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Tornado 2018

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Late in the night on November 30th, 2018, eastern Oklahoma met a fate it wasn't expecting.

Locked away in the hills of Cherokee and Adair counties, a tornado rolled and jumped the hills of Lake Tenkiller destroying numerous homes beyond repair, leaving many families without food clothing and shelter.

Fortunately, no lives were lost in Oklahoma through this disastrous funnel that chose to spiral down into the quite lives of the residents that live in these areas.

Lake Tenkiller is known as an Oklahoma vacation destination so many property owners lost their vacation homes and most were not present in their properties due to the winter season. However, there were few full-time residents that experienced total loss and fewer that experienced some degree of structural damage.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties wants to thank all area first responders and area businesses for their effort and sacrifice in our communities that were affected by the tornado by helping residents get back on the road to recovery.

Mobile Home Combustion

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

In Oklahoma our communities have vast amounts of mobile homes.

When it comes to mobile homes, they require a different kind of understanding that the traditional property structure. Due to how mobile homes are made and manufactured, they require a different understanding for property care and maintenance.

Under extreme pressures such as tornadoes as experienced here in Oklahoma this combination can be deadly.

Pre-screen your mobile home for potential safety hazards such as but not limited too air tight doors for furnaces. Make sure your heating system is working properly and that the air flow exchange is not blocked in any way. Also check for leaks stains and debris.

Last but not least, during storms with extremely strong winds such as that that accompanies most tornadoes can affect the air exchanges within a mobile home. Please be sure to take all proper precautions for your region when face with storm warnings.

NSU Tahlequah

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

According to Northeastern State University's website, built in 1889, the Northeastern State University Seminary Hall is the oldest building on campus. Northeastern State University was originally founded in 1851 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. The original school was located in Park Hill, but was destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1887. Two years later, the school was rebuilt in Tahlequah where it remains to this day.

Some believe that the NSU Seminary Hall is haunted. There have been strange reports of photographed orbs, puzzling sounds and odd smells. Others claim to have seen a female ghost wearing either a black uniform or white wedding gown. Some believe it is the ghost of Florence Wilson, a principal who spent 26 years at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Wilson's fiancée, Pleasant Buchanan, was thought to have perished in the Civil War, and Wilson never married. Some believe she never left the school.

According to Northeastern State University's website,

Built in 1889, the Northeastern State University Seminary Hall is the oldest building on campus. Northeastern State University was originally founded in 1851 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. The original school was located in Park Hill, but was destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1887. Two years later, the school was rebuilt in Tahlequah where it remains to this day.

Some believe that the NSU Seminary Hall is haunted. There have been strange reports of photographed orbs, puzzling sounds and odd smells. Others claim to have seen a female ghost wearing either a black uniform or white wedding gown. Some believe it is the ghost of Florence Wilson, a principal who spent 26 years at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Wilson's fiancée, Pleasant Buchanan, was thought to have perished in the Civil War, and Wilson never married. Some believe she never left the school.

But according to those at SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties, Pleasant is there to provide company during the long and lingering hours of work that our crews put in. Our crews work for and with all clients living or deceased and will give you a story to tell about how scarily clean and restored your property was when we left. Who else to trust your historic buildings and properties with if not SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties.

Professional Development MPS

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Muskogee Public Schools are relocating their professional development building from the historic downtown Best Center to the new location in Country Club at MPS’s old Harris Jobe facility.

Our teams worked tirelessly on various projects throughout the entire facility to help the school board prepare for their move across town.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah assisted in general cleaning support from carpet cleaning (Muskogee’s Best of 2018) and mopping floors to cleaning light fixtures, dusting, wet wipe surface areas, wash windows, change out ceiling tiles, content manipulation which can sometimes include a pack-out/pack-in.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah does Emergency Ready Plans for all commercial and government facilities including schools and hospitals. We can also give these plans to your local first responders and property owners and managers. This is an exclusive offer from your area SERVPRO. 

Thanks Chicken Creek

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

This month, after the devastating tornado tore through Green Country, many of our first responders, tribal first responders, businesses, and volunteers responded to our hurting communities and families.

Chicken Creek specifically was responsive to their community's needs and worked with the Cherokee Nation on being able to meet those needs as well as partnering with SERVPRO.

Steps for Mold Remediation

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 918-913-4490
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Mold Knowledge

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

After a hurricane, flood or other major storm, “green” products can be difficult to find. Bleach and dish detergent might be the only things available in your area. Bleach and dish detergent, common household items, can be used to clean mold in your home after a storm. The steps to take to clean up mold will depend on how much water damage your home suffered. If you have questions about this you can contact us.

Little Tank Big Damage

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Who would have thought that this little tank would have flooded multiple rooms in a local Tahlequah church causing the loss of carpets, flood cuts in the dry wall, and the loss of various other flooring materials from the multiple rooms. The flood destroyed flooring, walls, and the cost of time from personnel to mitigate the situation.

Fortunately, SERVPRO Muskogee & McIntosh Counties and Tahlequah was called to the scene to provide emergency mitigation services. We are glad to be a part of the Tahlequah Emergency Family. We were able to help, not only emergency mitigate the situation but dry and prep the church’s facility for any construction that needed to be done so they could resume church services at their regularly scheduled times. Thanks 29/11 for turning to us in your time of need.

A Year to Remember

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

After much invariably bad publicity for multiple housing issues, when local college, Bacone, took on new leadership one of their first moves was to call on a leader in the industry, SERVPRO. Bacone’s new leadership didn’t wait for a disaster to call SERVPRO they wanted to start the new 2018-2019 school year off right by allowing us to get involved in the beginning with a General Cleaning. Our General Cleanings can be light or deep and  include carpet, tile, windows, or multiple other surfaces and content. We left the historic buildings, dorms, and classrooms clean, fresh, aromatic and ready for new students when they moved in last week. 

This was the first time that SERVPRO had the opportunity to lend its expertise to one of the oldest colleges in the nation. Bacone is the oldest Native American College in Oklahoma founded in 1880 and SERVPRO was glad to partner, handling the delicacy of this project with the utmost care. 

Boomer and Sooner State of Storms

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Oklahoma’s central region of the state suffers from some of the most horrific storms the state and nation has ever seen. 

Tornado season in Oklahoma is nothing to take lightly. Even the slightest rains are heavy in this region and call for proper preparation.

Last week, the University of Oklahoma needed our support. One of their buildings on campus flooded only days before school was scheduled to start. Fortunately, we were able to provide support for the local SERVPRO Franchise and to the Univeristy of Oklahoma to help get them, back on schedule for classes to start. 

There is no storm too big or too small that we can’t handle. Call SERVPRO for your free consultation.