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September is National Preparedness Month.
Make A Plan.
September is National Preparedness Month. Your friends at SERVPRO of Cape May County want to be sure you are prepared for any disaster and will be sharing information all through September to help you and your family.
First thing’s first. Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
*Information obtained from ready.gov website.
Holiday Safety in Cape May County: Christmas Trees
Make Holiday Safety in Cape May County a Priority this Season!
About Christmas Trees
- Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
- Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in one-third (35%) of home Christmas tree fires.
- Twenty-three percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
- Two of every five (38%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
Source: NFPA's "Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees" report.
Holiday Safety in Cape May County: Candles
Cape May County residents should place fire safety top on their list of priorities this holiday season.
It only takes SECONDS for a flame to start a major fire. Be smart. Be prepared!
HOLIDAY SEASON SAFETY: Using Candles
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
- Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
- Place candles where they cannot tip over.
- Never leave a lit candle unattended.
- Blow out candles after use and before going to bed.
Review these tips with your children and remind them that lit candles should never be left unattended! Better yet - use flameless candles!
*Information from the U. S. Fire Administration website.
SAVE THE DATES!
Free Continuing Education Seminars for Cape May County Insurance Professionals!
SAVE THE DATES!
- Ethics - November 3 - Lobster Loft, Sea Isle City
- Biohazard Cleanup - April 6, 2017
- Fire Restoration - July 13, 2017
- Understanding Mold - September 14, 2017
Evening seminars include class materials, dinner, refreshments, and snacks. Locations not listed will be announced in advance of the class. Dates subject to change. Registration/Dinner: 5 p.m. Seminar: 5:30 p.m.
EMAIL us for more information or call Minerva at 609-624-0202. We hope to see you soon!
A "Pawsitively Purrrfect" Way to Help!
Won't you Help Homeless Animals & the Cape May County Animal Shelter?
SERVPRO® of Cape May County will donate 10% of all the revenue from Residential and Commercial cleaning services scheduled this month to the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.
We are also collecting donations for the shelter, which can be given to our Crew Chief at the time of service, or dropped off at our office at 2684 Route 9 in Ocean View. Shelter Items needed for cats and dogs: Toys, treats, Purina kitten chow, dry cat food, clay cat litter, collars, leashes, pet beds, mops, brooms, wash cloths, and towels.
If you have any questions about this special promotion, please call our office at (609) 624-0202 or contact us via EMAIL and we'll be happy to answer any questions! To find out more about the shelter, follow this link: CMCAS. Thank you for your generosity!
Red Cross Recognizes SERVPRO® in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Efforts
The American Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO® for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1.
As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO® pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO®Is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.
According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO of Cape May County and other SERVPRO® Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.
One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day.
Although SERVPRO of Cape May County is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and other franchises actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, our relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.
SERVPRO®’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services. Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Cape May County to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.
For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our WEBSITE. For more information on SERVPRO of Cape May County, please call 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us.
Information in this article was obtained from:
1 American Red Cross
SERVPRO of Cape May County has been locally owned and operated since 2003. We perform cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction services due to fire, mold, water, and biohazard damage for residential and commercial properties. We are a national leader in remediation services ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. We have established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® franchise holds the #4 ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2016 Franchise 500 list and has been in the top 10 for seven consecutive years.
National Safety Month: What's in a First Aid Kit?
According to OSHA, a first aid program should be reviewed periodically.
Training supplies, equipment and policies should all be modified as necessary to ensure safety and health is maintained on the job, despite any changes in safety hazards, worker schedules or worksite locations.
Common first aid kits should contain the following items:
- Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches)
- Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches)
- A box of adhesive bandages (different sizes)
- One gauze roller bandage
- Two triangular bandages
- Wound cleaning agent
- At least one blanket
- Adhesive tape
- Latex gloves
- Resuscitation equipment (such as resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask)
- Two elastic wraps
- A splint
- Directions for requesting emergency assistance
Other items to consider: Examination gloves, instant cold pack, burn cream, sting relief pads, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, first aid guide, cotton tip applicators, filtration mask and eye wash.
Information obtained by Safety and Health Magazine.
One Donor Could Save Three Lives!
Community Blood Drive - Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Ocean View Fire Dept. in Ocean View, NJ.
The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Donate Blood. Save lives.
We have joined with the American Red Cross to SAVE LIVES and while doing so also supporting the Ocean View Fire Department.
Mark your calendars to attend the SERVPRO of Cape May County American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean View Fire Dept., 2545 Route 9, Ocean View, NJ.
This is a community event with a bounce house (for kids who come with their parents), raffle, refreshments, hoagie sale, bake sale and lots more fun for the community!
Click HERE to make your appointment (click red arrow, select appointment time, then sign-in or create a Red Cross account to complete your reservation.
If you have any questions, please contact our Blood Drive Coordinator, Pandora Mason via EMAIL or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade Winners!
SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Christmas Candlyland float
The SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade announced the winners of the parade’s first float competition. We are happy to announce that SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties took 3rd place!
