Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips For Before And After The Storm

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

A house is shown partially blown over after a storm When severe storms leave damage behind call the professionals at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912)285-0724

Storm Damage in Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

Storms sometimes strike unexpectedly. Make sure your family and your home are ready for the next storm. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service on preparing for a storm.


Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for severe thunderstorms. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather.


Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.


Sign Up for Notifications

Know how your community sends warnings. Check media severe thunderstorm alerts available in your area.


Create a Communications Plan

Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place. Pick a safe room in your home
such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.


Practice Your Plan

Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill
regularly so everyone knows what to do if damaging wind or large hail is approaching.

Don’t forget pets.


Prepare Your Home

Keep trees trimmed near your house. If you
have time before severe weather hits, put away loose objects, close windows and doors, and move valuable objects inside or under a sturdy
structure.


Help Your Neighbor

Take CPR training so you can help if
someone is hurt during severe weather. Conduct a drill with elderly or disabled neighbors.

After The Storm


If your home or business has storm damage call the trained, certified experts, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week (912)285-0724.

Storm Tips For Before, During, And After The Storm

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damaged boards are shown on a beach As a locally owned and operated business we are dedicated to serving our community and helping you when disaster strikes.

Hurricane season is a time to be prepared. Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we want you to be safe as you prepare for storm damage. Here are some guidelines so that you can be ready if and when a hurricane hits the area.

Before a hurricane:


Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.


Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones.


Make sure everyone knows your evacuation routes and knows where to stay.


Stock emergency supplies and pack to-go bags.
Collect all important documents and safeguard them.


During a hurricane:


Follow all guidance from your local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
Stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning or other storm damage.


Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.


Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.


After a hurricane:


Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.


Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.


Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.


Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles or other forms of dangerous storm damage.


Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.


When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.


Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are here for cleanup after flooding and fire and are mold remediation experts. If you experience fire or water damage, call us at (912) 248 2498

19 Named Storms for Hurricane Season 2020

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

THE NOAA predicts 13 to 19 named storms for the Atlantic this year. That being said the NOAA is predicting that there is a 60% chance for an above-normal hurricane season with a 30% chance that the hurricane season will be average. 

With a possibility for an above-average hurricane season - SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to remind you to reevaluate your Hurricane Preparedness Kits. When reevaluating your kit be sure to have a face mask and hand sanitizer to keep COVID 19 in mind!

“Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more. With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now,” said Carlos Castillo, acting deputy administrator for resilience at FEMA.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help you prepare for whatever happens! Stay informed by following US National Weather Service on Facebook!

Learn more about SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas storm services here!

Preparing for Hurricane Season 2020

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season for the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the danger of a hurricane. 

  1. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan(https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
  2. Take an inventory of your property
  3. Hurricane Prep Kit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

A basic disaster supply kit includes 

  • 1 gallon of water per person
  • non-perishable food to last three days
  • a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, 
  • flashlight + extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • whistle to signal for help
  • moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food
  • Local maps

When a hurricane strikes, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is ready to take action to restore your home or business and to prevent further damage. If you need help after a hurricane, count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When April Showers Cause Storm Damage Rely on SERVPRO

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brunswick 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.

Faster Response

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 the Saint Simons area, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 

912-264-6094

Tornadoes in South Georgia

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

We are at the start of tornado season for Southeast Georgia with our biggest threat of wind damage for our inner coastal Georgia areas. Even though tornadoes are year-round in Georgia they see their peak in March through May.

What to know about tornadoes in Georgia

  • All of Georgia is prone to tornadoes
  • Tornadoes most often occur in mid-afternoon to early evening. But can strike at anytime day or night.
  • Georgia tornadoes are often accompanied by hail and strong rainfall.

Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

  1. Tornado Watch: Weather conditions have the "ingredients" to produce a tornado.
  2. Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted in your area and should take immediate shelter. 

How to Prepare for Tornado Season 

  1. Identify a "Storm Shelter" that is either an interior room with no windows or a basement preferably. 
  2. Prepare a Storm Ready Kit
  3. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television newscasts, or download the Ready Georgiamobile app for the latest information.
  4. Always be aware of changing weather conditions.

