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Fire Tips

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross has already responded to more than 20,000 house fires this year, and that is only some of the fires that have occurred.

Smoke detectors will always be the best way to protect your home and your life, but there are a few other things you can do to make your home more fire-safe. Even cleaning up can protect and prevent fires in your home.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter might already be your least favorite topic, but it can also be creating a fire hazard in your home. When stairwells and hallways are filled with unused items, it can not only block an exit in the event of an emergency, but it can actually fuel a fire and help it progress faster.

Clothing or other cloth items left near a water heater can start a fire. Open spaces not only mean you are able to get out faster if a fire does start, it also means any fire will burn slower.

Another area you should pay careful attention to is extension cords. Overloaded extension cords are a common source of fire in the home. Clear out unused electrical appliances and unplug anything you don’t use frequently.

Take a look around your home and make sure there is plenty of space between your furniture and wall outlets to ensure proper air flow and prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your home can be protected from fires that start outside with some intentional landscaping in your yard. When you strategically lay out your trees and plants, it allows space for firemen to work and can stop a fire before it reaches your front door.

Landscaping your yard to be fire-safe is called creating defensible zones. Some states like California have actually established defensible zone requirements due to extremely effective defense they provide, but no matter where you are this type of landscaping is smart to include in your yard.

With Manistee National Forest in our backyard, creating defensible zones is especially essential for us. The month of May brought a number of red flag warnings, which signify an extreme risk of fire. Keep your yard clear of dead plants, limbs and leaves to offer additional protection as well.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Clearing clutter in the home and yard are not the only thing you can do to protect from fire. Give your stove a good deep-cleaning and have your chimney cleaned and inspected regularly to eliminate two other areas of the home with a high risk of fire.

It isn’t only hard work and deep-cleaning that lowers your risk, though. Dusting is also a great way to prevent fire. Pay special attention to dust collecting around appliances and outlets.

Our houses provide so much for us today—office space, classrooms, play and relaxation. Provide a safe environment for your home by keeping it clean and preventing the devastation fire could cause.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today @ 231-723-4872 we're available 24/7/365.

What Sets SERVPRO apart?

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

Locally owned businesses are the heart of this country, and have been since its start. We all patronize multiple businesses in a day between work, play and filling our homes with all the things that we need.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day of operating. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady rise in the United States. In the last five years, there has been close to $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a steep increase over previous periods.

Here in Northern Michigan, it may be hard to imagine any weather other than cold and snow, especially as our winter lingers well past spring. As our weather does slowly warm, however, snowmelt and ice dams can lead to swollen rivers and flooded roads.

The more we learn about potential disasters across the nation and right here at home, the better we can prepare and keep our businesses safe.

Water Damage

Damage from water can happen in so many different ways that moisture has become one of the top threats to businesses across the nation. Flooding from heavy rain, a burst pipe or even a drippy faucet can cause extensive damage on commercial property.

Exterior flooding from excessive rains or overflowing rivers can seep through floors and the seals on your doors, which can lead to damage to your foundation. If the exterior of your building allows it, landscaping can be strategically placed to divert water away from your building as a preventive measure. This is especially essential in our towns when snow and ice begin to melt.

Water damage from interior sources can happen over an extended period of time when a drip is left unfixed. Your plumbing should be inspected on a regular basis for signs of leaks. You should also watch walls and floors for water damage including warping and discoloration.

Keeping up with building maintenance can save an immense amount of money on costly repairs.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile or an entire community of businesses, seemingly at random. Even a power outage or a downed tree caused by a mild storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

If a powerful storm with strong winds, hail and a tornado moves through, there is the potential for irreversible damage, or even the complete loss of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

There are steps you can take to limit the amount of damage your building sustains. Costly measures like updating your windows and roof are highly effective, but even low cost efforts can make a big difference.

Keep your building maintained and regularly inspected to ensure everything is working as it should before a storm rolls in. Keep trees trimmed and limbs removed, and ensure any outdoor furniture is anchored properly to prevent damage to both your building and your employees.

