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Fri 21 Sep 2012
I just wanted to let you know the compliments that I have been receiving
about ServiceMaster Anytime with regards to a water damage job that is currently wrapping
up in Santa Barbara. From Anthony and his detailed attention, to Steven and Maria,
Maria, and Deborah with the pack out, these customers are so very happy and pleased with the efficiency and communication and personal touches everyone has provided.
Darlene B, is the owner of a Curves gym that I am a member of, and it is her parents who had the water damage. It occurred during a time her mother was getting ready for surgery and very stressful for everyone, and Darlene was able to go to Florida with her mom and felt comfortable with the way everything was being handled that she didn’t have to worry about that and could concentrate on her parents. She was especially touched by the beautiful flowers and get well balloons that were brought to the home yesterday. Also, Steven took the time to talk with her father which he was still talking about after yesterdays work was done.
Hoping you will convey this to all the employees who were a part of making this job such a success. It was very nice for me to see Darlene three days a week for over 5 months and hear nothing but positive comments!
Wed 11 Jul 2012
Would you be able to remember all the possessions you’ve accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire? Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance. Read More
Mon 18 Jun 2012
(Santa Barbara, CA.) – Major emergencies and disasters are nothing new to the United States, and Santa Barbara County is no exception. During these emergencies a repeated lesson is how neighbors knowing each other and working together can help. Daniel Aldrich, a political scientist at Purdue University, learned this when he lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The lesson was demonstrated through a neighbor who knew Aldrich hadn’t been through a major hurricane and didn’t understand the threat. The neighbor advised Aldrich and his young family to evacuate, even before evacuation orders were being issued. Aldrich noted that because emergency systems are overwhelmed during disasters, first responders and the government are more often not available and that neighbors working together help with survival and recovery. According to Aldrich, “Really, at the end of the day, the people who will save you, and the people who will help you, they’re usually neighbors.”
Each month emergency managers and community leaders share a theme of preparedness with their communities. June’s theme is “Don’t be Anonymous; Get to Know Your Neighbors”, in the Aware & Prepare Education Program.
Your Best Chance for Help May Come From Right Next Door
Mon 5 Mar 2012
Being a landlord has its perks and downsides. When it comes to water damage and rental property one
of the major disadvantages is that you are at the mercy of your tenants and their responsiveness (or lack of responsiveness) to the problem. After all, if the tenant doesn’t act promptly or notify you of a leak, water damage can go from bad to worse and you won’t know about the problem until it’s too late.
Fortunately, most tenants don’t ignore major water leaks, burst pipes, and overflows. However, some may not want to bother you with minor plumbing issues. For example, if a toilet overflows, the tenant may plunge the toilet, mop up the water, and leave it at that. But what if the bathroom is carpeted and the water not fully mopped up? Soon, the carpet begins to stink and mold begins to grow. Suddenly, you have a larger problem on your hands than a simple overflow and you are now faced with replacing carpets and mold remediation costs.
Because of the potential for escalating damages from water, it’s important that your tenants feel that they can contact you about any mishap. Let your tenants know that care about the condition of your property and want to know about water and
plumbing issues. Accessibility and open communications are a must. Not only will you be more likely to learn about water problems before damage becomes worse, you may also find that your tenants are more responsive, proactive, and
responsible when they see how much you care.
Make it as easy on your tenants as possible by clearly communicating what you expect when water issues arise. Create an instruction sheet specifically addressing water issues. Let your tenants know which issues you need to be informed of such as: musty odors, leaks, overflows, condensation, burst pipes, standing water.
Let tenants know the best way to reach you in an emergency. Knowing when to call in a professional can also save you time in getting your units back to normal, save discrepancies in responsibility and authorization as well as can save money.
Better yet, give your tenants the “Tenant Recovery Guide” by ServiceMaster Anytime.
Wed 1 Feb 2012
Community Alert airs on Tuesday, 11 AM and 9 PM and again on Saturday at 1 PM on KZSB-AM 1290 and on www.newspress.com. To Listen tothe show click next link. Community Alert AM 1290 Radio
Wed 4 Jan 2012
Heavy rainfall can cause property damage. Are you prepared?
