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Disaster Kleanup International Names New Director of Marketing

Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 09:28 AM

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                                           DKI: North America's Largest Disaster Restoration Organization

                                                             DKI Names Mary Smith as Director of Marketing 

Mary Smith is a marketing communications veteran with twenty years of experience in various industries including the fitness, wellness, and entertainment fields. She is well versed in marketing, public relations, event management, advertising, promotional products, and branding.

Previous to this role Smith held the position of Director of Marketing for Nautilus, the fitness manufacturing icon. She was responsible for creating a domestic and international marketing program and creative strategy for the company. She also managed all trade shows and special projects.

"We are very excited to have Mary join the DKI team. Her extensive marketing communications experience will be a perfect fit for DKI's direction and business needs. It is my feeling that Mary will very quickly become an asset to our growing leadership team," said Dan Cassara, DKI President and CEO.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa and received her Master of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois.

Smith will be based in the company's National Headquarters in Wood Dale, Illinois.

About DKI

Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Member Companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, 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, LLC, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Mary Smith at (630) 350-3000.

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The Power of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI)

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 @ 12:29 PM

It has been awhile since our last blog post.  In that time we have seen a few disasters hit the Long Island and New York City metropolitan area.  There was the flooding due to heavy rains on August 14th and Hurricane Irene that blew through here a few weeks later.  Unfortunately, both instances caused severe property damage to many homes and businesses throughout our area. 

Advanced Restoration's call volume increased 800% over those 2 months compared to the same time last year when there was no severe weather occurrences.  Our staff handled the tremendous increase in workload with the usual care and professionalism our clients are used to.  They were tremendous in assisting the plethora of very upset and distraught home and business owners. But honestly we would not have been able to pull it all off without our association with Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), which we have been a Member Company of for over 3 years. 

For those of you who might not be familiar with DKI here is a recap. 

Disaster Kleenup International is North America’s largest property damage restoration contracting organization.  Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) was founded in 1974 by a small group of restoration contractors seeking the benefits of a collaborative business and personal network.  In the early years of its history, the DKI organization focused on providing networking opportunities for Members and establishing a reputation in the marketplace for high-quality property restoration.  The DKI organization has expanded its offerings to include educational and training programs, co-operative buying opportunities, national networking events, corporate branding and marketing efforts and much more. 

The ability to provide quality disaster response planning and emergency response services to clients throughout the United States and Canada is a main reason that DKI is North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organizations.  With over 400 service locations throughout the United States and Canada DKI is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  DKI members return damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our customers.

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If it was not for this association we would not have been able to service the influx of calls we received during those catastrophes.  On Sunday August 14th, the first two calls we received utilized over 250 pieces of our drying equipment.  Between those two jobs and all our running jobs we only had a few more pieces of equipment left to service all the other calls that were coming into our office.  I placed a call to DKI Member Company Royal Plus in Maryland, and less than 8 hours later they had an eighteen wheeler filled with over 750 pieces of drying equipment at our office to help us service all our customers.  The truck was onsite here at my office for just under two weeks.  And when Hurricane Irene hit Long Island, Royal Plus sent that truck back up again so we could service all our clients that were affected.  Also with the other New York DKI Member Companies, we were referring losses to each other based upon our geographical area.  It was all about servicing the client while putting aside each companies personal interests.

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Besides the equipment rental, every DKI Member is always around to give me their advice or share an experience that they learned from.  I have learned so much just from the Member Companies in the DKI Northeast Chapter.  It has been invaluable. 

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New York DKI Member Companies Create NewYorkDKIMembers.org

Posted on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 @ 10:25 AM

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NewYorkDKIMembers.org consists of New York Member Companies of Disaster Kleenup International, Inc. (DKI)DKI is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America. New York DKI Member Companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

Disaster Kleenup International was founded in 1974 by a small group of restoration contractors seeking the benefits of a collaborative business and personal network. Led by the late Ed York in the 70's, Martin Berry in the 80's, and Derry Strong on the 90's, the DKI network established a reputation in the market for high quality property restoration services throughout the United States and Canada.

