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Stay Safe During the Dog Days of Summer
Stay Safe During the Dog Days of Summer
Summertime can be a dangerous season because of predictable hazardous conditions that promote dangerous weather, especially in the South (strong winds, tornadoes, hail, and flooding, among other treacherous situations).
Practice these summer safety tips, even as the season starts to wind down:
1. Have an Emergency Weather Kit
Put together a kit with bottled water, canned food, flashlight, first-aid kit, manual can opener, cell phone and charger, and other essentials in case your family experiences an unexpected natural disaster. Learn how to build a complete emergency kit HERE.
2. Fire Safety
Whether it's night time campfires or celebratory fireworks, being extra cautious with fire during the hot, sometimes dry, summertime months is crucial. Always be sure to fully extinguish campfires and never leave them unattended. Fireworks should be used safely and legally by adults 18+ and always in a clear area.
3. Limit Heat and Sun Exposure
The later summer months can bring some of the South's hottest days. Be sure to limit your sun exposure, stay hydrated, be careful about exercising outdoors, and remain indoors as much as possible during heat advisories.
4. Have an Emergency Plan for Your Family and/or Business
Regardless of the season, it's smart to have an emergency plan in place for your home or business, but it can be critical during the summer months which bring a higher likelihood or natural disasters. Your plan should include making sure kids know their emergency contacts, setting up a central meeting place, and having important documents backed up to the cloud.
Many SERVPRO teams hit the road, traveling through risky danger zones to save or repair victims' property. They are compassionate and understanding because their jobs are not only to clean-up and repair, but also give home and business owners peace of mind after experiencing tremendous loss of property and many times even loss of lives.
Summer is a fun time, but it can also be a tragic time. Be careful and watchful out there. For additional information regarding our business, contact SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at (901) 382-0900. Happy summer!
CE Class Success
SERVPRO employees at CE Class Success.
We want to take this time to thank everyone who made our CE Class such a success. It's always exciting to see so many people in our industry taking the time to get together and understand the issues our clients suffer during a disaster; and how important it is that we all work together to get them through it. Nick, Jeff, and Chris are always available to assist you and your clients through any water, fire, or trauma emergency.
We will personally make sure our clients have the best possible experience they can have under the circumstances. We will represent any brand professionally and make sure the communication lines stay open to serve our customers best, and any issues are resolved before they become problems.
Please don't hesitate to call or email SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at anytime. We are available 24/7 at (931) 382-0900.
Millington, TN, Chamber of Commerce Gala
State Farm agent Jack Leonard received the Hall of Honor award for his many accomplishments.
The Millington Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala dinner on December 2 at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Among those honored was State Farm agent Jack Leonard who received the Hall of Honor award for his many accomplishments. Senator Mark Green, MD, the physician that treated Saddam Hussein when captured, spent six hours in conversation, obtaining information for his informative book A Night with Saddam.
René Swain, our Account Manager, has 13 years of experience in the Fire & Water Restoration industry. René attended the event; she was impressed by everyone's closeness in the Chamber of Commerce. They were honored to be part of the organization. Rene' was recognized as a new member of the Board of Directors to start in January. She said, "I am looking forward to being part of a wonderful, growing community and learning from so many awesome people."
We at SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova are pleased to work with this fine organization.
Forrest Spence Fund Donations
SERVPRO employees with the donated bags for The Forrest Spence Fund.
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova coordinates donations to Forrest Spence Fund
Rene Swain, account manager at SERVPRO Bartlett / Cordova, asked insurance agencies if they would consider being involved in a way to "pay it forward." The Forrest Spence Fund is an organization that donates bags of requested items to families with children who're patients at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bag contents help families get through a day, night, and sometimes a month with items to keep them occupied while waiting for their children to heal. SERVPRO Bartlett / Cordova encourages others to visit the Forrest Spence website to help this benevolent organization in the future.
State Farm agencies (Hodges, Shelton, Carpenter, Rosser-White, Nowlin, Blakely, and Ryan Jeans) and Nationwide agencies (Crum, Crutcher, Barker, Milan, and Fields) all participated. When the bags were filled, Rene and Nick Schifani transported them to Donna Nash, Forrest Spence Fund coordinator, was happy and appreciative of SERVPRO agents who were instrumental in helping the families in need.
Thank you to all Nationwide and State Farm agencies that contributed to this worthy cause.
November CE Class
Production Manager Chuck Tucker demonstrates effective fire/smoke cleaning methods.
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova Hosts C.E. Class for Local Insurance Professionals
The team at SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova would like to thank all of our insurance agents and adjusters who helped make our November’s continuing education class a success. In partnership with the Memphis Better Business Bureau, we presented classes in “Property Fire Damage Restoration” and “Ethics.” Over 20 of our local agents and adjusters from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi now have a greater understanding of what it takes to help their insured after a fire or water damage to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible. Each course is designed to teach and explain the special procedures and materials used by restoration specialists after one of these disasters and how to best serve the customer from both a mitigation and insurance standpoint. Our agents and adjusters now have a better understanding of how we can drastically reduce both cost and downtime for their insured by acting quickly and doing things the proper way.
We would also all like to thank Mrs. Mary Busey, our corporate C.E. Instructor, for taking the time to come from Nashville to make sure this event was a success. Mary has 20 years in the insurance business, and we are proud to have her on the SERVPRO team. She can keep her classes relevant to the insurance industry and explain it in a way that keeps her students engaged. Our fire production manager Chuck Tucker and our “go-to” lady Maria Shumpert were also able to take time out of their busy schedules to do some hands-on demonstrations and answer some questions. These guys have years of experience and are IICRC certified in many of the disciplines necessary to be true industry professionals. All and all, I’d say that this November’s class was both fun and informative, and all of the attendees had fun while learning something new and getting those all-important C.E. credits.
Finally, we would like to thank Swanky for setting up that fantastic taco bar for lunch. That was a hit for everyone, and as always, it was hot and delicious. Thank you again to all who helped make this a fun day of learning and keep your eyes open for our future continuing education classes. Not only will you get your credits, but you’ll have fun doing it and gain a better understanding of the restoration industry and how to serve your insured better when it counts the most.