Before it Rains
Take preventative measures now before the rain arrives and create a family action plan. Inspect your property for potential hazards and fix any past problem areas. Slopes, roof repairs, and places where water tends to accumulate
are all areas posing potential hazards if there is extended rain. Purchaseplastic sheeting and sandbags for your landscape while stores have supplies. The City’s Maintenance and Fire Departments keep a number of sandbags on hand for emergencies, a major rain incident can quickly deplete their supply.
Residential rain preparations should include clearing debris from gutters, downspouts and low areas in yards or
patios that could cause water back-ups. Call on a professional property inspector to take a look at your roof to be sure seals and caulking are in good shape or if they need to be resealed. Prevent runoff pollution into streets and storm
drains by collecting any trash or landscape clippings from your property into their designated disposal containers. Secure outdoor furniture, equipment ortoys and be sure pets have safe cover. How to Check for Roof Leaks.
When rain storms are predicted, Santa Barbara residents, particularly those in canyon areas or next to potentially
unstable slopes, are urged to prepare and maintain preparedness standards. Sandbags are available for residents who will need to take precautionary measures on their property. Learn how to obtain sandbags from the County.
When a “Flash Flood Watch” is issued by National Weather Service and confirmed by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Officials, the City will open the Sandbag Station. The City’s Sandbag Station is located at the City of Santa Barbara Corporate Annex Yard at 401 East Yanonali Street. Sand and sandbags will be available to the public at the Sandbag Station. Residents should bring their own gloves and be prepared to fill the bags they need. Note when filling sandbags, fill them only half way, so they are not too heavy to lift and will stack properly. Twenty sandbags are
allowed per trip.
During Stormy Days
Avoid driving during heavy downpours. Santa Barbara has experienced minor flooding on city streets, residential mud run-off, brownouts as well as repeated closure and significant damage on the occasion of heavy rain. Some roads are particularly prone to problems during heavy rain—if not from the storm directly, then from resulting mudslides, loose rocks, and car accidents. If you live in a canyon area or use it to commute, it is especially important that you have an emergency plan in place. Consider detours to regular destinations; identify a relative or neighbor that can help with children and animals if you are delayed getting home; and keep a list of important phone numbers so that you can stay informed.
Please remove your trash cans from the street on your trash pick-up day as soon as possible after pick up. Empty trash cans can block storm drains.
The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintains jurisdiction over the state highways roadway. However, to
protect public safety, multiple agencies including Santa Barbara Police and Santa Barbara Sheriffs are authorized to close the roadway as necessary during incidents.When closures do occur, they are undoubtedly inconvenient, but rest
assured they are only employed when necessary to protect public safety. Because multiple agencies are involved and conditions can change rapidly, immediate, detailed information is often difficult to obtain. To help streamline
procedures and improve emergency communication be sure to sign up for NIXLE notification.
What is Nixle?
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children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you. Our service is built on the most secure, reliable, and
high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you receive trusted and immediate, geographically relevant information. Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web.
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Without a doubt, pre-planning, staying informed and plenty of patience will help you when the storms hit.
After Rain Emergencies
Should water or mud damage occur on private property, the owner should get in touch with their insurance company
for referrals to approved remediation services and more importantly, to be advised of and if any applicable insurance coverage . Those who may wish to contract on their own for assistance can find commercial vendors listed in the
yellow pages. Look under “water damage” and be sure to inquire if the company is licensed to do this work. Of course, here at ServiceMaster Anytime we are ready to respond to any emergency.
ServiceMaster Anytime has been servicing the Disaster Restoration needs of the Central Coast area
since 1963. When fire, smoke, or water damage your home or business, speed is essential to minimize further damage. To restore your home or business to its pre-crisis condition – and avoid costly mistakes – it’s just as critical to select the most qualified professionals. As the leader in the restoration and cleaning services industry for more than 40
years, ServiceMaster Anytime is committed to maintaining the highest
business, ethical, and quality standards.
No matter what the emergency; water, sewage, fire or smoke damage, trauma /vandalism clean up,
mold remediation and construction services, ServiceMaster Anytime is ready to give you peace of mind with
24/7/365 service. Santa Barbara 963-1365- Santa Maria 922-4477 – Lompoc
736-1168 San Luis Obispo 541-3241