Protect Your Property From Flooding

water damage west palm beach water damage restoration west palm beachThe weather in 2018 and 2019 has brought a lot of heavy rains and flooding. When you are a home or business owner in West Palm Beach, Florida, the weather can be frustrating and scary. Homes and businesses are at risk of suffering major structural damage due to hurricanes and flooding on top of many other disasters that could happen.

When it comes to protecting your home or business from storms and natural weather events, prevention is the best medicine. There are several things that you can do to prevent major flooding damage from happening so that you do not have to contact a water damage professional. However, sometimes hiring a water damage restoration team can help you determine if there is, in fact, any unseen damage that could have occurred during a water event.

As far as prevention goes, here are a few tips:

  1. Start at the source! If you are building a home in an area prone to flooding, use flood-resistant materials. FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have published lists of flood-resistant materials that can be used. Keep in mind that even flood-resistant materials can become damaged, the damage is usually cosmetic and can be repaired quickly. Flood-resistant materials limit the extent of the damage.
  2. Build at a higher elevation. Homes that are built with the bottom floor above flood level are obviously much less likely to experience flood damage.
  3. If you are in an area prone to flooding, levees and floodwalls are good barriers to prevent flooding inside the home. Sealing off areas where water can get into the home is helpful too.
  4. Properly grate your property so that water will drain away from your walls. This is especially helpful if you have a basement as basements are prone to flood damage.
  5. Clear your storm drains. Keep leaves and debris cleared out of storm drains and gutters. Clogged gutters and storm drains will cause water from heavy rains to puddle. This can cause damage to the outside of your property and let water inside, causing floods.
  6. In the winter, make sure that snow does not pile up against your property. Any cracks in the foundation’s walls or windows could cause an extensive amount of water to get in the home and cause water damage.
  7. Check your pipes. Pipes that are not properly insulated in the winter or do not receive proper maintenance can become major causes of property damage. Frozen pipes often expand and burst, causing horrendous water damage, and old pipes break open creating more flooding issues.

Some flooding is unavoidable. But, there are plenty of flooding scenarios that could be avoided with proper planning, maintenance, and care. Don’t let a water damage disaster leave you frustrated and overwhelmed. Take the proper precautions and if you do find yourself in a water damage emergency, contact a professional water damage restoration team that knows how to successfully clean and restore your home or business. Contact an experienced company like Regency DRT!

COVID-19’s Genome Signature Has Been Cracked!

Computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 RNA sequences using machine learning.

This new data discovery tool will help researchers to classify viruses like COVID-19 in just a few minutes—which is a process of high importance for strategic planning and mobilizing medical needs during a pandemic.

This discovery also supports the scientific hypothesis that COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has its origin in bats (Sarbecovirus, a subgroup of Betacoronavirus).

The findings, Machine learning using intrinsic genomic signatures for rapid classification of novel pathogens.

The “ultra-fast, scalable, and highly accurate” classification system uses a brand-new software, graphic-based and decision-tree approach to illustrate the classification and deliver the best choice out of all possible outcomes.

Kathleen Hill, a biology professor co-led the study with Western collaborators in Statistical and Actuarial Sciences and Computer Science, along with others in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Computer Science.

This machine-learning method delivers a 100% accurate classification of the COVID-19 sequences and most importantly, discovers the most relevant relationships for over 5,000 viral genomes again within minutes.

“All we needed was the COVID-19 RNA sequence to discover its own intrinsic sequence pattern. We used that signature pattern and a logical approach to match that pattern as close as possible to other viruses and achieved a fine level of classification in minutes—not days, not hours but minutes,” Hill stated.

This classification tool has already analyzed more than 5,000 unique viral genomic sequences, including the 29 COVID-19 sequences available.

Hill believes this data discovery tool, which can classify any newly discovered virus sequence, will be an essential component for vaccine development, researchers, scientists, and health-care workers during this global pandemic and beyond.

 

 

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Regency DRT has EPA Approved Product to Disinfect against Coronavirus

Regency DRT has EPA Approved Product to Disinfect against Coronavirus

 
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – March 20, 2020
 
Regency DRT, a nationally recognized leader in emergency services, is utilizing an EPA approved N list product to help local businesses, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, hospitals, and others in the fight against Corona-virus.

When Scott Stamper, President of Regency DRT, initially heard about COViD-19, commonly referred to as Corona-virus, he immediately knew his company had a product to help companies deal with this quick spreading virus.  “Our SteraMist product is highly effective for combating viruses such as Staph, Pseudomonas, MRSA, C. diff, Influenza A, and now, COViD-19, Corona-virus,” said Stamper.  “This is a high-level disinfectant and a powerful technology in fighting, reducing and eliminating the spread of bacteria and viruses.”