Know Who to Call

Your commercial property can be damaged in a number of ways, but water and storm damage are the two most common. These events can be completely devastating and force a business to close for an extended amount of time or even permanently.

Fortunately, we are your backyard restoration professionals. Because we are locally owned and operated, you can call us 24/7/365 and we will respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our team is your neighbor, and we want to work with you to create a plan and timeline that gets you back in business faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today @ 231-723-4872.

What Sets SERVPRO apart?

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

Locally owned businesses are the heart of this country, and have been since its start. We all patronize multiple businesses in a day between work, play and filling our homes with all the things that we need.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day of operating. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady rise in the United States. In the last five years, there has been close to $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a steep increase over previous periods.

Here in Northern Michigan, it may be hard to imagine any weather other than cold and snow, especially as our winter lingers well past spring. As our weather does slowly warm, however, snowmelt and ice dams can lead to swollen rivers and flooded roads.

The more we learn about potential disasters across the nation and right here at home, the better we can prepare and keep our businesses safe.

Water Damage

Damage from water can happen in so many different ways that moisture has become one of the top threats to businesses across the nation. Flooding from heavy rain, a burst pipe or even a drippy faucet can cause extensive damage on commercial property.

Exterior flooding from excessive rains or overflowing rivers can seep through floors and the seals on your doors, which can lead to damage to your foundation. If the exterior of your building allows it, landscaping can be strategically placed to divert water away from your building as a preventive measure. This is especially essential in our towns when snow and ice begin to melt.

Water damage from interior sources can happen over an extended period of time when a drip is left unfixed. Your plumbing should be inspected on a regular basis for signs of leaks. You should also watch walls and floors for water damage including warping and discoloration.

Keeping up with building maintenance can save an immense amount of money on costly repairs.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile or an entire community of businesses, seemingly at random. Even a power outage or a downed tree caused by a mild storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

If a powerful storm with strong winds, hail and a tornado moves through, there is the potential for irreversible damage, or even the complete loss of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

There are steps you can take to limit the amount of damage your building sustains. Costly measures like updating your windows and roof are highly effective, but even low cost efforts can make a big difference.

Keep your building maintained and regularly inspected to ensure everything is working as it should before a storm rolls in. Keep trees trimmed and limbs removed, and ensure any outdoor furniture is anchored properly to prevent damage to both your building and your employees.

Know Who to Call

Your commercial property can be damaged in a number of ways, but water and storm damage are the two most common. These events can be completely devastating and force a business to close for an extended amount of time or even permanently.

Fortunately, we are your backyard restoration professionals. Because we are locally owned and operated, you can call us 24/7/365 and we will respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our team is your neighbor, and we want to work with you to create a plan and timeline that gets you back in business faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today @ 231-723-4872.

The Facts about Commercial Damages

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Keeping a business afloat takes all the help you can get. When you manage a property or own a business, you know that you need every available hand to keep things running smoothly. When something causes a major disruption or a loss, it can be devastating for you and your property.

The good news is that your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a silent partner built in, and it’s right here in your Ludington backyard. SERVPRO is ready to carry the burden of emergency planning and deep-cleaning to keep your business success plan on track. We are your ally, invested in your business.

Large loss recovery. Flooding, fires and storms are leading causes of loss for businesses. These disasters cause massive damage across the United States, particularly when response time doesn’t happen quickly. Our Michigan weather can certainly be extreme, and we understand how devastating a winter storm can be to a business. SERVPRO is ready to respond with our highly trained employees and proven emergency services to start your recovery faster, 24 hours a day.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery begins before a disaster strikes when your business is ready. We can create a plan that covers your needs comprehensively. Our Emergency Ready Plans can include everything from alternate work locations to chain of command and temporary vendors. When you say “go,” the plan takes action and restoration for your business begins.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We can cover any deep-cleaning you and your business could ever need. SERVPRO has cleaned a long time, and we can handle basic deep-cleaning of high traffic areas, carpets and upholstery, as well as specialty cleaning needs including trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal. We have a solution for any situation.

