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Watch the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Logo Watch Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC

Enjoy watching the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!

Kickoff: 3:30 PM EST December 26th, 2020 at Gerald J Ford Stadium in Dallas Texas - Televised on ABC

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

"Playing on the Saturday after Christmas is a perfect fit for our game,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “We are very much looking forward to being able to thank our first responders on a national scale in front of an ABC audience.”

In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.

Ford Stadium was the site of the contest last December, marking the first time that the game, previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and TicketCity Bowl, was contested at a site other than Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Schools who have competed in the first decade of the First Responder Bowl include: Army West Point, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.

Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.

For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Child pumpkin carving with grandparents Look for fun things to do around the home with your family this Halloween!

When we think of 'Halloween Safety Tips' our first thoughts tend to be towards the safety of our children. Fire-resistant costumes and accessories, using reflective tape if out after dark, and always have an adult accompany young children when walking through the neighborhood or going to community events. 

One area that may be overlooked for safety is that of our senior citizens. With the current (as of October 2020) COVID-19 pandemic putting our seniors at a higher risk, and with Halloween being a festive time for visiting friends, families, and even trick-or-treating neighbors, senior safety is of upmost importance. 

Following are some tips to help reduce the risk during Halloween for our senior citizens in the Venice, Florida area:

  1. Follow local community guidelines for events and activities. As every community is different in how it is being affected by COVID-19, what is allowed in one state or town may not be in another. If traveling or a snowbird, check with the local authorities for any restrictions or advice.
  2. Wear a Mask! If you are wearing a decorative mask as part of a costume, please ensure it is protective or that you have a recommended protective face covering on below it.
  3. If you are staying home to hand out candy, ensure your home is well lit and that all walkways are clear of trip-hazards or fire-hazards (do not use flame-lit candles outside or anywhere near a curtain or other flammable objects). 
  4. Have someone spend the evening with you, or if you know someone who has dementia or a physical limitation, stay the evening or overnight with them to help them distribute candy and stay safe.  
  5. Use your peephole before answering the bell! Make sure you can clearly see who is at your doorstep before opening up. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door, keep it closed.
  6. When you are done handing out candy for the evening, put a 'Sorry no more candy!" sign on the porch to discourage more visitors. 

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for most, and by following some additional safety tips, it can be for all. Remember that for seniors who are suffering from dementia or have limitations, Halloween may not be that much fun due to noises, and an increase in visitors, door knocks, and doorbell rings. If you are trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, please keep this in mind and be respectful when visiting. 

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Senior citizen having his smoke alarm batteries changed Replace your smoke alarm batteries and ensure they work at least annually!

With cooler weather coming to even our area over the next few months, now is the time to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire in your home or place of business. Almost all fires are preventable, but when they happen, they can cause damage, stress, and loss to your family, possessions, and home.

Following are some tips that can help you ensure your family, home, and business are protected and prepared in the event there is a fire.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires and fire injuries and winter is the peak time for fire related deaths and injuries. Minimize your risk when cooking:

  • Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross (PS: It does get cold enough in Florida that you will need to heat your home!)

  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over

Along with cooking and heating, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:

  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet

Along with these tips to prevent fires, it is essential that your home and business are prepared in case there is a fire. That means:

  • Have an escape plan! Review it with the family and coworkers/staff to ensure everyone knows how to exit the building, where to meet, and how to provide first aid if necessary.
  • Check your smoke alarms and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf

By being prepared and knowing your plan, you and your family will be able to rest easier and have a greater chance of surviving a home fire.

Being a Part of the Community

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

The Maggio Family at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge Fun in the sun at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge

SERVPRO of Venice is proud to be a part of the Venice and surrounding area community. From the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, to Mangers of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (MOGCI) and Community Association Inc (CAI), you will find our locally owned SERVPRO represented. 

Why do we spend so much time volunteering in the community? Because we live here, work here, raise our families here and want to see our community prosper and enrich all who call this area home and those who visit our little piece of paradise. So if you see us at a Chamber, Board of Realtors, or any other community function, know that we are there because we care, and because we love to give back to the wonderful people who call Venice home.

Hurricane Preparedness - September is National Preparedness Month

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

gray background with emergency item icons and wording of “PREPARED NOT SCARED” Be prepared - Not scared

News & Updates You Can Use! With the current Hurricane season in full force, and with the potential of a major hurricane coming towards Florida, we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and #BePrepared.  Following are important local links for Charlotte and Sarasota County, including links for Shelters, Evacuation Zones, Emergency News and Updates, and More:Shelter and Evacuation Information:

Charlotte County Emergency Management Info:

Sarasota County Emergency Management Info

Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:

(You may need to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the above links. We are supplying this information as a service to our community but cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.) Stay safe and if you need any assistance after a storm event, please contact us 24/7 at 941-484-7777 

Venice Chamber Annual Golf Challenge!

