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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
05/21/2013

Because Superior Cleaning is so well-known for our cleaning services, many of our customers aren’t aware that we also provide Emergency Restoration and Cleaning Services in cases of damage caused by fire/smoke, wind, water, or mold. We have extensive experience in disaster cleaning after emergencies, and help guide our customers through the process of insurance claims. We have an army of trained technicians and craftspeople who approach the restoration process with the utmost care, and we provide documentation of expected results – all with your satisfaction guaranteed. Superior Cleaning even runs a Planned Response Program for businesses that enables business owners to protect their property in advance by having a plan of action in place in the case of emergencies.

It’s comforting to know that Superior Cleaning is available 24 hours a day (at 1-800-99-CLEAN) in case of emergencies, but there are also a number of things you can do to prepare you and your family or business for unexpected weather or other emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the following advice to make sure your family is prepared for natural disasters:

Be informed. FEMA’s website offers information on Natural Disasters, Pandemics, Technological and Accidental Hazards, Terrorist Hazards, Options for Protection, and Recovering from Disaster. This comprehensive information available online will help you understand potential hazards, recognize impending issues and know what to do to protect yourself and your family in the case of emergencies.

Make a plan. It’s important to plan in advance, so that if an emergency occurs you’ll be prepared and know exactly what to do. Find out about early warning systems and signals, and plan for the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs, and safely shutting off utilities. A downloadable Family Emergency Plan is available on FEMA’s site. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also provides a downloadable plan to help families prepare for disasters. FEMA provides information for how to be sure your pets will be protected at this link, and the American Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPCA) lists steps to take for Pet Disaster Preparedness on their website.

Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit. Just before or after disaster strikes, you rarely have time to pack everything you’ll need to protect and sustain your family and pets. It’s important to prepare a supply kit in advance so you can take shelter, or get on the road, as quickly as possible. FEMA suggests packing food, water, and supplies (including medications) that can last for at least 72 hours. Recommended supplies lists are available at this link, and a Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets is available on the website of the Humane Society of the United States.

Businesses should plan in advance. FEMA recommends that business owners plan in advance to protect their businesses in case of emergencies. Superior Cleaning’s Planned Response Program, as listed above, is a good first step. FEMA also recommends that businesses gather information about hazards, assess risks, conduct a business impact analysis, and determine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks. Sample Emergency Response Plans and Business Continuity Plans are available at this link.

Talk to your kids. FEMA’s website includes a special section for children that provides information that parents can share with their kids, and games that will help children understand planning and kit building for emergency situations.

Remember that Superior Cleaning is available 24 hours a day at 1-800- 99-CLEAN to answer emergency service calls if your home or business has been damaged by water, fire/smoke, wind, or mold.

You can contact FEMA by email at ready@fema.gov.

Superior Cleaning & Coit Cleaning and Restoration in Woodinville, WA holds a Construction Contractor, General license (SUPERI 973KR).

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