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National Prep Month: Prepare For Disasters

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

The type of disasters we face may be different depending on where we may live. The thing that doesn't change, however, is that we all need to prepare for them. Whether it be hurricanes and floods, or earthquakes and fires, we need to be ready.

What To Do

  • Prepare a disaster kit with things like water, food, shelter, tools, etc. (For more information on how to properly build your survival kit read our blog here ->
  • Make a plan on what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Making a plan ahead of time can really help your family to be prepared and ready for any disaster
  • Look up what disasters may affect you in your area. Disasters vary on location so there is no one plan fits all or only one type of natural disaster.

Planning ahead will help to save lives and possibly lessen any damage. Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

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National Prep Month: Build A Kit

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes it may be some time before help or relief is available. During that time you may have to survive on your own for a while. Having a go-bag put together and ready can really help, and possibly even save lives.

What is a go-bag exactly? In simple terms, it is simply a kit of food, supplies, etc. that will help you and your family survive until help can arrive. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find.

Basic Supplies

All go bags should include most if not all of these supplies.

  • Water (Keep in mind to have one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (At least three days worth of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (For shelter)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Supplies

While the above-mentioned supplies are some of the most important, you may need more depending on your circumstances. 

  • Cloth face masks
  • Medications (Both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet food
  • Cash
  • Important Documents
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes
  • Etc.

There may be a few items here that are not mentioned but may be necessary for you and your family. Always customize it to your personal needs to ensure that you will have whatever is needed.

Maintain Your Kit

Keeping a go-bag is not a one and done thing, however. It does need occasional maintenance. For one keep it in a cool dry place to help keep items from spoiling. You also may need to replace the food and water occasionally to make sure that it hasn't expired. Lastly, you may need to go over your bag yearly and update it to keep up with the changing needs of your family.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Follow the conversation online @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster-related information.

National Prep Month: Make a Plan

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Review your family's emergency plans and make any needed changes due to Coronavirus Review your family's emergency plans and make any needed changes due to Coronavirus

Families need to make a plan now before any disaster strikes. If they only make one after the disaster happens it will not be effective. Why is a plan important? You may not always be with your family during a disaster and making a plan will make it easier to get back together if you get separated. 

Step 1: Put a plan together

What are some of the things a family should consider when putting together a plan?

  1. How will we receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is our shelter plan?
  3. What is our evacuation route?
  4. What is our communication plan?
  5. Do we need to update our emergency preparedness kit?
  6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update our emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Step 2:  Consider specific needs

Each family is different. There is no one plan fits all so each family needs to tailor a plan to their specific needs. Some things you may want to consider would be children or pets for example. Does anyone in your family need a translator? Will you need specific medication or foods for certain members of your family. There are many more that different families would need to consider as well so don't just limit it to those mentioned in this blog. 

Step 3: Fill out an Emergency Plan

Use this PDF from 

Step 4: Practice Your Plan

This is arguably the most important part of making a disaster plan. Practicing ensures that all family members know what to do, where to go, etc. in the case of an emergency. It also allows for it to be more natural when an emergency really does happen. Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

Follow the conversation online @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster-related information.

Get Ready For National Prep Month

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Starting September 1st it is officially National Prep Month. This month is focused on helping to get communities families and businesses to be prepared for whatever may come. With COVID-19, this year is an especially important one to make sure you are prepared for a disaster.


  • Week 1 - Make a Plan
  • Week 2 - Build a Kit
  • Week 3 - Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4 - Teach Youth About Preparedness

Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

Follow the conversations online using #NatlPrep & #BeReady. As well as @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. We look forward to spreading the word about preparedness this Natl Prep month! 

Electrostatic Sprayers: What Are They?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Electrostatic sprayers are one of the many cutting edge tools we at SERVPRO® are using to combat Coronavirus, but what are they exactly and how do they work? They are able to cover an area with sanitizer more efficiently and quicker than normal sanitizing means (by hand). They do this by atomizing the spray droplets to mere microns ensuring a fine mist that can cover more area with less waste. It also electrically charges the particles, which both ensures that each drop spreads out evenly and can even attract the droplets to surfaces that cleaning by hand would not be able to reach. In fact, the droplets can even wrap around a solid object to coat all sides. This helps ensure that everything is sanitized.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – A Defensive Cleaning Program

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sticker in window Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Montebello today at (323) 215-1997 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Health Hazards in the Fire House

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire station with the text Health Hazards in the Fire House and servpro logo Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You

The importance of Health & Safety within Fire Stations is of growing concern.

