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Disaster Recovery Done Right: Trust Atlas for Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Melissa, TX.

When you own a business, property damage is an unfortunate occurrence that happens all too often. Property damage can be caused by any number of disasters, both natural and man-made. Most often, however, property damage happens from an excess of water. From very heavy rainstorms to broken pipes, water damage can be incredibly harmful not just for your storefront but for your customers.

When water spreads through your commercial property, it happens quickly, causing damage as it moves. At the same time, furnishings and porous materials soak up moisture. In just a short amount of time, you could be dealing with warping, rotting, and even mold growth. That's why water damage remediation is so important - to address your current damage and prevent water from making your business unsafe.

At Atlas National Renovations, we know that dealing with water damage seems like a losing effort on your own. But when you trust our water damage restoration team, you don't have to lose hope. We provide comprehensive water remediation services for businesses of all size in Texas. From the first time we lay eyes on your water damage to the time we mitigate your problem, we're here for you. With a team of IICRC certified technicians and innovative restoration tools at our disposal, we specialize in making your business safe again.

Unlike some of our competitors, we are fiercely dedicated to our clients and aim to exceed their expectations with the highest quality water damage restoration services in Melissa, TX. When water damage hits your business, time is of the essence, which is why we get to work quickly and efficiently by assessing the damage to your property. Once we know the extent of your water damage, we'll consult with you about its severity and detail the next steps you should take so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

With decades of combined experience, there is no disaster cleanup project too complex or large for our team to handle. We assist small businesses, large commercial entities, and even multi-family apartment complexes. Our clients trust Atlas National Renovations to keep them dry, safe, and secure, and it would be our pleasure to help do the same for you.

In addition to our reliability and quality of work, our customers choose us over others because we offer:

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Fair, Accurate Work Estimates

We drain water from your property, not money from your bank account.

Clear, Constant Communication

When you work with Atlas, you're never left wondering what's happening with your commercial property.

Detailed Deadlines and Schedules

We're meticulous about sticking to schedules and meeting deadlines. You can always expect us to be on time and ready to work.

Experienced Project Managers

We assign seasoned, hardworking project managers for each of our projects. When you work with Atlas, you're working with the best.

Courteous and Knowledgeable Leadership

Excellence starts at the top, and our leadership team is the best in the business.

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What is Water Damage Restoration in in Melissa, TX

If you're currently dealing with serious water damage from a flood, broken pipe, or other cause, you're probably not sure what to do next. While it's understandable to feel panicky, it's important that you have the water removed as quickly as possible. When structural damage and health hazards are at play, time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will get. The damage you see with your eyes is usually the tip of the iceberg - most water damage gets deep in your carpets and walls fast.

Atlas' water damage restoration services are focused on restoring and repairing the damage that water causes to commercial property. The primary purpose of our restoration services is to return your property to the condition it was in prior to the damage. Once your water damage has been mitigated, our team swoops in to begin the restoration process.

Depending on the scope and severity of your water damage, common water damage restoration services can include:

  • Damaged Flooring and Wall Replacement
  • Damaged Roof Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Humidity and Moisture Testing

While little can be done to predict natural disasters, there are common signs you can keep an eye on to prevent serious water damage from occurring.

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Common Signs of Commercial Water Damage in Melissa, TX

There's no convenient time to be sidelined with water damage when it comes to your commercial property and business. Water damage to your commercial or industrial property is particularly devastating because every hour that your business is closed means lost revenue and productivity. You do not just have to deal with damage to the structural integrity of your building - you have to deal with the disruption of service to your loyal customers.

The good news? Atlas is here when you need us most, with a team of highly-trained technicians and unmatched water damage restoration expertise. We're ready to tackle your problem and solve it in an efficient, effective manner, so you can keep your doors open and your clients happy.

As a business owner, you know that one of the best ways to prevent a disaster is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. For that reason, keep an eye out for the following signs of water damage to your commercial property:

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Look for Mold

Look for Mold:

Mold can begin to grow just a day or two after water has taken hold of your business. If you see small signs of mold growth in an area where you suspect a leak, contact Atlas National Renovations ASAP to diagnose the problem.

Check Your Pipes

Check Your Pipes:

If it's safe to do so, check out the piping inside and outside your commercial property. You want to keep a keen eye out for oxidation and corrosion around pipe fixtures. While you're at it, check your water heater for rust too. Corrosion or rust is a telltale sign of a water leak.