Tornado season is here stay prepared and stay aware. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville or Douglas is prepared to help you and your family when a storm hits our rural Georgia area. We offer a wide range of emergency response services such as:

  1. Tarping Damaged Roofs and Buildings
  2. Containing Damage 
  3. 24- Hour Emergency Response
  4. Generators
  5. Water Damage Restoration

We are ALWAYS Here to Help our neighbors when disaster strikes. Find out more about how we can help you recover from storm damage. Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (912) 285-0724

2020 Resolution - Update Family Preparedness Plan

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow background with 2 pencils Create a family emergency ready plan for your family.

Do you need to update the preparations for emergencies in your home? Is safety something you have let slide since you've become so busy lately? SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has a few key tips to help you get your emergency plan back on track before you need it.

Listen to the experts and research local disasters before making a plan

The safety of your family is your highest priority, and we completely understand. Staying secure is the top concern for our families as well. Before you make a plan, the American Red Cross says that you should consider the kinds of disasters you are likely to experience in your location. For instance, you would not plan for a massive earthquake in tornado alley, like you would not prepare for a tsunami in Wisconsin. The goal is to know what you are dealing with so that you can make appropriate preparations.

Put your emergency preparedness plan on paper

Children are as likely as adults to forget the steps to safety. To make sure that everyone in your home is on the same page, it is an excellent idea to print out a copy of the plan and place it in every bedroom or a central location in the home. This way, every member of the family has easy access to the plan and can practice it often. Quarterly or monthly practice sessions make sure the plan stays fresh in everyone's mind.

Plan for evacuations, and practice, practice, practice

No one can get too much preparation for tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Inform your children where you want them to meet you if you get separated or need to leave your home for safety. Talk to family members about the ways you will communicate when the worst happens. Getting your family as comfortable as possible with the steps to safety when disaster strikes is a vital part of keeping everyone alive in the long run.

For the times when there is nothing you can do to avoid danger, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is ready and equipped to handle any emergency you have from fires to floods. Keep your family safe with an emergency plan.

South Georgia Trees Could Cause Havoc on Your Home

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

Trees offer countless benefits to a home's landscape. Their appearance, shade and animal habitats are such an important and valued part of a property that many people are reluctant to remove trees. However, when tree limbs or the trees themselves become damaged or diseased due to age, invasive insects or storm damage, they can become a liability rather than an asset. The importance of including trees in a home maintenance plan can't be overstated.

Tree limbs that have died or are diseased are much more likely to cause damage to a property or home if they're ignored. Most limbs typically come crashing down during strong thunderstorms or high winds. However, it's not unheard of to have a large limb or even an entire tree fall at a random time. To help prevent these accidents from damaging your yard or, even worse, your home, it's best to cut off diseased, dying or dead limbs as soon as you identify them.

Weather events other than thunderstorms and winds can also do serious damage to trees as well. In coastal Georgia, heavy snow is a rare event, but ice storms are somewhat more common. Freezing rain that falls, even as drizzle or light rain, can do serious damage to trees due to the accumulated weight of the water which freezes on every twig and limb. The heavyweight often bends limbs and can crack or break them. If freezing rain has damaged your tree, experts recommend that you have the damage assessed and the limbs removed as soon as possible.

If your home suffers from storm damage give SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas a call at (912)285-0724.

When Lighting Strikes

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Dark sky with bright lighting strike. What to do after a lighting strikes your home

Mother Nature is known for causing damages from: hurricanes, tornadoes, to flooding.But what happens when your home is hit by lightning? Lightning damage is not often thought about- but is more common in than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can cause power surges. But, they can also cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating.

Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same type of soot. Luckily, we have studied the differences in soot and know how to properly restore your home after a fire damage.

Where to begin if your home gets struck by lightning:

  • Safety first: evacuate your family from your home if you seen or smell smoke.
  • Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless if you suspect a fire damage.
  • Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
  • Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  • Call a trustworthy restoration company to repair any damages to your home.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:


Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 285-0724

Storm Prep Seminar at Coastal Pines

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Ericka Walker presenting at Storm Prep Seminar. On the screen it reads “Hurricane Florence” Ericka Walker, Business Development Representative presenting at the Storm Prep Seminar on Storms that SERVPRO has helped with!

