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Is Your Business Emergency Ready?!

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Emergency Ready?! Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a free quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  If you’re like most people you are probably wondering why we would be willing to help you compile this information for free. Well, SERVPRO® is a national sponsor of the Red Cross’ Ready Rating Program, and as a part of our community service, we are helping local businesses prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is just one part of your overall preparedness plan, but it’s out way to help you get started. We would like to complete an ERP for you in hopes that you will consider using SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford’s services if/when the time arises, but it is certainly not a requirement.

Your Comprehensive Emergency Ready Profile includes the following information:

- Emergency Action Checklist

- Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts

- Emergency Contacts (Local Fire Dept, Police Dept, Hospital, Security COmpany, Etc)

- Main Utility Information (Electricity, Gas, Sprinkler, Alarm, Server and Water) shut off information and Utility Company phone numbers and account numbers

- Primary Contact Information (Work Authorization Contacts)

- Insurance Company Information

- Miscellaneous Contact Information

- Property Overview (photos of the property, SF of each room, hazardous material information, etc)

- Building Access Information

We also will provide you with an Emergency Ready Profile Application for your phone or tablet so this information can be available at any time day or night!!

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility! You can also email is for additional information at

Are your Pets Emergency Ready?

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

This month is National Emergency Preparedness Month and we are following up today to give you pet and animal safety and planning advice for emergency situations. In an emergency situation you want to make sure your furry family member is included in your emergency planning.

  1. Make a Pet Emergency Plan:
    1. ID your pet. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Also consider microchipping your pets.
    2. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
    3. Make a pet emergency kit.  Download Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners for a full list of items to include in your pets kit.

Check out this quick list:

  • Pet food
  • Bottled water
  • Medications
  • Veterinary records
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Manual can opener
  • Food dishes
  • First aid kit and other supplies
  1. Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers.
  2. Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
  1. Prepare Shelter For Your Pet:
    1. Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
    2. If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
    3. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.
    4. Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster but this should be considered only as a last resort.
    5. If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside – NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in your home and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.
  1. Protect Your Pet During A Disaster:
    1. Bring your pets inside immediately.
    2. Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
    3. Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
    4. Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
    5. In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.
    6. If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
    7. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
    8. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.
  1. Caring For Your Pets After A Disaster:
    1. If you leave town after a disaster, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
    2. In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
    3. The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.
  2. Tips for Large Animals:

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  1. Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  2. Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  3. Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  4. Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  5. If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.
  6. Watch this Video on how to prepare your pets:
    1. Click here to watch the video

Be sure to stay tuned for other Emergency Preparedness Tips and Activities. Also, be sure to check out our other blogs for useful information and services that SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford offers. If you have any questions or would like further information please call our office at 914-358-9000 or email us at

Commercial Services

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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

No matter what type of business you own, one of the things that you will always want to do is to make sure that the other people in the industry are able to see you in the best possible light. If this is the case, then you should find that you can get more business, and ultimately make more money in the long term. If you take a look around your place of work, and consider the fact that it has to be kept clean and tidy at all times, you might feel as though you are a little bit overwhelmed at the amount that needs to be done. Because of this, if you try to take everything on yourself, you will find that you are simply not able to clean to the standard that you should be able to.

Are your children/students Emergency Ready?

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

September is the month of Emergency Preparedness. We will be coming out with some great content to help our followers stay prepared in all sorts of emergency situations.

Scholastic has come out with a fun filled activities for children in grades 1-3 to encourage disaster planning and teaching them how to stay connected in the event of an emergency. These activities feature the characters from the new animated film "Ice Age: Collision Course." Check out some of the activities below:

1 - Teachers (and parents) can help the children complete these "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) cards Click Here to download the ICE card. 

2 - Phone number fun. The materials needed "know your number worksheet" (click here), ICE card, and pencils. This is a 30-minute activity to help practice dialing the numbers on their ICE card and how to have an emergency communication plan. (Click here for the activity info in full and directions). 

3 - Learn the prep steps. The materials needed "The Prep Step" worksheet (click here)The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald, Kenta and the Big Wave by Ruth Ohi, Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell, crayons, markers, paper, and pencils. This is a 45-minute activity that helps children learn the steps to take in case of an emergency. They follow the stories and analyizer what the characters did in case of emergency. This activity also teaches children a fun "Prep Step" song that will help them memorize the steps. Click here for the activity info in full and the directions. 

4 - What goes in a supply kit/Go bag? The materials needed  “What Goes in Scrat’s Go-Bag” (Click here) supplies—flashlight, soap, comb, toothpaste, tissues, teddy bear, radio, can of food, toothbrush, water bottle, washcloth, blanket, first-aid kit, notebook, ICE Card, pencils, fishbowl, heavy books, globe, large clock, folding chair, beach ball, apple, flip-flops, dinner plate, whistle (if these items are not available, feel free to modify slightly or use photos of items), three reusable bags or backpacks, chart paper, paper, pencils, scissors, and crayons and/or markers.  This activity helps the children learn what supplies should be gathered in case of emergency and helps them learn what each of these items do. Click here for the activity info in full and the directions. 

