Berks company prepares volunteers for Harvey restoration

Floodwaters are starting to recede in and around Houston, and volunteers are pouring into the area to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

"There's so many contaminants and things that you have to be cautious of in floodwater," said Lisa Lavender, CFO of Berks Fire Water Restorations.

Lavender said the conditions could be dangerous.

"Water, as it sits, it actually worsens in category," she said, "and then we also have issues that are not far behind, around the corner, that we have to be concerned about, like mold."

So the folks at Berks Fire Water teamed up with their affiliate, Restoration Technical Institute, to bring free webinars to volunteers and victims.

"It's very important that everybody interacting and working in these types of regions that have been affected by floodwaters understands the hazard and take the appropriate safety precautions," said Lavender.

The webinars are available on the Berks Fire Water Facebook page. One gives safety tips to volunteers who are navigating through conditions like the ones in Texas. That session runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday from 1-2 p.m., another teaches the ins and outs of flood insurance.

"For those of us who aren't able to physically go down there and help in some way, it's kind of made us think, 'Well, what can we do with our expertise that we have to help people,'" said Lavender.

If you miss the sessions, they will be posted on the Berks Fire Water Facebook page to watch anytime.

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