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas enjoyed speaking to the Waycross- Ware County community at the Storm Prem Seminar hosted by the Waycross- Ware County Chamber of Commerce on August 14, 2019, at Coastal Pines Technical College.

The Storm Prep Seminar was geared towards preparing the community for peak hurricane season. Even though Ware County is not at risk for hurricanes, we still experience strong winds, rain, and experience an overwhelming amount of evacuees from coastal areas. Jonathan Daniels with Ware County Emergency Management Agency spoke about the importance of getting a plan in place before the storm and identifying evacuation shelters. Ware County CERT was also a key presenter at the seminar. Ware County CERT Coordinator, Perry Blackburn spoke about the important role our CERT team plays in the community in preparing and helping community members understand the importance of emergency preparedness.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are passionate about preparing our local communities for peak hurricane season. This year we hosted our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Event in Waycross- the event was a huge success and had many vendors.

Want SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to host a Storm Prep Seminar at your office?

Give us a call today! 

(912)285-0724

Huge Success - 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness of Waycross

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

AirEvac Helicopter flys over SERVPRO tent and generator at the event. Successful 2nd Annual Event.

On Saturday, August 24 SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas hosted the 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Event of Waycross! The event was held on the front lawn at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross. The event was designed to educate community members on the importance of getting prepared prior to emergencies; and to familiarize the community of first responders and other emergency response personnel that serve Ware and surrounding counties.

The event was a huge success and SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas passed out over 90 Hurricane Readiness kits. Carol Irvin, with the Department of Health and Safe Kids checked car seats and Ware County Sheriff's Office helped with making sure car seats were installed properly. Waycross Fire Department taught the importance of crawling under smoke to escape fires in their fire safety trailer.

We would like to thank all of the first responders that came out and set up interactive booths:

- American Red Cross

- Coffee/Atkins/Bacon County Amateur Radio

- Satilla Tree Surgeons

- SERVPRO

- SnoBiz of Waycross

- UGA Extension - Ware

- Ware County CERT

- Ware County DPH

- Ware County EMA

- Ware County EMS

- Ware County Fire Department

- Ware County Sheriff's Office

- Ware County 911

- Waycross Fire Department

- Waycross Police/SWAT

Another special thank you goes out to our food vendors like Sno Biz of Waycross and Rick’s BBQ of Waycross. Thank you for your support in our community.

We are thrilled with the community's interest and involvement in this event. If you are interested in joining our event next year please contact our Waycross office at 912-285-0724

Storm Surge for Coastal Georgia

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Update for Hurricane Dorian highlighting the risk of flash floods and life-treating storm surge across the east coast. 9/3 11:00 AM Update from the NOAA

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are on alert and preparing for local impacts as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian is now expected to be a major hurricane and the current path is forecast to affect our local area. Our SERVPRO® teams are aware, organized and ready to pitch in once the storm passes.

Wind damage and flooding are likely to occur with this storm, and we are ready with the right equipment to help alleviate damage to property.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is prepared to assist you, our neighbors with any damage Hurricane Dorian leaves behind. We believe in our community and are always Here to Help!

Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Dorian expected to bring wind and rain to the Coast of Georgia.

Imagine a windstorm blows through your town and you notice shingles or damage to your roof- with damage to roofing and or your windows allows outside environmental factors inside and can further damage your home. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas believes in restoring your preloss conditions. We understand the headache damage can be and the stress of being displaced. That’s why SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas works with you to make sure efficiency and safety is top of mind during your restoration projects.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is prepared to get your home back to preloss conditions by offering a wide range of services after wind damage. 

Storm Services:

- Emergency Storm Response

- Roof Tarping

- Window/Door Board Up

- Water Removal

- Reconstruction Services

- Document Drying

- Much More

We proudly serve several communities in South Georgia: Waycross, Hinesville, Douglas, Jesup, Blackshear, Alma, Patterson, Ludowici, Midway, and more!