Led today by Dale Sailer, President and CEO of Disaster Kleenup International and its parent company DKI Services Corporation since 2002, DKI is proud to be North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization.

New York DKI Member Companies are dedicated to ensuring a smooth and comprehensive recovery of your property throughout the entire mitigation and restoration process. Our years of experience have given us the ability to complete the most extensive large loss recovery projects.

As North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America, DKI is committed to providing exceptional customer service, disaster response planning and emergency response services across the United States and Canada.

DKI returns damaged risk to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to all of our customers.

DKI Loss Services is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to assist with full-service emergency planning, emergency response and restoration services. These include emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more. 

DKI holds itself to the highest standards in the industry

- Response time of 2 hours or less for emergency services
- Comprehensive claims management processing platform
- Over $1.5 billion in restoration work annually
- Largest inventory of equipment in North America
- Unparalleled coverage with over 350 services locations
- One in six Certified Restorers® is a DKI Member

 

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

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

 

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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......

 

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Learn How EPA Lead Regulations Impacts New York Insurance Industry

Posted on Sun, May 16, 2010 @ 09:14 PM
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New York DKI Member Companies Host Seminars On How the New EPA Lead Regulations Will Impact the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.

In April 2010, new rules on lead contamination developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went into effect for contractors that disturb painted surfaces in buildings constructed prior to 1978. These Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) regulations require all contractors to:

  • Become an EPA certified firm
  • Have certified lead renovators on staff
  • Check painted surfaces to determine if they contain lead
  • Utilize specific types of engineering controls, containments and work practices
  • Perform specific cleaning tasks, verification and test their work area

Unfortunately, these new EPA Lead Regulations will have a major impact on the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.  Insurance Companies, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Adjusters will all have to adjust to the new regulations that are now required of restoration contractors on property damage claims in structures built before 1979.

Please visit New York DKI Member Company Website for the Lead Seminars

Register In Advance.  Registration is Mandatory.

                                                On the Web:     http://www.dki.li/

                                                By Phone:         1-800-734-9947

                                                By Email:   [email protected]

Dates: Thursday June 17th, 2010 @ Westchester Hills Golf Club

           Friday June 18th, 2010 @ Brookville Country Club

Time:  Registration @ 8:30am

            Seminar @ 9am - 1pm

            Lunch @ 1pm - 2pm

Continental Breakfast and Snacks Served

 
New York DKI Member Companies are fully trained and certified to handle ALL lead issues that may arise on property damage claims. 
 
 
About New York DKI Member Companies – The New York Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member Companies sponsoring the seminars on the new EPA Lead Regulations service Long Island and New York City.
 
 

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Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America.  DKI member companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

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About Dr. Michael Pinto: CSP CMP CEO Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc.

dr. michael pinto wonder makers ceo,epa lead certified trainerWonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 150 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.

 

Dr. Michael Pinto Wins Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Martin L. King Award 
 
Given annually, the Martin L. King Award recognizes an individual's exceptional service and dedication to the restoration industry. Pinto was honored for his efforts as an industry instructor on a variety of environmental and restoration topics, his monthly column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine as well as articles in other industry publications, his innate ability to take complex issues and distill them down to their essential points, his unwavering efforts to consistently advocate for "doing things right," and for supporting the industry and practices that truly do "make it better" for everyone.
Martin King, CR, ASA, RIA's technical advisor and creator of the Certified RestorerSM program said, "In this instance, instead of honoring the recipient with this award, the award is honored by its recipient."
 

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Town of Babylon to Compete In Global Green Challenge

Posted on Sun, May 02, 2010 @ 03:28 PM

 

The town of Babylon, NY (a Long Island suburb of New York City) has been chosen to participate in a prestigious Global Green Competition organized by Sir Richard Branson.