The winners received a one-of-a-kind glass trophy created by the artists of Wheaton Arts in Millville and advertising credits with SNJ Today. The awards were presented to the winners by the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce at its holiday luncheon on December 9th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Special thanks to Ken Camp for the countless hours constructing the foundation and working his magic with all of those strings of lights! Also, to Holly Leith and Angela Stephens for working night and day on the Christmas Candyland design and display. Last, but not least, kudos to Louise Richardson, Chamber Board Member, for her time leading the parade event committee on their first-ever float contest. Thanks to all of the employees who helped with this team effort!
Employee Spotlight: Minerva Alvarado - Helping to Feed the Hungry
Minerva Alvarado, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties accepting a turkey donation from Vineland resident, Lori Ferrarie. Photo by: Jodi Streahle
Minerva Alvarado, Sales & Marketing Assistant for SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties and a Salvation Army Vineland Corps. ("SAVC") volunteer, served as a community liaison helping to promote the 7th Annual Turkey Drive for Project Thanksgiving NJ.
Minerva also helped plan a promotional event held at the Cumberland Mall in Vineland, where shoppers could stop to take their photo with the SAVC Turkey Photo Board.
Last year, the turkey drive donations provided meals to over 1,000 families. Volunteering with Minerva on the day of the event was Sales & Marketing Representative, Monique Laperriere.
Minerva continues to volunteer with SAVC and is currently assisting in the development of their online Red Kettle Program.
It's "Pawsitively Purrrfect!"
A “PAWSITIVELY PURRRFECT” WAY TO HELP HOMELESS ANIMALS AND THE CAPE MAY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER & ADOPTION CENTER!
SERVPRO® of Cape May County will donate 10% of all Residential* Cleaning Services scheduled in the month of December to the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.
We will also collect donations for the shelter, which can be collected by our Crew Chief at the time of service, or dropped off at our office at 2684 Route 9 in Ocean View.
Items needed for cats and dogs: toys, treats, Purina kitten chow, dry cat food, clay cat litter, collars, leashes, pet beds, mops, brooms, wash cloths, and towels.
SERVPRO of Cape May County cares about our communities and our furry animals, too. Thank You for your support!
*Residential cleaning services include: Dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and carpet cleaning & deodorization.
Thank YOU Cape May County Veterans!
It would probably take a lifetime of THANK YOUs to show past and present veterans our appreciation for their service.
SERVPRO® of Cape May County can say thank you by offering a 10% discount to veterans on all residential cleaning services* scheduled in the month of November.
SERVPRO of Cape May County is a local business committed to helping veterans in our communities.
HVAC Duct Cleaning
Cleaning services can help restore your system to peak energy efficiency, eliminate odors, and improve air quality in your home.
Carpet Cleaning and Deodorizing
Our state-of-the-art equipment removes entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings.
*Residential cleaning services include dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and carpet cleaning and deodorization. Discount is for veterans only (please show military I.D. at time of service).
Cory Hanahan - Recipient of 2015 Young Professional Award
Congratulations to CORY HANAHAN who received the 2015 Young Professional Award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey.
Cory is the Sales & Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. He serves as a member of the Ambassador & Membership and the Emergency Management Committees for the Chamber. His never-ending dedication of time and talent in our communities makes his SERVPRO family very proud to have him on our team!
Cory has been with SERVPRO for three years and holds certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), as Water Restoration Technician (WRT), and in Applied Structural Drying (ASD).
Cory also serves as Director for Lower Township Chamber of Commerce. He is from Medford, New Jersey. He graduated in 2000 from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Mass Communications. He lives in Woodbine, New Jersey with his wife Renee and dogs Chloe & Luke.
Fire Safety. Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP, Cape May County!
Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”.
The key message from Fire Departments everywhere, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms. Visit NFPA's website for more information.
The above information and more courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association.
For information on what to do after the fire trucks leave visit our website: SERVPRO of CapeMayCounty or call 609-624-0202.
It's Hurricane Season, Cape May County! Be Smart. Be Prepared.
BEFORE the storm hits, have an Emergency Supply Kit ready and an evacuation plan. Communicate with your family and offer to help your neighbors who may be elderly, disabled or living with small children.
Emergency Supply Kit List
- Water (one gallon per person per day
- Food (non-perishable, 3-day supply
- Manual can opener
- Battery powered radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps
- Hygiene items
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
- Cash - when there is no power, ATMs will not work
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us ASAP at 609-624-0202. A timely response is key to minimizing secondary damages caused by a severe storm or hurricane.
Business Owners and Property Managers should ask about our Emergency Ready® Program.
Storm tips are provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). For more information on severe storms and other emergency situations, visit their website.
2015 NJ Run For The Fallen
September 23-27, 2015
In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of active duty military personnel from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other bases across the US will come together to embark on a 188 mile run that honors every NJ service member killed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and all Wars and Conflicts.