Our SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas team prides themselves on being Faster to Anysize Disaster! When you need us, we will be there to make it “Like it never even happened."

Give us a call today: (912)285-0724

Storm Prep Seminar - Waycross, GA

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas enjoyed speaking to the Waycross- Ware County community members at the Storm Prem Seminar hosted by the Waycross- Ware County Chamber of Commerce on August 14, 2019, at Coastal Pines Technical College.

The Storm Prep Seminar was geared towards preparing the community for peak hurricane season. Even though Ware County is not at risk from hurricanes, we still experience strong winds, rain, and experience an overwhelming amount of evacuees from coastal areas. Jonathan Daniels with Ware County Emergency Management Agency spoke about the importance of getting a plan in place before the storm and identifying evacuation shelters. Ware County CERT was also a key presenter at the seminar. CERT Coordinator, Perry Blackburn spoke about the important role CERT team plays in the community in preparing and helping community members understand the importance of emergency preparedness.

Our very own Ericka Walker, spoke about the importance of having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile in place for your business. Emergency Ready Profiles are a free service SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas offers to business owners in our community to asses the property before damage strikes and take photos as well as gather valuable information you will need after a disaster. 

Tropical Storm Barry and Georgia

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall late Friday to Saturday morning. As the storm strengthens forecasters are anticipating Tropical Storm Barry to become a Category 1 Hurricane when it reaches the Louisana Coast with 10-15 inches of rain.

Georgia is expected to get increased rain chances as well as higher humidity levels as the storm passes to the west of us.

Our thoughts are with the people of Coastal Louisiana and proudly back the SERVPRO Storm Teams preparing to restore properties after wind and flood damage.

If your Georgia home suffers from flood or wind damage, contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make it “Like it never even happened.”

 (912)285-0724

2019 Hurricane Season - Prepare Now

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep 2019

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas we want you to be safe during the 2019 hurricane season. Hurricane season can bring strong winds and flood water to our area. We’re sharing some guidelines for you today so that you can be ready if and when a hurricane hits the area.

Before a hurricane:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.
  • Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones in advance.
  • Make sure everyone knows evacuation routes and designated safe places to stay.
  • Stock emergency or build a Emergency Preparedness Kit and supplies, and pack to-go bags.
  • Collect all important documents and safeguard them.

During a hurricane:

  • Follow all guidance from your local authorities - like Ware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
  • If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
  • Stay away from windows and shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.
    Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.

After a hurricane:

  • Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
    Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles.
    Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.
  • When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.
  • Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we care about the safety of you and your loved ones. We are experienced in the cleanup jobs that are necessary after flooding and wind damage. 

If you have experienced storm, fire or water damage or are having trouble with a mold issue, call us at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas. 

Strong Storms Predicated for the Weekend

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

NOAA Weather Predictions

There is an increased risk for tornadoes as server thunderstorms roll into South Georgia on Friday morning. With the increased risk of thunderstorms, many schools have already been canceled to ensure the safety of all students. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are prepared for whatever happens by having our crews on standby to respond to your home or business after a storm damage occurs. 

If your home is damaged by strong winds, hail, or flood damage call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to respond immediately. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas offers various storm damage services for residential and commercial clients including:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Board Up's
  • Tarping

Board ups and tarping are very important to minimize further damage to the property. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

(912)285-0724

Preparing Your Home for Spring Storms

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas in progress of drying out a local apartment complex after a water damage.

Spring brings lots of changes, especially with the weather. A sunny week can be followed by a week of storms, and you will want to be prepared for all these situations.

You will want to do an assessment of your property before heavy rains:

1. Proper Drainage

2. Roof Leaks

3. Window and Door Leaks

Make arrangements as soon as possible for repairs to be done before the rainy season begins.

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Lightning, flooding, and other types of activity will be a part of your spring weather experience, which is caused when warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air. Planning ahead makes sense so that your property and the people you care about can avoid injury and damages.

