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History of Valentine’s Day

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.

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"Noche de Paz", el villancico mas famosos del mundo, cumple 200 anos

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Nació una fría Noche-buena en los Alpes austriacos, recorrió el mundo conquistando generacion tras generacion, interrumpio batallas, fue manipulado por los nazis y adaptado a diversos estilos: el villancico " Noche de Pand,Noche de Amor" cumple 200 anos. 

Cuando el 24 de diciembre de 1818, en una pequeña iglesia de la localidad de Oberndorf, cerca de Salzburgo, fue cantada por primera vez por su letrista, Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), y su compositor Franz Xaver Gruber (1786-1863), nadie imaginaba que iba a convertirse en la canción de Navidad más famosa del planeta.

Doscientos años después, traducida a mas de 300 idiomas y dialectos, "Noche de Paz, Noche de Amor" forma parte del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad UNESCO.

Mas de mil millones de personas la cantaran, o al menos la escucharan, est aproxima Noche-buena. 

Austria recuerda este aniversario con mas de 600 eventos, entre exposiciones, conciertos, películas, obras de teatro, conferencias, simposios y publicaciones, que reflejan su historia, mitos y leyendas. 

Source: Las Americas/Mundo

Por: Wanda Rudich

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Why SERVPRO of Sunrise

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services.

For more than 11 years SERVPRO of Sunrise has helped different communities, property managers, realtors, lots of customers, insurance agents and adjusters in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. 

For more information on SERVPRO of Sunrise, please contact Ana M Diaz Granados at

(954) 748-7887 or anam@SERVPROofsunrise.com.

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Why Pick Up Dog Poop? The Dangers of Dog Feces

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why Pick Up Dog Poop?

  • " I pay taxes, why should I have to pick up dog poop?"
  • " It's like fertilizer-it's good to let is stay there!"
  • Dogs are part of nature-letting their poop stay on the ground in natural, too."

Have you heard or even thought of these excuses before? Approximately 40% of dog-owning Americans polled have admitted they don't pick up after their pet. Unfortunately, cleaning up after your dog is your responsibility as a pet owner. Even if you keep your dog contained in your own yard, taking the time to regularly clean up after your dog helps keep your family and community safe. Once you discover the threats dog feces pose to humans and the environment, you won't want to leave the house without a plastic up bag again!

Dog Poop Dangers

Dog poop smells bad and no one likes stepping in it, but it is more than an inconvenience: it is a legitime danger. Dog poop dangers come in several forms.

  • It poisons grass and lawns.
  • It carries hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, and more.
  • It transmits human diseases, too!
  • It pollutes waterways and is in the same EPA category as oil and mine runoff!

Dog Poop is Not Fertilizer

Cow manure is an age-old, and effective, fertilizer, but dog poop is not. Cows are herbivores and their poop is pretty much broken down plant matter. It's sort of like smelly compost. Well, just like you're not supposed to put meat products in your compost bin, a dog's diet makes it poop very poor as a fertilizer. In fact, it is usually pretty toxic to plants. It is very acidic and will kill your grass if left unattended. 

Dog Poop Carries Disease 

Of course, dog poop can carry worms. This means if your dog visits the park and someone else left dog poop with warm eggs laying on the ground, your pup is vulnerable. Dog poop can carry human-infecting aliments, too, including vicious parasites. Among other things. 

Dog Poop Contaminates Water

When the rain washes over dog poop and flows into the drainage system, that contaminated water is carried into local waterways. If you like to hang out at a nearby river or lake, this means the fecal water is mixed in where you enjoy swimming and boating! Studies indicate that about 90%of fecal coliform bacteria, which is used as a measure of water health and quality, is of non-human origin, mostly canine Dog poop is considered so dangerous that it is in the same EPA pollutant category as oil and runoff from abandon mines, and two or three days worth of un-picked up poop from 100 dogs can cause a big enough spike in bacteria levels to necessitate closing waterways within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing. 

How to Dispose of Dog Poop

There are many different ways to dispose of dog poop: 

  • Use special, biodegradable pick up bags and throw it in the trash.
  • Reuse your plastic grocery bags to pick it up.
  • Flush it down the toilet (this is okay for dog poop, but some bacteria in cat poop can survive water treatment).
  • Hire professional poop removal company. 

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By: Natasha at Pethelpful.com

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Hurricane Season: Strongest Cycle in 70 Years

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) was cited by news media as the only major hurricane prediction organization that correctly predicted the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season from beginning to end, and the destructive United States hurricane landfalls.

The media also noted that when the hurricane season began last year, with a prediction for a destructive hurricane season with 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, four major hurricanes and 2 major impact hurricanes for the United States.

GWO also predicted the United States would have 6 named storms and 3 hurricanes making landfall in 2017 and where they would occur. GWO predicted that the Florida Peninsula would break out of their 12 year hurricane drought with a major category 3-4 making landall on the south tip of Florida.

GWO also predicted that Texas could break out of their 8 year hurricane drought with a landfalling hurricane just above Corpus Christi and Category 1 hurricane striking the upper Gulf Coast.

Professor David Dilley prepares hurricane and tropical storm predictions for 11 zones stretching from New England to Texas. States that the "Climate Pulse Technology Model" is based on natural rhythm cycles that control hurricane landfall cycles and the position of the Bermuda High Pressure Center. By utilizing this technology, GWO has issued the most accurate predictions by any organization during the past 10 years. 

Prediction: 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season

Mr. Dilley predicts that 2018 will be somewhat of a repeat of 2017 and possibly another record breaker. Al though it will be strikingly similar to last locations this year. You can expect 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, 4 major hurricanes, potential for 4 United States hurricane landfalls, 2 of which will likely be major impact storms.

The reason for another destructive hurricane season is 3 fold. The Ocean water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across of the Atlantic Basin, and especially in the Caribbean region and the Atlantic near the United States. This is very similar to the ocean temperatures of last year, and this will again be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and/or strengthening close to the Unites States.

