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San Antonio Preparedness Tools at Your Fingertips

6/5/2015 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio Preparedness Tools at Your Fingertips SERVPRO of Braun Station recommends purchasing a weather radio such as this

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your family or your employees is by having a weather radio in your home or office.  Did you know having a NOAA Weather Radio in your home is just as important as having a fire alarm?

A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.  It is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approching tornado, allowing you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing time to seek shelter.  In 2012, a new nationwide text emergency alert system was luanched, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  We are certain that in recent weeks in San Antonio you have received these alerts.  The WEA systems is a huge step toward keeping our nation informed in crisis situations, however it does not alleviate the need to own weather radios.  The new WEA system relies on cell towers to send alerts- if cell towers are knocked out during bad weather or are no longer sending a signal, you will not receive alerts.  Television and radio broadcasts can also go down during a destructive event.  Having a back-up such as a weather radio is critical to ensure you still receive information in the event media outlets can no longer broadcast or you are unable to receive the broadcast. 

When selecting a weather radio, ensure it includes SAME alert programming- sounds an alerty only when specific counties are threatened (allowing you to only receive alerts for your county) and reviewable alerts (allowing you to turn off alerts you do not want to hear).

Contact your local San Antonio National Weather Service Office for assistance programming your weather radio, or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

Please remember that we are always here if weather does cause damage to your home or office.  Stay safe San Antonio!

Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster

5/19/2015 (Permalink)

Community Call the local SERVPRO in San Antonio That's Faster to Any Size Water Disaster SERVPRO of Braun Station is available for all of your water damage needs, big or small.

When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses, and family members for the situation.  Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike.  The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches- the time to prepares is now.  In the next few weeks this blog will provide tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes, including a list of items needed to create an emergency kit.

No matter where in San Antonio or surrounding areas that you call home, we want to ensure that you are prepared for any disaster.  Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or another other reason your local SERVPRO of Braun Station has the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible.

If your property suffers a fire or water damage, your local SERVPRO of Braun Station Professionals will be ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

San Antonio: SERVPRO Wants to Know if you are Fiesta Ready?

4/13/2015 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio: SERVPRO Wants to Know if you are Fiesta Ready? SERVPRO of Braun Station wishes you a Happy Fiesta!

As Fiesta quickly approaches we wanted to make sure that you are ready for all of the fun and exciting events.  Here is a quick link that should help get you prepared for all of the Fiesta excitement:

http://www.fiesta-sa.org/events

San Antonio: Do you know the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide?

10/27/2014 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide, often called “the silent killer,” is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell.  It can be created when fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood do not burn properly.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, around 150 people die every year from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.  However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Consider switching  from gasoline-powered equipment to equipment powered by electricity or batteries.  Prohibit the use of gasoline-powered engines or tools in poorly ventilated areas.

To protect your home, install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedroom.  Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.  Use portable generators only in well-ventilated  areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov

SERVPRO of Braun Station is always here to help and only a phone call away at (210) 267-2159.

San Antonio how are your daily habits?

7/20/2014 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio how are your daily habits? SERVPRO of Braun Station works on ensuring that each member of our team has good daily habits so we can help our San Antonio customers

Daily Habits:  How much does the first hour of your workday really matter?

Your first hour means a lot. The first work hour of your morning could be the time you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than just your task list. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of a school day, typically referred to as “home room” to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, and maybe knock-out last minute homework? Many successful business people schedule themselves around a grown-up homeroom every day. While you cannot predict incoming calls, customer service requests, or extra work due to after-hour jobs that occur the night before, you can develop daily morning habits that are non-negotiable. According to Tony Robbins, a life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker, you should set up an Hour of Power, Thirty Minutes to Thrive, or at the least, Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment. Part of this time involves light exercise; part of it involves reading motivational affirmations, and part of it involves time where you think of everything you are grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. Putting things into perspective is a great way to start your day on a positive note. Another daily morning habit to consider is doing the big, shoulder-sagging task on your to-do list first. Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day and nothing else looks quite so bad. If you take this concept of getting one thing done before you wade into your e-mail or return phone calls, you’ve got a day-to-day system in place. First, choose your frog (aka: identify the task.) One benefit to tackling that terrible, weighty task you don’t want to do first thing in the morning is that you get some space from the other people involved in that task. Without having that whirlwind, the task often feels less complex and you can get more done. It is also important to create your own version of customer service in the morning among peers. This may be checking in interacting with co-workers you don’t regularly see, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between scheduling daily routes and planning events. If you are consistent with your peer customer service, you will have a more reliable roster of helpers when you need them! Successful businessmen and women are disciplined to increase their productivity while reducing their stress. Consider incorporating one of these daily habits into your workday for the same result! 

