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MEMPHIS, TN --(Marketwired - January 21, 2016) - Storm #Jonas is quickly making its way to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with weather experts referring to it as a "legitimate blizzard" having the "potential to causing life threatening conditions." In fact, as of early Thursday afternoon, the Weather Channel reported that roughly one in every four Americans are already affected by the massive winter storm.
With widespread power outages, coastal flooding and excessive snow, freezing rain, and flooding expected, disaster preparedness experts from ServiceMaster Restore are urging people to take action now and prepare their homes and business for severe weather conditions.
"Preparing now is vital as excessive precipitation combined with freezing or near-freezing temperatures can cause significant damage overnight," says Pete Duncanson, director of system development for ServiceMaster Restore and president of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
"Some of the most common damages we see with winter weather are burst pipes, flooding and fires," said Duncanson. "Don't wait for the weather to hit; prepare now and protect your home from potential damage."
What to do now:
If you experience water damage:
ServiceMaster Restore is trained, equipped and ready to restore homes and businesses before, during and after winter storms. With a number of regionally based large-loss command and control centers, a disaster operations center to track severe weather and 1,800 franchises nationwide, ServiceMaster Restore can mobilize from across the country to handle any size job.
For more expert tips and information about winter preparedness and aftermath response, like us on Facebook and follow #WinterWeatherTips on Facebook. For immediate winter weather assistance and clean up, call a live ServiceMaster Restore operator 24/7 at 1-800-RESPOND.
About ServiceMaster Restore
With approximately 1,800 franchised and licensed locations around the world, ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) serve customers through a global network of franchises available 24/7/365 to provide residential and commercial restoration services resulting from damage caused by water, fire or smoke. SRM is the large scale commercial catastrophic disaster restoration unit of ServiceMaster Restore. ServiceMaster Restore and SRM have operations and consulting experience on countless disasters, including clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon after September 11, 2001. ServiceMaster Restore is a business unit of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. More information can be found at www.servicemasterrestore.com and www.servicemasterrecoverymanagement.com.
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/ServiceMaster.