Then we come to the last item EL Nino. GWO's Climate pulse Technology model indicates that the Tropical South Pacific Ocean temperatures where El Nino events typically form will warm significantly during late winter and approach weak El Nino conditions during the spring much like the El Nino scare of last year. Historical records indicate that moderate to strong El Nino events dampen hurricane activity whereas years with very weak El Nino conditions can be associated with active hurricane seasons if a Climate Pulse Hurricane Enhancement Cycle is in place- and it is. 

 Remember that SERVPRO of Sunrise is available 24/7 days a week. Contact us at 954-748-7887

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COMMUNITY LIVING, Spring 2018

EARTH DAY 2018 | END PLASTIC POLLUTION

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

General EARTH DAY 2018 | END PLASTIC POLLUTION SERVPRO Of Sunrise 24 Hour Emergency Service Fire l Water l Mold 954-748-7887

Fact Sheet: Single-Use Plastics

The billions upon billions of items of plastic waste choking our oceans, lakes, and rivers and piling up on land is more than unsightly and harmful to plants and wildlife. Plastic pollution is very real and single-use plastics are small but have a large impact.

The following 10 facts shed light on how single-use plastic is a large problem that most people are a part of.  To learn more about the threat and impact of plastic pollution and get tips to reduce your plastic consumption, download our Plastic Pollution Primer and Toolkit today!

FACT #1             

In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons. Roughly half of annual plastic production is destined for a single-use product.

FACT #2

Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.

FACT #3

Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.! That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually.

FACT #4               

It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling. Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. That’s about 307 bags per person! All that waste can be eliminated by switching to reusable shopping bags.

FACT #5               

Half a million straws are used in the world every day. Refusing straws is becoming a trending practice!

FACT #6               

500 billion disposable cups are consumed every year. Americans alone throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups every year. Styrofoam cannot be completely recycled. Most of the Styrofoam disposed of today will still be present in landfills 500 years from now.

FACT #7

Every year, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles die from contact with ocean-borne plastic bags. The animals may mistake the bags for food, such as jellyfish, or simply become entangled. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting a bag, the plastic re-enters the environment, posing a continuing threat to wildlife.

FACT #8               

The main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging. Plastic packaging was 42% of all non-fiber plastic produced in 2015, and it also made up 52% of plastics thrown away.

FACT #9               

Single-use-plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Choosing to buy products with less packaging or no packaging altogether makes a big difference.

FACT #10            

Even when single-use plastics are sent to landfills (there are 3,091 active landfills in the U.S. alone), they aren’t harmless. Landfill liners can leak harmful pollutants into the watershed and plastics on the tops of landfills can be carried away by the wind. The best way to curb single-use plastic pollution is to reduce your personal plastic consumption!

When people start thinking about their habits and making small changes, they can bring about shifts in consciousness that lead to wider societal changes.

www.earthday.org

The Biggest Business Stories of 2017

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

When we look back on 2017 in South Florida, there was Hurricane Irma - and then there was everything else. The storm made landfall on on Sept. 10, just a week after most people had even heard of it. Our region was largely spared, but the storm's effects linger for many - especially in our island neighbors, where Irma, along with Hurricane Maria, robbed so many of their homes and livelihoods.

While the hurricanes felt like the year's biggest story, there were other events with deep, long-term ramifications for Miami-Dade and Broward. Here's a look back at some of the stories that shaped the economy and business in South Florida in 2017 - and will likely continue to do so in the year to come.

1.Hurricane Irma slams South Florida

2.Conch Republic Battered

3.Marlins Finally Sold

4.Trump Cracks Down on Cuba

5.Puerto Rico Devastated by Hurricane Maria

6.Miami Housing costs continue to crunch workers

7.Local Tech Industry Rises, Slides

8.Florida Film Industry Outlook Dims

9.I-95 Remains Gridlocked

10.Airbnb Survives in South Florida

11.Cruise Industry Goes High Tech

A Salute to Those Who Serve

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Veterans Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to our military heroes, including Medal of Honor winners. "Without service and sacrifice, we would not have the nation that we do today" says Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor awarded for valor in combat.

Today there are 72 living Medal of Honor winners.

With the goal of honoring these heroes, as well as those who came before them, the National Medal of Honor Museum, due to open in late 2020 or early 2021, is being built at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Mark Updegrove, the museum's CEO says he hopes it will be a place for future generations to learn about and celebrate brave veteran's stories.

Thank you to those Veterans and active serviceman and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us.

God Bless America and congratulations to those service men and women who have arrived back home to their families safe and sound.

SERVPRO of Sunrise thanks all veteran's for their continuous and brave effort  to make sure our country stays safe at all times. Please feel free to contact us at (954) 748-7887

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- Catastrophic Storm Response

- Move Outs and Contents Restoration

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- Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism

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Preparing Your Home For Winter in South Florida

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Even though Florida winters are mild compared to other parts of the country, everyone should take some time to winterize their home. Whether you are planning on having family over for the holidays or will be leaving the house on vacation, here is a look at some of the steps that you can take to get your home ready for the colder months of the year.

Get Your Heating System Checked Out

While Florida residents might not experience a blizzard this winter, it is still a great idea to get your heating system inspected and serviced. An HVAC technician  can look for damaged parts, inspect the ducts, change filters, and check for any other issues that could be dangerous or lead to an inefficient heating system.

Look for Cracks and Holes Inside and Out

Sealing up your home is a weekend chore that is easy to do and can save quite a bit of money for a few hours worth of work. With nothing more than some caulking and a caulking gun, homeowners can look over the inside and outside of their home for any cracks or holes that will allow cold air in. Some of the areas you might want to check include the doors, windows, vents, and pipes.

Inspect Your Roof, Rain Gutters, and Downspouts

Any cracks in your roof or clogs in the gutters could cause some serious damage when a storm hits. For those that are not comfortable getting on their roof, a professional can be called to inspect all of the shingles and look for damage to the roof. Rain gutters should be cleared out at least a few times a year and all downspouts should be free of debris and leading far away from the foundation of the home.

When residents are well-prepared, unnecessary costs and frustrations are avoided.

