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Commercial Damage from Wildfires & Mudslides

Every year, wildfires and mudslides inflict heavy losses on businesses throughout the country. During the summer when hot and dry conditions peak, the risk for wildfires rises, especially in the West and Southwest regions of the U.S.

At ServiceMaster Restore, we’ve got your back. We have the knowledge and expertise to take on the toughest challenges and the dedication to providing personalized assistance and support to solve the situation, quickly and efficiently, providing rapid recovery for businesses.

Protect your business & your community

ServiceMaster Restore is here to help cleanup after a wildfire or mudslide but we also want you to be prepared as possible. The following are a few tips to help you and your business prepare for wildfires and mudslides:

  • Make and frequently practice an evacuation plan that includes meeting locations and a communication plan.
  • Use building and yard materials that won’t burn easily.
  • Keep an area up to 100 feet around your business lean, clean and green.
  • Clean your roof, gutters and outdoor spaces of dead leaves and pine needles, often.
  • Create an emergency bag of items that you will need if you are asked to leave your businesses.
  • Leave your business when asked to do so.

Mudslides

  • Frequently review radio, TV and apps to stay updated on the latest weather information.
  • Make sure you have a disaster plan for worst-case scenarios.
  • Pack a bug-out bag with survival essentials if you have to leave the office in a hurry.
  • Familiarize yourself with the landscapes around your business.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that could mean a mudslide is about to begin.
  • Be ready to leave, and plan where to meet up if separated from colleagues.

Once a wildfire starts, it can last months and burn thousands of acres before it’s contained. Your business does not have to be directly in the path of the blaze to be affected. Particulate matter, smoke and ash can travel great distances and creep into the tiniest of cracks leading into your building. Wildfires pose additional risks. They strip hillsides of vegetation that helps hold soil in place. When wildfires are followed by heavy rain, mudslides can occur. This powerful flow of mud, rock and debris can cause catastrophic damage to businesses in its path.

Mudslides, landslides and debris flows can develop quickly when precipitation is excessive. They can strike fast, without warning, turning the landscape into a river of mud, when a majority of victims are often asleep. They can travel for miles and can be powerful enough to carry trees, boulders, cars and even buildings in their path. They can happen in all U.S. states and territories and are more common in mountain, canyon and coastal regions.

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