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Trust SERVPRO of Ames to Disinfect Your Ames Area Business or School for Covid-19

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Window decal of Certified SERVPRO Cleaned Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Ames is highly-trained and certified to do the job.

SERVPRO of Ames is answering an increasing number of calls to clean and disinfect area businesses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While few businesses and organizations have had an employee test positive for the virus, many companies are asking us to help them prepare for reopening and maintain a clean environment for their staff and customers.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – Our Viral Pathogen Cleaning Program

Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Ames is highly-trained and certified to do the job. 

We offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a proactive and Covid-19 emergency response cleaning program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is tested and proven viral pathogen cleaning that meets the highest standards.

Our staff specializes in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC. 

We use EPA-approved products that don't harm your work environment or your employees, clients or students. These include our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food surface use.

Let SERVPRO of Ames Help You Maintain a Sanitized Environment

We can sanitize every space in your business, school or organization, including:

  • offices 
  • retail spaces 
  • fitness rooms 
  • playgrounds
  • food areas (break rooms, school kitchens, cafeterias)

We’re locally owned and operated and available 24 hours/7 days per week, serving all of Boone and Story County. So we’re nearby and ready to take care of you right away.

Give us a call at (515) 233-4544. 

Get A Free Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business From SERVPRO of Ames

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile app on mobile phone SERVPRO's free Emergency Ready Profile will help your company get back on its feet faster after a disaster and is accessed through an easy-to-use app.

We’re heading into storm season here in the Midwest. Is your business ready to handle severe tornado or flood damage? What about a disaster that can happen any time of year, like a fire or a water line break?

No one can prevent every disaster from happening, but if your business is prepared with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), you’ll recover more quickly. You’ll also give your business the best chance of reopening. About 50 percent of companies never reopen after extended interruptions from disasters.

Insurance companies know this too, which is why most recommend that businesses make an emergency response plan part of their overall contingency plans.

Let SERVPRO of Ames Help You Put Your Profile Together

We enjoy the process of putting together ERPs, and we do it for FREE. It gives us a chance to get to know you and your business so we can serve you in the best possible way should a disaster ever strike. 

Jeff Short, our General Manager, or Don Stokesbarry, our Operations Manager - both highly certified technicians - will work closely with you to develop your profile containing all the critical information you’ll need in the event of an emergency.

What’s In the ERP?

This well-organized document includes:

  • Primary staff and local emergency contacts
  • Primary contractor/vendor contacts (electrician, internet provider, HVAC, etc.)
  • Utility shut-off locations with photos for fast identification
  • All needed information for your insurance company 
  • Property overview with maps, photos, and structural descriptions
  • Building access information
  • Ability to add extra reports of your own (evacuation floor plans, lead/asbestos reports)

Access Your ERP With an Easy-to-Access Mobile App and Web Portal

Once we’ve captured all your information, SERVPRO of Ames will make it all available to you through our quick and easy-to-use SERVPRO® Ready Plan mobile app and web portal. Ready Plan is password secured and allows you to manage your profile and share your information with people you choose, such as property or facility managers. 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The sooner you call us, the sooner we’ll create your ERP, which can make the difference between the life and death of your business. 

Call 515-233-4544 to set up an appointment as soon as possible, before a disaster hits.

Tips for Small Business Owners to Manage Risks

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background Having a disaster plan in place is crucial for any business. SERVPRO of Ames is your full-service commercial restoration company.

When you own a business, a natural disaster puts more than just you at risk. For many small business owners, their commercial property is essential to their livelihood, and thus it is vitally important that they are able to continue operations even during the worst of circumstances.

One of the best ways to do this is by preparing for a disaster in advance, as the frequency of natural disasters continues to increase around the world. Knowing what your unique risks are, having a plan in place for the worst-case scenario and knowing what to do after a disaster are all important aspects of staying safe and recovering quickly.

Preparing for a Disaster at Your Small Business

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
While small business owners often believe they have adequate insurance coverage, many are disappointed to find out that this is not necessarily the case as far as natural disasters are concerned. Excessive damages, such as those from a flood, often require the purchase of extra business insurance in order to provide complete coverage for disaster scenarios.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Planning for what you will do when a natural disaster is imminent is a wise choice, as it will help you mitigate risks to your business. Being aware of any machinery shutdown requirements and saving important documents are ways you can help your business stay safe while learning about evacuation routes and local shelters is a great way to keep yourself safe should a disaster occur.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
If you manage employees on the property, it is important that you uphold your duty to care for them by preparing them for a disaster scenario. Be sure they are aware of the company’s official disaster proceedings and practice your building evacuation regularly and with varied scenarios so everyone can feel more at ease.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
When a disaster hurts your small business, it has also hurt your livelihood—which is why reopening quickly is so important following a disaster. By picking the restoration company you will work within advance of a disaster scenario, you can call them the moment you discover damage so your restoration process can begin right away.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Getting Your Business Prepared for Flooding | SERVPRO® of Ames

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in large room with staircase partially submerged in water Business flooding

For business owners who do not operate in a floodplain, it may seem odd that they should prepare for flooding. However, national disasters include flooding around 90% of the time, and many affected areas are those not traditionally prone to flooding.

It is smart for business owners to consider and plan for the possibility of a flood, both to keep their employees safe and get their business reopened more quickly after a disaster.

<h3to-do-ahead-of-time">What to Do Ahead of Time

By being honest about their risks, training employees and planning ahead, business owners will be much more prepared for a flood and will know how to stay safe. Some key points to plan for include:

  • Referencing the FEMA Flood Map to get an idea of your risk levels
  • Copying all paperwork and records to keep in a safe, external location
  • Drafting your own Emergency Action Plan and training employees for what to do
  • Clearly marking the office evacuation route
  • Considering the purchase of flood insurance if it is something your business insurance does not handle
  • Assembling an emergency kit for the workplace in the event you and other employees are stranded for a time
  • Placing any valuables in the highest possible areas if flooding becomes imminent

<h3documents-to-preserve">The Documents to Preserve

In order to restore and reopen, having your documents copied and safe will be a big assistance. Keep any essential papers, such as:

  • The continuity plan for how you will resume operations
  • Contact information for employees, as well as their emergency contacts
  • Your insurance policy for the business and flood coverage if applicable
  • Vendor information, along with contact information for suppliers and any other third parties that may be crucial to operations
  • Guidelines for how to recover files from computer backups
  • Any pertinent financial documents

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

Be Prepared with an ERP in Ames

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Call us to establish your Emergency READY Profile! - Restoration Newsline.  We service Ames, Boone, Huxley, Maxwell, Nevada, Ogden, Story City and the surrounding areas.