Veterans Day Weekend
Know before you go!
With Veterans Day, always on November 11, falling on a Saturday this year, many government agencies and court systems are observing the holiday on Friday, November 10. Here are the openings and closings you can expect:
Banks: The vast majority of banks, such as the Big Four — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citibank — will be open on Friday and will be closed on Saturday.
Post offices: Post offices are open Friday but closed Saturday. Mail pickup and delivery are on the same schedule.
Schools: Closings vary district by district. For instance, New York City public schools will be open on Friday while those in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be closed.
Libraries: Most public libraries are closed on Saturday and some, such as those in New York City and Los Angeles, will also be closed on Friday.
Markets: Stock, bond and futures markets are open on Friday.
Federal offices: Non-essential federal offices will be closed on Friday. Federal courts also will be closed.
National Parks will be open on Friday and will have free entrance on Saturday and Sunday. Many state parks also will be offering free admission on Veterans Day weekend.
State offices: Most state offices and courts will be closed on Friday. However, in a few states, such as Wisconsin, which does not recognize Veterans Day as a holiday, they will remain open. And in Rhode Island the holiday is observed on Monday.
Local government offices: Like in the vast majority of states, most government offices of counties, cities, towns and other official entities will be closed on Friday.
Retail businesses: Most commercial enterprises will remain open on Friday as well as on Saturday. In fact, the period around Veterans Day has become a time for sales and offers
Record Breaking Heat
Arid Santa Ana winds and record-breaking heat are in San Diego County's forecast for the second straight day Tuesday, a day after Ramona, Vista, Alpine and El Cajon shattered old heat records, according to the National Weather Service.
The torrid conditions have San Diego area firefighters on high alert for wildland brushfires and will force several dozens of schools to shut down early again Tuesday as temperatures are forecast to hit 20 to 25 degrees above averages.
All advisories that were in effect Monday remained in effect Tuesday, including a red flag fire warning for the inland valleys and mountains that's set to expire at 6 p.m. Wednesday; an excessive heat warning for most of the county west of the mountains that's set to expire at 8 p.m. tonight; and a wind advisory for the mountains and valleys set to expire 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The U.S. Forest Service increased the threat index Tuesday for Santa Ana-drive wildfires. On Monday, the agency said any fires that erupted "may grow rapidly." Tuesday, the Forest Service said that "upon ignition, fires will grow rapidly and will be difficult to control."
The red flag warning that will expire Wednesday went into effect Sunday, a day after the 10th anniversary of the start of the catastrophic Harris and Witch Creek fires, conflagrations that spread over a total of about 288,400 acres, destroyed more than 1,300 homes and killed seven people.
Wednesday will be the 14th anniversary of the start of the Cedar Fire, which killed 15 people and destroyed more than 2,230 homes while charring about 280,000 acres.
Fire agencies across the region, including Cal Fire and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, have beefed up staffing to help deal with any possible blazes that erupt. Meanwhile, about 85 schools have announced a second straight day Tuesday of minimum-day schedules to beat the heat.
Several cities set new heat records Monday, the NWS said, with afternoon highs of 104 degrees in El Cajon, beating the prior Oct. 23 milestone of 100, set in 2003; 101 in Ramona, (97 degrees, 2003); 100 in Vista (99, 1965); and 99 in Alpine (98, 1959).
El Cajon is expected to hit 105 degrees Tuesday, which would shatter the previous Oct. 24 record of 98 set in 2007. Chula Vista, Ramona and Vista are also expected to hit triple digits and set new heat records Tuesday, while forecast highs of 98 in Alpine and 96 in San Diego would also set new high- temperature records for Oct. 24.
As for the fire danger, the red-flag warning that was initially supposed to end Tuesday has been extended to 6 p.m. Wednesday as models showed high winds were expected to continue for another day. Forecasters expect Santa Ana winds gusts as high as 60 mph at times in locales and air-moisture levels dipping into the single digits over the period.
When does Summer really end?
Summer is the season for basking in the warm sun and rejoicing in the freedom of summer vacation. So when the rest and relaxation is shooed away for cooler days and the start of school, it’s easy to forget that the summer season is far from over.
Many consider Labor Day the final hurrah of summer, but we still have a few weeks after that celebratory first Monday of September. Summer officially ends at the autumnal equinox, when the sun is at zenith, or directly above, the equator. After the autumnal equinox the sun moves south of the equator, leaving behind a chilly autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and beckoning in spring to the Southern Hemisphere.
The year is divided into the four seasons based on the two equinoxes and the two solstices. The summer and winter solstices, which typically land around June 21 and December 22, mark the shortest and the longest days of the year. The autumnal and vernal equinoxes, which fall around September 23 and March 21, mark the points in the year when the day and the night are of equal lengths. Hence the word equinox, from the Latin roots meaning “equal night.” Astronomically speaking, these four solar events mark the middle of the seasons rather than their beginning and ending, but we separate the year into meteorological seasons which reflect the average temperature patterns and climate.
Just as the summer solstice tends to fall a little ways into summer vacation, the autumnal equinox typically falls at the end of September, a few weeks into the school year and well after the Dog Days, the hottest period of the summer.
Are you ready for the start of autumn?
The results of Harvey's landfall
We are happy to do our part as many people have come together to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to all the families who have been affected in this catastrophic event.
Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
SERVPRO La Mesa will always have your back throughout any disaster.
Employee of the Month!
Riley Beauchamp - Employee of the Month - Oct 2016
Happy October everyone!
This month, we would like to take the time to honor one of our most dedicated and hard working employees from our SERVPRO family. Riley Beauchamp, our very own office assistant!
Riley enjoys speaking with customers over the phone and making them smile. She carries our values, and she's always here to help! From frazzled homeowners to sticky situations, Riley knows how to comfort our clients with her friendly voice and willingness to listen.
Thank you so much for all of your hard work Riley! You really do make it a great day at SERVPRO!
What is a storm?
What is a storm? How do they start? What causes them to interfere with our every day lives?
At SERVPRO La Mesa, we believe that there is a cause and effect for everything. That is why we have put together a small report about storms! Read here for an insight on storms.
Wildfires in Califonia
Common Areas In California for Wildfires
Though the humidity in San Diego is fairly welcoming, sometimes we forget about our sister counties in California. The topic this season is all about wildfires. Why do we have wild fires? How can we prevent a wildfire from starting? We all know that SERVPRO is there for you after the damage, but what should you do if you encounter a wildfire? Click here for the best practices and safety tips, and click here for a map of common areas for a wildfire in San Diego.
National Safety Awareness - Safe Summer Practices
Have a safe summer! - 2016
Summer is on the way! What better way to get started with the season than with a few safety tips in honor of National Safety Awareness Month? Click here for a few practices to stay safe this summer!
Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 11!
Pancake Breakfast Flyer 2016 in La Mesa
Come join the 10th annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Fire Station 11 in La Mesa! The event will also feature hands-on emergency preparedness training where participants can learn fire extinguisher use, CPR, Basic First Aid, and utility safety. See the flyer for more details!
La Mesa Flag Day Parade!
La Mesa Flag Day Parade
Come join the annual Flag Parade in La Mesa on June 4th! There will be parades, activities, and a bunch of great food! Click here for more details.