The Nuts and Bolts: Hurricane Season Tips From the Pros + Ditch That Old Fridge (and Win!)

Prepare for Hurricane Season With Expert Tips

In recognition of National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-May 31), ServiceMaster Restore is arming consumers with the know-how to protect themselves, their families and possessions if affected by a hurricane this season.

Below are tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore on how to prepare for a hurricane:

  • Communication is Key One of the best and easiest steps to help prepare for the worst is to communicate your evacuation plan in advance to friends, family and loved ones.

  • Secure the Basic Necessities – Be sure to have at least one week's worth of the basics: water, non-perishable food, medicine and clothing.

  • Protect Your Investment – Make a list of your possessions and take pictures of everything inside and outside your home. Keep copies of important financial documents and insurance policies with you, so you have a record.

  • If a Hurricane Strikes – If you need help during the cleanup process, call a professional like ServiceMaster Restore, which has the experience, resources and expertise to work with you and your insurance company to help restore your home to normal.

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Ditch Your Old Fridge and Win a Kindle Fire

Fridge Removal

Xcel Energy residential electric customers now have an additional reason to take advantage of the popular Refrigerator Recycling Program and cash in on those old, inefficient working refrigerators and freezers. The program, which provides a $50 rebate for each eligible refrigerator and/or freezer, is also offering customers the chance to win one of two Kindle Fire tablets.

"This program provides a convenient and environmentally safe solution for our customers. There is no lugging to the curb for pickup, we're providing two free compact fluorescent light bulbs during our visit and you'll be entered into our Kindle Fire sweepstakes through the end of May," says Christmas Ramirez, Xcel Energy program manager.

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Lowe's 2013 CSR Report Highlights Company's Call to Serve

Lowe's announced the release of its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, providing a snapshot of Lowe's progress during the past year in promoting the well-being of its employees, its communities and the environment.

Here are some highlights:


  • The Lowe's Employee Relief Fund distributed more than $2.6 million, the largest amount in the history of the fund. Those dollars helped push the fund past $20 million in assistance provided to Lowe's employees and their families since 1999.


  • Each year since 1999, Lowe's has partnered with the American Red Cross to serve communities devastated by disaster. Last year, Lowe's surpassed the $25 million mark in donations to the Red Cross, becoming one of just a few partners to reach that milestone.


  • Lowe's marked a decade of in-store recycling and reached a rare milestone by surpassing 3 million pounds of rechargeable batteries collected from customers. Lowe's stores recycle rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs and plastic bags and plant containers.

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