Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

An Air Quality Day is Forecast in the NY Region for Today!

Posted on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:35 AM
(Monday, June 28, 2010)

URGENT!

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today (Monday, June 28, 2010) is an Air Quality Action Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit the Clean Air NY Web site for more information http://app.streamsend.com/c/11868351/358/BTDvCz2/O8S8?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleanairny.org%2FLocalAirQuality%2FDefault.aspx). While today is still a day when people can go about most of their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ozone.

Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action Days to prevent pollution:

  • Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips. This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution emitted from your vehicle.
  • Take the subway, bus or train when possible.
  • Postpone unnecessary trips. Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.
  • Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.
  • Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank teller drive-thru.
  • Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air quality is better.
  • Forward this message to your family and friends.

 

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR (1-877-458-8247).

Clean Air NY is sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

Tags: air quality, advanced restoration, clean air, air testing, ny, forecast, respiratory, heart conditions

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Surprises Long Island Family in a Unique Fashion, Via the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium With Ty Pennington and Alure President Sal Ferro

Posted on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 @ 12:03 PM

  

EAST MEADOW, N.Y., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- ABC's Emmy-winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has selected the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY, in the Town of Brookhaven as the recipient of a Long Island Extreme Makeover set to begin this Tuesday. The show helps change the lives of families and inspire remarkable community support, traveling around the country each week, by finding a local builder to help bring a community together to build a new home for a deserving family in less than a week.

Unlike the show's traditional early morning door knock, Ty Pennington made the announcement to the family at Yankee Stadium on the Jumbotron prior to the NY Yankees vs. the NY Mets game this afternoon. Sal Ferro, President/CEO Alure Home of Alure Home Improvements, stormed the field from the dugout followed by hundreds of blue shirt volunteer workers to join Pennington along with the rest of the show's design team and several New York Yankees baseball players.

Unable to have any children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome.  After the couple passed away, their daughter Kathleen, gladly gave up her career and came home to take care of her six Down siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and other siblings. Kathleen's health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. Nothing can dampen the spirits of this cheerful group. They love to sing and dance, cook and play games together. However, the crumbling condition of their 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical is unsafe, water leaks everywhere and there is mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. They are local celebrities and the community rallies and have taken place to help them in every way. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where the band-aids are not enough. The Down siblings will not grow up and move away, they will not have the ability to marry or to drive cars. They need their home to be a safe and permanent one, with everything on hand to accommodate their special needs.

Alure Home Improvements of East Meadow N.Y., has volunteered to lead the build. This is Alure's eighth project for the inspiring show since 2004. While Alure is the main builder and a major contributor, each of the makeovers rely on numerous volunteers and on tremendous community support. All of Long Island is invited to witness this amazing experience. Alure is encouraging the entire Long Island community to come out and support the crews working 24/7 to build a new home for this deserving family. While over 1000 volunteers have already signed up, there still may be more unexpected needs as the build begins on Tuesday.

Alure will also coordinate a food drive for the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) who will collect canned or packaged food donations at the makeover site all week long.  The company is also working on facilitating a special project to provide children under the age of (18) eighteen (who normally are not allowed to work on the site due to safety reasons) an opportunity to get involved with helping to create some type of artwork that will be presented as gift to the family at the end of the week.

"We are thrilled that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has selected a Long Island family for this makeover and we are excited to not only make a difference in the lives of the deserving Lutz family, but to also play a major role in inspiring the Long Island community to come together for a great cause. Even before the family was announced, we've been overwhelmed with a huge amount of community support from Long Islanders wanting to help without them even having any idea of who they would be helping. Seeing the love and support surrounding this family will make this experience even that much more special," Sal Ferro.

The location address is: 12 Ringneck Lane, East Setauket, NY 11733

Parking to access the site is at 17 N Belle Mead in East Setauket. Shuttles will be provided when the spectator area opens sometime on Tuesday. Check the fan page Monday for more information.

MEDIA - There will be a builder-family Press conference at 6pm today at the house, where Sal Ferro, the family and the executives from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be available.

For information on how to volunteer time and/or donate resources or to follow the build all week on Alure's fan page, visit Alure's website at http://www.alure.com/ and click on the Extreme Long Island link or email  extremelongisland@alure.com

Alure Home Improvements has been building dreams since 1946, and specializes in kitchens, baths, finished basements, siding, windows, roofing, sunrooms, handyman services, home energy performance, dormers and extensions.  In business since 1946, Alure prides itself on friendly and knowledgeable salespeople, creative designers, meticulous installers, and superior lifetime customer service.  Alure's Long Island showroom is located at 1999 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, NY. For more information about Alure, call 877-44-ALURE or visit http://www.alure.com/

The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

SOURCE Alure Home Improvements

Tags: Extreme Makeover Home Edition, lutz, reconstruction, restoration, alure

Why Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Is Already Positioned to Take Building Deconstruction Lead

Posted on Sat, Jun 05, 2010 @ 04:11 PM

 

disaster kleenup international,trust the triangle,

Advanced Restoration Corporation is a proud member company of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI).  DKI is North America's largest disaster restoration services organization made up of a network of the leading independently owned and operated disaster restoration companies with over 400 hundred locations throughout North America. 

Sustainable development is the most vibrant and powerful force to impact the building design and construction field in more than a decade.   And Building Deconstruction is the first step in the sustainable building process. 