Check for Rings

Check for Rings:

Dark spots on walls and ceilings usually indicate water damage. If you see rings around a stain, the damage is probably older. Several rings with different shades of color mean an intermittent issue, where the area has been soaked and dried several times.

Understand Your Property

Understand Your Property:

This is more of a suggestion than a sign. As the commercial property owner, you should know your building's pipe system. You should know what is old and new and what areas may be at risk for water damage. Keep an extra-close eye on areas that have a higher potential for leaks, especially during rainstorms.

Benefits of Commercial Water Damage Restoration
in Melissa, TX

When water invades your business or commercial property, you don't have much time to ponder your next course of action. While some business owners opt to try DIY water damage restoration, in most cases, they end up with more damage and expenses than before their leak. For the most effective, comprehensive solution to water damage, it's important that you hire a professional. At Atlas National Renovations, our primary focus is assisting business owners and commercial property managers with water damage restoration. We've been doing it for years, and we can help you too.

Here are just a few of the most common benefits we hear from past customers:

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Safe Shopping Experience

Safe Shopping Experience

If you own a business, the health and safety of your customers is of utmost importance. When water damage occurs inside your storefront, you could be dealing with more than property damage. Depending on the severity of your issue, contaminants and microorganisms may be present, putting your customers' health at risk. When you trust a professional water damage restoration company like Atlas to remediate your water leak, you're not just putting a stop to the leak. Our team will clean and sanitize your business, making it safe for customers to continue shopping at your store.

Quick Response Time

Quick Response Time

Water damage can create unbearable conditions in your commercial property. As such, your water restoration company must be quick to respond. Professional water damage companies like Atlas respond quickly and can clean up water, dry and disinfect the area, and make necessary repairs. Because we have an entire team of pros and industry-leading equipment, we can be on site in minutes.

Less Damage, Better Costs

Less Damage, Better Costs

Water damage can be very expensive. Sometimes, it only takes a couple of hours to result in heavy losses. How soon you call the experts could mean the difference between painting over a water stain and having to rebuild an entire area of damaged drywall. When you call Atlas immediately, clients often reduce the cost of water damage restoration and overall building damage.

Capital Expenditure Services

In addition to our disaster recovery services, we also offer large-scale upgrades and improvements for your capital expenditures. If you own or manage a large commercial building or a multi-family property, you need to make sure your capital expenditures maintain present operating levels and foster your company's future growth.

At Atlas National Renovations, class A, B, and C properties are our bread and butter. We take the time to understand our customer's needs and expectations from the start so we can deliver outstanding results. If you're looking for a top-tier contractor to do the job right the first time, look no further than Atlas. Our customers love our team because we make large, highly-complicated projects easy to finish.

If you're looking to invest in the future of your business, know that we are here to help with projects like these:

  • High Volume Unit Upgrades and Improvements
  • Amenity Upgrades and Conversions
  • Common Area Improvements
  • High Volume Carpet, LVT, and Tile Installation
  • Courtyards and Hardscapes
  • Package Room and Mail Center Upgrades and Additions
  • Fitness Center Upgrades and Improvements
  • Dog Parks and Pet Stations
  • Signage Improvements and Additions
  • LED Lighting and Electrical Upgrades

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Multi-Family Building Deficiencies and Restoration Services

New multi-family properties are entering the market every day. That means that older communities must be renovated to keep up with modern demands and tenant needs. Upgrades to amenities, aesthetics and even structural changes help assets stay up-to-date. At the same time, damages from leaks and storms must be addressed. If you're a multi-family property manager or owner, and need unmatched restoration capability, Atlas National Renovations is here to serve you.

We specialize in cutting-edge, high-quality ways to achieve your renovation goals - for your tenants but also for your corporate leaders and management team. After all, a successful multi-family renovation benefits all parties.

We currently work with the top multi-family groups across our state. Unlike some multi-family renovation companies in Texas, our team understands the inner workings of the multi-family environment. Our customers appreciate our accommodations to their residents, maintenance team, leasing team, corporate leaders, and beyond. We're proud to say we know multi-family, inside and out, and have the credentials to back up those claims.

