Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado Season is Upon Us

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Weather forecasters have been gearing up for what they think looks to be a busy severe spring weather season. If last week’s storm is any indication, they may be right. Last year, Alabama had a total of 73 confirmed tornadoes and 52 of those storms came between March and April. The National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist John DeBlock gave this information to al.com reporters last week, you can read the full article by clicking here.

Here are some basic storm tips to help you be more prepared this spring:

  • Create a plan for where you and your family will go in the event of a tornado — at home, at work and at relatives’ or friends’ homes that you visit frequently. Always be alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
  • Check with your work and your children’s school and day care center regarding tornado emergency plans. Every building has different safe places. It is important to know where they are and how to get there in an emergency.
  • Make sure everyone understands how tornado siren warning systems work and if a warning system is installed in your area.
  • Mark clearly where your first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located. Make sure the first-aid kit is properly stocked with medical supplies.
  • Teach your family how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.
  • Mark clearly where the utility switches or valves are located so they can be turned off – if time permits – in an emergency.
  • Learn the emergency dismissal policy for your child’s school.

Remember, SERVPRO of Dothan is here to help with all your storm needs. Give us a call, we’re here to help! 334.699.5961

Interesting Weather Facts

2/13/2021 (Permalink)

  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 14.6 °C (59 °F), recorded on January 5, 1974. More temperature facts.
  • The most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.

  • The most rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India. More rain facts.
  • The highest snowfall ever recorded in a one year period was 31.1 meters (1224 inches) in Mount Rainier, Washington State, United States, between February 19, 1971 and February 18, 1972. More snow facts.
  • The fastest wind speed ever recorded is 484±32 km/h (301±20 mph). This was a 3 second gust recorded by a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radar unit in Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999. More wind facts.
  • The heaviest hailstone ever recorded weighed 1.0 kg (2.25 lb) and landed in Gopalganj District, Bangladesh on April 14, 1986.
  • Clouds can be categorized into a number of different types; these include cumulus, stratus and cirrus. More cloud facts.
  • The Earth experiences millions of lightning storms every year, they are incredible discharges of electricity from the atmosphere that can reach temperatures close to 54,000 °F (30,000 °C) and speeds of 60,000 m/s (130,000 mph). More lightning facts.
  • The USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world, averaging around 1200 a year. This is due largely to its unique geography which forms an area in central USA called “Tornado Alley” which is frequently hit by tornadoes. More tornado facts.
  • Tropical cyclones (often referred to as hurricanes or typhoons) feature strong winds, driving rain, rough seas and areas of low atmospheric pressure. They frequently form in tropical areas of the globe and can do considerable damage to populated areas. Examples of this include the 1970 Bhola cyclone, Typhoon Nina which hit China in 1975 and more recently in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina which caused great devastation and loss of life when it hit southern parts of the USA. More hurricane facts.

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather.html

Alabama Storm Tornado & Storm Facts

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can hit anywhere, yes even Alabama! Alabama resides in the United States’ most deadly tornado area—the Dixie Alley.

  • Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of how dangerous and deadly tornadoes in the Deep South/ Gulf Coast states can be.
  • Huntsville, Alabama was been rated the top tornado city in 2013.
  • Birmingham, Alabama was been rated the third top tornado city in 2013.
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama was been rated the fourth tornado city in 2013.
  • Suffering from Lilapsophobia? You do if you’re afraid of tornadoes!
  • Alabama’s annual number of tornadoes is 44 tornadoes.
  • The University of Alabama created a tornado factsheet that cited Tuscaloosa as having a second tornado season from November to early December.
  • Tornadoes usually happen during the late afternoon into late evening, but can happen anytime.
  • The average tornado lasts less than ten minutes.

The Dixie Alley is becoming more dangerous than the traditional Tornado Alley and Alabama is a high risk state.

SERVPRO of Dothan is always here to help. Please call 334-699-5961 - 24/7 for emergency help!

You can find more Tornado FAQ here: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

Do you have your emergency plan?

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place before a disaster happens.  And part of that plan should include a stocked, ready to go, emergency preparedness kit.

An emergency preparedness kit is usually needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Make sure to keep an emergency kit at home and in your vehicle. Most items are easy to find and inexpensive:

Water – 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days

Food – Non-perishable food for at least 3 days

Manual can opener for food

Flashlight

Batteries

Hand crank radio or battery powered radio

First aid kit

Whistle

Matches

Dust Mask

Local Maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Prescription medications

Infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles

Being prepared for a storm or a disaster could be a life changing decision. SERVPRO of DOTHAN is here to help. 334.699.5961.

