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CE Class Success
SERVPRO employees at CE Class Success.
We want to take this time to thank everyone who made our CE Class such a success. It's always exciting to see so many people in our industry taking the time to get together and understand the issues our clients suffer during a disaster; and how important it is that we all work together to get them through it. Nick, Jeff, and Chris are always available to assist you and your clients through any water, fire, or trauma emergency.
We will personally make sure our clients have the best possible experience they can have under the circumstances. We will represent any brand professionally and make sure the communication lines stay open to serve our customers best, and any issues are resolved before they become problems.
Please don't hesitate to call or email SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at anytime. We are available 24/7 at (931) 382-0900.
Millington, TN, Chamber of Commerce Gala
State Farm agent Jack Leonard received the Hall of Honor award for his many accomplishments.
The Millington Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala dinner on December 2 at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Among those honored was State Farm agent Jack Leonard who received the Hall of Honor award for his many accomplishments. Senator Mark Green, MD, the physician that treated Saddam Hussein when captured, spent six hours in conversation, obtaining information for his informative book A Night with Saddam.
René Swain, our Account Manager, has 13 years of experience in the Fire & Water Restoration industry. René attended the event; she was impressed by everyone's closeness in the Chamber of Commerce. They were honored to be part of the organization. Rene' was recognized as a new member of the Board of Directors to start in January. She said, "I am looking forward to being part of a wonderful, growing community and learning from so many awesome people."
We at SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova are pleased to work with this fine organization.
Forrest Spence Fund Donations
SERVPRO employees with the donated bags for The Forrest Spence Fund.
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova coordinates donations to Forrest Spence Fund
Rene Swain, account manager at SERVPRO Bartlett / Cordova, asked insurance agencies if they would consider being involved in a way to "pay it forward." The Forrest Spence Fund is an organization that donates bags of requested items to families with children who're patients at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bag contents help families get through a day, night, and sometimes a month with items to keep them occupied while waiting for their children to heal. SERVPRO Bartlett / Cordova encourages others to visit the Forrest Spence website to help this benevolent organization in the future.
State Farm agencies (Hodges, Shelton, Carpenter, Rosser-White, Nowlin, Blakely, and Ryan Jeans) and Nationwide agencies (Crum, Crutcher, Barker, Milan, and Fields) all participated. When the bags were filled, Rene and Nick Schifani transported them to Donna Nash, Forrest Spence Fund coordinator, was happy and appreciative of SERVPRO agents who were instrumental in helping the families in need.
Thank you to all Nationwide and State Farm agencies that contributed to this worthy cause.
November CE Class
Production Manager Chuck Tucker demonstrates effective fire/smoke cleaning methods.
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova Hosts C.E. Class for Local Insurance Professionals
The team at SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova would like to thank all of our insurance agents and adjusters who helped make our November’s continuing education class a success. In partnership with the Memphis Better Business Bureau, we presented classes in “Property Fire Damage Restoration” and “Ethics.” Over 20 of our local agents and adjusters from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi now have a greater understanding of what it takes to help their insured after a fire or water damage to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible. Each course is designed to teach and explain the special procedures and materials used by restoration specialists after one of these disasters and how to best serve the customer from both a mitigation and insurance standpoint. Our agents and adjusters now have a better understanding of how we can drastically reduce both cost and downtime for their insured by acting quickly and doing things the proper way.
We would also all like to thank Mrs. Mary Busey, our corporate C.E. Instructor, for taking the time to come from Nashville to make sure this event was a success. Mary has 20 years in the insurance business, and we are proud to have her on the SERVPRO team. She can keep her classes relevant to the insurance industry and explain it in a way that keeps her students engaged. Our fire production manager Chuck Tucker and our “go-to” lady Maria Shumpert were also able to take time out of their busy schedules to do some hands-on demonstrations and answer some questions. These guys have years of experience and are IICRC certified in many of the disciplines necessary to be true industry professionals. All and all, I’d say that this November’s class was both fun and informative, and all of the attendees had fun while learning something new and getting those all-important C.E. credits.
Finally, we would like to thank Swanky for setting up that fantastic taco bar for lunch. That was a hit for everyone, and as always, it was hot and delicious. Thank you again to all who helped make this a fun day of learning and keep your eyes open for our future continuing education classes. Not only will you get your credits, but you’ll have fun doing it and gain a better understanding of the restoration industry and how to serve your insured better when it counts the most.
Fun on the Forth of July!
It's time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, or maybe a beach trip. Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross wants them to enjoy a safe and fun holiday.
"We want everyone to have a great holiday and a safe one," said Alison Bono, Central and Northern Michigan Regional Director of Communication. "Whether the weekend will involve fireworks, grilling, or going to the seashore, we have safety tips everyone can follow."
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. You should stay at least 500 feet away from the show. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:
- Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
- Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
Every year, people are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to cook up treats for the backyard barbecue safely:
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
- After the coals are ignited, don' add charcoal starter fluid.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.
Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., you should also wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least SPF 15. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. During hot weather, watch for signs of heatstroke—hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it's suspected someone is suffering from heatstroke:
- Call 911 and move the person to a cooler place.
- Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning it.
- Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.
Download the First-Aid App
Another thing people can do is download the free American Red Cross first-aid app, which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone's fingertips. The app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters feed and provide emotional support to victims of disasters, supply about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives, provide international humanitarian aid, and support military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the American public's generosity to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova is proud to be a partner of the American Red Cross and the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries across the United States. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Summer Weather Safety
Stay Safe in Summertime Weather
The National Weather Service (NWS) tagged June as "Summer Safety Month" because of predictable hazardous conditions that promote dangerous weather, especially in the South (strong winds, tornadoes, hail, and flooding, among other treacherous situations). Their website has lots of valuable information regarding summer weather safety.
Nature can be beautiful, and it can also be malevolent and mean. Many SERVPRO teams hit the road, traveling through risky danger zones to save or repair victims' property. We are compassionate and understanding because their jobs are not only in clean-up and repair, but we also give home, and business owners hope to restore their spirit after experiencing such tremendous loss of property and many times even loss of lives. SERVPRO is thankful because we can make a catastrophe "Like it never even happened." With over 1,600 Franchise locations in the United States, SERVPRO is faster to any-sized disaster.
Summer is a fun time, but it can also be a tragic time. Be careful and watchful out there. For additional information regarding our business, contact SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at (901) 382-0900. Happy summer!
Happy Fall from SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova
Fall decorated house in Bartlett, TN.
It's Fall Y'all!
It's almost time to wrap rum-soaked cheesecloth around holiday fruit cakes. Take in the fresh aroma. Eat crisp sweet, but tart Granny Smith apples through the orchard. Make DIY projects from glittered holiday leaves, pine cones, pecans, to walnuts. There will be festive porches displaying Jack-O-Lanterns, changes in shades, and foliage (eye-candy of oranges, tans, browns).
SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova encourages you to take time for family and friends. Celebrate the life, nature, and humanity in our United States of America. While glorifying life, let's keep it as long as we can. Keep a toasty bonfire smoldering this year within your soul. Give more of yourselves to others from the heart. We have a chance to make a difference. Let's do this. Have a brilliant SERVPRO fall and contain that spirit as it evolves into the reason for the season.
Through the fall season, if you become stressed with water damage, fire damage, or mold damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova is available 24 hours a day, including holidays to help guide you through any size disaster that may arise. We are always "Here to Help!" Contact SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova today at (901) 382-0900.