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7 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home While on Your Vacation

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Vacations are a time when you can relax a bit, forget about the little stresses of life, and spend some quality time with your families. However, people are often in such a hurry to pack and get out of town, they forget to prepare their home so that their electricity usage goes down while they are away.

You might be thinking, "No one is home playing video games or running the air conditioner, so we'll automatically use less energy!" Well, just because your house is empty of people doesn't mean that the appliances and lights have stopped sucking electricity from the grid. Thankfully, homeowners can save a significant amount of money by practicing a few simple energy saving tips to keep their electricity usage down while on vacation.

Heating and Cooling

With everyone out of the home for a few days, there is no reason to keep the heater or central air running, unless pets will be left at the house. Even with a pet or two in the home, you shouldn't set the thermostat for 72 when there is no one there to enjoy it. Instead, during the hot summer months, the thermostat can either be set for 85 or turned off completely.

The winter is a little more tricky. The thermostat should be set around 50 degrees to keep appliances and pipes from freezing. The worst way to end a vacation is to come home to a flooded basement or frozen dishwasher.

For every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer, a homeowner can save 2-3 percent on his or her electricity bill. If the home has a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted by date, then it can be set to change the temperature the day of arrival, so the family will come home to a comfortable household.

The only caveat to this is in the case of pets. If your family is going on a vacation of several weeks, your animals should either be boarded or an arrangement should be made with a friend to care for the animals daily, including feeding, watering, and walking (if necessary). If the pets are left in the home, then the temperature should not be set so high or low that it will cause them unnecessary discomfort. Your veterinarian will be able to advise a homeowner what household temperature will keep the pets safe while conserving energy.

Water Heater

This is one of those appliances people don't think about on a regular basis. It sits in a out-of-the-way part of the house (usually the basement or attic) heating your water, and you only remember it when the water runs cold during a long shower. It's also easy to forget about when leaving on a vacation.

Before heading to the airport, shut off the circuit breaker to the water heater. If you have a gas heater, turn the gas valve off to be safe. Upon returning home, the hot water tap should be allowed to run before the power and gas are turned on to make sure the water tank isn't empty. It can damage the unit if the tank is heated without any water in it.

If you go on a winter vacation, you should leave the water heater on at the lowest possible (or "vacation" setting) to keep the water from freezing in the lines and tank.

Electronics and Appliances

Even with the home empty and the television and major appliances turned off, they are still using electricity. We call them "energy vampires." Before the family leaves, someone should walk around the home and unplug every unnecessary appliance and electronics. This doesn't just include the television, lamps, and entertainment center. Small electronics like electric razors, coffee pots, digital clocks, and cell phone chargers all drain energy when plugged in.

Nothing needs to be moved, simply unplugged. This not only saves energy, but also eliminates a possible fire hazard if there is a power surge while no one is home.

Automatic Lights

People don't want their houses to look unoccupied while on vacation, because it's easy for burglars to spot. People commonly think that the easiest thing to do is leave a light or two on inside so the home appears lit during the evening hours. This could be a lamp in the living room or even a larger light that may provide light for the entire dining room.

While this is a good safety idea, it's an unnecessary waste of energy - thanks to the invention of automatic lights. These devices place the lights on a timer, so certain lights will turn on and off at a specific times of the day, depending upon your programming. It gives the illusion of being home and prevents wasted energy by keeping lights off during the day.

The automatic timers range from as little as $10 to $30 for an average unit. They can also be used to turn on a radio to add sound as a further deterrent to burglars.

If you don't have an automatic light timer, just ask a friend to visit the home every couple of days to turn on lights at night and turn it off during the day. This is an easy task, especially if they are already visiting to help with pets or plants.

Blinds and Curtains

Saving energy doesn't always require not using electricity. Most windows in a home have either blinds or curtains. Usually, they are used to let light in or keep light out, but when on vacation, they can be a useful way to conserve heat energy.

Lower the blinds and close the curtains when leaving for vacation. This simple act will keep heat from coming in during the summer and letting heat out during the winter. If the furnace is on and set to a lower temperature, lowering the shades and closing the curtains helps to slow the rising or lowering of the temperature in the home.

Refrigerators

The refrigerator is the electronic equivalent of a large V-8 engine, sucking electricity like a high-performance car. An extended vacation gives you the opportunity to get rid of the food in the fridge, clean it a bit, and unplug it. If the house is vacant for only a few days, it's not worth the trouble to unplug the device, as much of the food will still be good upon return, but extended stays are a different story.

Before leaving, the homeowner should unload the food and clean out the refrigerator thoroughly, leaving the doors open to air out. Also, place a box of baking soda in the freezer and refrigerator to draw in the moisture and help prevent mold growth. Taking the refrigerator offline will save a significant amount of energy while nobody is home.

As an alternative to turning off the refrigerator, set the refrigerator temperature to 42 degrees and the freezer to 5 degrees. This increase is enough to keep everything cold and frozen, but still save energy over the vacation period. As a precaution, it is a good idea to clean out the refrigerator of any leftovers, raw vegetables, and other perishables, and keep only new foods that won't spoil while the house is empty.

Save Money and Stress on Vacation

Vacations can cost a significant amount of money for a family, even with all of the fun you'll have together. It's nice to know that, by practicing these tips and tricks, you can save money on electric bill by drastically decreasing your electricity while you're out of the house. When recovering from the cost of a vacation, every little bit helps. Bon voyage!

