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The New Normal in Cocoa, Florida

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

How can it be almost October already?!  I have never before experienced nine months that felt so short and like an eternity all at the same time.  2020 has been a year like no other.  We always face our share of difficulties in any given year, but this one, well… let us just say that 2021 cannot get here quickly enough.

In this unprecedented year we have already dealt with massive fires, impending war, Tiger King obsession, toilet paper shortages, murder hornets, social and political upheaval on many fronts, and flooding and wind damage from a record-breaking hurricane season that is still not over.  As if that wasn’t enough, we are also dealing with a global pandemic that is like nothing anyone has seen in over a hundred years.

Everyone, everywhere, has had to adjust to what is being described as the “new normal”.  People are finding new ways of interacting with each other, online shopping and Zoom meetings are becoming ubiquitous, grocery and food delivery companies are seeing a huge boom while small brick and mortar business are struggling just to keep the doors open.  We saw the highest rate of unemployment since the Great Depression but companies like Amazon are hiring people as fast as they can to keep up with the demand. Businesses of all kinds are developing new ways to reach out and engage their customers and get their products out to them.

But as I look around, I am grateful that we are living in this time.  We have the knowledge and the tools that make adapting to these difficult challenges possible.  High-speed internet is widely available and major advances in communications technology have given us many avenues to maintain and even grow our businesses and personal connections.  If this pandemic had hit us twenty years ago we might have been looking at a very different outcome.  People were not able to work and go to school from home, grocery and food delivery were almost unheard of, and video communication was just in its infancy. Unemployment would have been catastrophic, and we would have been much more isolated from one another.  So, if there is any silver lining it is that the ingenuity of man has allowed us to chart a course through this storm much more easily.

We here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard have had to discover our new course as well.  It soon became clear to us that no matter what was going on in the world, even in our backyards, that certain constants do not go away.  Water lines still break, fires still blaze, and storms continue to come our way even when people are sick.  And when they do, we still need to jump into action and provide the help that is needed.  We have just had to adjust the way we do it.  SERVPRO has been providing bio-hazard cleanup for years.  That training and experience means that we know exactly what to do and how to protect ourselves and our clients while we do the work that is so desperately needed.  Because of this experience we are in a position to be a valued resource in our community for preventative cleaning and decontamination when an exposure has happened.

The world around us has changed. The ways we socialize, conduct business, and gain an education have changed.  What has not changed is the tenacity of the human spirit and our amazing ability to take on and overcome all the challenges thrown at us.

Hang in there, we will only get through this together. Stay safe, stay connected to each other, and call if you need us.  We are always here to help.

Proud to be part of the Space Coast!

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

I have lived almost all my life here on the Space Coast and I can't think of a better place to raise a family than Brevard County. I was very young in the '70s, so I don't remember much about the Apollo missions, but I do remember the beginning of the Space Shuttle program in the latter part of the decade.  I remember when they showed the world the Enterprise, and I remember the star-studded Star Trek cast in attendance. In 1976 NASA and KSC hosted the Bicentennial Exposition and visitors were allowed inside the Vehicle Assembly Building to view several exciting new exhibits. I was lucky enough to able to attend that event and I have included a few pictures here from that unforgettable day. They include me flipping switches in a mock-up lunar rover, exiting the Apollo crew capsule, and my family standing in front of a Saturn 5 rocket that is now inside the current Saturn 5 exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center.

Growing up here I have had the incredible opportunity to witness history in the making and I have often felt like I was part of that history.  I have seen the awesome spectacle of lift off and the triumphant return of our American Heroes.  I have also witnessed the tragedy of the inherent risks that are involved with space travel.  I will never forget watching the lift off and explosion of the Challenger Shuttle out the window of my pre-algebra class at Edgewood Jr. High.  The fear and heartbreak of that tragedy lives on in our collective memory and in our hearts.

Now we sit on the cusp of history once again.  It has been almost a decade since the Space Shuttle program ended and at last American astronauts will again brave the dangers and set a course for outer space.  But for the first time they will be aboard a private spacecraft.  This is an exciting time.

I am grateful that the company I work for, SERVPRO of Central Brevard, has been able to support our space industry by providing many necessary services to buildings on KSC property, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base.  This work has afforded me the opportunity to see amazing things from our space exploration program and meet some of the extraordinary people that make it happen.  I have even been able to touch something that was in outer space!  I can't speak specifically of these jobs, but it has been an honor to be involved with them.

So, as America counts down to May 27th, and millions of people eagerly anticipate the thrill of lift off, know that I will be cheering them on and am excited to be part of history yet again.

Godspeed Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon, SERVPRO of Central Brevard is behind you!!!

Steve Kinder, Business Development Manager