MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - September 21, 2016) - With the start of fall season, summer and its stormy tendencies may be winding down, but the experts at ServiceMaster Restoreare urging home and business owners not to let their guard down. "We are in peak season for hurricanes, and now is the time to make sure you're ready -- whether you live in a coastal area that could take a direct hit, or inland, where high wind and flooding are possible," said Peter Duncanson, director of system development with ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the United States and a ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) company.
There have been several named storms thus far in the Atlantic this season, and the frequency of storms forming near the U.S. is increasing. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA), property damage due to hurricanes in 2015 totaled more than $41.4 million. The effects of these storms can range from immediate severe structural damage to permanent loss of keepsakes. NOAA's 2016 Hurricane Season Outlook predicts this year will be the "strongest since 2012," when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.
According to the 2015 ServiceMaster Restore Franchise Hurricane Preparedness Survey, the most common types of damage caused by large storms, like hurricanes, can range from property destruction and seepage of water up drywall to mold from lingering moisture and loss of important documents. Franchisees also shared that advanced storm preparation can help prevent many of these issues, even though most home and business owners are unlikely to take simple precautions, such as unplugging electronics or elevating furniture.
"Preparing before a storm is critical in managing the aftermath damage," says Duncanson, who also serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). "We know how devastating storm damage can be for people, and we want to help them mitigate it as much as possible and be prepared to respond quickly."
Whether it's a hurricane or a severe thunderstorm approaching this season, the most important thing that all home and business owners can do to prepare is develop an emergency preparedness plan. This time-saving preparation ahead of inclement weather can help ease a potentially stressful hurricane season. Simple steps to take ahead of a hurricane or severe storm include:
ServiceMaster Restore professionals are trained, equipped and ready to repair and clean homes and businesses before, during and after any severe storm. With a number of regionally based large-loss command and control centers and 1,800 franchises worldwide, ServiceMaster Restore can mobilize across the country to handle any size job.
For more expert tips and information about hurricane preparedness, visitServiceMasterRestore.com or YouTube, or like us on Facebook. For immediate assistance and clean up, call a live ServiceMaster Restore operator 24/7 at 1-800-RESPOND.
With approximately 1,800 franchised and licensed locations around the world, ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) serve customers through a global network of franchises available 24/7/365 to provide residential and commercial restoration services resulting from damage caused by water, fire or smoke. SRM is the large-scale commercial catastrophic disaster restoration unit of ServiceMaster Restore. ServiceMaster Restore is a business unit of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. More information can be found at www.servicemasterrestore.com.
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The 2015 ServiceMaster Franchisee Hurricane Preparedness Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ServiceMaster from May 13-27, 2015 among a sample of 38 ServiceMaster franchise owners across the country offering hurricane preparedness and restoration services for homes or businesses.