The town is one of 15 municipalities worldwide chosen in the first wave the Carbon War Room’s Green Capital Global Challenge. The Carbon War Room is a non-profit organization aimed at identifying opportunities to cut costs and carbon emissions. It was co-founded by the Virgin Group’s Branson and six other entrepreneurs.

The challenge is a two-year program seeking to boost capital and resources into city-led efficiency initiatives. Babylon was chosen due to the popularity of its Long Island Green Homes program, which provides low-interest loans to town homeowners who wish to make their houses more energy efficient. The program has been used an example for other municipalities to follow.

Along with Babylon, participant cities include Atlanta; Burlington, Vt.; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Gainesville, Fla., New York City; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Washington, D.C.; Toronto; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; London; Birmingham, England; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

The competition is aimed at driving the cities to find ways to reduce energy costs, create green jobs and improve the quality of life for their residents.

“In this time of uncertainty around the ability to resolve our governments to lead the planet to low-carbon prosperity, it is up to businesses and cities to step up and assume responsibility,” Branson said in a statement. “Mayors are the entrepreneurs of the civic world who realize their pivotal role in the fight against climate change.”

The challenged kicked off at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and will run until the summer of 2012. Results will be announced then in London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics. A second wave of cities will also be named by the end of this year.

Babylon town officials said they were psyched to be able to participate in a program along with such big cities like London, Copenhagen and New York City.

“Working with Carbon War Room, we will establish program discipline, uniform loan products and demand drivers that will result in unprecedented market penetration of energy efficiency,” Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone said. “To be doing this in the company of larger cities, like our neighbor New York, will be a major game changer.”

by Michael H. Samuels LI Business News
Published: April 28, 2010

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2010 Hurricane Season Forecast

Posted on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 @ 09:10 PM
 
The 2010 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean will begin on June 1, 2010, and end on November 30, 2010. Atlantic hurricanes affect the eastern and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and the Caribbean nations. Those with interests in hurricane-prone areas must heed federal and state advice on preparedness, the season in general, and each specific storm in the season.

Latest 2010 Hurricane Forecast Predictions
An Above-Average Hurricane Season:


* On April 7, 2010, Colorado State University issued its annual report on the year's hurricane forecast predictions.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/6 University forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach each stated that El Nino conditions will likely dissipate by summer. In addition they believe that the warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will not drop and will remain at the current temperatures. These temperatures have reportedly been much warmer than usual. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/7 Because of this phenomenon, Gray and Klotzbach indicate that the 2010 hurricane season will be above-average. Specifically, they said that the warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures will "lead to favorable conditions for hurricanes to develop and intensify.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/8


Eight Major Hurricanes Expected


* Colorado State University's forecasters, Gray and Klotzbach, have also reported that eight hurricanes are expected for the 2010 season.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/9 Four of the season's hurricanes are expected to strengthen and become major hurricanes. This means that these four, if they do in fact become major hurricanes, would ultimately receive a rating of at least a category 3 storm.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/10 Category 3 storms are defined by the Saffir-Simpson scale. The Saffir-Simpson scale indicates that such a storm must have winds of at least 111mph; and that these winds be sustained for a period of time.


15 Named Storms in Total

* Including these predicted eight major storms for 2010, Gray and Klotzbach have reason to believe there will be a total of 15 named storms.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/11 Because the eight are included in this number, this would mean that seven of the storms during 2010 will be large enough to be officially named and yet not large enough to be considered a major hurricane. These seven additional storms, then, would each be rated at a level of category 2 or below if Gray and Klotzbach's predictions turn out to be correct. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/12

Hurricane Information
 
The 2009 hurricane season was a relatively mild one for the United States, with only one hurricane and one tropical storm coming ashore. The position of El Nino near the South American coast and cool Atlantic waters inhibited storm growth. We cannot, however, count on the 2010 hurricane season being so uneventful. If El Nino draws away from the South American coast causing warmer waters in the Atlantic Ocean, conditions will be much more favorable to hurricane development.

