Kennedy Restoration’s Property Emergency Program

 

 

September is National Preparedness Month!  Throughout this month of awareness, we will be bringing to you tips and ideas to help you and your family be prepared in case of an emergency.

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  • As you may know, Kennedy Restoration is the local expert in emergency response services of all kinds.  What you may not know is that we are also experts in preparing for emergencies.  Proper preparation for emergencies and natural disasters can prevent further damage to property, ensure that all occupants are equipped with the knowledge to respond properly and ensure peace of mind knowing that a plan is in order should disaster strike.  Our Property Emergency Program is designed to assist you in structuring an emergency response plan that is tailored to your specific needs.  This program is exclusive to Kennedy, 100% complimentary, and involves these 3 key components:
  • A Property Preparation Walk.  A Kennedy Restoration emergency services coordinator performs a thorough walk of your property to get familiar with the general layout, locate water main and sprinkler shut offs, and to discuss access in the event that we are called out on a loss.  We keep an online record of property specifics so that our water mitigation team is well prepared and familiar with your property before disaster strikes.
  • A Property Preparation Plan. We will work with the Property Manager to create an Emergency Preparation binder that includes all important phone numbers, procedures, and actions, that are necessary for various types of emergencies.  If the property already has an emergency binder, we would be happy to review it and assist in updating it if needed.
  • Property Preparation Training. We will provide emergency preparation training for companies during their team meetings if they desire.

This program is currently designed for apartment communities or facilities.  Interested in scheduling your free emergency assessment?  Contact us today at our Oregon or Washington offices.

Rain is on the way, are you ready?

Rain is headed our way this weekend, and from what the weather report says there could be a lot of it!  After a long dry spell like the one we’ve had over the summer, heavy rains are more likely to turn into small floods as the hard, dry ground will not be as absorbent.  To make sure the weather this weekend doesn’t cause any damage to your home, we have a few tips to help you prepare!

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  • Get your yard ready for the rain by running a metal rake over the tops of shrubs and flower beds to loosen the soil. This will allow the dirt to better absorb the excess moisture.  This should only take you a few minutes, but you might prevent rain water from pooling or causing a small flood.

 

  • Close all of your vents and windows. This sounds like an easy step, but if you forget to do so you could end up with some costly damage! Remember to check rooms that are easily forgotten, like your basement or attic where you may have opened windows when it was so hot.

 

  • Clean out your gutters. The leaves aren’t falling yet, but other debris can clog up your gutters.  Clean gutters will ensure that excess rain water has proper runoff from your roof.

 

  • Know your roof! Don’t be blindsided by roof damage in the middle of a rain storm.  Make sure to get annual inspections and know when your roof is in need of repair.

 

  • Is there a roadside grate near your home? Make sure it is clear of debris, as swift moving runoff can quickly get backed up.  Keep an eye on the grate when it really starts to pour to make sure it is still draining water effectively.

Stay dry out there this weekend!

Kennedy Restoration’s new Vancouver office

Vancouver office openingKennedy Restoration now has an office in Vancouver, Washington and is ready to assist you with your restoration needs! While we have always extended our services to the Vancouver area (and beyond) the new office was added to better serve Clark County.  Rachel O’Rourke, our marketing representative, will be available to help you at this location.

 

The office officially opened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the Chamber of Commerce of Vancouver.

 

Our Vancouver office is located at:

 

237 NE Chkalov Drive

Vancouver WA 98684

800-643-2790

 

You are always welcome to reach out to us at our Portland location as well, located at:

 

315 SE 7th Ave

Portland OR 97214

503-234-0509

 

Kennedy Restoration’s Company Picnic

This past Saturday, the Kennedy crew and their families enjoyed a wonderful picnic at Oaks Amusement Park.  Prizes were won, food was served and a great time was had by all!  Thank you to the Kennedy team for all your hard work this year!

Kennedy Restoration – We love golf!

During these warm, summer months, you can always find Kennedy Restoration out on the golf course participating in local events and charities.  Here is our team in action at some events so far this season!

We hope that you are having a great summer!

Employee Highlight – Quinn O’Rourke

Here at Kennedy Restoration we pride ourselves on the quality of work we are able to deliver to our customers.  A factor that greatly contributes to our expertise in the industry is our fantastic group of employees.  The employee highlights portion of our blog was created to give you the opportunity to get to know the tremendous staff of Kennedy Restoration.  Today we invite you to meet one of our estimators, Quinn O’Rourke!

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“I am new to the restoration industry, although I started with Kennedy Feb 2nd 2015 I have been working in the construction industry for 13 years, mostly in commercial and residential HVAC and for the last 5 ½ years working in solar construction.

I really enjoy the different types of work that come with restoration. All the details that go into having to take something apart and putting it all back together again has been a great learning experience. Working at Kennedy has really helped me discover new areas of Portland that I might not normally ever get to see.

