1. Establish a game plan BEFORE Disaster Happens. For your business contact a Disaster Restoration Company, like ServiceMaster now, to see what you can do to prevent excessive loss beforehand.
  2. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it reflects the current state of your home or business. Consider adding flood insurance and coverage for additional living expenses in case your home is uninhabitable after a storm.
  3. Doing a home inventory can save you time and make filing a claim easier, ensuring you don’t forget anything. Consider an updated video inventory of your home or business. Keep receipts for valuable items and consider separate coverage for these things.
  4. Protect your property by trimming trees, using with hurricane straps or clips, boarding up windows and having a safe location in your basement with supplies to get you through until the worst has past. Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, and garbage cans. Install storm shutters on your home, or cover windows with plywood to keep them from breaking.
  5. Be prepared to flee: keep a full tank of gas. Become familiar with alternate routes. Leave early. Follow recommended evacuation routes.  Do not drive into flooded areas. Take your pets with you.
  6. Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
  7. Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
  8. Dress appropriately- good shoes, durable rain gear, hat, umbrella.
  9. Listen to the forecast. Pay attention to any warnings and determine whether to evacuate or ride out the storm. If you choose not evacuate, find a safe shelter to stay in that is adequately outfitted with emergency supplies.
  10. Purchase supplies such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, a portable radio, batteries, and a first-aid kit.
  11. Stay away from any windows. Find an interior room in which you have access to emergency supplies.
  12. Don’t light candles. Ensure you have several flashlights with plenty of extra batteries on hand.
  13. Have your portable radio on so you can monitor the weather and follow any instructions of local authorities.
  14. Don’t leave your secure area too soon. The storm may appear to have calmed but you may simply be in the eye.
  15. First, get important papers and special photos in order and secured in plastic. Identification is difficult and time-consuming to replace: so be sure to include social security cards, birth certificates, high school diplomas or GED certificates, titles or deeds to property, as well as your hurricane insurance policy. Photos of special occasions or loved ones cannot be replaced, so including these is important as well. 


For new and potential 866 Recover Accounts: 

We can help you prepare your business for unforeseen disasters, before they happen! 

The keys to success, with the 800 Recover program:

  1. We will come to your site to review the program with your staff.
  2. We will send bi-monthly reminders (like this) about the program, how to use it, and other helpful tips related to managing your disaster risk.
  3. When you have an emergency, call 800-933-6569 or use our App, for 24/7 emergency response in the case of WATER, FIRE or other related urgencies.
  4. We will handle all of the paperwork regarding your insurance claim for you 


Get started today, call me at (203) 386.1565, or go to our website, servicemastergb.com and sign up NOW! (This should link to the 866 recover enrollment page, not the home page, which is easy to do) ok

What’s the return on this for you?

Every $10 invested in preparation, saves $1000 in response cost!  

There is NO COST to join 866 Recover!

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Hurricane /Tropic Storm Alerts

watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means "be on guard!" During a weather watch, gather awareness of the specific threat and prepare for action - monitor the weather to find out if severe weather conditions have deteriorated and discuss your protective action plans with your family.

warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent - it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) - or it is about to occur at any moment. During a weather warning, it is important to take action: grab the emergency kit you have prepared in advance and head to safety immediately. Both watches and warnings are important, but warnings are more urgent.

  • Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.
  • Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force,watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Action: During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.

    • Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.
    • Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force,warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Action: During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

  • Extreme Wind Warning - Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour.

    Action: Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

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