We hope these tips are helpful! If you have questions give us a call - 

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10 Ways to Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Starting something new can be stressful when you are unsure where to begin. Rest assured, you have already completed the most difficult step – deciding to make a change. Focus on smaller changes you can make easily before you tackle the more difficult steps of your eco-friendly resolution. Here are some easy and small changes you can make in your everyday life to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:

  1. Eat Less Meat. Believe it or not, cutting back on your consumption of meat can make a huge difference in the environment. More than 30 percent of the Earth’s surface is being used to raise and support livestock. According to a United Nations study, “the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2.” Cutting back on your meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of GWP gases. Less livestock also means more land we can enjoy and use for recreation. Consider replacing some of your meat-heavy meals with vegetables or eating more seafood!
  2. Use Paper Less And Recycle More. The world we live in today is much more reliant on computers and digital technology. It is easy to go a day without using a notebook or even a piece of paper. The less paper you use, the less paper needs to be produced and the more trees that get to fill our forests. By recycling one short ton (0.91 t) of paper you can save 17 mature trees, according to the EPA. If it is essential for you to use paper at your job or at school, you can still make a difference by recycling the paper you do use. Today, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper and paper products. It takes less energy to create paper through recycled and used sheets than by creating ‘virgin’ paper. Recycling is easy and one of the best ways to live green.
  3. Use Canvas Bags Instead Of Plastic. Most stores offer a canvas bag alternative to their wasteful generic plastic and paper bags. Although a canvas bag might cost a small amount to acquire, they are actually much more useful than you might think. A canvas bag is sturdier than a traditional plastic or paper bag and can hold more goods. A canvas bag can also be used to store items or pack items when moving – making it useful in more than one way. Parents, if you have children that are about to head off to college, investing in a few canvas bags would be a great gift. Your kids might not know it yet, but they will be moving a lot in the next few years and those bags will come in extra handy when they need to bring the books they have been accumulating semester to semester with them. Even if you don’t use canvas bags, reusing plastic bags is a great way to live more eco-friendly. Just use your plastic bags in small garbage cans throughout your home, or recycle your used grocery bag! Every small change can make a huge difference.
  4. Start A Compost Pile Or Bin.Compost bins have become a huge trend throughout America in the last few years – and for good reason! Not only do compost bins reduce waste by letting you re-use things you would normally just toss out, but they also save you money and help your plants grow better in your garden! Why go out and buy expensive compost when you could be creating your own with things you are throwing out anyway? If you garden at all, it really doesn’t make any sense NOT having a compost bin. Invest in one or make your own today!
  5. Purchase The Right Light Bulb.Don’t run out today and replace all of your light bulbs even though they are still working, but the next time one of your light bulbs burns out replace it with a more eco-friendly brand. Replace your old bulb with a compact fluorescent light. CFL bulbs can last more than five times longer and use much less electricity than regular incandescent light bulbs. Plus, they are brighter, which means you might able to get away with using less lamps in your home!
  6. Choose Cloth Over Paper.Instead of rushing to the store and purchasing a dozen rolls of paper towels when you are ready to do your spring cleaning, cut up an old t-shirt or other form of clothing and use that as a rag instead. You were going to toss it out anyway, why not save some money and the planet at the same time? Collect all of your used rags in a basket together and wash them all at the same time. Use, re-use and repeat!
  7. Cut Down On Energy In Your Home. There are a lot of ways to cut back on energy you use in your home. These will lead to smaller energy bills and more money in your pocket! That is a win for you and a win for the Earth. Start by lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer. Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used, wash all possible clothes on cold (according to The Worldwatch Institute, 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water) and use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your outfits when they are finished being washed. Reducing your energy around the home is literally as easy as a click of the button. Uncomfortable taking all of these steps at the same time? Try one at a time until your home is completely energy efficient!
  8. Borrow Instead Of Buying.It is easy to waste money on things that you can easily borrow. Rent movies, borrow books from libraries and buy secondhand goods when at all possible. By purchasing and using pre-owned items, you reduce those items that need to be kept in a landfill and save yourself money. Living green doesn’t mean you have to settle for less, many items that you find in a used-goods store are just as good as the original. Search the web or explore your town for some neat items.
  9. Reduce Water Waste.You can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by using less water and cutting back on your bottled water purchases. Take a shorter shower in the morning or install a low-flow showerhead. The investment in a low-flow showerhead will be worth it when you receive your next water bill and it is significantly lower than the last. Cutting back on bottled water purchases is easy. Even if you live in an area where your tap water isn’t the tastiest, purchasing a water filter will take some of that irony aftertaste out of your water and purify it to your bottled-water standards. Plus, a water filter will save you money in the long run, when you don’t have to take trip after trip to the store to purchase more bottled water!
  10. Recycling A Car.You may not know it, but recycling your vehicle is one of the best ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. While you are making your changes, you may be looking to get a more gas-friendly vehicle. If that is the case, donate your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes! We will recycle your vehicle or auction it off to a new owner, with all of the proceeds from your donation benefiting Make-A-Wish! The most recycled consumer product in the world today is the automobile. At least 95 percent of each unusable vehicle is recycled each year. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, about 26 vehicles are recycled throughout the world every minute! You can donate your vehicle and help change the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions today by calling 1-877-431-9474 or filling out an easy donation form online. Since Wheels For Wishes is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you will receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your car donation.

You can make a difference throughout the world when you make small eco-friendly changes in your everyday life. Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as easy as shutting off a light when you are no longer going to be in a room. Plus, living eco-friendly will save you money! Get started living an eco-friendly life today.

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How Hospitals Can Optimize Their Infection Prevention Programs

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

How Hospitals Can Optimize Their Infection Prevention Programs - Future of Health Care

How Hospitals Can Optimize Their Infection Prevention Programs - Future of Health Care

Industry Perspective Infection preventionists are working toward a vision of health care without infection. Here’s how leadership can effectively leverage these specialists to make their facility as safe as possible.

No one should have to worry about getting an infection because of their medical care. Yet the CDC estimates 1 in 25 hospitalized patients develop a health care-associated infection.

Root of the issue

These infections are often related to the presence of invasive devices, such as catheters or to surgical procedures where microorganisms (germs) can enter the body, leading to infection.

Health care-associated infections claim the lives of 75,000 Americans each year — twice the amount of people who die from car accidents or breast cancer. In addition to the human cost, health care-associated infections add billions in excess treatment costs to the nation’s health care bill. Hospitals with the highest rates of infections also face financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prevention 101

Most of these infections are preventable by following good infection prevention practices, such as proper hand washing, sterile techniques and cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment and high-touch surfaces in the patients’ hospital room. Research shows that when health care facilities are aware of infection problems and take specific steps to prevent them, infection rates can be decreased by as much as 70 percent.

