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

DKI Chosen as Dry Down Vendor for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Posted on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 @ 02:15 PM
dki,disaster kleenup international,extreme makeover: home edition,dry down,abc's extreme makeover,extreme makeover,dki member companiesWood Dale, IL– Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that it has been selected as the dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of the popular ABC series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a reality television series that provides home renovations for deserving families. Host Ty Pennington takes viewers through each episode, featuring a family that faces a recent or ongoing hardship, such as a natural disaster or a family member with a life-threatening illness.

DKI Member Companies are traveling across the country to provide drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. DKI will participate in 22 builds throughout the season.

Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now entering its 8th season. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC and will premiere on September 26, 2010.

About DKI

Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, is the largest disaster restoration organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 741-7262.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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.

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Disaster Kleenup International's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Press Release

Posted on Thu, Sep 09, 2010 @ 05:08 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Advanced Restoration Corporation is Proud Participant in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 

(Wood Dale, IL, September 9, 2010) – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company, Advanced Restoration Corporation of West Babylon, NY, is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY. 

Unable to have 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, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six 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 suddenly and 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 siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. 

The crumbling condition of the Lutz’s 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical was unsafe, water leaked everywhere and there was mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. They need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stepped in and worked to replace their house with a brand new home that allows them to finally be together again in a safe environment. 

Advanced Restoration Corporation assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of June 20, 2010 in East Setauket, New York. 

Advanced Restoration Corporation has been providing insurance restoration services throughout the state of New York since 1990 and has been a Member of DKI since 2009. 

DKI is the selected dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold. The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now entering its 8th season. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

 

 

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About Advanced Restoration Corporation

Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, is a family-owned and operated full service emergency response property damage and disaster restoration company. Advanced Restoration Corporation has a combined 75 years experience in dealing with fire & smoke damage restoration, building deconstruction & building material reuse, & , and emergency board ups & roof tarping. Advanced Restoration Corporation services Long Island (Nassau County, NY; Suffolk County, NY, the Hamptons & East End) and the New York City areas. For more information about Advanced Restoration, visit their website at www.AdvancedRestoration.com or call the company at (800) 693-6263.

 

About DKI

Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, is the largest disaster restoration organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 741-7262.

 

About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

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.

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Fireman's Fund Expands Green Insurance to Educational Institutions

Posted on Tue, Sep 07, 2010 @ 09:41 AM

insurance journal,green insurance,insurance,fireman's fund,green insurance policy,educational facilities,long island,new york,advanced restoration corporationFireman's Fund Insurance Co. is broadening its commercial green insurance appetite to include public and private schools, colleges and universities, and trade and vocational schools.

With Green-Gard commercial building coverages from Fireman's Fund, schools can replace standard systems and materials with green alternatives after a loss. In the event of a total loss, Fireman's Fund will pay the cost to rebuild as a green certified building. If the property is already green-certified it will benefit from a 5 percent premium discount on its regular insurance coverage. In the case of a loss, Fireman's Fund protects the school's green investment with coverage by allowing it to attain certification at one level above the certified green building level prior to the loss or damage.

"To meet the emerging sustainability needs of schools, Fireman's Fund will now offer comprehensive green insurance coverage. Whether the schools have built green buildings, made green renovations or want to rebuild green in the event of a loss, Fireman's Fund provides the premier insurance solutions for these financial and environmental investments," said Stephen Bushnell, senior director of emerging industries at Fireman's Fund.

As reason for the program expansion, the insurer said public schools spend $6 billion every year on energy, the second highest expense following salaries, while colleges and universities spend approximately $2 billion on utility bills according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has found that a green building typically uses 30 percent to 50 percent less energy and 30 percent less water, which can free up critical funds to support schools' core mission. USGBC data also shows that schools that have made green renovations save nearly $100,000 per year.

Going green also means attracting and retaining quality students and faculty for colleges and universities, the company said. The Princeton Review found that 68 percent of high school students are looking for a green campus in their search for their best fit college.

"Colleges and universities have long been on the leading edge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy costs and their overall impact on the environment. A green campus not only conserves energy and makes a statement on climate change, it also reduces utility costs which can make a dramatic impact on a school's bottom line," said Bushnell.

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Long Island: Protect Yourself from West Nile

Posted on Mon, Sep 06, 2010 @ 10:43 AM

At the halfway point in the August and September season for mosquito-borne diseases, state health officials remind Hoosiers to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from the West Nile virus.

Two human cases of West Nile virus were reported this week -- one each in Allen and Marion counties. In addition, mosquito groups in 31 counties have tested positive for the virus.

"These two cases, along with the recent increase in positive West Nile virus mosquitoes, do cause some concern," said Jennifer House, veterinary epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health.

Mosquito-transmitted diseases commonly occur when mosquitoes are more active because of hot weather, House said.

Northwest Indiana has reported only two batches of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County and one each in Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties.

"Mosquitoes in Indiana can spread several different diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (one of the deadliest forms), St. Louis encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis. All have the potential to cause serious illnesses," House said.

According to www.statehealth .in.gov , West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from three to 15 days after the bite.

Culex mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, breed in places like ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused wading pools and other containers, particularly if they are in the shade.

No bird or equine West Nile infections have been confirmed in Indiana, but two batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for deadly Eastern equine encephalitis in Elkhart County.

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When Hurricanes Strike Suffolk County, NY...Code RED is Ready!

Posted on Thu, Sep 02, 2010 @ 08:25 AM

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The Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification system. Suffolk will use this system to contact Suffolk Residence in the event of an actual or impending emergency, like Hurricane Earl.   
   
The CodeRED emergency notification system is an extremely high speed telephone communication service that can deliver customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to SuffolkCounty homes and business at the proven capacity of millions of calls per day. Code Red also has high speed email and text messaging capability

The CodeRED system incorporates a mapping tool that will allow Suffolk Emergency Managers to send notifications to specific geographic areas by selecting them on a map. In addition with CodeRED we will be able to send notifications to predefined geographic areas such as villages, townships or zip codes.
 

CodeRED has provided SuffolkCounty with a calling data base that includes the residences and businesses within the county. To further enhance accuracy SuffolkCounty has supplemented this database with the data from our 911 call system. In addition the Suffolk Code Red system allows Suffolk residence to register two phone numbers and one email address to receive notifications. We urge all individuals and businesses to log onto the secure Suffolk County Community Notification Enrolment to add or update their contact information to ensure that they will be included when a message is sent.  The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.

Click the link below to Sign Up to Receive Emergency Notifications  from the Suffolk County Code Red Emergency Notifcataion System: 
https://login.coderedweb.com/codereddataentry/Default.aspx?groupid=%2baCHAGsI63WWVa6aL1efKg%3d%3d

For more information on CODE RED, visit Suffolk County's Emergency Mangement CODE RED page.  

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