Donation to Tolland Fire
SERVPRO Tolland County donating to Tolland Fire Department
Being part of a franchise system, it is easy to get brand visibility. Being involved in the local community is another part of the equation that often gets overlooked. In our area, we have Fire Departments that rely heavily on volunteers to respond to calls. Often times these important services are operated on a very tight budget, and any sort of donation is greatly appreciated as well as greatly needed. SERVPRO of Tolland County has taken into consideration these factors the past couple of years when working with Fire Departments. We sponsor events such as Golf Tournaments, Fire Safety Days and other community related events. Every once in a while SERVPRO get a call to a fire scene when the department is still working on the fire, or beginning to wrap things up as far as the emergency response. This on the scene experience has given us the opportunity to see a need and address it. Earlier this year SERVPRO of Tolland County made a donation of one of our high powered air movers to the Tolland Fire Department. This lightweight , easy to use fan can help make the scene safer for fire investigators and other personnel on site by getting rid of some of the remaining smoke and odor. We look forward to working with all the Fire Departments in our community!
Tri County Board of Realtors Affiliate Night
Steve, Elaine and Lisa at Affiliate Night
On Thursday April 21, 2016, The Tri County Alliance of Realtors held their annual Affiliate Night at A Villa Louisa in Bolton. This has always been a fun event in the past, and this year was not any different! This is a great way to network with busy realtors, home inspectors, and others in the real estate business. Having recently merged with another board of realtors brought a lot of new faces and lots of energy to the event. SERVPRO enjoys supporting the Tri County Alliance of Realtors and we look forward to more years of continued support. While we were at our booth, we discussed our home cleaning and deodorization abilities to help realtors maximize the selling price of their listing. We also discussed mold remediation and our Emergency Ready Profile for those agents that deal with commercial or multi –family units. We can’t wait to see if next years Affiliate Night can top this years!
CAI-CT Expo and Tradeshow
SERVPRO of Tolland County getting ready for the CAI-CT Tradeshow!
On Saturday March 19, 2016 The CAI-CT held their annual Tradeshow and Expo at the Aquaturf in Plantsville CT. SERVPRO of Tolland County is honored to be a member and sponsor of this great organization. The CAI-CT is the premier resource for Condominium owners, Homeowners Associations and Property Managers. The Expo and tradeshow is a well attended event with over 400 registered attendees and over 60 vendors participating, marketing their goods and services to the attendees. Each year, the Expo offers something new for all those who attend. This year, The CAI-CT offered a “Lunch with the Pros” breakout luncheon where attendees had the opportunity to sign up for a specific topic for lunch. The Sessions covered a wide range of topics from legal, to health, to construction to social events. SERVPRO of Tolland County was excited to dispel some myths about mold and offer some do’s and don’ts when it comes to remediating mold. One of the best parts about working for SERVPRO of Tolland County is taking the time to educate. We love to share our knowledge and we love having a properly informed community!
Warming Hearts, Warming Hands
Just some of the donations we received!
On February 10th 2016, SERVPRO of Tolland County/ Manchester/ Wethersfield –Rocky Hill / Glastonbury and West Hartford had the honor of being a part of the Second Annual Warming Hearts/Warming Hands clothing drive at Georginas in Bolton. This event is a mutual collaboration between the Greater Manchester and Tolland County Chambers of Commerce. SERVPRO helped to organize and market the event, as well as drop off and pick up donation boxes in the region. In the first year, we were able to collect over 1,000 pieces of clothing that were donated to two local organizations. We found this to be a great success and a building block for the future. This year, we had four very deserving organizations that we were collecting donations for. Even though the snow may have kept some people from attending the networking event, it did not stop the donations from coming in. By the end of the evening, we collected close to 3,000 pieces of clothing , as well as over 500 dollars to be split between the Community Child Guidance Clinic, Manchester Area Council of Churches, KIDSAFE, and Community Health Resources. SERVPRO loves to get involved in the community and this is a great event to be a part of.
Ice Dam Presentation
Steve Bennett speaking to the group
Back in December, SERVPRO of Tolland County had the opportunity to do one of the things we love to do. We got to speak in front of the CT Valley BNI group about winter weather. We offered some tips on how to prevent ice dams, what to do if you have an ice dam, and how to choose the correct vendor/contractor to assist with the clean up and restoration. We love being able to speak to groups and offer information that we feel is helpful to business and homeowners alike.
Connecticut Apartment Association Communications Committee
We are proud to be members ot the Connecticut Apartment Association, and we take advantage of our membership by getting involved in the operation and success of the association. Each month, the communications and social media committee gets together to discuss and review events for the CTAA. We truly enjoy having the opportunity to educate and inform the managers and maintenence staff of the communities that make up the CTAA.
Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)
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SERVPRO and Moving Forward
Whats with all the boxes? We hope to fill them with new hats, mittens and socks for children in Hartford and Tolland Counties
Last year the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a new hat, mitten and sock drive for the Community Child Guidance Clinic (CCGC) located in Manchester. In just a short amount of time, mostly by word of mouth, the event collected over 1000 pieces for the children. This was definitely considered an important and successful event, and the clients were still able to access these donations as recently as this fall. Being the newest committee of the Tolland County Chamber, the Moving Forward group felt this was a great idea to build upon. We want to get the business community involved this year by placing drop boxes at their location to accept donations. We would like to have at least 20 boxes in the area. We hope to bring in more donations than last year, so we are also going to be donating the collected items to KIDSAFE, Community Health Resources as well as CCGC again. Our collection drive will culminate with a collection receiving/ networking event hosted again this year by Georgina’s Restaurant and Banquets in Bolton Tuesday January 5th 2016.
If you have a business that would like to participate in the collection drive, please contact Steve at sbennett@SERVPROofmanchester-bolton.com so we can arrange a box to be dropped off at your location. All boxes will be picked up on Monday January 4th.
Fire Prevention Month
Did you know October is National Fire Prevention Month? October is a great time to check and/or replace batteries in all smoke detectors. Also review your fire escape plan and remember to keep all exits clear.
Another area of concern is decorations. With the cool, dry weather, be sure to keep these items away from any type of heat source.
Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as "the silent killer", as it is invisible, tasteless and odorless. It is created certain types of fuels do not burn properly. Fuels, which can produce this gas, are kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane and even wood. Normally Carbon Monoxide is caused by faulty, improperly used or vented products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and portable generators.
There are precautions to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes:Perform regular maintenance on equipment and appliancesIf necessary to use gasoline powered engines or tools in an enclosed space, make sure that space is well ventilatedInstall carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, including outside of all bedroomsHave fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional
For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit www.usfa.fema.gov or www.osha.gov