Building Deconstruction is much more labor intensive than standard bulldozer style demolition.  Great care must be taken to preserve the value of the materials that we are deconstructing.  Most contractors do not have the built in training that restoration contractors already have in taking the care and patience that is needed to deconstruct, let alone deal with an insurance claim involving property damage.  As a restoration contractor, my technicians are trained to carefully remove undamaged building materials to facilitate the mitigation or remediation of the damaged building materials while still protecting their value for reinstallation once the reconstruction portion of the claim begins.  It is second nature to restoration technicians to disassemble a kitchen to facilitate the drying of the structure behind the finished building materials.  This is not something we have to learn.  We already know how to deconstruct on a smaller scale.  Our skills just need to be fined tuned to where it becomes second nature.    

DKI understands that in today’s environment, individuals and organizations continually strive to do their part in building or creating green environments.

DKI has pioneered this movement by being the first and only disaster restoration and reconstruction organization to be green risk certified in building reconstruction and restoration services. 

DKI is the only Green Certified Services Organization that is adequately trained to provide a superior level of knowledge, expertise, professionalism and customer service to property owners, managers, facility directors, and insurers of green buildings.  Not only does DKI understand the makeup of green buildings, products used in green buildings, rating systems and insurance coverage as it relates to these elements, but DKI can ensure that if a green building  sustains damage, the building will be restored using the most efficient green products in the marketplace.

I believe that DKI and its member companies are already poised to take the lead in Building Deconstruction and Material Reuse.  By forming a partnership with The Reuse People of America at no cost to DKI and its member companies, DKI would become part of the largest building deconstruction organization in the United States. 

DKI Benefits from Partnership by:

  • Partnership with Deconstruction Industry Leader to become part of the largest building deconstruction and material reuse organization in the country by far
  • The ReUse People handle all the material donations and paperwork.  DKI Member companies stick to what they do best which is material handling and building deconstruction
  • Additional revenue stream during slow summer months in the Restoration Industry
  • Free On Site Building Deconstruction training
  • Positioned as the leader to promote building deconstruction and material reuse to the Insurance Industry before it becomes mainstream

The ReUse People Benefit from Partnership by:

  • Partnering with Restoration Industry Leader become part of the largest building deconstruction and material reuse organization in the country by far
  • Expansion into previously unthinkable DKI member company markets
  • Don’t have to waste time vetting companies in each new market.  DKI stands behind each member company
  • Many more avenues for promotion of building deconstruction and material reuse


Just by signing a piece of paper, Disaster Kleenup International can re-affirm their reputation as the Restoration Industry's Green Leader and be a force for the sustainable development and future of our world. 

Hopefully DKI doesn't wait too long and have one of our corporate competitors swoop in and steal the mantle......

 

Tags: the reuse people, dki, building material reuse, material reuse, disaster kleenup international, insurance industry, building deconstruction, reuse long island

TODAY Has Been Declared an Air Quality Action Day!

Posted on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

URGENT!
An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, June 4, 2010).

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that
today (Friday, June 4, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
the Clean Air NY Web site for more information
http://www.cleanairny.org/LocalAirQuality/Default.aspx). While
today is still a day when people can go about most of
their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
the effects of ozone.

Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
Days to prevent pollution:

Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
emitted from your vehicle.

Take the subway, bus or train when possible.

Postpone unnecessary trips.

Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.

Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.

Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
teller drive-thru.

Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
quality is better.

Forward this message to your family and friends.

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR
(1-877-458-8247).

Clean Air NY is sponsored by the New York State Department of
Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

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source. Whether you drive or take public transit, click here for
precisely what you need, or simply dial 511 on your phone.

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NOAA Expects Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

Posted on Tue, Jun 01, 2010 @ 04:32 PM

hurricane

An "active to extremely active" hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued today by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center - a division of the National Weather Service. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in place.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is projecting a 70 percent probability of the following ranges:

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall. In short, we urge everyone to be prepared."

The outlook ranges exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Expected factors supporting this outlook are:

  • Upper atmospheric winds conducive for storms. Wind shear, which can tear apart storms, will be weaker since El Niño in the eastern Pacific has dissipated. Strong wind shear helped suppress storm development during the 2009 hurricane season.
  • Warm Atlantic Ocean water. Sea surface temperatures are expected to remain above average where storms often develop and move across the Atlantic. Record warm temperatures - up to four degrees Fahrenheit above average - are now present in this region.
  • High activity era continues. Since 1995, the tropical multi-decadal signal has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions in sync, leading to more active hurricane seasons. Eight of the last 15 seasons rank in the top ten for the most named storms with 2005 in first place with 28 named storms.

"The main uncertainty in this outlook is how much above normal the season will be. Whether or not we approach the high end of the predicted ranges depends partly on whether or not La Niña develops this summer," said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. "At present we are in a neutral state, but conditions are becoming increasingly favorable for La Niña to develop."

"FEMA is working across the administration and with our state and local partners to ensure we're prepared for hurricane season," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "But we can only be as prepared as the public, so it's important that families and businesses in coastal communities take steps now to be ready. These include developing a communications plan, putting together a kit, and staying informed of the latest forecasts and local emergency plans. You can't control when a hurricane or other emergency may happen, but you can make sure you're ready."

The president recently designated May 23-29, 2010, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. NOAA and FEMA encourage those living in hurricane-prone states to use this time to review their overall preparedness. More information on individual and family preparedness can be found at http://www.ready.gov/ and http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml.

NOAA scientists will continue to monitor evolving conditions in the tropics and will issue an updated hurricane outlook in early August, just prior to what is historically the peak period for hurricane activity.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit NOAA on Facebook.

Article Source: NOAA

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