There has already been a case study to confirm the product’s effectiveness, in addition to the EPA’s approval placing SteraMist and Bit Solution on the EPA’s list for approved Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. Several weeks into the emergence of the corona-virus (CoViD-19), a hotel room in the UK played host to two corona-virus patients. Once the room in question had been emptied, immediate and thorough decontamination was required as quickly as possible. A SteraMist® provider in the UK decontaminated the room.  After a successful application of SteraMist®, the room was returned back to operational order. Requiring an enzyme indication of a 6-log inactivation to consider the treatment valid, an outstanding 9-log inactivation was instead shown across the board. The application had been a resounding success.

According to the CDC, while the best method of corona-virus infection prevention is to wash hands with soap and water, avoid kissing and touching eyes, noses, or mouths, and avoid close contact with those who are sick, Stamper said it’s also important to thoroughly disinfect high-touch areas of businesses, including hand rails, door knobs, counter tops, bathrooms, and furniture. 

“Our highly trained and certified technicians can effectively complete a treatment with little down time.  During the last few days, we successfully completed the disinfection for a client with 6 assisted living facilities. The facilities were located from Pensacola to Coconut Creek.   Regency successfully was able to complete the high touch disinfection of a total of 610,000 square feet in 2 days.  For several years now, we made a decision to inventory more surface SteraMist units than any service provider in the southeast. Today, more than ever, that decision is truly benefiting our clients.”

“The Regency team was both quick and efficient in protecting and disinfecting our building, said Maintenance Director Bill Sargent of YourLife of Coconut Creek, one of the 6 facilities Regency completed this week.  “They were also very accommodating, working around our residents and their schedules.  It was such a pleasure to work with this company.”

SteraMist does not contaminate the environment with any toxic by-products, needs no wipe, no rinse and leaves no residue and does not require heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems to be off. It is safe to be directly applied to electronics, fabrics, and more.

For more information about Regency DRT and their SteraMist system, contact Sales Director Mark Broersma  at 1 (888) 354-2447, email him at mbroersma@regencydrt.com or visit our website at www.RegencyDRT.com.

About Regency DRT

Regency DRT is a nation-wide leader in emergency services and property restoration services with 9 offices in Florida and Michigan, including West Palm Beach, Clermont/Orlando, Sunrise/Miami, Port St Lucie, Panama City, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville and Detroit.  Regency DRT was founded on the belief that a restoration company should provide superior quality of services to their customers while maintaining the industry’s highest standards.

Regency DRT offers 24 Hour Emergency Response and has extensive experience in working with insurance companies and claims adjusters on property insurance claims, coordinating everything from initial response until the property is restored to pre-loss conditions. With extensive training and knowledge of restoration services, the company is able to quickly respond with the necessary amount of equipment, resources and staff for the unique needs of the job, whether it’s a single residential loss, large loss or area-wide disaster. Visit Regency DRT online at www.RegencyDRT.com.

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Disaster Recovery Plan Resources

 

 

Disaster Recovery Plan Resources

Having a proper evacuation plan can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane. And, if you run a business, it can also help you get back on track faster after a disaster. disasters are unpredictable and can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to homes and properties,but the good news is that there are several agencies that offer valuable information and guidance on how to prepare, stay safe, and recover from natural disasters.

  1. American Red Cross: The Red Cross offers tips on how to best prepare: what to do before, after, and during a disaster. They do this in addition to aiding victims. You can also buy emergency supplies from the Red Cross.
  2. Ready.gov: This site, manage by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, offers guides to help you prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. It can help with things such as:
    1. Emergency supplies to stock up on
    2. Making a plan
    3. How to safeguard your property
    4. What to do in the hours before a disaster
    5. How to be safe after a disaster
  3. National Weather Service: The National Weather Service will keep you updated on current weather developments during a storm. To make sure you can get these important updates, it is recommended you have a weather radio, which will work in nearly any weather conditions. It uses the FCC’s Emergency Alert System to communicate critical information to victims of natural disasters.
  4. NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the organization that manages the National Weather Service. Their website has a plethora of information on hurricanes, complete with satellite imagery and hurricane tracking.
  5. CDC: The Center for Disease Control offers resources to help you understand the potential health risks that arise from a disaster. They offer tips on:
    1. Creating an evacuation plan
    2. Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning
    3. How to find safe food and water supplies
    4. How to stay safe when helping your community recover

Flu Season Preparedness

We all know what the flu is, and I’m sure a few of you have felt the aches and pains associated with this virus. In the 2017-2018 flu season there were 80,000 flu related deaths, which is the highest it’s been in over three decades! To help you get ready for flu season we have put together some helpful information for you.

When does flu activity peak in the United States?