San Antonio Celebrate Summer Safely

7/2/2014 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio Celebrate Summer Safely We at SERVPRO of Braun Station hope you have a safe summer San Antonio!

Each year, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun. 

According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks injure nearly 9,600 Americans each year. Charcoal/ wood burning and propane grill fires injure another 5,000.

A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill. If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water. The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.

The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, will help keep you safe all summer long.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hose for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hose will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal flotation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFD’s. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
  • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.

Your local SERVPRO of Braun Station professionals at (210) 267-2159 wish you a safe and happy summer! 

SERVPRO of Braun Station Thanks our Public Servants in San Antonio!

5/16/2014 (Permalink)

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is May 12 through May 18. PSRW honors men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. We want to say thank you to everyone that is a public servant!

In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station Upcoming CE Class

4/30/2014 (Permalink)

Community In the greater San Antonio area? SERVPRO of Braun Station Upcoming CE Class SERVPRO of Braun Station Prepares for our Fiesta Themed CE class on May 1st

We just wanted to remind everyone in San Antonio that tomorrow May 1st at 12pm we are serving lunch and then at 1pm our Water Damage CE class will begin. We still have a few spots open.  RSVP to (210) 267-2159 to lock in your spot!

Leon Valley: Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month?

4/28/2014 (Permalink)

Community Leon Valley: Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month? Support Autism Awareness! SERVPRO of Braun Station does!

We at SERVPRO of Braun Station are strong supporters of the Autism Cause and wanted you to be aware of all of the ways you can help.  Please check out: http://www.autism-society.org/ for more information.

San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to know the Myths About Lightning

4/24/2014 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio residents SERVPRO of Braun Station wants you to know the Myths About Lightning SERVPRO wants San Antonio residents to know the truth about lightning

According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.

Myth:If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.

Fact:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from rainfall.

Myth:If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact:A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows.

Myth:Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact:Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly.  The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth:A lightning victim is electrified.  If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

Fact:The human body does not store electricity.  It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.  Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

Myth:If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact:Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.

We at SERVPRO of Braun Station care about all of the residents in San Antonio and want you to be safe.  We hope you have a wonderful safe day!

SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs

4/2/2014 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Braun Station is to here to help San Antonio homeowners and business owners with all of their emergency fire and water restoration needs SERVPRO of Braun Station serving the fire and water damage restoration needs of the greater San Antonio region

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to pre-loss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” Every SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped. Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered–whatever the case, with SERVPRO® our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is the SERVPRO difference?

Serving America Since 1967

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from water damages across the United States.

Over 1,500 Franchises Nationwide

More locations means faster response. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.

SERVPRO® National Call Center Served Over 300 Insurance and Property Management

Companies and Their Clients Nationwide in the Last Year Alone.

We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year. That helps lower your insurance rates too!

24-Hour Emergency Service

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to pre-loss condition whenever possible.

References

From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® of Braun Station Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We will be happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.

You Can Trust SERVPRO® of Braun Station!

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals Put Property Owners Back in Control.  Call us at (210) 267-2159 today for all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, bio-hazard restoration needs.

San Antonio Residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to help with your disaster preparedness

3/14/2014 (Permalink)

Community San Antonio Residents SERVPRO of Braun Station would like to help with your disaster preparedness SERVPRO of Braun Station is always ready to help our neighbors in the greater San Antonio area as well as aid in STORM events throughout the country.