When crafting a multi-family restoration plan, we always consider your tenant's demographics, your building's curb appeal, property age, and energy efficiency. Whether you need to have significant updates applied to an older property or need a water damage inspection for a brand-new building, we can help.

Here is a quick glance at some of the multi-family renovations that our team handles:

  • Leak Detection and Water Intrusion Investigation
  • Exterior Sealants and Waterproofing
  • Large Interior and Exterior Paint Projects
  • Stucco Remediation and Exterior Facade Re-Clads
  • Full Property Exterior Repaints
  • Concrete and Flatwork
  • Corridor and Common Area Painting
  • Roof Replacement

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Water damage restoration is a crucial, complex process that must be completed properly to save your business from serious damage. Choosing the right professional is equally important, especially when your customers' health is on the line. Whether you need large-scale commercial restoration or quick, effective water damage cleanup for your storefront business, know that we are only a phone call away. Contact our friendly team of experts to learn more about Atlas National Renovations and how we clean up your water damage mess better than the rest.

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N.J. notables reflect on lifetime of memories made at the Jersey Shore

The smell of the crisp ocean air. The taste of that creamy chocolate fudge. The sound of the hypnotic crashing waves. The sight of the towering Ferris wheel lighting up the night sky. There truly is no place more magical than the Jersey Shore. And, as is tradition for many families, parents and grandparents vividly share nostalgic stories from their youth spent visiting their favorite beach town. Then the cycle continues when the new generation recreates those beautiful memories spent down the Shore. The Garden State’s glitterin...

The smell of the crisp ocean air. The taste of that creamy chocolate fudge. The sound of the hypnotic crashing waves. The sight of the towering Ferris wheel lighting up the night sky. There truly is no place more magical than the Jersey Shore. And, as is tradition for many families, parents and grandparents vividly share nostalgic stories from their youth spent visiting their favorite beach town. Then the cycle continues when the new generation recreates those beautiful memories spent down the Shore.

The Garden State’s glittering coastline leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. We chatted with some of New Jersey’s most notable residents and asked them to share some of their memories and favorite moments spent at the Shore. From the Asbury Park music scene, to Brigantine Castle, to crabbing in Barnegat Bay — there’s surely a special memory we all have in common when it comes to the Jersey Shore.

Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

“I was a Dominican kid who grew up in Parlin. The Shore was an obsession of mine. It brought me back to the Caribbean I had lost. I feel like I had a different Shore for nearly every stage of my life. I’m old enough to remember Brigantine Castle (“It’s alive!”), but in truth my family’s go-to beaches were Sandy Hook or Seaside. In high school, I spent the happiest summer of my adolescence at a friend’s house in Lavallette; swimming, eating Taylor ham, capsizing his sailboat and being called a ‘Benny.’ Later in college, I fell in love with Wildwood and set a section of my first novel there. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Shore is where New Jersey, for better or worse, meets itself. In my case, mostly for better.”

Tim McLoone, restaurateur

“My parents were from Brooklyn, so our early summers were spent at Breezy Point and Rockaway Point, N.Y. until I was a sophomore in high school. Then we discovered many of the Shore towns. Asbury Park was a mysterious place with its carney-like atmosphere and beachfront arcade games, which were great for kids, but my parents gravitated to Sea Girt and Spring Lake — more for the restaurants than anything. It was a big deal if we stayed at the Stockton Inn, which later burned down, for a few nights a summer.

“When I became a full-time musician in 1970, that completely changed my relationship with the Shore. Now, I was part of ‘the scene’ with my bands, starting with a place in Fair Haven called the Lock, Stock & Barrel and then taking up a summer residency with the band at the Driftwood Beach Club in Sea Bright, playing there four nights a week for many years. Now I was fully immersed in the Jersey Shore world, and I never left.

“From a musician’s standpoint, it was a somewhat rowdy world but it was also pretty inclusive, and we helped define the nightlife experience so many people came to love. It was only in 2007 that we became part of the Asbury Park music world when we opened up the Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the boardwalk in the old Howard Johnson’s building.”

Former Gov. Chris Christie

“During my childhood, we went to probably three different places over time. When I was very young, we went to Asbury Park. And then once I got into fifth or sixth grade, we started going to Seaside Park and Ortley Beach. I loved Seaside Park. I had a lot of friends in the area, and we used to go and meet at a place called Barnacle Bill’s on rainy days. Our parents would give us a few dollars to play arcade games. I also had a cousin down there who had a boat, and he taught us how to go crabbing in Barnegat Bay. We would also spend a lot of time playing Wiffle ball on the beach.