Here are some things to think about or to have on hand for storms:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • A battery-operated, NOAA Weather Radio.
  • An emergency evacuation plan. Have a map of your home complete with an escape route in case of a flood. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a disaster.
  • Make sure everyone has a list of important contact information, such as:
    Telephone numbers of police and fire departments
    Telephone numbers of family, neighbors, and friends
  • Medical information for members of the household
  • A First Aid Kit
  • Any medications necessary for additional needs
  • 3-5-day supply of clean water and non-perishable food
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.

Planning ahead before wet weather hits is always a good idea. Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas if your property sustains water or flood damage. 

(912)285-0724

When Tornadoes Strike!

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado season is here! South Georgia is at a moderate risk for tornadoes according to AccuWeather predictions for 2019. Devastating tornadoes have already hit Southwest Georgia and Alabama in early March. 

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are here to help when disaster strikes. We provide various storm-related services such as: 

  • Tarping Services
  • Board Up Services
  • Emergency Water Removal and Dehumidification

We are here to help and are available 24 hours a day, we are prepared for the unpredictable. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can be reached anytime at (912)285-0724

Tornado Season in Southeast Georgia

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians

We are at the start of tornado season for Southeast Georgia with our biggest threat of wind damage for our inner coastal Georgia areas. Even though tornadoes are year-round in Georgia they see their peak in March through May.

What to know about tornadoes in Georgia

  • All of Georgia is prone to tornadoes
  • Tornadoes most often occur in mid-afternoon to early evening. But can strike at anytime day or night.
  • Georgia tornadoes are often accompanied by hail and strong rainfall.

Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

  1. Tornado Watch: Weather conditions have the "ingredients" to produce a tornado.
  2. Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted in your area and should take immediate shelter. 

How to Prepare for Tornado Season 

  1. Identify a "Storm Shelter" that is either an interior room with no windows or a basement preferably. 
  2. Prepare a Storm Ready Kit
  3. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television newscasts, or download the Ready Georgia mobile app for the latest information.
  4. Always be aware of changing weather conditions.

Tornado season is here stay prepared and stay aware. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville or Douglas is prepared to help you and your family when a storm hits our rural Georgia area. We offer a wide range of emergency response services such as:

  1. Tarping Damaged Roofs and Buildings
  2. Containing Damage 
  3. 24- Hour Emergency Response
  4. Generators
  5. Water Damage Restoration

We are ALWAYS Here to Help our neighbors when disaster strikes. Find out more about how we can help you recover from storm damage here

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (912) 285-0724

Hurricane Michael

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas setting up board up equipment after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was one of the strongest storms to hit the Florida Panhandle to ever be recorded. With sustained winds reaching up to 155mph while making landfall leading it to be the first ever Category 4 Hurricane to reach the Panhandle; while breaking national records for the fourth strongest storm to reach the United States. Sadly, Hurricane Michael was a deadly storm and claimed 6 lives throughout Florida and Georgia.

As the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas wrapped up efforts in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence we were soon dispatched to help bring generators and other equipment to South Georgia after they were hit by Hurricane Michael. After emergency crews cleared roadways and cleared it safe for disaster recovery crews to enter Florida the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas headed for Mexico Beach, Florida. We were truly heartbroken after seeing the destruction that Hurricane Michael brought onto these cities. People without homes, food, and power. We witnessed the grace of our Nation and the unity we all share when we face disaster. Tents were set up to pass out food, shelters were set up to cover those who lost their homes, people came all across the United States to lend a helping hand. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly sprung into action by setting up drying equipment, tarping roofs, and boarding up windows to prevent further damage.

Thank you to all of the amazing first responders like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, Firefighters, Police Officers, Patrolmen, Linmen, Dispatchers, EMT’s and Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams, and for all of the countless volunteers that gave their time to HELP.

We remain #FloridaStrong in the days ahead of the restoration and recovery process.

What to Know About Tropical Storm Michael

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

NOAA- Key Messages for Tropical Storm Michael

Tropical Storm Michael is set to hit the Gulf Coast early Wednesday morning and travel across South Georgia. Meteorologist Karen Minton from WSB-TV Channel 2 says "5AM Update shows it is increasing in intensity. Sustained winds now 70 mph. It will become a hurricane later today. Expected to make landfall along Florida panhandle or Big Bend area on Wednesday and moving across GA WED PM/Thurs".