The influenza virus to circulate year-round, but it generally peaks between December and February. February tends to see the highest flu activity though.

How will I know if I have the flu?

Influenza is one of those viruses that will make you feel like you’ve gotten hit by a train when you wake up in the morning. You’ll know when you have it. But just in case you want to make sure, here are the symptoms for the influenza virus:

  • Feverish and/or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

*You don’t have to have all these symptoms to have the flu.

How does the flu spread?

The influenza virus is usually spread when an infected individual sneezes or coughs. When this happens, tiny droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are in the vicinity, thus infecting them.

How can I prevent the flu?

The best thing you can do is to make sure you get the flu vaccine every year! The CDC also recommends that you stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands frequently.

Will the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No, the flu vaccine is a dead virus. But you could develop flu like symptoms for a variety of reasons including:

  • A two-week window: After you get your flu shot it takes about two weeks before it starts to work. If you are infected shortly before or after you may catch the flu.
  • Reaction to the vaccine: Your body may produce protective antibodies that will give you flu like symptoms. This should only last a day or two.
  • Mismatched viruses: Sometimes the flu shot doesn’t match the virus that is going around and, as uncommon as this is, you still have some protection against the virus.

I don’t like shots, are there any other options?

Yes, there sure is! You can either get the vaccine as an injection or a nasal spray! Although there are some things to be aware of when going the nasal spray route;

  • The nasal spray vaccine is only approved for people between the ages of 2 and 49.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Not recommended for people with weakened immune systems.
  • Children 2-4 years old who have had wheezing or asthma in the past year.

*Make sure you check with your doctor first.

The flu can’t get worse right?

Wrong! When you get the flu, it weakens your immune system; and if your flu gets worse your body won’t be able to fight off the bacteria. Once the bacteria build up enough, it turns into something incredibly worse… pneumonia.

Here are the 4 stages of Pneumonia:

Consolidation

  • Occurs in the first 24 hours
  • Cellular exudates containing neutrophils, lymphocytes, and fibrin replaces the alveolar air
  • Capillaries in the surrounding alveolar walls become congested
  • The infections spread to the hilum and pleura rapidly
  • Pleurisy occurs
  • Marked by coughing and deep breathing

Red Hepatization

  • Occurs in the 2-3 days after consolidation
  • At this point the consistency of the lungs resembles that of the liver
  • The lungs become hyperemic
  • Alveolar capillaries are engorged with blood
  • Fibrinous exudates fill the alveoli
  • This stage is characterized by the presence of many erythrocytes, neutrophils, desquamated epithelial cells, and fibrin within the alveoli

Grey Hepatization

  • Occurs in the 2-3 days after Red Hepatization
  • This is an avascular stage
  • The lung appears grayish brown to yellow because of fibrinopurulent exudates, disintegration of red cells, and hemosiderin
  • The pressure of the exudates in the alveoli causes compression of the capillaries
  • Leukocytes migrate into the congested alveoli

Resolution

  • This stage is characterized by the “resorption and restoration of the pulmonary architecture”
  • Many macrophages enter the alveolar spaces
  • Phagocytosis of the bacteria-laden leucocytes occurs
  • Consolidation tissue re-aerates, and the fluid infiltrate causes sputum
  • Fibrinous inflammation may extend to and across the pleural space, causing a rub heard by auscultation, and it may lead to resolution or to organization and pleural adhesions

 

Touchy Subject: Just how dirty are the things you use the most?

You wash your hand after you use the restroom, or handling raw meat, or riding the subway. That’s a great start. However, our handsimmediate surroundings harbor more bacteria than we like to imagine – and not just the usual suspects. The fact is, germs are all around us – it’s their world, we’re just living in it. Often they’re harmless, but not always, and it’s a good idea to avoid taking any unnecessary risks. It all starts with awareness – knowing which items, areas and surfaces are likely to harbor unwanted bacteria. From there we can take measures to disinfect those spaces and prevent potentially disease-causing germs from invading our bodies. Read on to learn which everyday items tend to be the most infested. The results may be surprising.
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Detergents, Soaps and More (What’s the Difference?)

Detergents, Soaps and More

When it comes to your home, you usually have two prime, important goals in mind: Keep your home clean and keep your home healthy. Family is important to you.

To do that, it takes a lot of thought. Not about your cleaning technique… but about the products you choose to do the cleaning.

When you wander the cleaning supply aisle at your favorite department or big-box store, the options are endless. The list of ingredients is long and the descriptive words are confusing. While a scientist working in a laboratory knows what those ingredients are, it’s not your fault that they mystify you.

What do you really need to know? The basics. Here they are. Continue reading “Detergents, Soaps and More (What’s the Difference?)”