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Tips for the Brutal Winter Climate and Weather
Winter is coming. While all you Game of Thrones fans may chuckle at that reference, Winter conditions in New England are not to be trifled with. We are well past the hot summer days and November is just around the corner. With November comes the great holiday we all know as Thanksgiving, but November also brings in the start of windy, gusty cold weather.
Once the calendar turns to November, snow, and hail is not too far behind. So before the crazy cold and snowy weather hits, here are some tips the get your house ready for an unpredictable Winter.
-Dress appropriately and in layers. It is not summer anymore.
-Double check and make sure none of your furniture is impeding and interfering with your heating systems or heating vents.
-Make sure to check and clean your gutters
During the winter time, power outages are pretty common amongst home owners. Planning ahead for power outages is critical because it can make one's life a whole lot easier and mitigate the situation. Plan ahead and stock up on winter essentials in case power is lost in your home. Always make sure you have a Big, durable shovel somewhere in your home and have salt to melt ice stored in a safe place. Stock up on cases of water and Meals that are ready to eat known as MREs.
Overall, being prepared and planning ahead for winter weather and storms will pay huge dividends. Trust us, we know.
SERVPRO First Responders Bowl
This year on December 30th 2019, a college bowl game known as the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl will be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium located at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Kickoff is set for 11:30 AM.
The SERVPRO First Responders Bowl honors the First Responders in America who serve and protect everyday citizens. First Responders often put others before themselves and the SERVPRO First Responders bowl game would like to pay it forward by allowing first responders to claim upwards of four free tickets to the game. While it has to be a first responder ordering the tickets, please note that anyone can use the complimentary tickets.
The two division one college teams set to play in this bowl game will be determined at the end of November. Last season it was Boston College against Boise State.
So, to all the first responders, come join us celebrate your work and efforts while watching a riveting sport like Football. Let us show you appreciation for putting yourselves on the line each and every day.
To all first responders, thank you today and everyday. Hope to see you there!
September National Preparedness Takeaways
September is coming to a close but it is important to remember why every September is National Preparedness month. Hurricanes, storms, power outages and fires of severe magnitudes can occur at anytime so it is imperative to always have a plan for safety.
Just a month ago we saw Hurricane Dorian devastate areas near southern Florida. Hurricane Dorian was one of the most potent storms on record with wind speeds over 180 miles per hour. While no human being is capable of stopping or slowing down a Catergory five hurricane like Dorian, humans are capable of planning safe evacuation routes and meeting points.
Hurricane Dorian serves as a reminder that it is a good idea to plan for emergencies with your family members and pets. Do not leave your pets behind during emergencies unless you have no other choice.
Here are some good takeaways everyone should remember going forward even as September ends.
-Always have a portable first aid kit in your residence filled with adequate supplies.
- Pay attention to the news and stay up to date with current events
-Prepare Emergency Ready to go bags for each person in your family
-Practice an evacuation plan with your family members and in addition to that have a designated meeting spot in case of an emergency.
-Always have a couple of cases of bottled water and quick, ready to made meals waiting in your garage
National Preparedness Month
This September is National Preparedness Month. This is a movement that occurs every September in an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of our environment. The 2019 slogan is Prepared Not Scared. #BeReady #Preparednotscared
SERVPRO would like to remind everyone that Disasters of any magnitude involving flooding, storms, severe weather, power outages, and tornadoes can occur at any time so it is always important to be prepared and plan ahead.
National Preparedness Month is dedicated towards helping, promoting, and making people aware that they need to be ready for emergency situations. Everyone needs to be educated on what to do and how to act during emergency situations because that can be the key to survival.
Disasters can happen and it is better to be safe than sorry when emergencies strikes. Make a plan and practice with your family. Prepare now and learn how at ready.gov
Lisa's Recipe For The Perfect Chili
Office Administrator, Lisa Daiute grew up eating this savory Chili made by her favorite uncle David. Throughout the years she has continued this delicious tradition in her own home, making it for her roommates and family.
The Perfect Chili Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup masa harina (corn flour, found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
- One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- Shredded Cheddar, for serving
- Chopped onions, for serving
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- Lime wedges, for serving
Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.
After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and /or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.
SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford will be hosting a Lexington vs. Bedford softball game on Saturday, July 23, 2016
Flyer for the event.
SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford will be hosting a Lexington vs. Bedford softball game on Saturday, July 23, 2016 to benefit local food pantries. We are looking for sponsors and players.
We will be playing at the Springs Brook Park, 181 Springs Rd., Bedford, Mass. Warm-ups will begin at 9:00 am and then the game starts at 10:00 am. All players are asked to bring a glove and a non-perishable food item that we will donate to a local food pantry.
Each player will receive a t-shirt, and SERVPRO® will serve hot dogs and chips after the game. Players are encouraged to bring their families and enjoy the picnic!
In addition to bragging rights, a trophy will be awarded to the Chamber of Commerce in the winning community.
If you would like to play, please contact Maria Aguirre at 781-861-0500 for more information.
We are also looking for sponsors for the game. Sponsorships cost $50. Sponsors logos will be printed on the players’ t-shirts, and sponsors are welcome to bring a tent and pass out marketing materials at the game.
If you would like to be a sponsor, please make your check payable to Maria Aguirre and mail it to 50 Sun St. Ste. 1, Waltham, Mass. 02453. We must receive payment by July 15, 2016 to include your logo on the t-shirts.
Please Join Us
The SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford franchise has hosted a Lexington vs. Bedford game the past two years that has been a lot of fun. Lexington won the first year, and last year was Bedford’s turn to dominate. Now that we are also the SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland franchise, we are looking forward to establishing a rivalry between Waltham and Watertown as well.
If you have any questions about playing or sponsoring the game, please call 781-861-0500 and speak to Maria. Click here ==> Softball List to be added to our email list and receive updates.
SERVPRO of Lexington/Bedford Moves to Waltham
Garage space at SERVPRO's new location.
SERVPRO of Lexington/Bedford has been serving Massachussets for over 30 years and has recently purchased the SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland franchise. The office location will be moved to 50A Sun Street in Waltham, MA on February 1, 2015! The office is located close to the downtown area of Waltham and is over 10,000 square feet. An open house will be planed for the Summer of 2015.