In order to be fully prepared, you should have all pertinent and proper information in a written plan for easy retrieval.  Some key questions to consider when creating a personal emergency preparedness plan include:

  • Do you have an escape or evacuation route in place?
  • Do you have a designated meeting place in case of separation?
  • Does everyone have a list of contact information including family members out of state who can serve as a point of contact?
  • Do you have a disaster supply kit with necessary supplies?
  • Do you have a first aid kit that includes necessary prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and basic medical supplies?
  • Do you have enough non-perishable food and bottle water?
  • Do you have access to important family documents, including insurance policies, bank, credit card and loan information and family records such as birth certificates and social security cards?
  • Do you have an inventory of valuable household goods?
  • A well-equipped disaster supply kit should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Water- a large enough supply to provide each person with 1 gallon daily for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food- enough to last 3-7 days. Food need to be non-perishable or canned food.  You will also want to include a non-electric can opener, paper plates, and plastic utensils.
  • Bedding including sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Clothing- remember it may be warm, however, you may be working and cleaning and may prefer pants or long sleeves to protect your skin.  You will also need sturdy, closed-toe, non-slip shoes if available.
  • First aid kit including antiseptics or sanitizers and bandages, over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Extra flashlights and batteries.  Oil lanterns also provide a good source of light, if available.
  • Toiletries including toilet paper and hygiene items.  Hand sanitizers are also good to have on hand.
  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries so you can listen to weather service announcements.
  • Cash- you will want some cash and small bills on hand as banks may not be open.
  • Emergency phone numbers and contact information including insurance agent, SERVPRO of Braun Station, and family contacts.
  • Tools, tarps, plastic sheets, trash bags, duct tape, etc. to help make minor repairs.
  • Important documents should be kept in a waterproof bag or plastic sealed container and should include insurance, medical and family records, birth certificates, social security cards, bank account information and a complete home inventory analysis.
  • Gas- fill your car's tank ahead of time if time permits. You may also want to fill plastic gasoline-approved container with gas to store.
  • Pet care items including food, leash and a carrier or cage.
  • Don't wait until it is too late; prepare now to help protect your family in an emergency or disaster situation.

    Upcoming CE class reminder in San Antonio, TX

    11/15/2013 (Permalink)

    We still have a few spots for those who are in need of continuing education credits.  The class is scheduled for next Wednesday the 20th beginning at 9am at



    Best Western Ingram Park

    6855 Northwest Loop 410

    San Antonio, 78283

    Please contact at (210) 267-2159 to register.

    New CE class in San Antonio, TX

    10/18/2013 (Permalink)

    FREE CE Class in Ethics coming up:

    This course will be covering the ethical situations that may arise on and off the job. Each and every day are faced with decisions that we make that could cause harm to others, or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be a very difficult, especially with the types of decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great.

    The course will also lead into many topics of discussion that will cause you to truly evaluate what it is that leads you to certain decisions that you will or have made. We will discuss workplace instances that may challenge us on what we feel morally is the right thing to do. We also will explore different definitions to words that we use in conjunction with our ethical decision-making.

    Date: November 20, 2013

    Please RSVP to (210) 267-2159, class size is limited

    BINGO Winner in San Antonio, TX

    10/8/2013 (Permalink)

    Community BINGO Winner in San Antonio, TX Congratulations!!!

    We wanted to congratulate our recent BINGO winner Shawn Schreck from Koehler Insurance Agency

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Leon Valley, TX

    10/1/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Leon Valley, TX Early detection saves lives

    SERVPRO of Braun Station wants to remind everyone to think pink this month.  We are dedicated to breast cancer awareness and want to remind all of the women in San Antonio, TX and worldwide to perform monthly self-exams. 

    SERVPRO of Braun Station at Great Northwest Home Improvment Showcase

    9/6/2013 (Permalink)

    Come join us September 14-15 at the Great Northwest Home Improvment Showcase located at 8809 Timber Wilde Dr. in San Antonio.  Free Admission.

    We will be having a seminar which will go in depth on the services that SERVPRO of Braun Station offers.  Including water and fire restoration as well as the other useful services we can provide such as carpet cleaning and deodoration.

    We will have a booth set up to answer any questions you may have and also free giveaways.

    The showcase will also feature other booths to help you with your home improvement needs.

    Come swing by to learn more about what SERVPRO of Braun Station can do for you!

    Find out why SERVPRO of Braun Station is a better Restoration Vendor.