For individuals in the paths of potential hurricanes, the keys to minimizing deaths and property damage are preparedness and heeding the instructions local officials. If a hurricane actually threatens your area, keeping current on the latest forecasts for the storm's path and preparing to evacuate is essential. This 2010 Hurricane Season page will follow the 2010 season from preparedness, throughout the season, and in the aftermath, offering up-to-date information and resources to keep you fully informed.

Early Predictions for 2010 Huricane Season
 
As we move further into the year 2010, hurricane predictors are turning their attention to the 2010 hurricane season. While the utility of long-range hurricane forecasts is debatable, weather experts continue to publish them.

At the University of Miami, Professor of Meteorology Ben Kirtman is looking into the relationship between the positioning of El Nino and the severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. According to Kirtman, in 2009 El Nino was located just offshore of the South Ameircan coast, which led to a mild hurricane season. In contrast, under Kirtman's theory, if El Nino moves furher off the South American coast then it will not protect the U.S. coastlines and may support the formation of more and stronger storms.http://cbs4.com/local/el.nino.hurricane.2.1338052.html13


One of the most eagerly anticipated forecasts comes from Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip Klotzbach of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project. Issued on December 9, 2009, their initial forecast calls for a busier 2010 season than in 2009.http://www.baldwincountynow.com/articles/2009/12/13/local_news/doc4b2171607d043750595889.txt14 For the first time, they are predicting a range in the numbers of storms rather than a single number. They expect 11 – 16 named storms, 6 – 8 hurricanes, and 3 – 5 major hurricanes.http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/2009/dec2009/dec2009.pdf15 On April 7, 2010, June 2, 2010, and August 4, 2010, the CSU team will adjust this long-range forecast as the weather conditions become clearer.http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Includes/Documents/Forecast_Schedule.html16 In their early forecast for 2009, Drs. Gray and Klotzbach over-estimated actual the number of hurricanes that formed.http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/2010-hurricane-season-predictions-scatter-all-over-the-map/106016517

Accuweather.com released its early hurricane season forecast on March 12, 2010. According to Chief Long-Range Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, the 2010 hurricane season will be busier than the 2009 season. Bastardi predicts that the 2010 season will bring 15 tropical storms and 5 hurricanes. He expects 2 or 3 hurricanes to make major landfall in the U.S. The Accuweather.com forecast is based on a weakening El Nino, warmer ocean temperatures, weakening trade winds, and higher humidity levels than in 2009.http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/25984/joe-bastardi-more-active-2010-1.asp18

NOAA will issue its initial forecast for the 2010 season on May of 2010.

2010 Hurricane Names

1. Hurricane Alex
2. Hurricane Bonnie
3. Hurricane Colin
4. Hurricane Danielle
5. Hurricane Earl
6. Hurricane Fiona
7. Hurricane Gaston
8. Hurricane Hermine
9. Hurricane Igo
10. Hurricane Julia

Earlier Warnings Issued This Year
 
The U.S. National Hurricane Center will announce storm watches and warnings 12 hours earlier than in previous hurricane seasons. The earlier lead time will give those living in coastal areas more time to prepare and evacuate. Officials can give more advance warnings and watches because of advances in tracking storms and forecasting their projected paths. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN056675320100105?type=marketsNews20

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Long Island After the Storms: Replacing Damaged Building Materials

Posted on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 @ 04:29 PM

 

We have received hundreds of calls from people all over Long Island telling us they had and in some cases still have, water in their basement due to groundwater.  As in most cases, it was not covered by their insurance company.  Which means you have either cleaned it up yourself or paid a company like Advanced Restoration Corporation to mitigate the water damage for you. 

The basement is now cleaned up and dried.  But that brings up the million dollar question......what do you do with the basement now?  If it was a finished basement that you used as living space and/or work space, how do you rebuild?  Or do you leave it unfinished now not wanting to take on the un-budgeted expense of the reconstruction in the off chance of having to go through it all over again if we are hit with another series of severe storms.  That is a choice every Long Island homeowner who was affected by these recent storms has to make.  For the sake of this blog, we are going to assume that you have decided to go through with the reconstruction. 

