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Are You Ready For Severe Weather?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is always ready to serve you! SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is always ready to serve you!

Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of East Fort Worth wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during severe weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES, is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a lifesaver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof case
  • Cash

 Make a family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware of where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established to aid in finding each other amidst the devastation.

Are You Ready For Severe Weather?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

emergency supply kit Stay safe in your Texas home.

Severe weather is unpredictable, and SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media, and wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers, and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during severe weather. With charged batteries, a weather radio is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to program your weather radio properly, so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a lifesaver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio.
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof case
  • Cash

Make a family plan: Make sure all household members are aware of where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If, for some reason, the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established to aid in finding each other amidst the devastation.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Calm During a Storm

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

thunderstorm in Fort Worth, Texas Follow these tips!

The sun has come out, and the storm is officially over, but last night here in Fort Worth, Texas, the wind and rain were pretty intense. I've seen lots of runaway trampolines, fallen limbs, and debris along the roads. While all this is pretty typical for storm season here in Texas, my dog was up all night fretting over all the noise.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we love our fur babies, our dogs, cats, and the occasional pig like to visit us in the office from time to time, and we love sharing them with all of you. So this blog is for them and all our customers' beloved furry friends who might be a little anxious during this spring storm season.

10 Tips to Calm Your Dog During Thunderstorms

  1. Exercise

If you know that there is a storm rolling in late that day, be sure to get in a walk while it's dry and exercise your fur baby to release that extra energy. Your pup will want to rest instead of getting worked up over the storm.

  1. Indoors

It's a good idea to try and keep your dog inside during storms. Storms can be unpredictable, and you don't want to put your dog in harm's way accidentally. If possible, close your dog door, or crate your dog to give them a safe area to sit inside and take them out yourself for potty breaks to avoid muddy situations. Though you end up with a muddy situation, we can help with our cleaning services.

  1. Create Space

Create a space for your pet. Make up a comfy bed with blankets and some of their favorite toys, or utilize their crate as stated above if you crate train. They will be drawn to their familiar smells of 'their stuff' and help them relax and stay calm.

  1. Water

Plenty of water. Always have a full water bowl. When dogs get worked (panting) up, they burn through their energy and can become dehydrated, so it's a good idea to have a fresh bowl of water nearby.

  1. Distraction

Distraction is key. Your pet may need help in keeping distracted. Having a rawhide or a long-lasting chew is excellent.

Your pup will forget all about the storm and sit in their comfy spot and munch away on their treat.

  1. Toys

Having their favorite toys around to keep them happy is great if they aren't allowed many treats or chews for some reason.

If your dog has a favorite toy, it's like a security blanket if he/she knows it's next to them is fine. Several of our dogs here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth grew up with a particular favorite toy they love and will tote around, so this is great for high-stress situations where they need something familiar to help keep calm.

  1. Favorite Meal

Feed them their favorite meal at dinner time. Or add a little special something in your pup's bowl and let them know they are magnificent. When your pet is delighted with their meal, they will be content and want to chill out with you on the couch.

  1. Stay Home

If you can, stay at home. Your dog will be much calmer and relaxed, knowing you are there with them. I know this isn't an option for everyone, but if you have the choice to work from Home, what could sound better than to have your dog happy and curled up next to you while you work and listen to music and the sound of the rain outside? Am I right?

  1. Play Date

Have a playdate. Invite your family or friends over for a game; if it's still safe to drive, please don't use this option in overly severe weather. But if it's a mild storm and someone is close and willing to visit, it's better to be happy and play tag in the house than having a scared puppy in the corner, right?

  1. Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement. Happy high pitched voice and lots of pats and not making a big deal out of the storm is an excellent way to show your dog that nothing wrong is happening. They'll take reassurance in your positive attitude. Mom and Dad aren't scared, so it's okay. We hope these tips help make the next thunderstorm that rolls through less of a problematic event for your furry friends.