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Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

General Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings

A time for new beginnings

Fall is a beautiful time of the year.  While the leaves start to turn and the cool weather rolls in, it’s also a time for new beginnings and a fresh start.  Many of us are getting the kiddies ready for an exciting new school year.   For some, it’s about closing out the vacation season, finishing up with summer gardening, and the end of the lazy days of summer.

Stay on schedule 

During this change in season, it is so much fun to get excited about fresh, new possibilities.  Fall is a time to create new routines, nutritional goals, and organizational pursuits.  Oftentimes though, we can get so bogged down with the reality of a new school year and added responsibilities, we can forget all of the good intentions that we had in mind at the start of the season.

 Keep the routine flowing

Here are a few suggestions that will help keep you focused and on track this Fall while getting the kids in a great back to school routine.

  • As we send our little ones back into the germ pool at school, it is important to help them fight those germs. Make a list of healthy, nutritional, family favs meals and snacks that you can fall back to during week nights.  This list will be your “go to” list instead of ordering a quick, unhealthy, more convenient option.
  • Pick a day on the weekend to cook in bulk so that you can have quick nutritional meals in a hurry at the end of your busy weekday.
  • Hang a family activity calendar where everyone can see and know where they should be at a moments notice.

Commit to routines and create visible daily checklists that work for your family and help to make the day run smoothly.

  • Morning routine checklist- teeth, breakfast, homework packed, papers signed, after school plans are discussed and grab lunch.
  • After school checklist- backpacks in designated space, snack, chores, and homework completed at specified daily time and place.
  • Bedtime routine- Homework and papers are packed, teeth brushed, layout clothes for the following day, and to bed on time.

Consistency is key and routines can be helpful while transitioning into the new school year and the new season.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Air Ducts Cleaning in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Ducts Cleaning in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, (252) 331-7889.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City / Outer Banks Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

 However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today #AirDuctCleaning

International Day of Peace

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

General International Day of Peace SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

September 21 is International Day of Peace where so many around the world take part to observe and to share the message.

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” 
~ John F. Kennedy

#DayofPeace #BeTheChange

Build this Kit. . . Be Informed. . .Get the Alerts

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community Build this Kit. . . Be Informed. . .Get the Alerts SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Build the Kit. . . Be informed. . . Get the Alerts.

Being prepared for an emergency means being equipped with the proper supplies.  Your kit supplies should be easy to carry and quick to grab.

September is #NationalPreparednessMonth and it is the right time to prepare.  @AmericanRed Cross suggests, at the very least,  to have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Food; non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items(3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio 
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medial information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Anatomy of a first aid kit, a handy thing to have.

Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts

Should a disaster like water damage from a pipe break in your home or from a leaky toilet affect you, call SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, serving this area over 20 years and is here to help you 24/7, 365 days make it "Like it never even happened." at 252-331-7889

#SERVPROOBX #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp

How to Prepare. . . Create Your Emergency Plan

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

General How to Prepare. . . Create Your Emergency Plan SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

September is National Preparedness Month and all of us at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks want to help make sure that you are prepared in case of a natural or human caused disaster.

The American Red Cross says that close to 60% of Americans are wholly unprepared for a disaster of any kind and that only 1 in 10 American households has taken the appropriate preparedness steps:  a family emergency plan, an emergency supply kit and training in First Aid and CPR/AED.

Your emergency plan takes only 3 steps:

  1. Discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies, like fire, flood, hurricane, winter storm, tornado, that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  2. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
  3. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible. . . role play.

#HereToHelp #SERVPROobx #NatPrep #NationalPreparednessMonth

Family Disaster Plan Template-English

Family Disaster Plan Template-Spanish

Power Outage Gadget Picks for Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Power Outage Gadget Picks for Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Power lines taken out by a tree.

More than 60% of power outages are a result of stormy weather and your best defense against the dark is to have on hand power outage gadgets at home or the office.

Our friends and experts #ThisOldHouse have compiled a list of handy power outage essentials that will help you and your family or employees get through the night without leaving you feeling so . . . powerless.  

Essentials such as an All-Weather Radio that bests your smartphone using three different power sources, a Cell Phone Charger that juices up with a manual crank or hold a charge for a full year, a Waterproof lantern made to brave the worst of camping conditions,  a tripod flashlight with gripping legs and magnetic feet. and last but not least, a plug-in lamp that turns on automatically when the power goes out, so you can see where you are walking.  

Emergency Preparedness from SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/ Outer Banks is a 24/7 Emergency Service provider no matter the time or the day, we will respond when disaster strikes.  

We want to help you make a quick recovery which is made possible with a quick response after disaster strikes.  SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has prepared an Emergency Ready Profile sample for you to view and to consider implementing in your own business. 

Did you know that we will come to you and help you get your business profile set up so that when disaster does strike, the information in your Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Emergency Ready Profile will help to get your business up and running.   Use the Email address SPECityOBX.com, and use Password Ready.

At SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, We are Here To Help® get your business doors open again and minimize your loss of revenue caused by the loss of operations.  Call us at 252-331-7889 to schedule your complimentary profile. #NatPrep #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp #NationalPreparednessMonth

September is National Preparedness Month in Elizabeth City

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community September is National Preparedness Month in Elizabeth City National Preparedness Month in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks

As a member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their efforts to promote the importance of preparedness planning, SERVPRO of Elizabeth City will share with you throughout this month,  emergency preparedness information.

The recent natural disaster tragedy in Texas makes us realize just how vulnerable we all are at any time, any place to mother nature.

At SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, we believe that information is power, and helping to provide you with as much as possible, will help to keep you and your family safe when disaster strikes.

September is national preparedness month and we will share with you topics such as on how to make a plan for yourself, your family and friends, a plan to help your neighbor and community, how to practice and build out your plans, and how to get involved, to be part of something larger, ready business, ready campus, and faith based preparedness.

Thoughts and Prayers for Hurricane Harvey Victims

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

Community Thoughts and Prayers for Hurricane Harvey Victims Helping those that can't help themselves

Our thoughts and prayers for hurricane Harvey victims are heart felt at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks.

To see the abundance of "call to arms" service from strangers,emergency services, neighbors and even those also in harms way strengthens one's faith.

We at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks understand this service attitude and work hard to help change lives during a disaster.

Thank you to all that have and will continue to help those in need.

Watch live the solar eclipse with NASA!

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Community Watch live the solar eclipse with NASA! Solar Eclipse in Elizabeth City!

"You'll go blind!"  No, it's not Ralphie's mother saying so, but the experts.

On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.  Watch the solar eclipse live at Solar Eclipse 2017_NASA