Let me start by stating that building materials can get wet.  Sheetrock, carpet, and paint are all made with water at some point during their production processes.  Usually after the materials are dried they are stronger and more durable than before they were wet.  Wood can get wet.  The lumber yards are exactly that.  Yards.  Giant lots of land used to store building materials before they are sold and used to construct homes and buildings.  They are not called lumber garages.    Chances are the studs that make up your house had been wet numerous times before the builder used them to frame your home. 

It is not a question of if something gets wet is it unsalvageable.  It is a question of how quickly you react when building materials do get wet. The faster the action the greater the chances of salvaging ALL the affected building materials.

There is something you can do that not many people have caught on to yet and none of the professionals on TV talk about just because they have yet to go through the experience of having their home saturated by water.  You can rebuild with building materials that can withstand an intrusion of water. 

Of course it is a bit more expensive to rebuild with this in mind and every homeowner is going to have see what works best for their budget and quality of life.  But here are some things to think about when rebuilding your basement:

Install ceramic tile as your flooring.  Carpet can get wet and be salvaged if dried timely and professionally, vinyl does not absorb the water but traps it underneath so that demolition is inevitable, the same with any type of wood flooring that would have to have a vapor barrier installed underneath  The best choice to finish a floor in a basement short of polishing the concrete is ceramic tile.  It is not a porous material so it does not absorb moisture and mold will not grow on the ceramic.  (Mold will grow on the dirt that is on the ceramic tile but will not start eating the tile away like it would on a porous material like sheetrock or carpet.)  And the grout allows the water vapor to escape from underneath the tile in the drying process.  Put an area rug on top of the tile that is much easier to remove and have cleaned that typical wall to wall carpeting.  

Do not use ANY vinyl.  I know vinyl makes it very easy to clean and keep on top off but it is the worst material (short of asbestos) to use as a finished building material.  Anything that vinyl covers that gets wet 99.9% of the time has to be removed.  Vinyl acts as a vapor barrier that traps the moisture behind it and does not allow the building materials to dry.  Which causes mold growth and usually increases the dollar value of the project.  Use standard wood base trim or carpet cove base.  They can both allow the walls to be dried in place or they both can be easily detached and reset once the drying process is over.

Use Concrete Board for the lower walls.  Do not install regular gypsum drywall on the lower walls.  Use concrete board that builders use in bathrooms to protect against moisture in the shower / tub areas.  They come in 4' x 8' sheets.  Just turn them on their side and install them on the lower 4' of the basement walls.  The great value of cement board is does not rot, warp, grow mold, or deteriorate, when subjected to water.

* If you decide that you are going to install standard drywall on the lower walls please make sure that the sheetrock is elevated 1/2" to 3/4" off the ground and is not sitting directly on the concrete.  If the drywall is resting directly on the concrete floor you will always have a transference of moisture from the concrete to to the dryer sheetrock which eventually will turn into a long term mold problem.  See the picture below. 


Use Only Flat Paint.  Any semi-gloss, high gloss or even eggshell finishes creates a vapor barrier that does not allow the materials behind it to dry naturally in the event of an intrusion.

Use American Clay Earth Plasters as your wall finishes American Clay Earth Plasters are a natural, environmentally friendly way to finish any interior. Non-toxic and made in the USA, these plasters are an alternative to cement, acrylic and lime plasters, offering superior color, richness, texture and depth not found with other finishes.  They also help control the inside ambient temperatures in the room(s0 it is installed on the walls.  They absorb excess moisture in the warmer months and release moisture n the environment during the colder dryer months.  This also gives it the ability to permit the drying of the building materials it is installed over.  

If you are in the Long Island and New York City areas and have any questions and/or need any assistance in dealing with your property damage claim please do not hesitate to contact Advanced Restoration Corporation.  We are Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member company.  DKI has over 150 member companies located throughout the United States.  Click here to find one in your area.

 

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