Restoration Services. Heavy rains started a flood. The new employee burned food in the cafeteria. A pipe burst. Your business is going to have lots of different restoration needs, and SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac is ready for all of them. We have lived and served in the Western Michigan area for a long time and we are ready to get your business back to work through restoration, cleaning or removal.

Industry Specialization. There isn’t an industry we haven’t worked with as we have served in our community over the decades. Whatever your business requires, we are prepared. In many cases, we can even restore or repair without disrupting your regular business flow.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Stay Safe with Understanding

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

When the weather gets scary, information and plans can get easily confused. There are around 42 different kinds of weather alerts from seven different categories. That is a lot to sort through when you are trying to protect your family.

When you have an understanding of different weather advisories, it means you are able to get to safety faster. It also means you can take proactive action now in order to protect your property and prevent damages later.

An overall knowledge of several kinds of weather events is good, but it is crucial to understand what the alerts we will most often see in Michigan mean.

How Alerts Are Issued

Have you ever wondered where weather alerts come from? Forecasts are just predictions, so how is a storm’s location, severity and length watched? There are a few answers to those questions.

You probably already know the name the National Weather Service, but were you aware they create weather forecasts and issue any warnings needed? There are six different regional offices and more than 100 forecasting offices around the nation, which means our forecast is localized and accurate. For us in the Manistee area, our weather forecasting office is located in Grand Rapids.

Meteorologists at the NWS use several different forms of information in order to create a forecast, including seismic activity, solar activity, sensors and satellite radar. The data used will depend on the weather coming, but the result is the same: to create an accurate and dependable forecast.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Even with so many different types of alerts, it is important that everyone around the United States understands the difference between a watch and a warning. This is language that will be included in almost every situation, including winter storms, flooding, ice storms and thunderstorms.

watch means you should begin protecting your home for severe weather. Watches are issued to cover a large area, while a warning will be issued when a storm has been located in a smaller location, such as a single county or city. When a warning is issued, you should take any necessary steps to protect your home and your life, including moving to safety right away.

It is also crucial to understand the weather alerts we are most likely to see here at home. In our typically cold climate, this means knowing what to do during winter storms, ice storms and freezing temperatures.

We also need to have a good knowledge of flood warnings when the snow melt begins and our rivers start to overfill. While we enjoy our typically mild summers, we do still have to stay alert for the occasional severe thunderstorm as well.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Understanding multiple kinds of weather alerts is a great step in protecting your loved ones and avoiding damage to your home, but there are also a few other things you can do before the storm moves in.

Maintain your gutters on a regular basis and secure your outdoor furniture to avoid flood damage and wind damage before a storm rolls in. Ensure there is a location in your house with emergency supplies for your family to safely shelter in place, and create an exit plan for when you need to get out.

Once the storm is gone and it is safe to do so, take a look at your property and survey any damages. Take some pictures and give SERVPRO a call right away. We are available 247 to start your recovery faster and get your restoration completed.

Learn as much as you can about our hometown weather and stay safe no matter what happens. We all know with proper preparation we can ride out any storm well.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Call us at 231-723-4872

Let SERVPRO handle your restoration needs

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

We are small business owners like so many of you, and we understand how stressful a typical day can be. Never-ending to-do’s in the midst of trying to make your business a success is a lot to handle, and if a disaster strikes, it can feel like your whole world is falling apart.

Although natural disasters can’t be prevented or sometimes even predicted, you can prepare yourself for them. And we know that disasters don’t just strike your business, so that means being prepared at home as well.

In order to be prepared, you will need an emergency plan. The American Red Cross is a great place to start putting together information. They have compiled data from natural disasters all across the United States and offer a wide variety of items that can help get you prepared.

When you are ready to seek out more local information, bookmark our state emergency management page as a go-to source for the disasters we most commonly see across all of Michigan. You should also familiarize yourself with our county’s website so that you can reference it before, during and after an event has occurred.

Regardless of the kind of emergency you have, response time will always be the most essential part of your recovery. The sooner restoration can start, the less damage your property will have. That is why you should make SERVPRO one of your first calls after an event.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We have seen a wide variety of situations. All across the United States, people will see disasters that lead to restoration needs, but every scenario will look different.

