Hurricane Matthew is heading towards Florida coast, and businesses that cater to disaster response and cleanup are taking distress calls seriously.
"Residents in Florida began reaching us as early as Thursday” said one of the staffs at Jarvis.
"It's just beginning for us," he said. "It’s difficult to comprehend how big this can be."
In the year 2008 the company undertook the largest disaster response ever, when it sent 1600 workers to clean up damaged buildings in Iowa. This happened after the Cedar River flooding. The company then managed $28 millions in recovery and reconstruction work in Iowa.
The total damage that is going to take place this time is still in speculative figures. But estimates say that Jarvis has already secured million dollars worth of cleanup and repair contractors work.
Companies like Jarvis of Florida are dispatching big power generators and trained workers in emergency response. It has trucks with drying equipment, high-power water pumps, dehumidifiers, blowers and roof tarp heading there.
The company, which looks after commercial houses, office buildings and warehouses, has a "Red Alert" program. It allows customers to sign up for help ahead of any impending catastrophe.
Matthew supposedly as expected will impact quite a big zone involving densely-populated areas and impenetrable real estate environments. These features could make the scope of work quite bigger.
The prevalent power outages as people in Florida are experiencing now will make recovery even more difficult. It’s a long recovery process, it could take months.
Now, Jarvis is again preparing itself to help people recover from possible affects of hurricane Matthew. There is a major destruction predicted, and the company will again open its command centres in the coastal belt to help in the recovery process.