SERVE Letter November 2020

At Brookstone, one of our five core values is “Make it Happen.” It also happens to be a personal core value that I have followed and lived by since I had my first painting/handyman business in high school some 49 years ago. At the core of this value is a strong work ethic and tenacity. Nothing is free. You have to work to achieve your goals. Whether it is a customer relationship, a starting position on the football team, making the cheer squad or getting that promotion, it all comes down to your commitment and how hard you work to achieve that commitment. It is going the extra mile on a regular basis. I encourage you to be the “go-getter” in your company and “Make it Happen.”

—Mike Whitcomb 

Waking up in the middle of a big storm to a tree falling on your home can have a detrimental affect on your wellbeing. Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is an extensive process, from cleaning up to making the insurance claim. That's why we've compiled a list of steps to give you a game plan and hopefully to make your life a little easier:

  1. Be Prepared - Checking your yard for dead or diseased trees before a storm occurs can help prevent future accidents and home damage. If you think a tree needs to come down, you want to move fast! Get an expert’s opinion, confirm it needs to be removed and take the next steps as soon as possible. 
  2. Call a Residential Restoration Company - If a tree does fall on your home, it's important to resist the temptation to start cleaning up the damage yourself. Leave it to the disaster relief experts, as they can do the work for you and provide advice on how you should proceed with your insurance company.
  3. Evaluate the Damage - Once you and all home occupants are safe, try to observe the damaged areas. If you can, take photos of the damages. These can help you receive the highest possible return from your insurance company to repair your home.
  4. Notify Your Insurance Company - It's important to call your insurance company immediately after assessing the damage and working with a residential restoration company. Communicate with them exactly what happened, where most of the damage is and if there are parts of your home that are exposed to the outside.

Dealing with a disaster in your home doesn't have to be stressful. At Brookstone, we strive to make your situation better, no matter how bad it may look. Whether it's fire damage, water damage, mold growth or tree removal, our residential restoration experts will act quickly to restore your home and your life. Call us today at 205-436-2689 or visit us online for more information about how we can help.

On Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, Brookstone Restoration participated in the JDRF Monster Match which brought in $7,599. On these two days only, all donations made to the JDRF Central Alabama One Walk(R) were doubled by our match donation of $2,500. This Monster Match led up to the organization’s annual One Walk(R) on Sunday, November 1, where they celebrated raising nearly $60,000 for Type 1 Diabetes education and research.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that affects over 1.25 million Americans, including some of our own here at Brookstone. Our owner’s daughter, Amy Arrant and Marketing Specialist Meredith Shaddix were both diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age and are two of the many reasons we choose to partner with this amazing organization. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, we thought this would be a perfect time to highlight JDRF and help educate and advocate for their cause.

If you would like to learn more about JDRF or Type 1 diabetes, or would like to donate, please click this link. Brookstone Restoration is a proud supporter of JDRF and their mission of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. By donating, together, we will create a world without T1D.