“When I was governor, we would go to the governor’s beach house, which is on Island Beach State Park. Then, after I left office, we bought a house in Bay Head. Every year we always have a big Fourth of July Wiffle ball game going back to even when my brother and I were young. We have always had an open door policy. There’s hardly a weekend I can think of where we don’t have our friends or friends of my children who are there. I always think that having more people down the Shore with you just leads to more really great memories. I can’t tell you how many nights last summer we were up late with friends playing a board game, having a big card game, making s’mores over the fire pit or just listening to music and dancing. All those memories become much more vivid when you share them with more people.

“The biggest satisfaction that came for me during my eight years as governor was being able to rebuild the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy. It was so heartbreaking to see what had happened to the Shore in the aftermath of the storm. Because it was a huge part of my childhood, it made me even more determined to make sure we were going to rebuild and rebuild quickly. The most gratifying thing was being able to do that so that people are not losing the chance to continue to have those memories built for their children and their grandchildren on the Jersey Shore.”

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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy

Gov. Murphy: “I wouldn’t call it the Shore per se, but we kind of live on the Shore. We’re in Middletown on the Navesink River, so we’re probably 3 or 4 miles from the ocean. When our kids were young and growing up, we would be at a beach club about 3 or 4 miles away from the ocean all the time. But over the past several years since I’ve been governor, we spent a lot of time at Island Beach State Park, which we love, and we think is one of the incredible gems of the Shore.”

First Lady: “When our kids were young, we used to go down to Point Pleasant and go to the boardwalk or Jenkinson’s Aquarium.”

Gov. Murphy: “As the kids have gotten older, we go for runs now with them on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, and we hang out on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights together. We love Ocean City, and we also love Cape May. We spent a fair amount of time over the years in Atlantic City. In Atlantic City, we stay in one hotel, then have dinner at another, and we typically go to the sportsbook at a third. So, we’re trying to parse out our time fairly.”

First Lady: “For a lot of families, the Jersey Shore is part of their fabric. Once you have gone there, you realize how relaxed it is and how beautiful it is. You make memories there, and you just keep going back and keep going back. So, it becomes a family tradition. And I think that’s one reason that people just love going there because it’s got that flavor.”

Gov. Murphy: “The Jersey Shore has got some of the best beaches in America, if not the world. You’ve also got great communities. It’s not just great beaches. It’s also got great restaurants and entertainment. Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Ocean City are great examples. You go to other places in our country and you may have nice beaches, but it’s rare that you get the actual community sitting literally at the edge of the beach, and we have that up and down the Shore.”

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Melissa Gorga, television personality and businesswoman

I actually grew up down the Shore in Toms River. My family and friends would all get annoyed when the town became so crowded in the summer. Every Sunday, in the spring and summer, I would go to the boardwalk with my family or friends. The Jersey Shore is so special to me because I have so many amazing memories growing up there, and now I am creating more memories with my children. My husband, Joe, and I have a home on the bay in Toms River with a pool, so we spend a lot of time hanging in the backyard and we’re always cooking up something delicious. I love to bring my kids to get donuts from OB-CO’s in Toms River, where I used to go when I was young.”

Kelly Dillon is a traffic reporter and fashion influencer who covers a variety of lifestyle topics, including pop culture, travel and events.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

Westfield Optimist Club's Awards Include Recognition of School Nurses in COVID

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Optimist Club of Westfield this week recognized two Edison Intermediate School teachers, two Roosevelt Intermediate School teachers and for the first time created a Special Nurse’s Award for performance during the pandemic. The nonprofit service organization that supports youth and the community recognized Edison Intermediate School language arts teachers Marc Lazarow and Kimberly Swenson, and Roosevelt Intermediate School science teacher Melissa Czerwinski and language arts teacher Carine Helwig as out...

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Optimist Club of Westfield this week recognized two Edison Intermediate School teachers, two Roosevelt Intermediate School teachers and for the first time created a Special Nurse’s Award for performance during the pandemic.

