technicians! 

When Disasters Take Over Whole Cities

2/21/2024 (Permalink)

After a Storm Tree down after a storm.

Fire. Flood. Ice. Snow. Hurricane. Tropical Storm. Mold. Each of these circumstances can have a devastating effect on your business. With more than 2210 locations in the United States and Canada, there are SERVPRO® highly trained professionals available around the clock, including holidays, to help with your commercial storm damage repair and restoration in any situation, big or small. We work to make it “Like it never even happened.”Natural disasters can strike without warning, but the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is always ready. We are Faster to any size disaster™ because our uniquely trained professionals have the skills and knowledge to serve your specific commercial storm damage repair and restoration needs. Our network of teams mobilizes across the country in a disaster to support large-scale cleanup, restoration, and repair. When you need us, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest can be there to provide Commercial Damage Restoration, Commercial Construction Services, and Commercial Large Loss and Disaster Recovery.  Whether you live in our local territory in Duval county, we are always here to help(24 hours every day)and when disasters such as hurricanes or tropical storms occur, SERVPRO franchises across the country, near and far, come to aid in disaster recovery to us in Jacksonville!  
Our Disaster Recovery Team is a network of teams that mobilize across the country in a disaster to support large-scale cleanup, restoration, and repair. When you need us, SERVPRO can be there to provide Commercial Damage Restoration, Commercial Construction Services, and Commercial Large Loss and Disaster Recovery.  

Storms can devastate homes, SERVPRO offers an option to resolve.

2/9/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm picture SERVPRO storm services, cleanup, response, 24/7

Storms can cause considerable damage to homes and businesses, leaving people in a state of distress and uncertainty. That's where SERVPRO storm services come in. SERVPRO is a professional cleaning and restoration company that specializes in handling storms and helping people get their lives back on track.

When a storm strikes, SERVPRO is ready to respond quickly and effectively. Their storm services include:

1. Emergency response: SERVPRO is available 24/7 to respond to damage emergencies. They have a team of trained professionals ready to assess the damage and develop a plan of action to restore the property.

2. Water damage restoration: Flooding is a common result of storms, and SERVPRO has the expertise equipment to extract water and dry out the affected areas. They use specialized drying techniques to prevent further damage, such as mold growth.

3. Wind damage restoration: High winds can cause extensive damage to roofs, windows, and other structural elements of property. SERVPRO can provide temporary repairs and work with trusted contractors to complete the necessary repairs.

4. Debris removal: Storms often leave behind a mess of debris, including fallen trees, branches, and other debris. SERVPRO can safely remove and dispose of debris to ensure the property is clear and safe.

5. Mold remediation: Excessive moisture from storms can lead to mold. SERVPRO has the necessary equipment and expertise to identify and safely remove from the affected areas. They also take steps to prevent future mold growth.

6. Document drying: If important documents or paperwork are damaged by storms, SERVPRO provides document drying services. They use specialized equipment to remove moisture and restore it to their preloss condition.

7. Content cleaning and restoration: SERVPRO offers pack-out services to carefully remove and clean personal belongings, furniture, and other things affected by the storm. They have secure storage facilities where items can be stored the property is fully restored.

8. Insurance assistance: Dealing with insurance claims after a storm can be overwhelming. SERVPRO can assist in the insurance process working directly with insurance companies, providing detailed documentation, and ensuring a smooth resolution.

SERVPRO storm services are designed to help people recover from the devastating effects of storms. With their expertise and dedication, they can restore properties and provide peace of mind during a stressful time.

NEW Tropical Storm Dan

7/21/2023 (Permalink)

picture of pixelated trajectory of tropical storm Trajectory of Tropical Storm Dan as of 7/20/23, since has moved away from Florida.

NEW Tropical Storm Dan was once en route towards the beaches of Florida encompassing Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, seems to have drifted away towards Northern America and is no longer a threat to Florida. In the case of a potential Tropical Storm, what should you do? Well you might be experiencing up to 30-70mph winds which can eliminate traveling from your house and probably will knock all power out. You need to be prepared with this checklist.

Checklist to prepare for Tropical Storms:
1. Emergency Food and Drinks(No access to Grocery Stores)
2. Emergency Power Source(Generator, Batteries, Chargers, ETC)
3. Emergency Medicine Supply(For diabetic, ill, ETC)
4. Sanitization and Hygiene Supplies(Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, ETC)
5. Tools(Wrench, Radio, Duct Tape)

With these precautions set in place you're sure to be safe and sound during times of Tropical Storm crisis. Stay Safe and stay alert for potential Tropical Storms that could come in your area. Remember, SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest is here to help any Water Restoration or other disastrous events that might occur due to Tropical Storms. Call for consultations about our services!