Scholastic also wrote a Family Resource Sheet to help your students and family be ICE ready. 

Along with the ICE Card Scholastic also created a "Family Emergency Plan" which is a packet of very important information needed to help the children learn their information, meet up locations, create their own supply kit, and draw an emergency plan and blueprint of your home/school. 

Making preparedness fun and easy for kids is one of the best ways to get them involved in their own safety. 

Be sure to stay tuned for other Emergency Preparedness Tips and Activities. Also, be sure to check out our other blogs for useful information and services that SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford offers. If you have any questions or would like further information please call our office at 914-358-9000 or email us at

Crime Scene, Bio-hazard, and Vandalism

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Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Anything that is a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms is Bio-hazardous. With Vandalism, like graffiti for example; Governments see graffiti as a negative externality because it largely inhibits or detracts from the beautification of a local community. Considering the great cost graffiti incurs on local communities, governments take the burden of the negative externality, through removal. Due to the nature of graffiti, it is near impossible to eliminate, despite changes to legislation to increase the fine for committing such offences. With Crime Scenes; Crime scene cleaners specialize in cleaning and sanitizing homes, businesses, and vehicles traumas while demonstrating compassion toward those receiving services. As “second responders,” our #1 goal is to help families recover by relieving them of the burden of cleanup and return to them a home that is completely clean and sanitized.

Roofs can let water in!

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This is the best time of the year to inspect your roof for leaks and have any repairs needed tended to. The weather is warm and it makes it so much easier to inspect inside and out. During the cold weather months is not a good time to discover that you have loose shingles exposing the roof wood decking to rain, snow, or ice. The cost of having a roof repair done in winter weather might even cost you more.
Examining the inside of your roof in the attic might be a job that you can handle yourself if you know what to look for. Actually, the best time to get in the attic to inspect is during a good rainfall. This way it is much easier to tell where a leak is coming from. If you find a place that is leaking, mark it in some way so you will be sure and know where it is again when you have it repaired. If you check when it is not raining, you may be able to see spots on the floor, walls, or rafters where it has leaked and dried up. Check for signs like this on the insulation as well. Checking the rooftop outside might present more of a problem than the inside. There can always be an element of danger anytime you climb up onto a rooftop. If you are not afraid of heights and are sure footed enough, you might be able to handle it, but anytime the roof it very sloped or you have a fear of heights, it is probably for the best if you have a professional contractor come out to inspect for you. Even if the roof top is visible to you pretty clearly, you might not be able to see where shingles are loose in spots and will be in danger of blowing off in a strong wind. This is not good to happen anytime because when it rains, the water can seep into cracks and possibly cause damage to wood surfaces underneath shingles and tar paper. Shingles around vent pipes and chimneys need to be checked carefully too.

Don't let stress in!

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing Any Kind of Loss in Your Home or Business Can be Very Stressful.

No one wants their lives to be flipped upside down due to a water or fire loss. Many customers dread the thought of having to deal with another contractor to get their lives back together after a fire or water loss. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides a One-Stop-Shop to help homeowners feel less stressed. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford understands there is a lot of stress that can come along with any kind of loss in your home. It is our goal to help minimize the interruption to your life and make everything "Like it never even happened." 

  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties. 
  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can lower your stress by limiting the number of contractors you have to deal with.
  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford also specializes in the reconstruction of your property after a fire or water loss. 

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response. Contact us today, at 914-358-9000, to see what SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can do to help you!

American Red Cross

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"Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed - every day." - American Red Cross

SERVPRO and the AmericanRedCross want to help save lives from house fires. Make an escape plan and download your worksheet today. On average, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. To help prevent an injury to you or your loved ones, visit the American Red Cross website to learn more information. You can help home fire victims by donating to

Thanksgiving Safety

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Safety Leading causes of fires

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing every year, people are at risk for fryer-related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 deep fire related incidents each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year. Here are some rules to follow when deep frying a turkey.

Don’t Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey Frozen turkeys are full of moisture. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed out because water and hot oil don’t mix well.

Don’t Let Oil Get Too Hot If you see your oil smoking, it is too hot. When oil gets around 400-425-degrees it can catch on fire by itself. So, when deep frying a turkey most oils should stay around 350-degrees.

Don’t Use Too Much Oil When deep-frying a turkey a common mistake people make is putting too much cooking oil in their pot. Overfilling your pot can result in the oil spilling over into the flame on the burner. If you need to figure out how much oil you need try putting your turkey in an empty pot, fill the pot with enough water to cover the turkey. Once you remove the turkey mark the water line.

Don’t Deep Fry Indoors You should never deep-fry a turkey in your house, garage or on a deck. You should always deep fry a turkey in a yard away from anything that’s flammable.

Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will go smoothly. However, if a fire does occur and your home suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. 

Check your Smoke Alarms!

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.