The nonprofit service organization that supports youth and the community recognized Edison Intermediate School language arts teachers Marc Lazarow and Kimberly Swenson, and Roosevelt Intermediate School science teacher Melissa Czerwinski and language arts teacher Carine Helwig as outstanding intermediate school educators, the school district announced.

“The Optimist Award recognizes teachers who provide an educationally stimulating and supporting environment during this critical stage of adolescence,” said Superintendent Margaret Dolan in a statement. “I thank the Optimist Club for honoring our health educators/nurses as well during this challenging year.”

A committee that included club members, school district administrators and past award recipients selected the four teachers this year to receive the 23rd Annual Optimist Club Award, which recognizes the importance of teaching at the intermediate level, the district said

The Optimist Club’s newly created Special Nurse’s Award went to nurse/health educators Martha Fico and Patricia Kelly at Edison School, and Christine DeSousa and Sharon Dorry at Roosevelt School.

“The Optimist Club created a Special Nurse’s Award for intermediate school nurses for outstanding performance during the 2020-2021 school year in ensuring that COVID-19 health and safety protocols were established and closely followed to provide a safe learning and working environments for all students and staff,” the district said in a statement.

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Girls track & field Top 20 for June 18: Last look before Meet of Champions

The NJSIAA Meet of Champions is tomorrow, which means it’s our second-to-last edition of the NJ.com Top 20 for the outdoor track season. On the girls end, the top teams showed out on the track and grass in groups while others competed hard and made a case for recognition. Let’s dive in. Last week: No. 1 The Vikings won their sixth-straight group title in Neptune last weekend going away, outscoring second-place Paramus Catholic 189-62. Last week: No. 2 Haddonfield won group ...

The NJSIAA Meet of Champions is tomorrow, which means it’s our second-to-last edition of the NJ.com Top 20 for the outdoor track season.

On the girls end, the top teams showed out on the track and grass in groups while others competed hard and made a case for recognition.

Let’s dive in.

Last week: No. 1

The Vikings won their sixth-straight group title in Neptune last weekend going away, outscoring second-place Paramus Catholic 189-62.

Last week: No. 2

Haddonfield won group title No. 8 on Saturday, fending off tough competition from Demarest, Manchester Township, Holmdel, Delsea and others.

Last week: No. 8

Colts Neck collected its first group crown last weekend thanks to junior Lilly Shapiro in the distance events as well as the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay quartets.

Last week: No. 12

Demarest hung tough with the second-ranked team in the state in Haddonfield, coming away with 67 points, second to the Bulldawgs’ 70.

Last week: No. 13

Egg Harbor had its best Saturday at last weekend’s Group 4 meet with the stars shining across many events and lifting the program to its first group title.

Last week: No. 6

SPF took second to Egg Harbor at the Group 4 meet and the Vikings’ sprinting core will look to find more gold on tomorrow’s M of C stage.

Last week: No. 4

Hillsborough saw just sixth place at Group 4, but let’s not forget how balanced this team is and all that it accomplished.

Last week: No. 9

The Highlanders racked up 50 points in a second-place finish in Group 3 as seniors Brynn Madonna and Randi Conroy and junior Molly Bennett supplied most of the team’s points.

Last week: No. 3

Ridge looked human last weekend, finishing 14th in Group 4 with 16 points.

Last week: No. 11

Winslow took third in groups behind Colts Neck and Northern Highlands, but it was ahead of tough programs in Mendham, Old Tappan and Middletown North.

Last week: 16

This bunch ran away with the Group 1 title. It’s a season of firsts for the Clippers and the Sharpe sisters will hope to keep their magic going at the M of Cs.

Last week: No. 17

Manchester Township emerged from a stacked Group 2 with a third-place finish in the team standings.

Last week: 15

This group was just five points behind Manchester Township and had two strong weeks to finish team competition.

Last week: No. 7

Delsea took fifth in Group 2 and in the events it normally scores better in, the buzzsaw of Haddonfield, Demarest, Manchester Township and Holmdel was too much.

Last week: Unranked

The Mountaineers flashed some of the potential they showed earlier in the season, taking third in Group 4 and succeeding in the field events, as they usually do.

Last week: No. 10

The Maroons’ T19th-place finish at groups will be seen by outsiders as disappointing, but their primary avenue of points in the distance events was obstructed by Westfield senior Katie Hamilton and the rest of the strong field in Somerset.