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Bob Gillo of SERVPRO of Venice and Port Charlotte working the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Challenge Putting Contest

SERVPRO of Venice has been a proud sponsor of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge for the last 11 years. During that time we have had the privilege of awarding dozens of prizes to the winners of the Putting Contest that we sponsor. 

The Golf Challenge is the biggest fundraiser for the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and is always regarded as the most fun event that the organization hosts. SERVPRO of Venice always has a great time with the putting contest and we love to see how well our fellow Chamber members do throughout the day with their putting skills. Some amazing players participate, and some who just love to have fun :) 

Thank you again to everyone who took part in the Putting Contest and the Chamber Golf Challenge, and we'll see you next year too!

How to make your Emergency Survival Kit

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Build your Emergency Survival Kit today!

Have you ever wondered how to make your own 'Emergency Survival Kit"? Check out the following YouTube video from the American Red Cross featuring actress and volunteer Jaimie Lee Curtis:

American Red Cross: Let's Make a Survival Kit with Jamie Lee Curtis

 Along with the above video, featured below is information on the basics you should have to be prepared. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit


A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Thank you for visiting and call SERVPRO of Venice at 941-484-7777 for more tips or information on how to prepare you home or business with an Emergency Ready Plan.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of National Preparedness Month!

Plan to Stay in Business!  As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow. This September, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business; encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment. This year, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, with support from Coalition Members across the nation, including a wide range of businesses and organizations, is focusing NPM on encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready. We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, neighborhoods, and communities are Ready. Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The Business section of Ready.gov contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business and their unique needs during an emergency. For more information on NPM, or for help preparing your business, call 1-800-BE-READY, 1- 888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visit Ready.gov/business where business owners can download or order free Ready information, publications, and much more. Please use the hashtag #NATLPREP on Social Media to search for updates and discuss how you and your business are going to #BePrepared

SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

Preparation is the key to minimizing the damage during an emergency. When disaster strikes, it is often difficult to make a logical, smart decision with a limited amount of time and a lot of stress and pressure. However, with a careful preparation plan in place, emergency situations can be managed and resolved quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO has become a master of dealing with and fixing disasters. Leading the nation in both residential and commercial restoration, SERVPRO is able to cleanup structural damage caused by water, fire, mold, soot, and more. When an emergency occurs, SERVPRO is always there to clean up the mess to limit the devastation that a disaster can have on people and their community.

With a comprehensive understanding of disaster relief, SERPVRO has officially teamed up with The American Red Cross as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating program. In doing so, SERPVRO will play a major role in making sure that homeowners and business owners are prepared and ready to handle disaster. Using the 1-2-3 Assessment, the Ready Rating Program helps organizations to better understand their current level of preparedness through a measurement and scoring system. Once a Ready Rating Score is given, the organization is now able to utilize the program’s tips and best practices to help improve their score over time.

Dominick Tolli, the Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross stated, “We are excited to have SERVPRO as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO understands the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they happen.  As a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, SERVPRO is helping businesses, schools and organizations become more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.”


Preparing for a disaster before it happens is absolutely critical to minimizing damage and cost associated with the emergency. SERVPRO of Venice has spent decades helping to speed up the recovery process following a disaster or emergency for homes and businesses across the country. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective, and reliable fire and water cleanup and restoration, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today at (941) 484-7777 to learn more.

Severe Weather Information for the Venice Florida Area

7/8/2014 (Permalink)

Hurricane Andrew approaching Florida in '92

As part of our interest in helping our fellow Venice Florida community, we are providing this Sever Weather Information section here. We will have links below to weather information for both Hurricane, and local weather. As tropical storms or hurricanes come our way, we will provide updates for those specific storms as well.

Be sure to check out our Hurricane Readiness Kit blog here; http://www.servprovenice.com/newsandupdatespost/2090/community/hurricane-preparedness-kit

Here are some National Weather sources: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/

For local weather, you check out the following for current conditions and alerts: http://www.heraldtribune.com/section/weather and http://www.mysuncoast.com/weather/

We will do our best to provide storm information as they come, but the above links will be very reliable for you. 

Thank you!

Hurricane Preparedness Kit

6/5/2014 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Venice we want to make sure all in our community are ready and prepared for Hurricane Season. Below are links and information borrowed from them that describe some of the basics you should have to be prepared for this upcoming Hurricane season. As with any general plan, always review it based on local and specific family needs and make adjustments accordingly. Information used is from the following link: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit


A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

SERVPRO of Venice is on Facebook, Twitter, and More!

5/9/2014 (Permalink)

"Like It Never Even Happened"

SERVPRO of Venice is now Active on Social Media.

Hello Everyone! We are happy to announce that SERVPRO of Venice is now actively posting and communicating with our customers and those who want to know more about us on the following social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/servproveniceflorida

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SERVPROVeniceFL

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/servprovenicefl/

Google Plus (For Both Venice and Port Charlotte): https://www.google.com/+ServproFireWaterCleanupPortCharlotte