Infection preventionists are experts working in hospitals and other care settings to protect patients and health care workers from deadly infections. They develop and monitor infection prevention processes and procedures, educate staff and promote the application of evidence-based practices that prevent transmission of infection consistently across the institution.

Positive results

Over the past decade, infection prevention teams, led by infection preventionists at hospitals across the country, have made progress in reducing health care-associated infections. Bloodstream infections from central line catheters have dropped by more than 50 percent. Rates for certain surgical site infections have also dipped dramatically.

“Health care-associated infections claim the lives of 75,000 Americans each year — twice the amount of people who die from car accidents or breast cancer”

But there is more work to do. Even one health care-associated infection is one too many. Most infections in health care facilities can be prevented, and many more lives can be saved. Elimination of preventable infections requires the commitment of every member of the health care team, including the C-suite.

Leaders set the tone by making infection prevention and control an organizational priority. They harness the unique skillset of infection preventionists to steer quality improvement initiatives. And they support their infection prevention departments with enough staff, training and resources to run effective facility-wide programs.

Health care leaders need to leverage the value of these specially-trained professionals who possess the scientific and clinical knowledge, combined with social skills, to engage frontline providers to bring the best available evidence-based practice to the patient. The infection preventionist has the 30,000-foot view of the health care facility’s infection prevention efforts and performance. Health care leaders should include the infection prevention program as a visible and integral part of the facility’s leadership structure to promote a strong culture of accountability and patient safety.

How Hospitals Can Optimize Their Infection Prevention Programs - Future of Health Care

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, President, APIC, editorial@mediaplanet.com

Why do Companies Overspend?

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Why do Companies Overspend?

Ben Lapscher

The main purpose of a business is to increase shareholders value, providing increasing profits and return on the invested capital. In order to improve profitability and increase shareholder value, companies can pursue three basic strategies: a) Increase Sales, b) Reduce Costs of Goods and/or c) Reduce Expenses. Each of these strategies has its advantages and challenges, however, the third one, Reduce Expenses, has one clear benefit. Every dollar saved goes directly to the bottom line. As Benjamin Franklin would say: "A penny saved is a penny earned".

Executed with care, expense reduction won't affect the quality of product or service provided, contributing to maintaining sales with higher profitability. A reduction in energy consumption, payroll processing or liability insurance will not affect the product/service. However, it will help increase business profits very rapidly.

Despite this clear advantage of the Expense Reduction strategy, many businesses still overspend in many categories. Our experience shows that 100% of the companies we have been involved with, have at least one expense category where they consistently overspend, even those running a tight ship. It seems logical to think that keeping an eye on expenses should be a must for every company. Given that this is not the case, the next logical question is why isn't this happening? The purpose of this article is to explain the reasons behind this fact.

From: Americas Community Center - People Working Together

You can read the complete article at http://www.americascc.org/single-post/2017/05/12/Why-do-Companies-Overspend

EEUU se retira del Acuerdo de Paris

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

General EEUU se retira del Acuerdo de Paris SERVPRO Ready Plan

By: el Nuevo Herald - Jill Colvin  y Julie Pace

EEUU anuncio el jueves Junio 1 que Estados Unidos se retira del pacto climatico de paris, lo que asesta un duro goldpe a los esfuerzos a nivel mundial par combatir el cambio climatico y aleja al pais de muchos aliados. EEUU tratara de negociar y buscar unas mejores condiciones.

Al abandonar el principal esfuerzo mundial para desacelerar la ola de calentamiento planetario, los cientificos declaran que es probable que la Tierra alcance niveles mas peligrosos de calentamiento en brevecomo resultado de la decision, debido a que EEUU contribuye mucho con el aumento de las temperaturas. 

WE are GREEN! GREEN means CLEAN!

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The Art of Networking!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

General The Art of Networking! Expos and networking events!


When it comes to marketing in today’s small business world, everyone is so focused on social media, marketing plans and search engine optimization (SEO), that they don’t go out and meet people any more. 
Industry veteran Howard Partridge, shares the art of networking to grow your business. The importance to touch on low cost ideas for getting out and meeting potential customers – in person – as well as how you can cultivate those relationships and ultimately grow your business.

SERVPRO of Sunrise values the importance of networking and to go out and send our SMR to touch base with customers and potential customers or COI's.

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SPRING HOME RETROFIT MODE

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

General  SPRING HOME RETROFIT MODE Green Buildings!

Welcome to Spring! This is a perfect time to implement preventive measures to your home, to keep it safe and well maintained throughout the year. Now, with the PACE program, it is easy to replace the old leaky roof, unsafe old windows or the inefficient air condition. 

In my article, I will emphasize some mitigation and retrofit projects that will protect your life, your assets and will offer you savings while protecting the environment. So, let’s get into our home transformation mode to be ready for the season:

OLD ROOF RETROFIT: With the rainy and hurricane season around the corner, replacing that old leaky roof is a must. You will improve safety, protect your property from water damage and structural compromise.  This is the moment to strengthen the roof deck attachment and install hurricane straps which can help keep a home’s roof from blowing off.

Your best investment will be in the installation of a high reflectance or cool roof, because it will reflect sunlight and heat away from a building reducing up to 15% of annual air conditioning energy cost. 
Another implementation when installing a new roof could be the installation of day-lighting systems to bring natural lighting in dark rooms to save energy. Also, consider the installation of a solar attic fan to reduce the heat and humidity from your attic to reduce energy consumption and to create a healthier indoor. With this solar system, you will earn 30% tax credit.

OLD WINDOWS AND DOORS: This is a high-ticket item, but with the PACE program you can install your new hurricane impact windows and doors now with zero down payment. The best option replacing a conventional single pane window is to invest in the high-performance windows. By installing Energy Star windows and doors, you will have a better protection and will shrink energy bill and carbon footprint at the same time. With this investment in your property, you will save in energy bill, property insurance and you will save pounds of CO2 reducing your carbon footprint. These windows are the best investment to increase your property value.