Winter Weather is here!

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve been having a colder than normal winter. Living in the south we sometimes don’t think about winter storm preparedness but it can definitely happen! Below are some tips to help you keep your home and family safe if temperatures dip below freezing:

Bring animals inside
Cover your plants
Wrap exposed pipes if possible
Let cold water drop from the faucet at a trickle
Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces

If you do have damage from winter weather remember SERVPRO is here to help! Call Us Today at 334-699-5961

Preparing for Severe Weather

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

As you think about all the ways to protect your family from harm, there are few things more important than considering a severe weather action plan for them. Knowing what to do if you find yourself in its path can help you stay safer and even save a life in some incidents.

While there is no way to predict severe weather or to avoid it, there are plenty of ways that you can make a plan to keep your family safe from harm if it strikes. Below, are some of the top ways that you can be certain you and your family are protected during the event of severe weather so you and your family can achieve peace of mind.

Questions to Ask for Your Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

Do I have all the supplies I need at home? Severe weather can knock out power as well as cell networks and utility services, so it is always a good idea to make sure you have everything you need to be self-sufficient for at least a few days. Pack an emergency kit with enough food and water to last your family several days, and be sure to include other essentials such as first-aid supplies and comfort items as well.

Do I have a way to receive weather alerts? Staying tuned into the alerts issued by local officials can provide you with helpful information such as watches and warnings so you can be aware of the weather conditions that often change rapidly. Cell phones can be unreliable during severe storms, so having a radio or other low-tech method for receiving alerts is advised.

Do I have an evacuation plan? While staying put is typically the advised course of action during a severe thunderstorm, if heavy, sustained rain leads to the development of flash flood conditions, you may find yourself needing to evacuate to get to a safer spot. Make sure you have an evacuation plan in mind, complete with several different driving routes in case your preferred road becomes blocked by water.

If you have any storm damage due to severe weather remember SERVPRO of DOTHAN is here to help. Give us a call to learn more at 334.699.5961.

Emergency Preparedness Kits

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place before a disaster happens.  And part of that plan should include a stocked, ready to go, emergency preparedness kit.

An emergency preparedness kit is usually needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Make sure to keep an emergency kit at home and in your vehicle. Most items are easy to find and inexpensive:

  • Water – 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food – Non-perishable food for at least 3 days
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Hand crank radio or battery powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • Matches
  • Dust Mask
  • Local Maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • First aid kit
  • Infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles

Call Us Today at 334-699-5961 and let us help!

We're YOUR storm response team!

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coffee, Dale, Geneva & Henry Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 334-699-5961.

Hurricane Sally Storm Damage

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

As you can already tell we’re in for what appears to be a very busy hurricane season. Hurricane Sally has caused a lot of flood damage in the past few days and we have more storms coming! You need a storm response team that is ready when disaster happens. We have a team of professionally trained employees that know the intricacies of weather-related damages. We are here when you need us to ensure that your damage is quickly remediated. SERVPRO of Dothan is here to help!

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today  334.699.5961

Tornado Facts

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.

A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.

Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.

You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.

The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%

Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.

A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.

The direction in which a tornado twists depends a lot upon which hemisphere you're in. In general, most tornadoes in the northern hemisphere rotate cyclonically, or counter-clockwise. Only around five percent of tornadoes in the northern hemisphere rotate clockwise, or anti-cyclonically.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place before a disaster happens.  And part of that plan should include a stocked, ready to go, emergency preparedness kit.

An emergency preparedness kit is usually needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Make sure to keep an emergency kit at home and in your vehicle. Most items are easy to find and inexpensive:

Water – 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days

Food – Non-perishable food for at least 3 days

Manual can opener for food

Flashlight

Batteries

Hand crank radio or battery powered radio

First aid kit

Whistle

Matches

Dust Mask

Local Maps

Extra cash

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Family and emergency contact information

Prescription medications

Infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles

Check out the full list and printable version here: ready.gov/kit

SERVPRO helps out local school

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was on the scene quickly when one of our local schools called and said that they had substantial water damage as a result of a storm that came through the area. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the cleanup process.  