It's important to stay informed and prepared while we prepare for Tropical Storm Michael to increase to a possible hurricane. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared state of emergency as the storm approaches and says "this storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous".

Continue to stay prepared:

Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter. Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

Other tips for hurricane prep include: Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking. Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing. Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances. Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and patio furniture.

After the storm hits:

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Waycross home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (912) 285-0724

Before, During, and After a Storm Hits

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Before, During, and After a hurricane. Stay prepared.

Hurricanes can leave you vulnerable to major losses to your home and/or business.  Hurricanes typically stretch 300 miles, so the spread of damage can be drastic. 
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Here are some key tips to keep in mind before, during, and after a storm.

Before the storm:

During the storm:

  • Stay indoors
  • Use flashlights instead of candles
  • Continue to monitor the storm by listening to local radio
  • Avoid floodwater due to possible contamination 

After the Storm:

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to return 
  • Contact a professional to ensure property is safety

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Waycross home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (912) 285-0724

Preparing for Hurricane Florence

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Photo credit to NOAA and the National Weather Service.

With Hurricane Florence’s uncertain path we encourage everyone to get prepared with what could possibly be life saving tips!

Ways to be prepared:


1. Get weather alerts And important information in your county:

2. Contact SERVPRO of Wacross, Hinesville, and Douglas to create a Emergency Ready Plan for when a disaster strikes your home or business. Getting you back to business faster with little to no down time.

  • Emergency Ready Plans are a FREE service that SERVPRO gives to the community. The Ready Plan compiles vital information for your property to get back to pre-storm conditions. For example the app compiles property photos and characteristics, water shutoff valves location, and other key property information that influences the restoration process.
  • The Emergency Ready Plan allows for you to request service by pressing a button! One button and we are on our way to make it “Like it never even happened”
    Begin your Emergency Ready Plan by downloading the app from the App Store.


3. Create your Hurricane Preparedness Kits. Find a good reference list by clicking here.

Preparation is key in event of any storm. Prepare your home, prepare your business, and most of all prepare your family!

If you find your home or business affected by storm damage contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas to make it “Like it never even happened”

Call us today to help you get prepared at 912.285.0724

Preparing for 2018 Hurricane Season in Waycross!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas we want you to be safe during the 2018 hurricane season. We’re sharing some guidelines for you today so that you can be ready if and when a hurricane hits the area.

Before a hurricane:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.
  • Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones in advance.
  • Make sure everyone knows evacuation routes and designated safe places to stay.
  • Stock emergency or build a Emergency Preparedness Kit and supplies, and pack to-go bags.
  • Collect all important documents and safeguard them.

During a hurricane:

  • Follow all guidance from your local authorities - like Ware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
  • If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
  • Stay away from windows and shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.
  • Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.

After a hurricane:

  • Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
  • Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles.
  • Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.
  • When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.
  • Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we care about the safety of you and your loved ones. We are experienced in those cleanup jobs that are necessary after flooding and fire and are mold remediation experts as well.

If you have experienced storm, fire or water damage or are having trouble with a mold issue, call us at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas. Stay safe!

When Storms or Floods hit your Blackshear businesses- SERVPRO is ready!

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Image shows containment on flood cuts. Flood cuts are necessary to remove wet and damaged materials.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas 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.

Flooding occurred rapidly in Blackshear, Georgia on Friday, July 20. According to The Blackshear Times the city of Blackshear received roughly four inches of rain within 45 minutes. The flood closed roads and inevitably brought the city to a halt until the water settled. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly began assisting local business owners with any damage resulting from the flood. Our quick response alleviated the chance for mold to become a problem by being proactive and setting up proper drying methods to ensure effected materials were properly dried. Our SERVPRO crews were able to complete everything while the business maintained normal business hours. The business had zero interruptions and zero down time from the flood damage- you could say - it’s like it never even happened!