NOISY AND INEFFICIENT AIR CONDITIONING: Sumer temperatures are just around the corner and if you still have an old system, your best defense will be to install a high efficient central air-conditioning, also, financed with the PACE program. By replacing an old 10 SEER AC unit with a high efficient 16 SEER AC (3 Ton air conditioning), you will save around 40% ($600) in energy bill yearly, also you will reduce your carbon footprint.

By implementing all these retrofits to your property, you will be ready for the season to offer the best protection to your loved ones and your asset while reducing your energy bill, maintenance cost and insurance premium.

As a PACE certified contractor, I have witnessed the great benefits behind this excellent program; residential and commercial building owners are been able to transform their properties up to the latest codes, making it more resilient while reducing their properties insurance cost and increasing property value

 I have witnessed the “Green” side of this program, not just because the homeowner is saving money but because they are reducing their carbon footprint. 

I believe the PACE program is more than just a financial tool to help property owners; it is the pathway for buildings transformation across the Nation and the accelerator that will unleash the power of renewable energy in the SUNSHINE State.

by: Maria M. Hernandez

AP- Building Analyst- PACE certified

Ciudad Weston Newspaper http://ciudadweston.com/green-building-spring-home-retrofit-mode/

National Stroke Awareness

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

How Can Be Prevented?

Taking action to control your risk factors can help prevent or delay a stroke.  The following heart-healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent your first stroke and help prevent you from having another one.

  • Be physically active. Physical activity can improve your fitness level and health. 
  • Don't smoke, or if you smoke or use tobacco, quit. Smoking can damage and tighten blood vessels and raise your risk of stroke. Also, secondhand smoke can damage the blood vessels.
  • Aim for a healthy weight. If you're overweight or obese, work with your doctor to create a reasonable weight loss plan. 
  • Make heart-healthy eating choices. Heart-healthy eating can help lower your risk or prevent a stroke.
  • Manage stress. Use techniques to lower your stress levels.

If you or someone in your family has had a stroke, be sure to tell your doctor. By knowing your family history of stroke, you may be able to lower your risk factors and prevent or delay a stroke. If you've had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), don't ignore it. TIAs are warnings, and it's important for your doctor to find the cause of the TIA so you can take steps to prevent a stroke.

Source: National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (January 17th, 2017). 

Air Aware

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Air Awareness 

Learn how air quality affects your health.
This year's theme is Be Air Aware.

 Air Aware - take action each day to reduce your contribution to air pollution. Here are a few suggestions: 


• Limit driving and idling.
• Turn out lights when you’re not using them.
• Set your thermostat a little higher when the weather gets warm.
• Refuel your vehicle early morning or after dusk.
• Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food.

By: EPA

United States

Environmental Protection

Agency 

Passover

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

General Passover SERVPRO of Sunrise Fire & Water -Cleanup & Restoration (954)748-7887

What is Passover?

Passover (in Hebrew, Pesach) commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The holiday originated in the Torah, where the word pesach refers to the ancient Passover sacrifice (known as the Paschal Lamb); it is also said to refer to the idea that God “passed over” (pasach) the houses of the Jews during the 10th plague on the Egyptians, the slaying of the first born. The holiday is ultimately a celebration of freedom, and the story of the exodus from Egypt is a powerful metaphor that is appreciated not only by Jews, but by people of other faiths as well.

How is Passover celebrated?

Passover is observed for seven days in Israel and eight days in the Diaspora. The main event of the Passover holiday is the seder (literally, “order”), a festive meal in which the haggadah (story of the exodus and related writings) is recited in a set order. During the entire duration of the holiday, it is forbidden to eat leavened food products (such as bread, pasta, etc.). The reason for this is that Jewish tradition states that in their haste to escape from Egypt the Jews did not have enough time to wait for bread to rise. Instead, they ate matzah, unleavened bread. Part of the Passover seder includes hiding the afikoman (half of a matzah that is kept between two other matzahs during the seder and later hidden). Children search for the afikoman and usually receive a prize for finding it.

For many Jews, the process of preparing for Passover involves cleaning every corner of the home and removing all leavened products, known as chametz. Some Jews practice biur chametz (burning chametz). Others keep all the chametz in a separate area of the house where it won’t be seen, and symbolically sell the chametz. This can be done through a local synagogue, and chametz is usually sold for a nominal amount of money (often a few coins). Many Jews have special Passover dishes that are only used once a year during the holiday.

By: Tori Avey 

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Easter Sunday

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

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What is Easter Sunday ?

Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related to Easter Sunday. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus' resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus' resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus' resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus' resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus' resurrection on a Sunday.

As a result, many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we celebrate Jesus' resurrection should not be referred to as "Easter Sunday." Rather, something like "Resurrection Sunday" would be far more appropriate and biblical. For the Christian, it is unthinkable that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus' resurrection.

By all means, celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christ's resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. At the same time, if we choose to celebrate Easter Sunday, we should not allow the fun and games to distract our attention from what the day should truly be all about—the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection demonstrates that we can indeed be promised an eternal home in Heaven by receiving Jesus as our Savior.

From: Wikipedia

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Good Friday

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

General Good Friday SERVPRO of Sunrise Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration (954)748-7887

Good Friday, also known as "Holy Friday," is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. Assuming that Jesus was crucified and died on a Friday, should Christians remember Jesus' death by celebrating Good Friday?

The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ's death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “...do this in remembrance of me...for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.”

Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” First Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross—along with His bodily resurrection—is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

From: Wikipedia

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Spring Flooding Safety Tips!

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Spring Flooding Safety Tips! Be prepared!

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter from mountains can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. We also have prepared a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family prepare at www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.

By FEMA - Department of Homeland Security

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Love Your Heart, Love Your Body February is the Month of Love!

