The American spirit of community becomes very evident when a local disaster becomes a national relief effort. The circle of damage may be relatively small like a flooded street, or a Hurricane Sandy that ravaged almost the entire east coast. The response of help from businesses and individuals draws from all communities from east to west north to south. Caution is quickly thrown aside by the empathy of helping fellow countrymen in trouble. Continue Reading →
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If you have a fire in your home, you call the fire department. Once the fire is extinguished, you have time to take care of insurance assessment and renovation. But water damage—that’s a different story. If you incur water damage of any sort or source, you should be aware of several precautions recommended by restoration professionals and insurance companies. Here’s PDR’s top five tips if you experience a water-damage emergency in your home or business: Continue Reading →
Late last month, State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) introduced legislation to fund a statewide earthquake early-warning system using technology that already exists. During a press conference at Caltech in Pasadena on January 28th, it was discussed that the prototype called the California Integrated Seismic Network needs more money in order for it to go public, and the estimated cost is $80 million. Continue Reading →
When storms hit a populated area, like Hurricane Sandy did in late 2012, we usually think of devastation like what’s pictured above. We can imagine that it’s hard for emergency vehicles to get through, and that there’s chaos at hospitals across the affected areas.
But did you ever stop to think about how flooding and/or fire can affect the actual tools of the medical industry? Think of how many sterilized products go into just a simple, routine blood test, or even a throat swab. Now think about how you would perform these procedures when you’re entire storage facility has been flooded with rank stormwater, causing all of your hypodermic needles, gauze and other implements to be completely useless. Continue Reading →
Every month we see something on the news that makes us at PDR Inland Empire think about how we could be more prepared. We had some earthquakes last month here in Southern California, some wildfires here in the Riverside area, Northern California’s had some wildfires that caused evacuations, and of course Hurricane Issac battered the Louisiana coast, and even caused damage inland.
And Southern Californians, take note: Those in the weather business have been predicting an El Niño this winter, which means heavy rain and flooding. We’re happy to help you clean up—it’s what we do, after all—but we’d rather you were prepared. Continue Reading →
This week Northern California firefighters are trying to contain several fires that were caused by over 900 lightning strikes last weekend. Over 900 lightning strikes? Yes, you read that right—900. In fact, lightning strikes and fires caused by them occur most often in the summer months. Continue Reading →
Most of us California residents know exactly what to do in the event of an earthquake, especially if we grew up here. Do you remember the earthquake drills in elementary schools, teaching you to get under your desk and cover the back of your neck with your hands? Second only in popularity to the fire drill of “Stop, Drop and Roll”…
But there are people moving to Southern California every day from across the nation, and across the world. And these people may have never experienced the “fun” of an earthquake before, and there are some things that people might do that can cause injury, large-scale property damage and even death. So we thought it is important to outline the definite “DON’Ts” for our quake newbies—especially since we’ve had two in the last 16 hours! Continue Reading →
Do you have a plan for running your business after a fire? What would happen to your business if it was destroyed, or even just damaged, by a fire? Even the time it would take to find a new location and replace equipment could cost you thousands in lost income and even lost clientele.
Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed the number of business-related fires across the nation. One such incident happened a few weeks ago right here in L.A. County, sending a ceramic worker to the hospital in critical condition. Accidents like these do happen daily and, even though the weather in Southern California is certainly a factor, there are many other variables that can start a fire at your place of business. The good news is that you can help turn all of that around by simply incorporating fire prevention at work. Some things to look at are: Continue Reading →
California has always been an attractive state to own a home because of its warm climate and sunny beaches. But most overlook the fact that our state receives strong and chaotic wildfires every year. This year has reported extremely low amounts of rainfall thus far and has caused experts to predict a longer and more hazardous fire season. So what steps can you take to shield your home from such a imposing threat? Here are 10 easy steps to protect your home while doing some spring cleaning: Continue Reading →
Do you remember the “Old Fire” back in 2003? The one that started near Old Waterman Canyon Road above San Bernardino and burned for nine days? It destroyed more than 91,000 acres, burned almost 1,000 homes and caused $170 million dollars on property losses, says the District Attorney’s Office of San Bernardino.
The suspected arsonist who has been accused of starting the fire, Rickie Lee Fowler, has apparently offered to settle his capital case with prosecutors, offering to withdraw his current “not guilty” plea. Continue Reading →