Offseason: Ready for Whatever Happens
Here in Florida, especially on the Gulf Coast, storm season is something we take very seriously. But at SERVPRO of Hernando County, we are even thinking about hurricanes and tornadoes in the off season.
Officially, hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin - which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and our backyard, the Gulf of Mexico - begins June 1 and goes through November 30 each year. The season peaks in mid-August through late October, and those dates coincide with our operation’s busiest time of year. In fact, our company handbook outlines hurricane season and encourages the team not to plan non-refundable vacations, weddings or the births of children during that time frame. (Just kidding!)
During the off season, our team balances the daily workload of emergency services response along with preparation for storm response. We focus on training and maintaining industry certifications throughout the spring, allowing the team to ready themselves for the months ahead, and also take time to step back and reflect on how we can improve our preparedness for the next time. Over the years, we’ve added to our standard operating plan a fully-stocked consumables and equipment trailer, locked and ready to be hooked up to a truck and heading out to help at any time. This tactic has allowed us to increase response time dramatically, eliminating any downtime almost completely and making the mobilization as fast as possible and helping clients minimize secondary damage. Warehouse Manager Doug reliably monitors and restocks the inventory as needed so the trailer is always ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Every year in early June, we take a moment as a company to gather with our families for a day of fun. This gives a chance for the company leaders to thank our families for their sacrifices throughout the year, and in advance for bearing through our busy season. Often our crew can be gone for days and even weeks on end, whether they are responding out of town to a storm event or working long hours locally when our own local neighborhoods are facing weather damage.
We want our clients and community to know that we are ready for whatever happens, year round. And we won’t be on vacation when a storm threatens Spring Hill!