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

General Love Your Heart, Love Your Body  February is the Month of Love! SERVPRO of Sunrise Water Fire & Mold Damage Restoration

American Heart Month

takes place throughout the month of February and is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women throughout the United States. In fact, one in four deaths are related to heart disease. Fortunately, heart disease is strongly correlated to diet and exercise. As college students, the American Heart Association recommends we get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least five times a week. This can be done by riding your bike to class, or walking around the Drillfield. Finally, if you smoke... STOP! Smoking increasing your chance of developing heart disease by 30%.Whether you have a significant other or not, celebrate Valentine's Day and reward yourself onFebruary 14thwith a piece of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can help lower your cholesterol, decrease your chance of developing blood clots and improve your mood by raising serotonin levels in the brain. Lastly, be sure you celebrate theGreat American Pizza Bakeduring the 2ndweek of February. Much to your surprise, pizza can be healthy. In fact, it can even include all four food groups. Whether ordering pizza at a Dining Center or preparing one at home, select a pizza with a whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese and loaded with vegetables and a lean protein source.



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Resolve to be Ready in 2017

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

General Resolve to be Ready in 2017 ERP - Emergency READY profile flier from SERVPRO of Sunrise

SERVPRO Urges Sunrise Home and Business Owners to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2017


We are at the end of January 2017, now is the perfect time to think about making some more resolutions. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, we think the single most important resolution both business and home owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”


 “Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together”. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”


SERVPRO of Sunrise encourages all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com). 


 For homeowners:



  • FEMA resources include guidelines for a creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.

  • SERVPRO offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan app, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.


 For business owners:



  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.

  • For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.


  • “The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency”. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”


    SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Sunrise, please contact us at (954) 748-7887 or anam@SERVPROofsunrise.com.




  • For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.


     



The Essential Martin Luther King, Jr Leadership Lessons All Good Leaders Should Master

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Exercising this skill will make you more effective, and will give you a competitive advantage.

Most people are familiar with Martin Luther King, Jr, what he was able to accomplish and some of his famous speeches.

Many don't know enough about how he worked that made him such an effective leader.

There are many lessons to be gleaned from Dr. King's service and work, but there is one you must embrace that will make you a better leader for your business: empathy.

The New York Times offers a great definition of empathy:

"Empathy is actually a choice that we make whether to extend ourselves to others. The 'limits' to our empathy are merely apparent, and can change, sometimes drastically, depending on what we want to feel."

So does famed author Harper Lee:

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

Dr. King had a strong degree of empathy for the people he was leading. As a result, he was an effective advocate and helped bring about significant changes in their lives.

As you lead your business, you have to be the mouthpiece for your customers. If you want to make life better for them, you need to have intimate knowledge of their challenges, the conditions that led them to be in the situation they are in, and the dreams, desires, fears, and frustrations they experience as they work to improve their situation.

The only way to do that effectively over time is by considering life from their point of view. One study noted that there are four specific attributes of empathy:

  • see the world as others see it
  • be non-judgmental about another's feelings or situation
  • understand another's current feelings
  • communicate the understanding of the other person

Here are two simple ways Martin Luther King, Jr. developed and exercised his empathy muscle, that enabled him to be such a life-changing leader.

1. He had frequent two-way communication with the people he served

As you read through the writings and speeches of Dr. King, one thing that becomes apparent is that he spent a lot of time talking to the people he was leading and fighting for.

While organizing and enacting the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycotts, there were numerous town hall meetings and consistent communication in between. As such, he and the team were able to make a workable plan and implement adjustments to it as needed.

When you are a leader, it can be easy to get caught up focusing on your daily tasks, creating solutions, or even talking to influencers who can help induce change . While all these steps are important, they only come after you've spent sufficient time in meaningful conversation with the people you are serving.

Then once you've implemented your solution, you still need to stay engaged to be able to address any unforeseen challenges that come to light.

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Happy New Year!

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

General Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

A New Year is our opportunity to think of the hopes and possibilities for ourselves, friends and family. It is the time when we contemplate the year that has past and all the challenges and successes we faced. It's another year for a chance to try and get things right.

More than ever we should have solid and truthful goals, making our success achievable. We like feeling good about ourselves which helps us enjoy a better life. A complement to anyone gives a persona a pleasing feeling. Goals that present a challenge and that we conquer, can result in us wanting to move on to our next encounter.

By Dennis Dunn President of The Broward Coalition

Gustavo and Anamilena owners, and all SERVPRO of Sunrise we wish you the Best for 2018.

Happy New Year!

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Quick Tips to Help Reduce Holiday Stress

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

The holidays can be a joyful time, offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family.But they can also be stressful.You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The hoildays can also be hectic.There never seems to be enough time to get things done.Thinks about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holiday.Ten you can focus on one or two things you can do that will help the most to reduce stress.

                  Preparing for the holidays

Know your spending limit

Lack of money is one of the biggest causes of stress during the holiday season.This year, set a budget, and don't spend more than you've planned.It's okay to tell your child that a certain toy costs too much.Don't buy gifts that you'll spend the rest of the year trying to pay off.

Give something personal

You can show love and caring with any gifts that is meaningful and personal. It doesn't have to cost a lot. Or use words instead of an expensive gift to let people know how important they are to you.Make a phone call or write a note and share your feelings.

Get Organized

Make lists or use an appointment book to keep track of task to do and events to attend. 

Written by: The Broward Coalition Connection

Emergency Water Damage  Tips To Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the buildings, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 

Emergency Water Damage  Tips Don't:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

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Veterans Day. Honoring all who served!!

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

Greetings – today is Veterans’ Day, a significant national holiday, to honor the millions of American men and women who have served and are still serving our great nation in peace and in war.  In Canada, November 11 is Remembrance Day, a memorial day for those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Recognizing the service of our respective nations’ veterans is an important cultural tradition.  Many of our SERVPRO® family have served in the military, and I would like to extend our collective, and my personal, thanks to them for their courage and service. Thank you for everything you have done for your country and the values and dedication that you bring to SERVPRO®.

SERVPRO® Corporate is committed to ensuring we do all we can to help our returning veterans transition back into the workforce and their communities.  I encourage SERVPRO® Directors, Trainers, and Franchises to commit to hiring qualified veterans.

If you have not already done so, please take time today to thank a veteran for his or her service and defending the freedoms that we cherish. 