Flooding serves as a great example of an incredibly common natural disaster that results in anything but common damages. Every year, nearly 14 million homes are at risk of flooding, but each home that does will have completely different restoration needs.

Our team is trained to handle any kind of job, regardless of scale. We will create an individualized plan that will meet the unique needs of the job at hand.

We have 247 availability, 365 days a year. The most important thing to know about damage restoration is that you need to act as fast as possible in order to slow down the extent of property damage done. The faster you respond, the sooner you can get back to your life.

When a home takes on water from any source, the damages begin immediately. Furniture will be saturated, fabrics will absorb water and paint could begin to peel. The longer water sits, the more time mold and mildew have to set up and weaken the structure of your home.

That is why SERVPRO is always ready to take your call and start your recovery.

We do more than just the simple. We won’t simply restore damages—we will take on the entire project in order to see it through completion.

This can include packing up items, rebuilding rooms and working with your insurance agent to ensure your claim is handled properly. It is our goal to assist you with anything you need and make your recovery as easy as possible.

Regardless of the kind of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac has got your back. We have been around for years, and with our training, expertise and industry-leading equipment, we will have your home or business back to preloss condition before you ever thought possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Call SERVPRO at 231-723-4872

Understanding Storm Alerts

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

When the weather gets scary, information and plans can get easily confused. There are around 42 different kinds of weather alerts from seven different categories. That is a lot to sort through when you are trying to protect your family.

When you have an understanding of different weather advisories, it means you are able to get to safety faster. It also means you can take proactive action now in order to protect your property and prevent damages later.

An overall knowledge of several kinds of weather events is good, but it is crucial to understand what the alerts we will most often see in Michigan mean.

How Alerts Are Issued

Have you ever wondered where weather alerts come from? Forecasts are just predictions, so how is a storm’s location, severity and length watched? There are a few answers to those questions.

You probably already know the name the National Weather Service, but were you aware they create weather forecasts and issue any warnings needed? There are six different regional offices and more than 100 forecasting offices around the nation, which means our forecast is localized and accurate. For us in the Manistee area, our weather forecasting office is located in Grand Rapids.

Meteorologists at the NWS use several different forms of information in order to create a forecast, including seismic activity, solar activity, sensors and satellite radar. The data used will depend on the weather coming, but the result is the same: to create an accurate and dependable forecast.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Even with so many different types of alerts, it is important that everyone around the United States understands the difference between a watch and a warning. This is language that will be included in almost every situation, including winter storms, flooding, ice storms and thunderstorms.

watch means you should begin protecting your home for severe weather. Watches are issued to cover a large area, while a warning will be issued when a storm has been located in a smaller location, such as a single county or city. When a warning is issued, you should take any necessary steps to protect your home and your life, including moving to safety right away.

It is also crucial to understand the weather alerts we are most likely to see here at home. In our typically cold climate, this means knowing what to do during winter storms, ice storms and freezing temperatures.

We also need to have a good knowledge of flood warnings when the snow melt begins and our rivers start to overfill. While we enjoy our typically mild summers, we do still have to stay alert for the occasional severe thunderstorm as well.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Understanding multiple kinds of weather alerts is a great step in protecting your loved ones and avoiding damage to your home, but there are also a few other things you can do before the storm moves in.

Maintain your gutters on a regular basis and secure your outdoor furniture to avoid flood damage and wind damage before a storm rolls in. Ensure there is a location in your house with emergency supplies for your family to safely shelter in place, and create an exit plan for when you need to get out.

Once the storm is gone and it is safe to do so, take a look at your property and survey any damages. Take some pictures and give SERVPRO a call right away. We are available 247 to start your recovery faster and get your restoration completed.

If you find your home in need after one of these sitautions give SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac a call at 231-723-4872

 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

The Facts About Commercial Damages:

Locally owned businesses are the heart of this country, and have been since its start. We all patronize multiple businesses in a day between work, play and filling our homes with all the things that we need.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day of operating. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady rise in the United States. In the last five years, there has been close to $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a steep increase over previous periods.