Flooding and water damage events are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Hurricane Michael Response

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Like all other First Responders, our dedicated crews are working around the clock to help all those in need. We are in full storm mode and have pulled in additional crews, equipment, and resources from surrounding SERVPRO franchises in order to help everyone that needs service. We ask for your patience and understanding; we are attempting to get to everyone as quickly and as safely as possible.

The Wiregrass area was very fortunate that there was no loss of life but the impact of this hurricane was severe. This has been an unprecedented weather event in our area and some people and businesses will be without power for days; complete recovery will take much longer. 

We appreciate your patience and we will not stop working until everyone receives service.

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO Is Ready!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coffee, Dale, Geneva & Henry Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 334-699-5961.

SERVPRO helps out local school

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Local school has water damage after storm

SERVPRO  was on the scene quickly when one of our local schools called and said that they had substantial water damage as a result of a storm that came through the area. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the cleanup process.  

Flooding and water damage events are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Hurricane Michael Response

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael Response

Like all other First Responders, our dedicated crews are working around the clock to help all those in need. We are in full storm mode and have pulled in additional crews, equipment, and resources from surrounding SERVPRO franchises in order to help everyone that needs service.   We ask for your patience and understanding; we are attempting to get to everyone as quickly and as safely as possible.

The Wiregrass area was very fortunate that there was no loss of life but the impact of this hurricane was severe. This has been an unprecedented weather event in our area and some people and businesses will be without power for days; complete recovery will take much longer. 

We appreciate your patience and we won't stop working until everyone receives service.

Wiregrass Electric Coop Outage Update

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Wiregrass Electric released a map with new estimates for power restoration.  They have been working around the clock to restore power to their customers but the damage to the infrastructure was severe.  You can read their press release here.  This map is also color coded by impact; the red shaded area is what the cooperative is referring to as "ground zero" where the heaviest winds and damage took place.

They are asking for everyone's patience and understanding while they work around the clock to clear trees, replace power lines and poles, and make sure that when power is restored, its done safely.  According to their press release, they will have roughly 225 lineman working in our area by last night.

They will be updating the current outage numbers, by substation, every morning and evening.

Tornado Facts

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.

A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.

Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.

You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.

The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%

Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.

A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.

The direction in which a tornado twists depends a lot upon which hemisphere you're in. In general, most tornadoes in the northern hemisphere rotate cyclonically, or counter-clockwise. Only around five percent of tornadoes in the northern hemisphere rotate clockwise, or anti-cyclonically.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place before a disaster happens.  And part of that plan should include a stocked, ready to go, emergency preparedness kit.

An emergency preparedness kit is usually needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Make sure to keep an emergency kit at home and in your vehicle. Most items are easy to find and inexpensive:

Water – 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days

Food – Non-perishable food for at least 3 days

Manual can opener for food

Flashlight

Batteries

Hand crank radio or battery powered radio

First aid kit

Whistle

Matches

Dust Mask

Local Maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Prescription medications

Infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles

Interesting Weather Facts!

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 14.6 °C (59 °F), recorded on January 5, 1974. More temperature facts.
  • The most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.

  • The most rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India. More rain facts.
  • The highest snowfall ever recorded in a one year period was 31.1 meters (1224 inches) in Mount Rainier, Washington State, United States, between February 19, 1971 and February 18, 1972. More snow facts.
  • The fastest wind speed ever recorded is 484±32 km/h (301±20 mph). This was a 3 second gust recorded by a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radar unit in Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999. More wind facts.
  • The heaviest hailstone ever recorded weighed 1.0 kg (2.25 lb) and landed in Gopalganj District, Bangladesh on April 14, 1986.
  • Clouds can be categorized into a number of different types; these include cumulus, stratus and cirrus. More cloud facts.
  • The Earth experiences millions of lightning storms every year, they are incredible discharges of electricity from the atmosphere that can reach temperatures close to 54,000 °F (30,000 °C) and speeds of 60,000 m/s (130,000 mph). More lightning facts.
  • The USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world, averaging around 1200 a year. This is due largely to its unique geography which forms an area in central USA called “Tornado Alley” which is frequently hit by tornadoes. More tornado facts.
  • Tropical cyclones (often referred to as hurricanes or typhoons) feature strong winds, driving rain, rough seas and areas of low atmospheric pressure. They frequently form in tropical areas of the globe and can do considerable damage to populated areas. Examples of this include the 1970 Bhola cyclone, Typhoon Nina which hit China in 1975 and more recently in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina which caused great devastation and loss of life when it hit southern parts of the USA. More hurricane facts.

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather.html