Faster Response Since - we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which are extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 912-285-0724

Why You Should Plan for Summer Storm Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Summer storm damages are something you need to be prepared for. Flooding can be a summer storm hazard and can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions are often ruined, and the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. People can be injured and even end up in very dangerous situations in some cases. A professional water damage restoration company can be a ready and important resource during such times; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner and keep you, your loved ones, and work staff out of harm’s way.

While storms can’t be predicted much of the time, being well-versed in the areas most vulnerable to storm damages will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots, for example.  

Planning ahead in these areas is smart:

  • Low-lying areas: Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead.
  • Roofs, attics, gutters: A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors. It doesn’t take long for mold growth to begin a colony, so proper planning can be a real help here.
  • Entryways, windows, doors: Keep an eye on your doors and windows. If they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water and fire. You can call us at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website to learn more. We’re also mold remediation experts!

Storm-Proofing Your Shed

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

With summer’s stormy weather upon us, home and business owners have many things to be aware of when it comes to possible property damages. Once your main building or your home is safe from potential issues that can arise during inclement weather, make sure you take some time to secure your outlying buildings, such as storage units and sheds.

Oftentimes, a unit like this will be at the back of your property under trees or near fence lines, so an inspection of that area will be something that can be worth your time. If the surrounding trees are large and have branches that are not healthy, removing them before storms hit can alleviate any damage there. If the tree itself is leaning or looks like it might not last the storm season out, contact a tree removal service as soon as possible and have the tree taken out.

A sturdy fence in good repair is a great way to secure your property from many potential problems. If the fence falls over onto your shed or storage unit, it can possibly create holes in the walls, allowing rain or snow to get into the space and damage the items stored there.

An inspection of the roof of your storage shed is, of course, something you will want to complete on a regular basis, and especially before rainy seasons. Make sure any doors or windows are properly sealed and unbroken. The ground area surrounding the unit needs to be well-drained also so that your storage space doesn’t sit in water and become unstable, or worse yet - develop a mold issue that could be very difficult to handle during wet months.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are dedicated to the business and homeowners in our area. We are the ones to call for help with water and fire damage, and we are also mold remediation experts! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas or give us a call: (912) 285-0724.

Checking Your Crawl Space for Storm Damage

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

For much of the eastern part of the country, summer is more than just time to go on vacation and play at the beach or the lake. It’s also storm season, and sometimes these storms are violent enough to cause a lot of damage to your home or business. Roofs and landscaping can suffer, as can parking areas, windows and doors...the list can get pretty long.

After a bad storm has moved through your area and it’s safe to move about, you will want to inspect your property and see what kinds of damages you have sustained. Notifying insurance companies and city officials of anything you see that will need attention is something you will want to do right away, so being thorough and making notes of each issue will help you keep track of what needs to be done.

One place you can inspect that will let you know of any damages that you may have overlooked would be your crawl spaces. Sometimes a roof can sustain damage and start leaking, but the evidence won’t show in the rooms below, and you can catch it by noticing the water damage in your crawl space first!

Use a powerful flashlight to inspect this area, and look in every area that is accessible. Remove vent covers in each room, and, while on a ladder, take your time to see as much of the crawl space area as you can. Maybe even enlist the help of another person for a second pair of eyes; they may notice something that you did not.

Water can pool in this part of your building and be attractive to mold, too, so you will want to look for damp places and get them dried out as soon as possible.

The team here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help with cleanup projects both large and small. Keep us in mind after storms pass through; we are experts in handling water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.

Preparing Your Beach Home for Storm Damage

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Most people dream of having a beach home, and you are one of the lucky ones to have achieved that dream! The view of the waves and the dunes are always amazing and a welcome sight at the end of the day, and the fact that you can walk down to the water in seconds is always something you truly treasure.

But there are those times of the year when a beach house can be a worry. Summers are idyllic, but they also come with stormy weather. To be prepared, you will need to inspect your property regularly and look for trouble spots before those stormy times come.

Over time, every house experiences damage from weather, and you want to make sure there are no maintenance projects left unattended to. Loose siding or shutters? Do your windows close properly, and do all exterior doors fit as they should? Can those shutters close the way they should to protect your windows during a storm? Pay special attention to your roof; it will bear the brunt of bad weather. Strong winds can make short work of those parts of your home that are not in as good repair as they should be.