Veterans Day History:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-veterans-day

http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Hiring Veterans:

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/hiring/veterans

https://www.careeronestop.org/businesscenter/recruitandhire/wheretofindcandidates/hire-a-vet.aspx

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For Immediate Service in Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, Pembroke Pines. Call SERVPRO of Sunrise

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, Pembroke Pines. Call SERVPRO of Sunrise West Broward Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! Call Servpro of Sunrise. 24/7 Emergency. 954-7487887.

 

SERVPRO of Sunrise provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, Pembroke Pines. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

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Residential Services

Whether your West Broward home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your West Broward commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: WWW.SERVPROofSunrise.com

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Sunrise Provides 24/7 Emergency Service

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Sunrise Provides 24/7 Emergency Service SERVPRO of Sunrise, Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!! Call 954-748-7887

SERVPRO of Sunrise provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Sunrise, Sawgrass Corporate, Tamarac, Lauderhill and surroundings areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of Sunrise, 954-748-7887

Residential Services

Whether your [[City or County Name]] home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Sunrise commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

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  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

 We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Sunrise is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Stay Safe This Summer!

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

General Stay Safe This Summer! #SummerSafety,

Yeah!!! Summer means vacation, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun! It’s a time when families hit the road to visit national parks or distant relatives. The warm months and long days mean that there is plenty of time for baseball games and barbecues. The sultry temperatures practically invite you to take a dip in the pool or ocean.

But don’t let the sunny days and warm nights fool you. Summer also holds significant weather and water hazards. Heat waves can be lengthy and deadly. Lightning deaths are at their peak during the summer. Beach hazards such as rip currents can catch the unprepared. And, it’s the start of hurricane season.

This summer, the National Weather Service (NWS) wants you to be prepared for the following weather and water hazards:

We at SERVPRO of Sunrise are available 24 hours, 365 days a year.

But you’re not powerless in the face of these hazards. With just a few simple steps, you can become weather-ready. Stay safe this summer: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature!

1. Know Your Risk

Being prepared means learning about summer weather and water hazards such as hurricanes, heat, lightning, rip currents, air quality, tsunamis and wildfires. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.
  • Since 2003, 43 states within the continental United States have come under a tornado watch; 49 states have come under severe thunderstorm watches; and lightning strikes occur in every state.
  • Heat waves are common across the country during the summer. They are dangerous because the human body cannot cool itself properly when exposed to an extreme combination of heat and humidity.
  • In 2015, there were 26 lightning fatalities.
  • The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that more than 100 people each year die in the surf zone waters of the U.S. and that rip currents cause the majority of those fatalities. Rip currents are just one of many beach hazards.
  • Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than 7 million acres, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, on average, per year.
  • Flash flooding is the number one killer associated with severe weather.
  • Air pollution can make it harder for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases to breathe. Children and teens may be more sensitive than adults to the health effects caused by air pollution. According to the EPA, poor air quality is responsible in the U.S. for an estimated 60,000 premature deaths each year.
  • A tsunami can strike any ocean coast at any time. We cannot predict where, when or how destructive the next tsunami will be. Since the beginning of the 20th century, 34 tsunami events have caused more than 500 deaths and over $1.7 billion (2016 dollars) in damage to U.S. coastal states and territories.

2. Take Action

While the weather may be wild, you are not powerless. This summer, prepare for hazards with these simple steps:

  • Do you live in a hurricane evacuation zone? If so, you need to plan on where you and your family would ride out the storm if you are told to evacuate.
  • You may have only minutes to find shelter before a tornado strikes. Practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.
  • Protect yourself from extreme heat by rescheduling outdoor activities to earlier in the day.
  • There is no safe place outside when lightning is in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.
  • Stay safe from rip currents and other beach hazards by only swimming at a beach with lifeguards and heed their direction. Learn how to survive a rip current.
  • If you live near wildland areas, make sure your home is Firewise and fire-safe. Also determine evacuation routes from your home. Visit weather.gov or the Fire Weather Outlook to determine if your area is at risk for dangerous fire weather conditions.
  • Whether on foot or in a car, if you encounter flood waters, Turn Around Don’t Drown!
  • Make sure to check the Air Quality Index for your area at http://airnow.gov. If the air quality is poor, avoid prolonged or extreme exertion outdoors.
  • Do you live, work or play on the coast? If so, prepare for a tsunami by learning about tsunami warnings and how to plan for evacuation.

3. Be a Force of Nature

Your action can inspire others. Be a Force of Nature and share how you’re working to stay safe from weather and water hazards this summer.

  • Write a post on Facebook. Share with your friends and family the preparedness steps you’re taking to stay safe this summer.
  • Tweet that you’re prepared with #SummerSafety. Tell us what you’re doing to be prepared for summer hazards.
  • Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency. And let your friends know that they should create a plan also.
  • Look for ways to help your town prepare, such as volunteering with the American Red Cross or joining a Community Emergency Response Team.
  • Register for America’s PrepareAthon! to learn how to stay safe during disasters.

With these steps, you’ll be doing more than just protecting yourself - you’ll help NOAA build a Weather-Ready Nation.

Public Service Announcements

Rip Current Survival Guide

Any questions call SERVPRO of Sunrise at

954-748-7887

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/summer_safety.html

We want to Welcome our new staff member

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

General We want to Welcome our new staff member Lily Esper New Office Assistant at SERVPRO of Sunrise.

Office assistant Lily joined SERVPRO of Sunrise Team on December 2015.

She is bilingual and with experience in administrative tasks.

She is very open and has great customer service.

We welcome her to our great Team!

Marketing Vehicle

10/21/2015 (Permalink)

General Marketing Vehicle Our new Marketing tool. Our marketing car.

Proud to announce our new marketing vehicle.

New Office Staff.

6/26/2015 (Permalink)

General New Office Staff. Valeria Correa, Office Admin, 6-26-2015

We want to welcome our new staff member at SERVPRO OF SUNRISE:

VALERIA CORREA, Office Admin, from our friendly neighborhood in Weston. WELCOME TO OUR TEAM!!