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It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve probably been involved in at least one major crisis in your life whether personally or vicariously. How to manage anxiety and the ensuing crisis varies individually. “Social media leads people to do stupid things,” said Kevin Delaney, Editor of Quartz when referring to passengers carelessly risking their lives to get a picture of a burning airplane. This is just one example of one situation Love My Maids recommends you DON’T do. For your safety follow these tips:
#1 Don’t Ignore the Problem
Most everyone knows the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It tells of a shepherd who yelled for help when he didn’t need it, twice. On the third time, he was eaten by the wolf when no one came to help him. It might feel like a lot of times the media does this and we think that whatever new crisis is coming up, isn’t really that big of the deal. But most times, it’s best that you take things like the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. The media may blow up the problem, but it’s up to you to discern fact from fiction then take the appropriate action and NOT get eaten!
#2 Don’t Panic or Freeze
When dealing with a disaster, it’s hard not to become overwhelmed by life blowing up in your face. “The brain has a very limited capacity for processing new information,” says Sarita Robinson, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire. Therefore, it’s important to treat medical conditions like dealing with anxiety, continue your medication and therapy, EDUCATE yourself concerning the facts, and knowing how you handle a crisis situation in advance is another way to help manage anxiety, stress, and paranoia.
#3 Don’t Stop to Watch or Record a Natural Disaster
Whether dangerous or life-threatening, a natural disaster is a wonderous sight to see. However, staying behind while trying to capture the events of the disaster not only puts you in danger but threatens the lives around you and for those who may be trying to rescue you. Be smart. The news will more than cover the disaster and if it’s money you’re after, well money won’t matter if the worst happens to you.
#4 Don’t Spread Rumors
“As the fear level rises…, so does hearsay, hoaxes, magical thinking—everything that seems to accompany every epidemic, down through the centuries,” says Jim Beckerman, writer for NorthJersey.com. Whether you’re facing a natural disaster or an outbreak, know the facts before you let panic control your decisions to shoot off your mouth and spread fear.
#5 Don’t Use Public Transportation During an Outbreak
In a time of a health crisis, you may not have the luxury of taking time off of work or working from home. If possible, use personal transportation and avoid public transportation. “The combination of [hordes] of people, all tightly packed in tubes and all touching the same handles and doors is not ideal when avoiding an illness,” says Roberto Wakerell-Cruz, writer of The Post Millennial. If you must use public transportation, then wear appropriate cover for your face and hands.
#6 Don’t Gather Socially in Medium/Large Groups During an Outbreak
Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A surefire way to turn an outbreak into an epidemic is to ignore the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) warnings and continue to gather in medium to large groups and spread the outbreak, making it deadly rather than containable. Instead, for the sake of your friends and family, self-isolate and maintain your distance when going out.
#7 Don’t Hoard Supplies
When tragedy strikes, it’s human nature to ‘hunt and gather’ supplies to protect your family. However, Sarita Robinson says, “In a disaster, the speed at which we think through our options goes from bad to worse.” It’s crucial for the health and survival of your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to take only what you NEED so that everyone has an ample supply of goods and materials.
#8 Don’t Resell Supplies for Profit
We are all in this together. “Amazon said it had recently removed hundreds of thousands of listings and suspended thousands of sellers’ accounts for price gouging…,” says Jack Nicas, writer for The New York Times. It’s a selfish act to try and profiteer off of people who are trying to survive during a state of panic. Moreover, it puts you and others at greater risk of contracting or spreading the outbreak if they can’t buy the supplies needed at the gouging prices.
We can’t predict or delay a natural disaster or world-wide pandemic. However, we can prevent further damage and loss of life just by staying calm, being smart, behaving kindly, avoiding gossip, and taking the situation seriously. Living is often naturally challenging and stressful, so if disaster strikes you remember to take a few, slow deep breaths (this really does work) and know YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Almost everybody knows the general measures to avoid coronavirus, but it’s equally important to apply family-aimed actions. Gather your family and stay healthy.
During this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that we are in a unique position to be part of the solution as we have in-depth knowledge and experience of cleaning and how it relates to preventing the spread of illness. We are seeing an increased demand for professional cleaning services and many of our clients are increasing the frequency of their appointments.
High-Touch Point Sanitizing
A clean home is not just a happy home, it’s a healthy home. To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we routinely sanitize all high-touch surfaces in your home. This includes:
- Door knobs
- Light switches
- Remote controls
- All bathroom surfaces
- Kitchen counters
- Cabinet and drawer pulls
- Refrigerator handle
Covid-19 Safety Procedures to Keep Your Family Safe
We have implemented strict procedures to ensure your safety and that of our cleaning staff.
- Temperature Checks. All Cleaning technicians must take their temperature each morning. Any temp over 99 degrees they have been instructed to stay home.
- Wearing Masks. Cleaning technicians will wear a mask when entering your home and anytime they are within 6 feet of a household member.
- Wearing Gloves. All maids will wear gloves when in a client’s home.
- Hand and Equipment Sanitizing. Our employees are taking extra hygiene steps as they enter and leave homes. These steps include sanitizing hands and wiping down equipment with a disinfectant before entering your home.
- 100% Microfiber. We use 100% microfiber cloths which remove 98% of bacteria and viruses when used in combination with professional cleaning products. All cloths are cleaned and sanitized and never used in more than one house.
- Surface disinfecting. We use a hospital-grade disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces throughout your home. (Counter tops, bathroom surfaces, door knobs, light switches, refrigerator handle, etc.) Be aware that when disinfecting surfaces the disinfectant needs to sit wet on the surface to work properly. You may notice us using more cleaner than normal and not drying surfaces.
- Social Distancing. We ask that our maids be given 6 feet of social space while cleaning. We have also discontinued having our technicians come into the office to reduce the risk of passing this virus to one another.
- Staff Illness. If a tech is sick or around anyone that is sick they have been instructed to stay home.
We are taking our role as an essential business in the fight against the Covid-19 virus seriously. We are committed to helping you keep your home clean and sanitized while also limiting the risk to you, your family and our employees.
Please feel free to reach out to the office (817) 542-0347 if you have any questions or concerns.
Love My Maids is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2019.
“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2019 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.
Love My Maids has been listed on Angie’s List since 2016. This is the 3rd year Love My Maids has received this honor.
Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
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