Disaster Restoration Specialists Stand Ready to Respond in Wake of Deadly and Destructive Tornadoes

Tornado watches and warnings are posted from the Ohio Valley into the Tennessee Valley
and several states are already reporting damage from these powerful storms

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (March 2, 2012)—In the aftermath of a deadly tornado outbreak, which has battered and drenched multiple cities across the Mid-West and South over the past two days, disaster experts from ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) have positioned crews, equipment and command centers and stand ready to assist with clean-up efforts today and throughout the weekend. ServiceMaster offers residential and commercial disaster recovery experts and vast resources to handle any size disaster and are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to mitigate claim severity and minimize business interruption. 

A ServiceMaster disaster response team that managed the clean up following last year’s deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo., has been in Branson, Mo. since minutes after the storm hit responding to both residential and commercial claims resulting from Wednesday’s EF2 tornado there.  “Every disaster is different,” said Mark Fischer, managing director of SRM,  “and this week of deadly tornadoes is no exception. It is a rare outbreak and one that could cause additional destruction across more states before the weekend is over. Our job is to manage and mobilize the recovery effort so that residents can return to their homes, businesses can get back in business and communities can get back on their feet. We are ready.”

The ServiceMaster team is a recognized leader in residential and commercial disaster recovery efforts with experience in 27 different countries on countless disasters, including clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon after Sept. 11, 2001, and most recently in Thailand in response to the historic flooding.  If your home or business is impacted by these tornadoes or another disaster, contact ServiceMaster Clean at 1-800-RESPOND (737-7663) or for commercial large loss specialists, call ServiceMaster Recovery Management at 1-800-SRM-6710 (776-6710). Our network of experienced disaster recovery professionals can be on-site within two to four hours. This prompt action can save valuable documents, inventory and property that might otherwise be unsalvageable.

About ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Recovery Management

ServiceMaster Clean has been helping people get their lives back on track following such catastrophes for more than 60 years and has the recovery programs in place to quickly restore peace of mind. With nearly 3,200 franchise locations in the US and Canada, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide cleaning and restoration resulting from damage caused by water or fire, janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care and residential carpet and upholstery cleaning. Visit our website at www.servicemasterclean.com.   ServiceMaster Recovery Management is the catastrophic disaster restoration unit and can handle any size loss and respond immediately to begin the process of disaster mitigation, management and restoration for large commercial businesses hit by tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding or fire. SRM specializes in minimizing business interruption in disaster impacted areas so that companies may rapidly return to pre-loss conditions. Visit our website at www.srmcat.com.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 6,900 company-owned, franchise and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 21,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serves more than 8.2 million customers every year.  Our brands hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn, tree and shrub care, termite and pest control, home warranties, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow us at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

Gina Evans Kamler

ServiceMaster Clean

(901) 597-1380