Beginning with the Southern states, the Institute took immediate action. The media were notified that the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) had prepared updated water restoration guidelines for homeowners, and that the Institute also had a network of IICRC-Certified professionals available for interviews to get the right information to victims. Similar efforts were made in all other affected states to provide water damage advice as the situation needed.
"Working with our PR firm in Atlanta, we've developed a rapid response process to get the word out to consumers, through local television and daily newspapers, about the benefits of using IICRC-Certified Firms," explained Ruth Travis, Chairman of the IICRC Marketing Committee. "When water damage from weather related conditions occurs, IICRC-Certified Firms in the area are contacted to assess their willingness and availability to participate in a media interview. Then we pitch the story to the media. Positive results so far indicate the process will be a big success, and victims of natural disasters can get their homes and lives back in order sooner."
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the certification registry that develops and monitors educational programs and standards for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.