Recent Storm Damage Posts
Southwest Drought Not Expected To End With 2018 Monsoon Season
Unfortunately the monsoon season will not be enough to get us out of our drought.
This year’s monsoon season in the Southwest is expected to be wetter than normal. Unfortunately, weather experts believe that an exceptionally damp season is still unlikely to raise the annual rainfall to average levels.
Many states in the Southern Plains like Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico have had sparse rainfall since autumn causing drought conditions to worsen.
Experts have stated that winter snowmelt and spring showers generally are able to replenish water supplies, but due to our lack of rainfall through May, it’s unlikely to improve the drought conditions. This year, monsoon moisture is not expected until mid-July, which is later than normal. Although experts believe a developing El Nino weather pattern will increase the monsoon rainfall, it won’t be enough to overcome the deficit of this region.
As far as residents of the Phoenix Metro area, one of the easiest places to save water is in our yards. Its best to focus on landscaping with native plants that do not require allot of water. Also, place mulch around flowers and plants to retain moisture. Finally, use a drip system for your irrigation needs and run it at night to avoid evaporation.
These small changes made by Phoenix area residence, can result in hundreds of thousands of gallons of water saved.
The Dangers of Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season
A vehicle can be swept away in as little as 12"-18" of water.
Weather experts predict a wetter than normal monsoon season for this summer for the phoenix metro area. Considering we had little to no rain last summer and a very dry fall and winter, this makes the rain a welcoming site for our dry parched land which is extremely susceptible to wildfires currently.
With these potential large downfalls though, we could see the danger of flash flooding. If you find yourself in heavy rain keep a few safety precautions in mind.
- Never drive into flood waters. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles when people feel they might be able outrun the floodwaters.
- A vehicle can be swept away in as little as 12”-18” of flood waters.
- Be alert for rising water.
- Get to high ground immediately.
- Don’t camp in streambeds or washes.
If you find that flooding has affected your home and you have water damage, call us immediately in order to avoid further loss. SERVPRO of Gilbert can help protect your home and get you back to “Like it never even happened".
Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?
Are you prepared for the next storm?
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.
How can I be prepared?
It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
- Water (one + gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire Extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell Phone Charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: What You Need to Know
The Wireless Emergency Alert system partners with many local and state public safety agencies.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications to your mobile device as part of public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. These alerts are designed to inform the public of imminent threats to safety. It also alerts you of missing persons in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without subscribing to a service or downloading the app. WEAs may be used to share local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate attention, extreme weather warnings, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Monsoon Preparedness Kit
Are you ready for monsoon season?
Common to Arizona, monsoons pose a great threat to homes and business, making it crucial that individuals remain safe and prepared in the event that one strikes. Factors to be considered when handling monsoons include disaster supplies, flash floods, lightening, power outages, and dust storms.
Ensuring useful and ample disaster supplies is extremely important to remaining safe in monsoons. Contents should include essential items such as food, water, and clothing capable of sustaining each individual affected for up to three days. This is necessary as water, electric, and gas services may become interrupted in a storm. Provisions of priority include three gallons of water for each person, a food-stock that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a first aid kit, all necessary medications, and a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, and batteries. It is critical that equipment is kept in working condition and that batteries or other sources of back-up power are provided in the case of extended emergency.
In the unfortunate event your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your home emergency.
For more information regarding monsoon season please go to www.monsoonsafety.org.
Monsoon Season Is Upon Us
Summer in Arizona can bring about a variety of weather related dangers. The time period between June 15th to September 30th is considered "Monsoon Season". Monsoon season is made up of several weather hazards with the onset of the season bringing extreme heat. This period of extreme heat is then followed by an influx of moisture and thunderstorms which can strike suddenly and violently. Each year in the Southwest people are killed or injured and property is damaged from lighting strikes, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding as well as the heat.
It is important to be prepared and alert during this time of year. Stay informed by tuning into the weather reports on television, radio or online. You can even purchase an emergency weather radio that is set up to the NOAA channel frequency and sends out alerts for incoming hazardous weather.
Also make sure you have our number in an easy to find place in case of the unfortunate event you find your home or business damaged during a monsoon. We are open 24hrs a day seven days a week so we can get to your home or business quickly to start mitigating any damage. We have highly trained technicians and the most advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. We are prepared to remedy your water, fire, wind and mold damage expertly.
For more information regarding monsoon season please visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/index.htm
Wind damaged shingles. After wind storm check your roof for damage.
In July's wind storm. Roofing was lifted. exposing roof to elements and rain damage.