In the Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac areas, it may be hard to imagine any weather other than cold and snow, especially as our winter lingers well past spring. As our weather does slowly warm, however, snowmelt and ice dams can lead to swollen rivers and flooded roads.

The rain that this past May brought only added to the danger of flooding. This danger is a good reminder of why we should always be prepared for anything that Mother Nature may bring our way.

The more we learn about potential disasters across the nation and right here at home, the better we can prepare and keep our businesses safe.

Water Damage

Damage from water can happen in so many different ways that moisture has become one of the top threats to businesses across the nation. Flooding from heavy rain, a burst pipe or even a drippy faucet can cause extensive damage on commercial property.

Exterior flooding from excessive rains or overflowing rivers can seep through floors and the seals on your doors, which can lead to damage to your foundation. If the exterior of your building allows it, landscaping can be strategically placed to divert water away from your building as a preventive measure. This is especially essential in our towns when snow and ice begin to melt.

Water damage from interior sources can happen over an extended period of time when a drip is left unfixed. Your plumbing should be inspected on a regular basis for signs of leaks. You should also watch walls and floors for water damage including warping and discoloration.

Keeping up with building maintenance can save an immense amount of money on costly repairs.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile or an entire community of businesses, seemingly at random. Even a power outage or a downed tree caused by a mild storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

If a powerful storm with strong winds, hail and a tornado moves through, there is the potential for irreversible damage, or even the complete loss of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

There are steps you can take to limit the amount of damage your building sustains. Costly measures like updating your windows and roof are highly effective, but even low cost efforts can make a big difference.

Keep your building maintained and regularly inspected to ensure everything is working as it should before a storm rolls in. Keep trees trimmed and limbs removed, and ensure any outdoor furniture is anchored properly to prevent damage to both your building and your employees.

Know Who to Call

Your commercial property can be damaged in a number of ways, but water and storm damage are the two most common. These events can be completely devastating and force a business to close for an extended amount of time or even permanently.

Fortunately, we are your backyard restoration professionals. Because we are locally owned and operated, you can call us 24/7 and we will respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our team is your neighbor, and we want to work with you to create a plan and timeline that gets you back in business faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial restoration services, call SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac 24/7 @ 231-723-4872

What Sets SERVPRO apart?

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for your business to be sidelined with fire or water damage. We know that every hour your business is out of commission is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. When you need professional cleaning or restoration services, we have the training, expertise, and resources to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water or fire damage.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  If your business runs into trouble call SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac to make it "Like it never even happened."231-723-4872.

After the fire

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. The experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. There are several immediate issues that need addressed. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (231) 723-4872

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. If you call during business hours, the office staff will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. After hours calls will be answered by our trained answering service who will get the basic information (name and best contact number) and will page one of the owners or managers on call. We will then immediately return your call and get the process started.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

As soon as the fire department clears the site and the fire marshal gives the go ahead (may not be necessary on smaller fires), we carefully inspect and test of your home or property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. At this time we can answer any questions you or your insurance agent or adjuster may have and gather information allowing us to provide a price to clean the structure and contents.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. Unfortunately, there are people who prey on home and business owners who have suffered a loss. They are not above following a fire truck and coming back later to see what isn’t secured. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac can provide security with board-up and roof-tarp services.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

If the fire is severe and your electric service is compromised, SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac can help get power restored. We can also help get heat restored if freezing temperatures are an issue. The water removal process begins almost immediately (if power is available) and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Often once the drying is complete, (usually 3-4 days or less) an adjuster approved estimate has been prepared and contracts signed. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac crews are then ready to start cleaning your home or business. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Normal procedures include HEPA vacuuming (if necessary) followed by wet cleaning hard surfaces and non-pourus surfaces. If needed, we can clean many contents with our ultra-sonic cleaning machine. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers, ozone generators, and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac is a full service restoration company. Our general contracting license allows our in-house carpenters and sub-contractors to safely restore your home or business. We follow all Michigan building codes and OHSA rules to protect you and our employees.