The landscaping at a beach home is usually tropical in nature, which can often mean palm trees, and they can get pretty tall! Have your trees and other vegetation been trimmed appropriately and removed if they are not doing well? During a storm, a lot of damage can be done by flying branches and palm fronds, or at the very least, they can leave you a really big mess to clean up!

Salt air is rough on beach-side houses and buildings, so keeping an eye on your property for damage of this type is a smart idea. Rotting wood on your home or property can become a hazard during storms if not cared for since flying debris can break windows and severely damage cars left on the street.

The SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is standing by to work with you in preventing summer storm damages in the future. From fire and water damage to mold remediation, we are here to help. Contact us at (912) 285-0724 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

Keeping Your Coastal Home Safe During Storm Season

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone sees storms differently here on the coast. Some people find them exciting, as long as they are safe and dry indoors, while others consider storms to be terrifying because of potential storm damage. Whether you bundle up and enjoy the sounds of stormy weather or you stand at the windows and watch for trouble, it’s important for you to know what to do to keep your home safe during storm season.

Here are some best practices to help:

  • Have a storm safety kit. If you live an area where weather can become unpredictable and even violent, it’s going to be a smart idea to create a storm safety kit for yourself and your loved ones. This kit should provide you with all the supplies you may need to see you through the worst weather. It should be stored in a plastic box or tub with a sealed lid, and should include:
    • Flashlights and extra batteries
    • Blankets and bottles of water
    • Battery-operated radio or means of communication
    • Basic food supplies
    • Basic first aid items
    • Small fire extinguisher
  • Watch the windows.  The weakest spot in your home is the window. Make sure your house has been equipped with suitable hurricane windows, and storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security.
  • Know the drill.  Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with your family and loved ones. It’s vital to stay indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house.
  • Prepare your roof.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather.
  • Remember the garden.  When planting and choosing garden furniture, keep storm season in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping, as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Douglas & Hinesville, we are always ready to help you stay safe. When bad weather or emergencies happen, we are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (912) 452 2498 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

South Georgia Storm Damage in Waycross

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

SOUTH GEORGIA STORM DAMAGE

Weather in the South is like no place else in America. Warm, moist air and dry cold currents collide, causing unpredictable weather conditions. The American South can see everything from tornadoes to snow, a rainy deluge and flash flooding to warm, sunny days, all in the same month; long-time residents of Waycross, I’m sure this sounds familiar!

As a business owner/operator in south Georgia, you have to be ready for anything when it comes to the weather this time of year. A couple of things to think about as winter hits the Waycross area:

THE PREMISES

An inspection of your business premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all exterior doors fit correctly? Is weather-stripping in good condition? Expensive machinery and supplies can be at risk if what’s outside can get inside.

THE PEOPLE

Your most valuable asset is your people. Yourself, your employees, clients and family. Do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Who is in charge of handling your social media to let the public know of business closures? If an employee is not able to get in to work, do they have contact information so they can let someone know? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate, but in the case of extreme weather, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or your employees get stuck at work, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

Make sure your place of business is stocked with drinking water, snacks, and an up-to-date first aid kit, just in case. A backup power generator can be an important part of your safety plan, in case electric or gas goes out.

THE PRODUCT

Developing a plan to keep your business’s production in place is important, as well. If most of your business is conducted online, do you have a process in place to keep that moving no matter the circumstances? Is every employee well-trained in that process and able to jump right in if circumstances demand it? Just a few days of interrupted production can be very costly, indeed. Does your business use machinery that can be damaged by bad weather and water damage? Assess that situation and take steps to make sure you and your team know what needs to be done to keep that machinery from harm. Are you storing product that is set-aside for shipping? Take time to think about different weather scenarios; if something unexpected were to happen, are you ready?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Benjamin Franklin

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross/Hinesville and Douglas, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs! If your business has received water damage of any kind, or any other such emergency, you can reach us at  (912) 266-8609, or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROwaycrosshinesvilledouglas.com/