Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for South Beach Residents?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Our team in Miami Beach wants South Beach residents to be prepared for this year’s hurricane season. Here are some tips from the Miami-Dade County website for things you should have in your hurricane supply kit:

Supply List

  • 7-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day, including pets)
  • A manual can opener
  • Battery-powered portable television or radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items, such as instant hand sanitizing gel, disinfectant wipes, moist towelettes, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves
  • Thermometer with batteries, if required
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Whistle
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils
  • Cash
  • Extra clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags
  • Photocopies of identification, insurance, prescriptions, household inventory, credit cards, and your utility bill
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, adoption certificates, marriage licenses, divorce papers, Social Security cards, passports, green cards, will, insurance policies (home, auto, life, health, etc.), bank statements
  • Prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid
  • Batteries
  • Type ABC fire extinguisher
  • Telephone that is not dependent on electricity or a cell phone
  • Formula, baby food, diapers, and pacifiers
  • Pet carriers, leashes, shot records, and food for each animal evacuating with you
  • Tire repair kit, booster cables, pump, and flares
  • Toys and games for children
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Keep loose items in airtight plastic bags
  • Gather the kit’s items in easy-to-carry containers or duffel bags. Put them within reach, near the exit you use most often.
  • Check and update your kit at least once a year

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When your South Beach home or commercial business has storm damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help.® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Surge Planning Zones in Miami Beach?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Large waves are breaking during a storm surge. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

When your home or business floods due to a storm surge, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® The Miami-Dade County website describes storm surges as the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. Storm surges occur when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes. This is the primary reason Miami-Dade County residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane. Here is some information about evacuation zones and storm surge planning zones:

Storm Surge Zone

  • A Storm Surge Zone is an area in Miami-Dade County that could potentially be impacted by a storm surge of 1.5 feet or higher for a hurricane.
  • Each Storm Surge Planning Zone identifies residents who may have to evacuate or shelter-in-pace
    • These residents are encouraged to develop contingency plans for either scenario

Evacuation Zone

  • An Evacuation Zone is an area that will be required to move under an evacuation order for an impending storm and will be a portion, if not all of, the defined Storm Surge Planning Zones
  • Always follow the County’s evacuation order

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When you need help with storm damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Spring Tornado in Miami Beach?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A big storm is offshore in Miami Beach. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach restores storm damage throughout the year in Miami Beach. In January, a massive tornado warning was issued in Miami-Dade county. Here are the National Weather Service alert definitions for tornadoes and high winds:

Tornado Watch: this means a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning: this means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Go to your safe place immediately.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us!

When your Miami Beach home or commercial business has storm damage, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips for Miami Beach?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been restoring storm damage in Miami Beach for many years. In between storms, it is a good idea to check your home’s exterior for signs of damage and make repairs as needed. Here is some information from the Insurance Information Institute on protecting your home from storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

  • Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed
  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a home or building when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us Today!

When you have storm damage in your home or commercial business, Miami Beach residents and businesses can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Lightning Safety Tips for South Beach?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Miami Beach restores storm damage every year in South Beach. The Miami-Dade County website offers this helpful information to keep people safe from lightning strikes:

  • The safest location during lightning activity is a fully enclosed building with a roof, walls, and floor. Picnic shelters, covered patios, and other partially enclosed structures are NOT safe.
  • If you don’t have access to a safe building, your next choice should be a completely enclosed vehicle, such as a car, truck, van, or bus. Convertibles or other soft-top cars are NOT safe.
  • There is NO safe place to be outdoors during a thunderstorm with lightning, but if you absolutely can’t get to a safe building or vehicle, here are some last resort tips:
    • Do not seek shelter under trees. They might help you stay dry, but they will significantly increase your chances of being struck by lightning.
    • Do not seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings
    • Stay away from metal objects such as fences and tall, isolated objects like poles since lightning typically strikes the tallest object
    • If you are in an open field or clearing, the tallest object might be you! In that case, do not lie down, but crouch down with knees bent and feet together.

Call Us!

South Beach residents and commercial businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Evacuation Order for North Bay Village?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you know if you live in an area that is at risk for storm surges? North Bay Village residents have relied on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore storm damage for years. Sometimes evacuation is required when there is a storm surge.

The Miami-Dade County website has a section devoted to emergency evacuations where you can find out this information based on your address. Here are the two types of evacuation instructions that the Mayor may give:

  • Evacuation recommendation: The Mayor may recommend that certain residents take steps to evacuate due to their personal risk. A recommendation might be issued to residents who may need extra time to evacuate due to mobility challenges or people who live in areas prone to flooding that may not be in storm surge inundation areas.
  • Evacuation order: The Mayor may order residents of specific areas of the county deemed to be in danger based on a hurricane’s track and projected storm surge.

Areas of the County that should evacuate will be announced through miamidade.gov and local media.

Residents are encouraged to stay with family members or friends who live inland in a non-evacuation area. Hurricane evacuation centers will open but should only be considered as a shelter of last resort.

Call Us Today!

North Bay Village residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore storm damage. We have the equipment, training, and experience needed to return your property to pre-damage condition. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Wind Warning for Normandy Isles?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to storm damage emergencies in Normandy Isles, and often the storm damage is related to high winds. Thunderstorms can create high winds that can cause serious property damage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website offers this helpful information about the types of winds and wind alerts:

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you are not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and take caution if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us!

Normandy Isles residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wind-damaged Home in Edgewater?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is no stranger to severe weather. Severe storms and hurricanes bring high winds to Edgewater, and high winds can bring wind damage. Here are some wind mitigation tips to protect your home and family during severe winds from State Farm Insurance:

Traditional Homes

  • Keep your home firmly anchored in high winds by having anchor bolts with heavy-gauge, square bolt washers installed to connect your floor to the foundation
  • Reinforce the rest of the frame by connecting wall and floor components with properly installed plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) and attach roof trusses or rafters to the walls with metal connectors
    • On existing homes, this can be done when replacing siding

Manufactured Homes

  • Manufactured homes are more prone to damage from high winds as a result of non-permanent foundations
  • Inspect all straps and tie-downs regularly for rust, weakness, or wear and have repairs made immediately

Windows

  • Install windows rated for the wind speeds in your region
  • For the best protection in hurricane-prone areas, install impact-resistant permanent shutters that meet applicable building code approved standards

Call Us!

When your Edgewater home or commercial business needs help with storm damage, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm Warning for Miami Beach?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that Miami Beach reports thunderstorms about eighty days each year on average? These storms can be strong and come with frequent lightning and very heavy rain. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these thunderstorm safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

  • If the sky looks threatening or if you hear thunder, get inside a safe place immediately
  • Once inside, avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, plumbing, and windows and doors
  • Wait thirty minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going back outside
  • Remember, it is your behavior when thunderstorms are in the area that determines your personal risk of being struck by lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning victims

  • If someone is struck by lightning, they may need immediate medical attention
  • Lightning victims for not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch
  • Call 911 and monitor the victim
  • Start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use an Automated External Defibrillator if needed

Call Us Today!

When your Miami Beach home or commercial business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flood Safety Tips for Miami Beach Residents?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Florida and Miami Beach residents are no strangers to storms and severe weather. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach offers these tips for protecting your family during a flood from the American Red Cross:

Protecting Your Family

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  • Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well wallet card.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts
  • Find out if you are located in a floodplain, which is considered a Special Flood Hazard Area. If so, you are still eligible for flood insurance. Check with your city or county government to review the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Find out if local streams or rivers flood easily
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged during a flood. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.

Call Us!

When your Miami Beach residence or commercial business experiences a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day, every day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Hurricane Season Preparedness for South Beach?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Season officially begins in the Atlantic region on May 15 and ends on November 30. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been restoring storm damage for South Beach residents for years and we offer these helpful hurricane preparedness tips for gathering supplies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Gather Supplies

Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, maskspet supplies in your go-bag or car trunk. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks.

  • Being prepared allows you to avoid unnecessary excursions and to address minor medical issues at home, alleviating the burden on urgent care centers and hospitals.
  • Remember that not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases and slowly building up supplies in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips. This helps to protect those who are unable to procure essentials in advance of the pandemic and must shop more frequently. In addition, consider avoiding WIC-approved products so that those who rely on these products can access them.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on call and ready to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in South Beach, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hurricane Readiness for Surfside?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Palm trees are shown bent over in high winds. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami Beach.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been helping the residents of Surfside retore storm damage for years, and as fellow Floridians, we know it is always a good idea to be ready for severe weather. The Town of Surfside’s website has a great section dedicated to hurricane preparedness. It has information on preparing a hurricane kit and the essential supplies to stock up on before hurricane season begins. They also have a section that provides information on preparing trees for hurricane season.

Before Hurricane Season:

  • Have an expert safely trim any trees next to power lines
  • Prune trees during the tree species dormant season or during early spring
  • Make sure to correctly dispose of all tree cuttings since branches and stumps left out in the open can become projectiles during a storm

In this section you can also find helpful information on what to do after a storm, including important phone numbers for reporting downed powerlines, and tips for staying safe and for preventing further damage to your property.

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Surfside, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Coastal Flooding in Edgewater?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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100 Year Floods in Miami?

According to a recent article published by Scientific American, Miami is considered the most vulnerable coastal city in the world. The article suggests that over the next twenty years we could expect increasing storm surges and winds, 100-year floods occurring every few years, and the sea levels rise.

No matter what the future brings to Edgewater and the Miami Beach area, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach will be here to help our residents and business owners weather any storm. We have supported restoration efforts for many major storms, and we have the experience and equipment necessary to efficiently return your property to preloss condition.

National Storm Resources

As one of over 1700 franchises nationwide, we can mobilize resources to meet the demands of any major storm. We also have access to Disaster Recovery Teams who specialize in mitigating major storm damage and other catastrophic events, like:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond to storm damage emergencies in Edgewater 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Power Failure in Miami Beach?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A dark kitchen is shown with a candle and electric lantern dimly lighting the room during a power outage. We are on call 24 hours a day to assist Miami residents with storm damage emergencies.

Power Outages Happen

Did you know that 97 percent of the problems reported to the Florida Power and Light Company were attributed to power outages? Storms and downed power lines are some of the causes. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been mitigating storm damage in the Miami Beach area for years, and we offer these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for surviving during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary surges or spikes that can cause damage.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage in Miami Beach, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water intrusion in Surfside?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Raindrops are falling and clinging to a window. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Miami Beach!

December storms happen

The Hurricane Season is officially over for 2020, and December marks the beginning of a mild and relatively dry season that lasts until May. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), although December storms are infrequent, storms occur on average about four days in the month and bring about 1.7 inches of rain each year. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach understands how important it is to mitigate storm damage quickly and efficiently. We use advanced equipment and techniques to locate water damage and dry the area rapidly. Here are some tips from our website on what to do until help arrives:

Safety First

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!

Do NOT do this after a flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call Us Today

Surfside residents and commercial business owners know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate storm damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in North Bay Village?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Florida is No Stranger to Flooding

According to an article published in the online news source, The Nation, by the end of this century, Florida will be underwater. The report states that the sea level in Florida had risen 2.8 inches since 1992 and could rise to another 2.8 feet by 2060. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been mitigating flood and storm damage for years in North Bay Village and our emergency response team is on call 24 hours a day and can usually be on-site to begin the cleanup and restoration process within four hours of your call.

The National Fire Protection Association offers these tips on what to do during a flood:

  • If time allows, call someone to let them know where you are going, and check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Stay out of floodwaters, if possible. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.
  • If you have to walk through water, use a stick to check the firmness of the ground ahead of you. Avoid moving water.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas. If your car becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly, and move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

Call Us Today

When North Bay Village residents need help restoring storm damage to preloss condition, they call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach.  Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hurricane Storm Damage in South Beach?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is falling and dripping off of a black umbrella while a person is walking in a lush green setting. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Miami.

This year, 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted multiple climate factors which indicated an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, with a sixty percent chance for an above-normal season. The NOAA expected between thirteen to nineteen named storms, between six to ten hurricanes, and anywhere from three to six major hurricanes.

With forty-three days to go before the end of the hurricane season this year, we have already had twenty-three named storms, eight hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. But the season isn’t over yet, and SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the residents of South Beach to know that we are here to help you with any size storm damage emergency you have.

Our quick emergency response time allows us to mitigate your storm damage and oftentimes reduce the amount and severity of the damage by tarping and boarding up the areas where water is coming into the structure, and by getting your property dry, cleaned, sanitized, and back to pre-storm condition quickly.

Call Us Today

South Beach residents know that they can count on us to safely and quickly restore storm damage to preloss condition. Call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Blown Over by Storm Damage in Miami?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

High winds whip up white caps on the waves off the coast of Miami, Fl. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Miami Beach.

Strange Atlantic Hurricane Season

So far during this strange hurricane season, we have met storms Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, and Fay. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants Miami Beach residents to know that we will respond to any size storm damage emergency you may have, and we are available 24 hours a day, every day, to respond to your call.

Hurricane Fay set a new season record as the earliest storm to be named with the letter “F” since the 1800s. In a recent article written by extreme weather reporter, Brian Kahn, Kahn describes the current hurricane season’s surprising twists and turns. For instance, two storms happened before the official start to the hurricane season, one storm crossed over to the Pacific and returned to the Atlantic and made landfall over Lake Superior, and Fay formed very close to land as Bertha did earlier this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted this year’s hurricane season to have above-normal activity, predicting a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, and a likely range of between 13 to 19 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes. Their forecast also predicts 3 to 6 major hurricanes.

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of storm damage specialists ready to respond to any size storm damage emergency in the Miami Beach area. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach sends storm damage away

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Neighborhood and Nation-wide

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is part of the neighborhood. The owners and the employees live and work next to the people who live and work in Miami Beach. When storms rip through the area, it is our homes, our businesses, our neighborhoods that suffer from storm damage. When disasters drench Miami, we are Here to Help® our neighbors.

No job is too small. One damaged corner of a kitchen or part of a bedroom ceiling looms large for the families who live there.

Not job is too large. If storms damage entire neighborhoods, we enlist the help of one or more of the other 1,700+ franchises.

Call us at (305) 532-5411 for help. SERVPRO of Miami Beach can provide emergency disaster relief at any time. We are available 24 hours/day, for 7 days/week, and 365 days/year.

Specialty Services

In addition to water extraction/drying and remediating storm and water damage for structures, SERVPRO of Miami Beach provides these services:

  • Dry documents safely
  • Restore many photographs
  • Mold mitigation
  • Dry electronics, including computers
  • Replace damaged carpet pads and carpets 
  • Refer to art restoration experts
  • Clean & disinfect upholstery
  • Mitigate storm damage for all types of flooring, including marble and wood
  • Clean & disinfect textiles
  • Disinfect to federal standards
  • Remove odors

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROmiamibeach.com/

Mold Concerns in North Bay Village?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

A closeup of microbial growths are shown in a petri dish. First comes water damage, then comes mold in Miami Beach.

Microbial Growths Oh My!

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), excess water resulting from a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane can encourage mold and microbial growth in homes and commercial buildings. If your home or business was flooded or experienced water damage of any kind, there is a high probability that mold may be present. Mold spores float around in the atmosphere until the right conditions allow them to land and grow, and once they begin growing, they spread rapidly. The good news is that SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has years of experience dealing with mold remediation in North Bay Village and has a team of highly trained mold remediation technicians on call. It is important to know that mold can never be 100 percent eliminated, but it can be controlled. Each mold remediation project will vary depending on the scope of the work to be completed, but the general process remains the same as follows:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Call Us Today

If your home or commercial business requires mold remediation services in North Bay Village, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants to help. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll provide mold cleanup and restoration services “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach stands up to storms

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

daytime in Miami, heavy rain, and palm trees bending in the wind Let SERVPRO of Miami Beach be your umbrella

Miami is a great place for storm watchers! SERVPRO® of Miami Beach knows the weather is glorious more often than not, but those not-glorious days can do a lot of damage. Hurricane Season is upon us, and heavy rains, flash floods, high winds, and lightning strikes are possible any time of the year.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach hopes we all avoid hurricane damage, but we are prepared to remediate damage from any kind of storm.

Home-owners and business owners can rely on SERVPRO of Miami Beach technicians to be able to respond to a storm emergency any time of the day or night. Disasters don’t rest on holidays or after business, so we don’t either. Call (305) 532-5411, and we’ll put a team together. SERVPRO of Miami Beach is Faster to any size disaster because the sooner we start working on recovery, the sooner our clients are living and working in the preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach has technicians with training in recovery from storm damage. Technicians remove all extra moisture, even that saturating the air or hiding within the structure. After the specialists remove the water, they work to restore water-damaged structures and property.  Every team includes people who have the required expertise for recovery from storm damage, such as:

  • Cleaning carpets and upholstery
  • Odor removal 
  • Structural drying
  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces
  • Mold mitigation (if necessary)
  • Fire restoration (if necessary)

Call SERVPRO of Miami Beach at (305) 532-5411, or send a request on our website. 

When fire and water take control of your life,

we help you take it back.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROmiamibeach.com/

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season in Edgewater?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A wind-damaged palm tree lays across the road in front of a commercial building complex in Miami Beach. Our team is ready to respond to any size storm emergency in Miami Beach.

Hurricane Season is Here

Although the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and ends on November 30th each year, hurricanes have been known to occur every month of the year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, (NOAA), the 2020 hurricane season has a 60 percent chance of experiencing above-normal conditions due to:

  • The lack of an El Nino present to suppress hurricane activity
  • Warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea
  • Reduced vertical wind shear
  • Weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds
  • Enhanced west African monsoon

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the residents of Edgewater to know that we have years of experience repairing damage done by hurricanes and other storms and are optimally positioned to respond to any size storm damage emergency. We also have access to our Disaster Recovery Team division. This elite team is comprised of large-loss specialists that are stationed strategically across the United States and can mobilize quickly to respond to any disaster. Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Call Us Today

No matter what size storm damage emergency you may have, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants to help. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about all of our storm cleanup and restoration services in Edgewater.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm preparedness in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

roof damage with sign that says storm damage We can help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Miami Beach. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Miami Beach
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Miami Beach repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 


SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

flashlight casting a beam of light Be prepared in the case of a power outage.

Managing Without Power in Miami Beach

SERVPRO of Miami Beach has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Miami Beach, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up a plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm for you and your pets in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon person near water In case of storms in Miami Beach its important to know what to do and what to bring with you.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Miami Beach:

SERVPRO of Miami Beach has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. You may want to consider, during times of flooding, to pack a bag to have ready in case the worst happens.

Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car.

Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency: 

  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • If medical help is needed, where would I go?
  • Does this facility have a disability ramp access?

Items to bring with you:

  • Written list for emergency contacts
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of medical equipment  
  • Extra battery for a power wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.  
  • Medical bracelets
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List and/or supply of prescription medications

Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Miami Beach, consider:

  • Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

survival kit lettered on gray Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Miami Beach. Evacuation may also be more difficult.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Miami Beach

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Miami Beach. Evacuation may also be more difficult.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.  You can also use it at home.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Miami Beach, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Miami Beach, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Miami Beach, consider the following:  

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

green background with emergency kit items Make sure yo have an emergency kit ready for any kind of storm situation.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Miami Beach.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Miami Beach. 

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Miami Beach will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Miami Beach, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals. 

What to do if you have PTSD during Thunderstorms and Lightning in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

lightning on a purple sky During a thunder and lightning storm, please take care and be safe.

PTSD and Thunderstorms & Lightning in Miami Beach

Almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach offers these guides to Coping with PTSD During Storms:  

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Miami Beach

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

Why So Much "SERVPRO Green" in Miami Beach After a Storm?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers painted Miami and Miami Beach green with their trucks and equipment, following Hurricane Irma in September, 2017.

South Florida experienced its first hurricane in more than a decade, last September (2017). In the times since, many people have remarked to us, "we're seeing your trucks all over the place!"

SERVPRO does indeed have a big presence in Miami Beach, Miami and all throughout South Florida. However the SERVPRO presence was multiplied many times over thanks to our coordinated "Storm Team" efforts. 

Simply put, when a storm like the hurricane that hit South Florida becomes a threat, crews and teams from around the country jump up to converge on our market to help people out.  After Hurricane Irma, hundreds of SERVPRO workers from as far as Washington State, California and New York to help out our local neighbors.

These crews helped produce millions of dollars in work -- work that local providers were not able to produce due to the incredible demand for mitigation services.

Keep this in mind for future storms. Call our office early, and fast, to get on the SERVPRO Storm Team list. This will get you service -- either by us, your local provider, or by one of our sister franchises who have come from another area. There were many happy customers -- customers who tried to call other providers but could not receive service due to the excess demand.

SERVPRO Storm Commercial

Turning a Mold Problem Into a Good Thing in Miami

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

graphic with facts about mold The independent assessor on this project reported zero spores following SERVPRO of Miami Beach's remediation efforts.

The glass can be half full.  And there can be silver linings on a cloud floating over your Miami-area home or business.

Of course it's not the greatest circumstance to encounter mold at your home or business.  However, there is something very good that can come out of it.  It CAN be cleaned. Moreover, at the end of the process, a homeowner or business owner can quantitatively know that their property is cleaner than ever.

How can we know this? We can know this via laboratory results. As one example, see this picture -- after completing a mold job we brought in a Florida-licensed mold assessor to test the quality of the post-remediation environment.  It's hard to beat the results seen here -- the independent assessor conducted 3 air sample tests.  The laboratory that processed the samples found not a single spore in the remediated spaces.

This Miami customer breathed a sigh of relief, mostly because she has children. She simply wanted to know that her property was safe, for the kids. Customers can face all types of fear when they have a contamination problem. This is one of the most valid, as children are among the most vulnerable of the population when it comes to mold. Other groups that are particularly vulnerable are the elderly, and the immuno-compromised.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach isn't always perfect. But at least we were able to deliver a silver lining to our customer in the form of a clean, remediated Miami home.

Miami Beach Mold Customers: Learn the benefits of "Negative Air"

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

wall with containment The little room we created with support poles and heavy plastic seen here is under negative air pressure.

Hopefully you will hear your remediator in Miami discuss the topic of "negative air" when planning out your mold remediation job.

Negative air is a commonly misunderstood concept, yet critical to implement.  It refers to negative air pressurization. For our purposes, it is an important practice to implement when conducting mold remediation jobs, to prevent cross contamination. In other words, negative air pressurization is used to make sure that contaminants don't go into surrounding areas, beyond the work zone where demolition is taking place.

Take a look at the attached photo. Most noticeably you'll see a temporary room cordoned off by heavy plastic. As you can imagine, our SERVPRO team was conducting demolition in this area. The plastic of course is designed to help keep contaminants that spring free when tearing out walls. However it isn't the only tool we use. Check out how the plastic is sucking in toward the insides of the little temporary room we created. This is because we established negative air, by sending out of the little room filtered air through a HEPA-filtered air scrubber. As a result, the air pressure (air flow) is rushing from outside the barrier (the clean areas) toward the dirty work zone areas. This prevents contaminants from spreading.

Many people even in our industry don't understand the term. If you have a project ongoing and are concerned that maybe your remediator isn't altogether sure of what he or she is doing, give us a call at (305) 532-5411 for a free consultation, we'll be happy to help out. Or, you could email us at jhrbek@SERVPROmiamibeach.com

Miami Property Owners: Know the Difference Between Flood and Homeowners Insurance

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water that rolls into a property from the outside ground may not constitute a covered event by homeowners insurance.

Pretty much everyone we meet in Miami, Miami Beach and Surfside gets confused about one topic in particular: the differences between flood insurance and homeowners insurance.

The differences are substantial, and most definitely worth reviewing. Our first piece of advice is to consult with your insurance agent to understand the differences in your policies, so you know what covers what ... and what might NOT be covered.

Typically, flood insurance pays for damages caused by the rising of a body of water that covers normally dry land. For example, if heavy rains cause a river to overflow and the waters from this river rise up and enter your property from the ground, this would be a "flood" and you would likely tap your flood insurance policy for coverage; homeowners insurance would not apply. On the other hand, if a toilet supply line burst in your property and spread water into your home, the opposite would be true. 

These distinctions are critical for many reasons. Chief among them is the fact that many people think they are covered for both types of losses by having one type of policy, alone. This can be a costly mistake! Among the other important distinctions: In our experience at SERVPRO of Miami Beach, flood,insurance policies tend to be far less forgiving. The flood insurance programs tend to not cover many necessary elem to of a cleanup bill, and a property owner can end up being responsible for a larger portion of a cleanup bill compared to a standard homeowner loss.

These distinctions are increasingly important especially for property owners and property managers on coastal areas such as Miami Beach and Surfside, which are seeing higher incidences of flood losses.

Apologies for the cliche, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Being educated on these important distinctions is the first step toward securing that ounce of prevention.

SERVPRO Franchises Will Paint Miami Beach Green in the Event of Major Storm

6/4/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Andrew was a major storm that high Miami and Miami Beach in 1992. Much smaller storms could pose problems for property owners in the future.

Miami, Miami Beach and Southeast Florida have been lucky in recent years, avoiding the wrath of hurricanes. However that, of course, hasn't always been the case.  Nor will it likely be the case in the future. 

Property owners need to be aware of what exactly happens.

Take it from our experience - even lower-category hurricanes could devastate the area, and professional help might not be available.

Truth be told, every local firm like ours will be at capacity within minutes of the arrival of a major storm. There will be enough work to go around for weeks. This is exactly what happened in 2014, during a devastating cold freeze in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.  Homes up there flooded due to pipe breakages -- property owners called local providers for up to a week, with no response for service because all providers were at capacity.

Problem is, your property needs help now. That's where SERVPRO'S national "Storm Team" resources come into play. SERVPRO has 1,700 franchises across the country -- many of them will send trained technicians and equipment to the area to service the excess demand.  There is no other restoration company that can provide this depth of service. All you need to do is call us at SERVPRO of Miami Beach, (305) 532-5411, and your job will be put on a queue. If we are at capacity, your loss will be handled by one of the storm team crews who arrived here from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or Tennessee.

We've provided assistance to those states in the past, and were able to help people at a time of need. We know our brothers and sisters in those areas will be just as glad to give a helping hand when local resources are tapped out following a major storm.

Miami Beach Be Ready: Above-Average Storm Activity Predicted in '17

6/4/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Matthew was supposed to hit Miami Beach and Miami. However it veered off course, and made landfall further north in 2016.

Hurricane Matthew was supposed to hit us in the Miami and Miami Beach areas in 2016. But once again we threaded the needle, avoiding complications.

Only time will tell how Miami and Miami Beach will fare in 2017.  But nationally,  forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, forecasters are predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Already there has been a storm -- before the 2017 season began on June 1. It was named Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.

Commercial property owners are urged to call us at SERVPRO of Miami Beach for help with readiness -- already SERVPROs across the country have produced tens of thousands of "Emergency Ready Plans," which is a helpful tool to guide property managers at a time of disaster. Just give us a call at (305) 532-5411 to inquire about this complimentary service.

Hopefully we're not going to need the preparation in 2017 here in Miami and Miami Beach. But we'll be glad we have it in the event of a storm!

Air Quality & Your Health

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

close up of a mold spore Streptococcus Pneumoniae

Many people are surprised to hear that typically, air quality is much worse indoors than outdoors.  This is a big concern, especially to people with respiratory health concerns who spend the majority of their time inside. Usually indoor air quality is worse because it circulates in a closed system.  We keep breathing the same air over and over again, and 'dirty' air doesn't get a chance to leave the building envelope and be replaced with cleaner air. As building technologies improve, this is ironically becoming a bigger concern -- building envelopes are built tighter than ever to save energy when cooling or heating an indoor space. 

But just because outdoor air is usually cleaner, that doesn't mean we're in the clear when heading outside.  There are concerns about outdoor air quality, as well. Researchers at the University of Leicester just revealed the results of a four-year study showing new information about how

“Our research could initiate an entirely new understanding of how air pollution affects human health," said Dr. Julie Morrissey, of the University of Leicester.  "It will lead to enhancement of research to understand how air pollution leads to severe respiratory problems and perturbs the environmental cycles essential for life.”

The key points of the study, released in March 2017:

(1.) Air pollution can change the way bacteria behave and can change their potential to cause disease.

(2.) Interdisciplinary research discovers new mechanism of how air pollution is detrimental to our health and well-being

(3.) Developing megacities with extreme levels of air pollution are major risk factors for human health in many parts of the world.

To see more on this interesting report, click here."

Will Your Homeowner's Insurance Be Able to Cover Damages if the 'Big One' Hits?

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Some 25,000 houses were completely destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in Miami-Dade County. Another 100,000 were severely damaged.

Below is a link to an excellent article in The Miami Herald pertaining to the viability of property insurance companies in Florida.  The industry has suffered some blows in recent times.  At the same time, Miami, Miami Beach and Southeast Florida in general up through 2017 have experienced an extended period of time without a major hurricane hitting the state, sparing the industry of a major catastrophic financial liability.  However in 2016 two storms did hit the state, the first storms to make landfall in Florida since 2015.  This has lulled many Miami and Miami Beach residents and property owners into a false sense of security. Since we haven't had a major event in awhile, many just assume that the money will be there if 'the big one' hits South Florida this year.

We know this is a high-level concern for many of our customers. Take a look to see how your insurance company is holding up:

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