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WEST PALM BEACH FL/FEBRUARY 2020/ – Regency DRT, a nationally recognized leader in property restoration, has announced the recent acquisition of a Jacksonville, Florida based emergency response and restoration company. The offices are located at 2611 Old Middleburg Road N Building 3, Suite 3 Jacksonville, FL 32210 and will serve northeast Florida including Nassau, Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. The announcement was made by company President and CEO Scott Stamper.
“We are proud to add yet another region of Florida to our company’s footprint,” Stamper said. “This acquisition is part of our company’s strategic future growth plan to offer our services to both residential, industrial and commercial customers throughout the entire State of Florida. We are excited to offer northeast Florida customers the same excellent service that we are known for in Florida’s Panhandle and throughout South and Central Florida. We’re also very excited to present our new team members in Jacksonville with the fantastic opportunities and benefits our company offers.”
Regency DRT acquired Panhandle based Disaster Response Team in 2018, after opening new offices in South and Central Florida in the same year. The company has grown from 2 offices and 5 employees in 2016 to 9 offices and over 80 employees in 2020. Regency DRT was awarded the prestigious Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) in 2019. The award was created by the RIA In order to recognize conspicuously high achievement in the area of disaster restoration. Regency DRT received the honor for their work on the First Baptist Church of Panama City after the church suffered incomprehensible damage following Category 5 Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.
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.
How Harmful is Soot on Appliances, Countertops, Walls, and Other Surfaces After a Fire?
Once a fire has been put out, you may feel that you are in the clear. This isn’t necessarily the case; while extinguishing a fire does indeed remove a clear and present danger to your home and your family, it leaves behind smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which can cause long term damage on their own.
Soot is residue from burned materials, which includes fuels, wood, and more. In large deposits, such as within a chimney place, it can even re-ignite. The type of soot that you’ll be dealing with will be less concentrated, but no less of a hazard. Inhaling soot can lead to cardiovascular problems in people of any age or level of health.
Fire damage is devastating to a home and its occupants. Once the flames are out, there will be a lot of things you’ll need to do as the homeowner to minimize the damage to your personal belongings and start the restoration process. Here are a few tips to help you get started getting your home back in order.
You should not enter the property until the fire department confirms that the fire is out and it is safe to go inside. Embers can smolder for days and rekindle if not properly extinguished. When it is safe to return, grab any important documents such as birth certificates, insurance papers and mortgage information. Be sure to take any medications you will need and any valuables you can carry. Anything in a fireproof safe will probably be fine.
The next step is to call a certified fire restoration company, such as our company, for clean up and restorative services. There will be lingering smoke and soot on everything and you may want to stay in a hotel for the duration of the cleanup. You will most likely not be allowed inside during the restoration process due to the environmental safety risks associated with smoke inhalation and chemical exposure. The cleanup crew will be wearing protective clothing and masks to protect them while they are working.
- Do not use any electrical appliances
- Do not turn on any lights, use a flashlight [electrical wiring could be damaged]
- Do not attempt to clean anything
- Do not turn on your furnace or heat source
- Open windows for ventilation to get smoke out of the house
- Remove animals from the house [they are affected by smoke inhalation also]
- Limit the number of people going in and out of the home to avoid tracking soot
- Call a plumber or HVAC Technician to turn off the gas and drain the water heater.
Contact Regency Disaster Response Team immediately if you have been the victim of fire damage. Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. We know that time is very important and will there within minutes of your call securing everything for your safety and to contain the mess.
7 Facts About Disasters and Why Disaster Response is Important
We live in a world where natural disasters are unfortunately common occurrences, so it is extremely important to always be prepared for them. Get familiar with what kind of natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, etc.) affect the region you live in and make yourself aware of different disaster response options you have. These services exist to be on-call and offer assistance when you experience an earthquake, house fire, or any other unexpected disaster event. Below are seven facts you should know about disasters.
- In 2012, 905 natural disasters struck worldwide including tornadoes, droughts, earthquakes, hail storms, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.
- It is important to devise a disaster response plan with the older adults in your life. With Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, over half the victims of both catastrophes were senior citizens.
- Within one decade, from 2002 to 2012, there has been over $1.7 trillion in damages related to disasters. These disasters have affected approximately 2.9 billion people.
- In 2012 alone, almost 50% of disaster-related fatalities were caused by hydrological events including mass movements and flooding.
- Hurricanes can reach wind speeds of over 160 miles an hour. Often, these hurricanes can unleash 2.4 trillion gallons of rain in a day causing massive flooding and horrendous wind storms.
- Floods are the most common natural disasters. In the United States alone, the President declared that over 90% of natural disasters were flood related.
- Too large of a percentage of homeowners do not have a disaster preparedness plan. A survey conducted showed that 80% of people do not have a home evacuation drill and an additional 60% were not aware of what their town’s evacuation route was.
“Tis the Holiday season to decorate and be merry ” during this time of the year Regency DRT wanted to give some quick tidbits for a safe and merry holiday….
Watch out for frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections on holiday lights. A couple of sparks on a dry tree and you could have an out of control fire before you know it—make sure to purchase a fresh tree with green, sturdy, and pliable needles and keep the stand filled with water.
Hang decorations away from heat sources, like fireplaces and heating vents. Don’t overload circuits. And while the warm glow looks pretty through the window, don’t leave candles burning in the house when you go to sleep……
Keep in mind accidents can happen if it does contact Regency DRT and we will help you and your family to regain normalcy during the holiday season.