  • What Risks are Present in the Fire Station?
  • Can those Risks be Mitigated?

YOU Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You. At SERVPRO® of MONTEBELLO the Health Hazards in Fire Stations is an important topic for us. An increase of Fire Departments are including Safety & Risk Management into Fire Station Planning. The goal? To make Fire Stations Safer for first responders. Here's how we can help:

Free Fire Station Risk Assessment:

  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Cross Contamination
  • Air Quality (Vehicle Exhaust Fumes, Duct Maintenance)
  • Mold, Lead, & Asbestos Testing
  • Carcinogenic Pollutants & Soot
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogens

Our experience in handling Fire Stations has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for your facility:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead & Asbestos Abatement 
  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Decontamination
  • Odor Elimination
  • Fire House Specialized Cleaning
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogen Sanitation
  • Duct Cleaning

For more information on Fire House or Fire Truck cleaning, call us at (323) 215-1997. We're Here to Help.

"Back to Work - CLEAN & READY!"

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Office space with SERVPRO logo and text that reads, Get Back to Work Safely Are you concerned about going back to Work or School? SERVPRO® of Montebello has started the Back to Work - CLEAN & READY initiative.

Are you concerned about going back to Work or School? No doubt you may wonder, has this area been properly cleaned or sanitized? Such a question can create doubt in your mind.

We want to eliminate that doubt. That's why SERVPRO® of Montebello has started the Back to Work - CLEAN & READY initiative.


  • The goal of this initiative is to partner with businesses and schools, sanitizing all spaces on those properties. Minimizing any concerns or doubts that any employees, students, or visitors would have.

If you have a custodial crew at your site, they are no doubt doing a great job cleaning, however the COVID-19 pandemic may require more consideration. 


  • Having a nationally recognized company, like SERVPRO®, perform and document  final sanitation services would help create public confidence, but more importantly, it would make coming back to work or school feel safe.
  • This program includes a training that educates all stakeholders and staff members on the effective cleaning and sanitation methods. Afterwards your custodial staff or SERVPRO® can do a final cleaning/sanitation using proper cleaning techniques. SERVPRO® will document, inspect, and then perform a final ULV fogging service in every classroom or office. This will ensure that surfaces and even hard to reach places are disinfected.

Our goal is keep people safe, healthy, and educated as we start going back to work and school. 

To find out more information on our Back to Work - CLEAN & READY program, call us at (323) 215-1997

We Are Cleaning & Sanitation Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

germs on a door knob For more information on safety standards, disinfecting, and sanitizing contact us!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Montebello (323) 215-1997

How to Prevent Roof Leaks

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Rain hitting the roof and gutters What can you do if your roof is leaking?

Maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your roof. Being exposed to all elements of weather can take a toll on your roof. What can you do if your roof is leaking? Inspecting it yourself can seem daunting, and hiring a roofer may be costly. Is there a simpler solution?

What to Do During a Storm:
If you catch a leak during a storm...

  • Locate the Source of the Leak

If you don't have a leak detector, infrared camera, or infrared camera app, you can locate the source manually.

Leaks most commonly occur near roof protrusions such as chimneys, vents, plumbing, or anything protruding through your roofing material. Look closely for water staining. If it's currently raining you may be able to trace the drips.

  • Prevent Further Damage

Once you've located the leak, take the necessary measures to prevent further damage. Use a bucket or pan to collect dripping water. If water is pooling in ceiling, a small puncture will relieve the pressure and allow the water to drain.

Use roofing materials such as traps, sandbags, or boards to cover the leak and prevent water from entering home.

Prevent Future Leaks to Your Roof:
1. Check the Attic

Common attic problems could be a direct culprit to your roof leaks. During your next roof inspection, don't forget to check the attic. Signs of Mold, Soaked insulation, Stains around Nails, or Clogged Intake Vents will be clear signs.

2. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!

Gutters, Shingles, and Protruding Parts can all lead to leaks. Clogged gutters can cause a water back up under your shingles or other roofing materials. Shingles need to be properly secured, and missing/broken shingles need to be replaced. As we learned earlier, protruding parts are the main culprits of roof leaks. Make sure the seals are tight so water can't leak through.

If you have questions regarding roof leaks, contact SERVPRO® of Montebello. We'd be happy to assist you in resolving your roof leak.