Here in Western North Carolina, we are subject to an awful lot of rainfall. The past few years have been especially bad for rain storms, and there’s a frequent occurrence of the emergency alert system going off on our cellphones warning of “flash floods” due to the accumulation of rainfall that have been recorded by local weather stations.

According to FEMA’s flood plain map, much of Hendersonville is located within a flood zone. Maybe you’ve noticed after a rainstorm how deep the water gets up off of Greenville Highway by The Fresh Market, or perhaps downtown Hendersonville, with numerous other riverside neighborhoods, towns and bridges in the area getting flooded out after a rain storm. To find out if your neighborhood, city or town is located in a flood plain, click here and type your address in to assess your risk.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster that occurs in the United States according to Floods are caused by heavy rainfall, melting snow and ice, coastal storms, and overflows of dams and other water systems throughout the U.S. They are one of the most underrated disasters, killing nearly 100 people annually in the U.S. alone, with trends showing a gradual increase of deaths by flooding over the past few years. Flooding has cost the U.S roughly $75 billion worth of damage over the past several decades according to CNBC. That article is here.

It’s been a little over a year since the pandemic took hold on an international scale. Many businesses shut their doors a couple of months into the COVID crisis, and many are remaining closed for a bit longer. Essential businesses remained opened but had to cut down on the number of employees they had and transition over into remote work where it was possible.

Nowadays it’s not uncommon to get a temperature check anywhere you shop, go to the gym, or even at work before you can walk in. This has been one of the many changes we’ve faced during this pandemic, and now that cases are dropping, businesses are beginning to open their doors again and bring their restless employees back to the office.

How are they doing it safely? They’re investing in temperature check stations, additional cleaning and disinfecting staff, limiting the amount of people that can be in the office at one time, and shutting down any room or rooms that are unnecessary for doing business at this time. Below we are going to discuss what you can do to help your employees feel safe returning to the office.

You’ve likely heard about carbon monoxide (CO) and the dangers it presents. CO is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that’s nearly impossible to detect unless you have CO detectors. When it’s inhaled, CO displaces the amount of oxygen in your blood stream as well as depriving other major organs such as the heart, brain, and lungs, eventually leading to suffocation if not caught in time. Large amounts of CO in the air can overcome a person in minutes, causing a loss of consciousness and death before you even realize what’s happening.

Does office fire safety have you concerned? You’ve come to the right place. If you’re a fan of "The Office," you might remember the episode where Dwight decides to light up a cigarette and throw it in a trashcan filled with paper in order to conduct a “fire safety training” for employees. Of course, the training doesn’t go as planned, and chaos ensues. (You can watch the hilarious results on YouTube.) To help you avoid fire emergency chaos in your office, we’ve got some great tips and ideas for preventing fires and promoting an employee safety plan — all without using a lit cigarette! Listed below are 5 things you should do to create a complete fire safety plan for your office that will give everyone the best shot at preparedness and will limit losses to your business.

Garages are great. In fact, they might be one of the most hardworking spaces in our homes. You’ve probably got everything from kids’ toys to leftover cans of paint stored in your garage, and maybe even enough room to park your car! No matter how you use your garage, it’s important to keep everything properly organized, stored, and secured to avoid potential hazards and security issues.

Building and managing a business is a lot of work. There are employees to hire and train, marketing and advertising to plan, accounts to maintain, regulations to follow, and of course, customers to keep happy. But if you’ve overlooked installing a strong, quality security system for your Western North Carolina business, you could lose everything you’ve worked so hard for. We’re always surprised how many business owners don't have a comprehensive security system, or even have no system at all.

It’s tough to think of everything you might need for your commercial security system, and many business owners are so busy, they don’t have time to consider it. The most helpful thing you can do to protect your business is to consult with a professional security company. Here’s a comprehensive list of information you can provide to the security company, as well as the best questions to ask them to make sure you’re getting the right security system for your company.

You gave the key to your house to your babysitter last summer, but now she’s not working for you. Your family just bought a house and moved in. You thought you had a spare key hidden somewhere on your property, but now you can’t remember where you put it. These are all situations when you need to rekey or even entirely change the locks on your doors. While rekeying is less expensive, changing out the entire locking mechanism provides the most security. Read on to find out when you should rekey, and when it’s time to completely change your locks.