Being offered a career at Kennedy was the major push for moving to Portland. I have family that lives here and whenever my wife (Rachel O’Rourke) and I would go visit for the holidays, we would always talk about the idea of moving here someday.  I have always enjoyed this city for all that has to offer for our four kids.

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When I’m not working, I like to spend as much time outside as I can: taking the family and our dogs to one of the hundreds of great hiking places nearby, running, lifting weights, camping, and snowboarding. We are a very active family. There are so many great outdoor places to explore so close to Portland!”

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ReFIT – The Story of Why

Our guest blog today was written by Laurey Maslyk with ReFIT.  Visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization!

 

The United States is experiencing and will continue to experience a rapid expansion in the number of older adults in our country. Every day approximately 10,000 people turn 65 years old, and this is the just the front end of the baby boomer generation. By 2030 the United States will have 20% of its population over 65, up from 13% in 2010.

Supporting this growing population is a challenge for every community. These older adults wish to stay in their own homes and in the communities they live in.  They wish to continue to live where they have established roots.  Unfortunately this may not always be possible if there are safety risks and barriers in their homes.

Of today’s 85 year olds approximately one-third live with some sort of disability.  Older adults live for decades with a functional disability and if they cannot afford to make the necessary modifications in their own home they would be forced to live in a government funded nursing home. The costs to Medicaid of supporting 1 person in a nursing home is the same as supporting 3 people with supplementary services in their own home.

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This is where ReFIT (Remodeling for Independence Together), comes in. With the help of professional contractors working in the Portland area, such as Kennedy Restoration, we can provide in home modifications for older adults living under 80% of the median income for our area. With your help, older adults can stay in their homes, happy and healthy, for as long as possible.

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Check out some of our most recent stories here.

 

If you would like to get involved or make a donation, please go to our web site at www.refitportland.org and click on the tab “Want to Help”.   Or call us direct at 503-943-9544.

Your 4th of July Safety Guide!

Are you ready for this 4th of July weekend?  While the burn ban is still in effect for the Portland area, the ban on legal fireworks has been lifted.  That being said it is important to note how hot and dry the weather has been lately and to take the necessary precautions when celebrating the 4th of July this year.  We want you to have the best holiday ever, so here are a few tips to keep you, your family and your property safe this weekend:

Fire work safety:

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  • Light fireworks off a safe distance from your home, vehicle or any other structures; at least 25 feet.
  • Always light fireworks off a concrete surface or board, never directly off  the ground or near grass.
  • Have a bucket of water handy to completely extinguish all spent fireworks.  Have a fire extinguish nearby just in case a spark should catch.

Home safety

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  • Is your lawn bone dry from the heat wave?  Dry grass can catch fire very quickly, so make sure the grass and soil is damp before the festivities commence!  Water your lawn, mulch and shrubs continuously from now until the 4th.
  • Trim bushes to make sure they are not touching your house.  Should a spark cause a fire, you want to eliminate an easy path from your yard to your home.  Remove yard debris that may have gathered in window wells or around the edges of your property.
  • Remove leaves and pine needles from gutters; this would be a very easy place for a fire to start.  Spray down roof as much as possible.

 

Pet safety

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  • This can be a scary time for your furry friends!  Keep your pets indoors and comfortable as much as possible; if left outdoors your dog might panic and attempt to escape!
  • Once confined to a room in the house, leave the TV or music playing to calm your pet.  The continuous noise will make the sound of fireworks let startling.
  • An anxious dog can be destructive.  Give your pup an outlet for that nervous energy by providing him with appropriate, brain stimulating items to keep him occupied, like a Kong or frozen treat.

Stay safe and have fun this weekend!

Employee Highlight – Reba Bailey

Here at Kennedy Restoration we pride ourselves on the quality of work we are able to deliver to our customers.  A factor that greatly contributes to our expertise in the industry is our fantastic group of employees.  The employee highlights portion of our blog was created to give you the opportunity to get to know the tremendous staff of Kennedy Restoration.  Today we invite you to meet one of our estimators, Reba Bailey!

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I have been working in the restoration industry for 27 years.  I was an insurance adjuster for 11 years and have been an Estimator/Project Manager for 16 years now.  I enjoy working in this industry because I sincerely enjoy helping people.  I find it gratifying to know that I have helped someone through something such as a catastrophic loss to their homes, businesses or personal property.

 

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and have never worked outside of Oregon.  I am a true Native Oregonian and very proud of it!

 

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially at the Race Track!  I am part of a racing team, where we race late model and IMCA Modified cars on dirt tracks every weekend from April till November, all over the Northwest.

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I am also a huge sports fan, with NFL/College football being my favorite sport to watch on TV.  As a result, I am involved in a few different Fantasy Football leagues.  I cherish time outdoors in this beautiful state, and try to spend as much time as possible enjoying it, every way I can.