When Storms or Floods hit Jacksonville Northwest, SERVPRO is ready!

6/9/2023 (Permalink)

Storm Team Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Jacksonville Northwest.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest 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 Jacksonville Northwest, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 2,000 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 904-256-4894

Winter Storms in Florida? YES

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

This year has started us off turning on our heaters, and grabbing thr heavier clothing, but for some the storms that crippled the US have also frozen pipes even here in Florida.  While we have a few recovery days, best to check your home.

Weatherproof your home.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

Featured Resource

Check out our infographic, Be Ready! Winter Weather for tips on getting your family, home, and car ready for a winter storm.

Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.
  • If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
  • Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
  • Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.
For older adults, keep an easy-to-read thermometer inside your home.

If you or a loved one are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Our ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older adults are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.

If a problem such as a frozen pipe that has busted affects your home or office, call SERVPRO for all your restoration needs! 

Severe Weather Forecast for Jacksonville and Surrounding Areas

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

storm clouds on the horizon Be prepared for severe weather in our area over the next few days.

The National Weather Service is predicting severe weather for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia over the next couple of days. Here’s a summary of their weather briefing.

Weather Impact Overview Southeast Georgia & Northeast Florida

  • Severe Thunderstorm Potential by Afternoon
  • Main Areas: SE Georgia & Suwannee River Valley
  • Main hazards: Isolated tornado (SE GA), damaging winds, small hail
  • Thunderstorms & Waves of Heavy Rain through Saturday
  • Potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms Thursday & Friday
  • Severe storms possible with squall line passage Friday Night
  • Periods of Heavy rainfall, especially Thursday Night through Friday night
  • Small Craft Advisory Outer Waters Today
  • Small Craft Conditions Friday Night through Sunday
  • Frequent Gusts to Gale Force Friday Night
  • Saturday Inland Freeze Saturday Night & Inland Frost Sunday Night 

Be safe and be sure to listen out for weather alerts as conditions can change quickly. If you suffer storm damage, we can help! Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest at 904.256.4894.

Flood Tips: What you can do until help arrives

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

flooded house with SERVPRO logo superimposed If you have storm damage or flooding, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest at 904.256.4894.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest at 904.256.4894.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Nor’easters & Tornadoes in North Florida Post Hurricane Season

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

storm battering coastline with palm trees swaying in the high winds Though Hurricane Season is over, North Florida can still get some significant storms during the off months.

So now that Hurricane Season is over, we don’t have to worry about storms, right?

Not so fast. Nor’easters and tornadoes are prone to hit Florida over the fall, winter and spring months.

What About Nor’easters?

Like the one we had last weekend. A major storm system moved through Florida bringing strong winds, heavy rain, and high tides that created persistent flooding. While impacts from nor’easter can be very similar to that of a tropical storm or hurricane they are very different storms. These beasts get their energy from temperature differences in the atmosphere rather than the warm waters of the ocean. The East Coast of the U.S. in the fall and winter offer the perfect recipe for these storms to develop.

What You Need To Know About Florida Tornadoes:

  1. Tornadoes can happen anytime of the year.
  2. Most tornadoes are EF-0, waterspouts that move onshore.
  3. Stronger tornadoes are most likely between February – April, usually within a squall line and can strike at night.
  4. Most tornadoes occur in June but are generally weak.
  5. Florida has the greatest frequency of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles than any other state.

It’s always a good idea to sign up for weather alerts and have a plan in place should a tornado or nor’easter occur. Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland security for making your plan.

Remember, if your home of business suffers flooding or water damage as the result of a storm or tornado, call SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest at 904.256.4894.

September is National Preparedness Month. Are You Ready?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

graphic with cloud background and the text "Be Smart. Prepare." September is the most active month in the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Follow these tips to prepare.

This week we are sharing some very helpful information on National Preparedness Month from FEMA. National Preparedness Month is an observance every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Each week in September, the NPM campaign focuses on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families, and communities. Follow the links below for detailed information on each week’s topic. 

WEEK ONE (September 1-4): Make A Plan. Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations due to COVID and the Delta variant

WEEK TWO (September 5-11): Build An Emergency  Kit. Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the CDC.

WEEK THREE (September 12-18): Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness. Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is active and updated.

WEEK FOUR {September 19-25}: Teach Kids About Preparedness. Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Stay safe this hurricane season, and remember that SERVPRO of Jacksonville Northwest is Here to Help if you have storm damage. Call us at 904.256.4894.