Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm Safety in the Greater Boulder area

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning in thunderstorm in Boulder If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder for help!

Thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day. 

Although they mostly occur in the summer, occasionally they can occur during other seasons.  They are magnificent to watch, but it’s wise to be extremely cautious when around thunderstorms since they are often associated with lightning, flash floods, hail, high winds and sometimes tornadoes which can all be incredibly dangerous.

To help protect yourself, it’s best to follow these suggestions:

  • Trim or remove trees (especially that are dead) that could fall on your home or place of work
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Boulder County

In the event of a thunderstorm, try practicing these safety precautions:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings
  • If you are playing in water, get to land immediately and seek shelter
  • Get inside your car
  • Avoid flooded roads. It takes only six inches of moving water to knock you over and only one foot of moving water to sweep away your car

Other information here.

Tornadoes

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

walls and windows blown in from massive winds in building of Boulder area gym with debris all over The destruction that 150+ winds can do

Tornadoes, rotating columns of air that occur during a severe thunderstorm, can strike without much warning and can destroy homes and buildings within our Colorado communities.  Usually, we identify a tornado by it’s conical shape that is visible once it has started accumulating water droplets, dust and other kinds of debris and can have wind speeds reach up to 300mph.

Be Aware

Watch for a rotating funnel-shaped cloud whenever thunderstorms are present.  People often describe hearing a loud roar similar to a train when a tornado has touched down.  Know your community's warning system and understand the difference between a tornado watch and warning.

Generally, a warning means a tornado is already on the ground or soon will be.  Get to a safe place immediately.  A watch means conditions are favorable, and a tornado is possible.  NOAA Weather Radio or your local station are great resources for emergency information. 

Assemble An Emergency Kit

Assemble and have ready an emergency kit for you and your family.  Recommendations: 

  • one gallon of water per person for at least three days
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food per person 
  • battery-powered or hand-crank radio 
  • flashlight, first aid kit, and extra batteries

Where To Go

Ideally, in the event of a tornado, you want to get to low ground or below ground: basement or storm cellar, an interior hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level.  Go underneath a heavy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.  Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.

Understanding The Risk

Even though Colorado isn’t actually in the infamous “tornado alley”, we definitely get them so it’s important to remain vigilant to help keep you and your family safe.

If You Have Storm Or Tornado Damage

We can help! Call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder.  We offer emergency restoration services after a storm has passed.  Some of these services include roof tarping, covering broken windows, water removal, and structure dry out.  We're always available 24/7/365.  You can expect an immediate response day or night. (303)494-2000.

Storms Can Quickly Become Destructive

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder crews help protect a damaged roof with a tarp SERVPRO of Greater Boulder crews help protect a damaged roof with a tarp from the most recent derecho storm that blew through the midwest.

Storms can quickly become not only dangerous, but extremely destructive, especially when the right conditions all line up. 

Just as recently as a couple of days ago, the midwest suffered tremendous damage from a “derecho” that blew through.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a derecho is “a widespread, long-lived wind storm associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms... and...while derecho winds typically are less than 100 mph, gusts as high as 130 mph have been recorded --- equivalent to those with strong EF2 tornadoes.”

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder was pulled in to help provide aid and relief to homeowners suffering from punctured rooftops and significant water losses inside their homes since the need is so vast!

Storm damage most typically leads to water damage, but fires can also result if the electricity is left on.  

Be safe after storm damage while you await our arrival and take these precautions: 

  • Shut off the source of damage.
  • Turn off electrical panel/electricity
  • Try to get up as much of the standing water as possible
  • Do NOT go into any area of your home where electricity and water have mixed
  • Pick up magazines/newspapers that can cause stains on carpet
  • Do NOT use your household vacuum cleaner since it could result in electrical shock or ruin your vacuum.

Flooding in Boulder?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is Common in Boulder

Did you know that the city of Boulder has the highest risk of flooding in the state of Colorado? According to the City of Boulder website, Boulder has the highest flash flood risk due to its geographic location at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and Boulder Creek, and its fourteen tributaries and Boulder Slough. A flash flood can happen anytime with little or no warning.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder offers the residents of University of Colorado some tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on what to do during a flood:

  • Disconnect electricity and gas
  • Do NOT walk or drive through flood waters
  • Get to higher ground
  • Follow emergency response orders
  • Free cattle and lead animals to a safer place

Call Us Today

No job is too big. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is uniquely positioned to respond to any size storm scenario and we have years of experience dealing with storm damage of all kinds. Our Disaster Recovery Team specializes in large commercial losses and are strategically positioned across the U.S. to allow for rapid mobilization and response to any place in the nation. This program was designed to save our customers time and money. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

High Winds Cause Storm Damage to Homes in Boulder

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A turbulent, dark cloudy sky threatens the city of Boulder, Colorado. We respond to storm damage emergencies within four hours in Greater Boulder.