Each mile is dedicated to a NJ Hero and their family. The run team will stop at each Hero Marker presenting a flag and personalized biography to waiting loved ones and comrades with the goal of creating a 186 mile memorial trail through NJ.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Please join us at 5:30pm Wednesday evening as we join the Hume Family at Sunset Beach for a special flag ceremony which is dedicated to all of the New Jersey Fallen Service Members. Many families of those who gave their lives will be present for this ceremony along with the runners and run support team. This is an emotional and touching event that we encourage everyone to attend. It is important to the families that we do not forget the sacrifice they and their loved ones made for our country.
Thursday, September 24, 8:00am, the team will leave Cape May Lighthouse and run through Cape May Point, Lower Township, City of Cape May, West Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, and finishing in Ocean City at 5:00pm at AL Post 524.
For full details please visit our website at www.NJRunForTheFallen.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJRFTF.
SERVPRO® of Cape May County hosts community based beach clean-up
Pictured are Cory Hanahan (SERVPRO of Cape May County) and Jimmy Nickerson (volunteer)
With Beach season quickly approaching the South Jersey area, SERVPRO® of Cape May County hosted their very first community based Spring Beach Clean-up. Early on Saturday, April 25th, Owner Patrick Jones along with Sales & Marketing Representatives Cory Hanahan & Christopher Siley, were greeted by 25 volunteers.
Once volunteers arrived and equipment was handed out, the 2-mile journey began. One group of volunteers stayed up by the side of the road to clean up the entrances to the beach, and another took to the beach and dunes. To make the event even more enjoyable, a scavenger hunt list was generated with a point system depending on what trash was found. Whichever team tallied the highest points won. The kids were pumped about the challenge, but the adults were the true kids for the day. The winning team collected nearly 10 bags worth of trash and was awarded a prize bag filled with SERVPRO® swag.
After 3 hours and two miles of cleaning, everyone made it to Douglass Park and celebrated with a complimentary lunch. Not only did everyone have a fun day in the sun, but we were able to clean up a trucks worth of garbage off the beach. Throughout the entire day, we had local residents coming up to the volunteers and thanking them for all the work they had done. That in and of itself was payment enough to drive everyone to work harder and look forward to the next clean-up. SERVPRO® of Cape May County hopes to host their next clean-up soon; will we see you there?
SERVPRO of Cape May County Donates to local Animal Shelter
During the month of March and April, SERVPRO took a percentage of the proceeds from air duct cleaning and donated it towards their local Animal Shelter. SERVPRO was able to raise up $1,000 which was donated to the Cape May Animal Shelter earlier this month. Cory Hanahan, Sales and Marketing Representative, and Christopher Siley, Sales and Marketing Assistant presented the check on June 12, 2015.
Recipe for Cooking Safety from SERVPRO® of Cape May County
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.
- Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking
- Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on
- Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at leats three feet away from the stove
- Keep anything flammable-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off
- Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace batteries at least once a year
Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County for all your non-emergency cleaning needs, including carpet cleaning and duct cleaning. We can be reached at 609-624-0202.
Local SERVPRO® Representative Installed into Chamber of Commerce
Elected Officers being honored at the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner
Lower Township Mayor, Michael Beck, installed elected officers for the 2014-2015 year at the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce. Cory Hanahan, Sales & Marketing Representative for SERVPRO® of Cape May County, was one these officers selected for another year of service.
Local SERVPRO® Owner Appointed to Economic Development Task Force
The owner of SERVPRO® of Cape May County and SERVPRO® of Cumberland County, Barbara Jones, was appointed to Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak’s First District Economic Development Task Force. This district has the highest unemployment rates of any legislative district in the state and the lowest per capita income. The task force is expected to propose both legislative and regulatory changes to help business. They will hold open meetings in every county in the district to hear from residents, business owners, elected officials and community groups,
Alex's Lemonade Stand
SERVPRO of Cape May County's Marketing Assistant and a member of their production team in front of the bounce house.
Shore Guys Heating & Air donated their time and effort to running a Lemonade Stand which raised over $1000 for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. SERVPRO® of Cape May County was there on Saturday with their bounce house to show support to such a great cause.
Local SERVPRO® Representative Installed into Chamber of Commerce
Cory Hanahan, Sales and Marketing Representative for SERVPRO® of Cape May County, was recently installed as a Director for the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce, which is headquartered in Villas, NJ. Officers and directors also include Gregory Guyon, Geoffrey Harrison, Sheri Hemingway, Lori Hall, Linda Williams, Barbara Frame, Debbie Colubiale, Kathy Louderback, Margaret "Peggy" Glitz, Adelia Jonas and Denise Raymond.
SERVPRO® of Cape May County wins Most Outstanding Commercial Entry in the 2013 West Cape May Christmas Parade
SERVPRO® of Cape May County won Most Outstanding Commercial Entry in the 2013 West Cape May Christmas Parade. It was a COLD night, but the weather didn't deter anyone from attending the parade! We appreciate everyone coming out, and we hope you all enjoyed the bands, dancers, and (of course) SANTA!