Recent Storm Damage Posts
When Storms or Floods hit Cerritos,CA SERVPRO is ready!
In the event of a storm disaster: Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Cerritos and Hawaiian Gardens CA.
SERVPRO ofCerritos/Hawaiian Gardens 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.
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.
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Safe Southern California Commuting during Storms
Best Practices and Safety During Storms in Cerritos,CA
While residents in Cerritos,CA have seen a fair share of wet weather, our staff wanted to share several safety tips to keep in mind. This information covers vehicle maintenance as well as activities at home.
When rain patterns are present, the first ten minutes are the most critical. This is due to the fact that residue from oils and motor fluids are being dampened thus causing a slippery surface on most public roads. It is recommended to bare this in mind and keep speeds at a reasonably cautious pace.
It is ideal to ensure the following before wet weather starts to manifest:
- Check vehicle tires to ensure proper traction and inflation.
- Check windshield wipers to ensure you will have as clear visibility as possible.
- Ensure all break lights and headlights are in working order.
This basic vehicle maintenance takes just several minutes and will ensure a safer commute.
- Activities Involving Electricity
When performing any task involving electrical equipment or tools during wet weather, caution is most important. Ensure that your tool or piece of equipment's wiring is sealed properly and there are no frayed bits of wiring present. If operating tools or appliances with rechargeable batteries it is highly advised to do this in a covered area.
SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Field Technicians are trained in handling the damages that result from storms. Our team is here to you help you! Should you require our services, we are available 24/7 to help you!
Preparing Your Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Home for Unexpected Weather
What Do I Need to Prepare For a Storm in Southern California?
While we may not see heavy moisture often in Southern California, it not uncommon to see sudden and unexpected changes in weather patterns. The SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff would like to keep local communities informed on best practices in SoCal Storm Safety.
- Regular Exterior Home Maintenance
In the event of heavy storm patterns, it is essential that the exterior drainage systems of residences are in working order. Check to make sure that all gutters and downspouts are clear of major blockages.
In the unlikely circumstance that you are prevented from leaving your home, we recommend the following to have on hand:
- Fully Charged Flashlight
- Emergency Kit with any necessary medication
- Food & Water provisions to last for several days
During a heavy storm, moving locations or retrieving supplies might be required. It is essential that vehicles used are in proper working order. Check that tire pressure is at the dealer recommended psi, all lights and wipers are fully functional, and extra fuel is in on hand if needed.
Though we may not see much severe weather in Southern California, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff looks to always keep the local communities informed and up to date. Should your Cerritos home or place of business be impacted, we are available 24/7 to help you!
Severe SoCal Weather Subsides - Safety Tips & Tricks for Unexpected Natural Events
What To Do When Unexpected SoCal Weather Changes Occur
While the inconsistent and at times dangerous weather patterns have subsided for now, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff likes to keep all in the community informed with regular safety tips and tricks. This information breaks down into the following areas:
When a natural weather phenomenon is expected, securing your home as much as possible is vital. This can be done by making sure an "X" is taped over each pane in the home. This will help reduce window cracking and add an extra layer of resistance in the event of debris hitting the home. If tape is not possible, securing the areas with a board up is recommended.
During a natural disaster, a dependable power source is highly unlikely. With this in mind our branch recommends keeping several battery powered devices in stock and easily accessible. One of these is a battery-powered radio which can be used to turn into local weather and safety stations. In addition, a flashlight is essential in many scenarios. It is vital to keep a supply of appropriate batteries for these instruments and replace them when necessary.
For more information, we recommend seeing a full list at the link here: https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/home-diy/projects/storm-safety-tips.htm
In the event that restoration services are required on your home or business after a disaster, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens branch is here to help you!
Responding Appropriately to Approaching Thunderstorms
Don't Panic in a Southern California Thunderstorm
Though the communities of Southern California do not often experience thunderstorm conditions, there are several pieces of information useful to know when and if one occurs.
- "If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors"
The American Red Cross issued this safety guideline as a general rule of thumb. To ensure safety, it is recommended to stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunder clap have passed.
- If you are stranded outdoors
In the unlikely event you are not able to safely reach shelter, avoid the following; high ground, water, tall/isolated trees and metal objects.
- Operating Electrical Appliances & Equipment
During a thunderstorm, it is highly recommended to only operate battery powered devices. Using grounded electrical equipment could result in shock and/or severe damages.
After a disaster, SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens is here to help you and your loved ones get back on your feet and your home restored.
It's No Hurricane Dorian, But Beware of Incoming Southern California Weather
Hurricane Dorian Passes Trough the East Coast As Unusual Weather Systems Begin to Hit Southern California
While our branch gives its best wishes to those in Dorian's path, we've become aware of some unusual weather patterns developing here in Cerritos,CA. These patterns include high temperature levels and extreme humidity making thunderstorms more likely.
Local weather services have put Southern California mountain range areas on Flash Flood watch as thunderstorm systems are being noticed to form. The areas on alert are the following: San Bernardino County Mountains-Riverside County Mountains-
San Diego County Mountains-San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning-
It is recommended to have all outside weather gear prepped in the case of an emergency or flash flood.
In addition to the potential for thunderstorms, other areas are seeing excessive heat. The areas on alert and that are being impacted include the cities of Escondido, El Cajon, San Marcos, La Mesa,
Santee, Poway, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Fullerton, and Mission Viejo.
During these advisories, it is recommended to not be outdoors for lengthy periods of time. If necessary to be outdoors, have enough cold water with you at all times.
During these complex weather patterns, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team encourages all in the area to stay safe and hydrated. Should the weather prove to cause damage in your home or business, we are here to help! (562)916-7646
SoCal Due for Atmospheric River-Fueled Storm This Week
- What is an Atmospheric River Storm?
Just like a river on the ground, an atmospheric river is a river-sized water pocket in the sky carrying "as much as 15 Mississippi Rivers" of concentrated water vapor. Through this last week of February 2019, Southern California is expected to see significant moisture from such a phenomenon.
Depending on where you reside, SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens recommends avoiding unnecessary travel and staying safe during this wet week ahead.
Moisture levels are likely to reach above two inches in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties while residents in higher elevations are expected to see as much as ten inches.
For more regularly updated information, please visit the LA Times here.
If you should find a leak or extensive water damage in your home or business, don't hesitate to give the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team a call!
We recognize the impact sudden water damage can have and our crews are ready to assist you in making it "Like it never even happened."