Extreme Winds Happen in Boulder

Did you know that Boulder has some of the highest peak winds of any city in the U.S.? According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the two main causes of high winds during the cold season are the air pressure differences between strong low and cold high pressure systems and the Chinook winds developing across the Front Range and other mountain ranges. Wind speeds have been known to exceed 100 miles per hour and the areas around Boulder and Westcliffe are prone to extreme wind episodes. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants the residents and business owners of Greater Boulder to know that we have years of experience dealing with storm damage and we are Here to Help. ®

Building and Reconstruction Services

Not only will we take temporary protective measures to protect your property from further storm damage, we can also help with the rebuilding process when structural damage occurs. We will provide supervision for a full range of construction restoration services to bring back your building to preloss condition

Call Us Today

When your home or business in Greater Boulder is damaged by a storm, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be site to within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 303-494-2000.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

We Repair Storm Damage in Boulder

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy snow blankets a rooftop and icicles threaten to drop on a dark winter day. We repair storm damage in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.”

Winter storms are a common occurrence in Boulder and can happen with little or no advanced warning. Snow and ice buildup on the roof or other building structure can cause water intrusion damage to your home or commercial property. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants University of Colorado to know that we are ready to respond to your storm damage call and will begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately. We have the specialized training and state-of-the-art equipment needed to restore your business or home back to pre-storm condition. Here are some of the storm and related services we offer:

We hope you never experience winter storm damage but if you do, we want to help. We know that every minute counts when it comes to preventing storm damage repairs from becoming costly. Our team of highly trained professionals is on call 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll take care of your commercial damage in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

Know what to do do and who to call before you need us.

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

iPhone with SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile on it. TO be prepared for any size disaster, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder.

When you are running a business, you have a thousand decisions to make every day. We want to help make your life easier by helping you have a plan in place for property damage before you need it. SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App that you can download in the iTunes store today to help you be ready for any type of disaster. 

It's important to have a plan in place for your business before an emergency happens and that everyone in your company and team knows what to do when disaster strikes. When water is pouring through the ceiling on to your computers or into your showroom you don't have time to call around for references or check reviews online before calling a mitigation company. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Make sure your Emergency Kit is Stocked and Ready to Go near the University of Colorado

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flying drone transporting an emergency kit. At the University of Colorado, you may even see a drone delivering an emergency kit!

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is no stranger to storms, water damage, etc. The trained professionals there know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to any type of natural disaster or weather emergency, which is why we want to remind everyone at the University of Colorado to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go.

Here are some items that could be included in an emergency kit:

  • Band-Aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery-powered radio and batteries
  • Whistle if needed to signal for help

If pets are involved, tweak the emergency kit a bit to include pet food, a spare leash/collar, and other pet supplies that will be needed. The University of Colorado is full of tech-savvy people who could probably call for help if needed, but it is important to be prepared for when technology fails, especially when water is involved. If a residential area/dorm or commercial building is flooded in any way, make sure to stay out of the water because electricity from technology devices can travel through water. That is why SERVPRO of Greater Boulder urges you to have your kit ready if needed.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/09/17/your-family-needs-emergency-supply-kit

How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Devil’s Thumb

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dog with first aid kit. Get your emergency kit ready in Devil’s Thumb.

If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated emergency kits should include some of the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency food and water

Residents of Devil’s Thumb can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.  SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants to make sure that Devil’s Thumb is prepared!

SERVPRO of Devil’s Thumb is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2008/05/19/preparation-best-defense-against-severe-storms-and-tornadoes

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in the University of Colorado Area.

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood evacuation emergency kit checklist clipboard, 3 bottles of water, a couple of batteries, and a first aid kit. Think ahead of things you might need in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Ara unexpectedly.

When a storm is headed your way, there are some items you can keep in a waterproof container (your emergency kit) to be prepared for possible evacuation. Medications is probably not one of them, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in the University of Colorado area.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in the University of Colorado area will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications & supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses
  • Hearing-aid batteries
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in the University of Colorado area, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Boulder

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Symbols on a background representing, visual, audio, and other handicaps, including a service dog. Small preparations can make for life saving results.

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Boulder and evacuation more challenging.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Boulder, consider the following: 

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm for you and your pets in Greater Boulder

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A vehicle sign stating evacuation route Be prepared for a storm evacuation with these tips.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Greater Boulder

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. During times of flooding, you may want to consider packing a bag to have ready in case the worst happens.

Plan for backup if you have your own car because the storm or flood may damage your car.

Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency:

  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • If medical help is needed, where would I go?
  • Does this facility have a disability ramp access (if needed)

Items to bring with you:

  • Written list for emergency contacts
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a powered wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.
  • Medical bracelets with pertinent info for first responders/helpers
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List and/or supply of prescription medications

Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Greater Boulder, please consider:

  • Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may or may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

What To Do If You Have PTSD During Thunderstorms In Ara Colorado

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Scared man holding a computer over his head in a thunderstorm. Don't let a storm throw you into a panic attack. Be prepared.

Did you know that almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off  a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms: 

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Ara, Colorado

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

All of this can be compounded if the storm generates damage to your home or office. Sometimes flooding occurs, while other times you may spring a leak. If this happens, give SERVPRO of Greater Boulder a call and we can make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-traumatic-stress.asp 

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/epidemiological-facts-ptsd.asp

Be Prepared this Storm Season

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

April showers don’t always bring May flowers. Springtime in the Rockies means we all have to be prepared for any type of weather at any time.

According to NOAA, every year, Americans are forced to cope with: 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes. As a result, there are around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.

Don’t wait for a severe weather event to prepare. Form plans, build an emergency kit, and keep you, your family, and your home safe during this unpredictable weather season.