Last week: Unranked

Mendham has one of the best field athletes in the state in junior Melissa Aymil while trotting out a strong core in a majority of the distance events, so a late-season emergence was always in the realm.

Last week: No. 5

Rancocas Valley was tied for 24th in Group 4 and like Ridgewood but in the field events, the talent and depth of the group was too much to rack up big points like it would at a normal meet.

Last week: Unranked

The Farmers’ senior sprinting duo of Joy Enaohwo and Azariah Grantham made them a contender in a tough Group 4 all season and junior Leyila Fadael will move on to the M of C in the triple jump.

Last week: No. 20

Montclair was eighth in Group 4 with 23 points and will send multiple athletes to next week’s M of C.

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Turtle rescue, rehabilitation groups working overtime this season

Turtle nesting season has begun, and after the first sea turtle nest was spotted on Seabrook Island, the turtle teams with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other conservation organizations are combing state beaches for sick, injured or lost turtles in need of assistance. But, one turtle rescue group based in the Lowcountry with a reach that spans the globe says for them, it’s always turtle season. “For the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), since we work around the world, the work never ...

Turtle nesting season has begun, and after the first sea turtle nest was spotted on Seabrook Island, the turtle teams with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other conservation organizations are combing state beaches for sick, injured or lost turtles in need of assistance.

But, one turtle rescue group based in the Lowcountry with a reach that spans the globe says for them, it’s always turtle season.

“For the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), since we work around the world, the work never stops,” said TSA outreach coordinator Jordan Gray. “But as far as the acute turtle season in the Lowcountry, we’re definitely in it. We’ve been getting different calls about turtles crossing the roads and hatchlings being found in people’s pool drains and yards.”

While turtle nesting season primarily refers to marine turtles — like the loggerheads, found on Seabrook Island — the TSA typically deals with land-based and freshwater turtles. Turtle season runs the gamut for species, meaning even residents far from the beach may find nests in their yards and hatchlings in the streets.

Not all of these turtles are in need of as much care or assistance as some may think, Gray said.

“We get a lot of calls or emails about turtles who aren’t injured, and people are just wondering what they need to do,” he said. “We treat every call on a case-by-case basis and try to help them have the best end result — whether that’s getting the turtle back to its native habitat or coming up with another best-case scenario for the life of that turtle.”

As with many wild animals, more times than not, the best thing someone can do is to leave the turtles alone.

“That mother turtle came up and laid eggs in your yard, or near your home, for a reason,” Gray said. “Just release any hatchlings back into your yard, at the edge of the marsh — wherever you found them. Because you’re talking about animals that have evolved over millions of years, these animals know very much what to do without human intervention.”

But sometimes, intervention is necessary, especially in cases of injury, illness or other harm due to human influence in the first place. That’s where organizations like the TSA and the S.C. Aquarium’s Turtle Care Center (TCC) come in.

Marine turtles are often found in more precarious situations than their terrestrial counterparts, due to the conditions of the shores they hatch on. Disturbances near sea turtle nests in the sand, trash left on beaches and even bright lights from nearby buildings can lead to injury or disorientation.

“When they hatch, the turtles are looking for the reflection of the moon on the water, and if people are behind them with brighter lights, they could go in the wrong direction,” said TCC manager Melissa Ranly. “And aside from hatchlings, a nesting female wants to find a spot where there’s nothing that could endanger her young.”

When marine turtles do end up in trouble the TCC is equipped with a full rehabilitation center.

“We help rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles from all over the state,” Ranly said. “We’ll get a call from the DNR and they’ll let us know about the animal so we can get prepared for intake. It’s sort of what you would consider a triage — we have to examine the animal and get a feeling for the extent of the injuries. Those first moments are critical, so we just jump into action.”

Their equipment allows the team to get instant results, and they can even run blood work in-house. Most of the time they find debilitations like dehydration or malnutrition, which can disrupt the turtle’s immune system. So, the first steps usually involve antibiotics and vitamins.

In more extreme cases, like being hooked by a fisherman or hit by a boat, the turtle may need surgery. In these cases, it’s even more important for those who discover the injured turtle to leave it be and contact someone who can help. Moving a turtle that may have a fracture or internal injuries can cause more harm than good.

No matter what kind of turtle you may have come across, whether it be sick, injured or healthy, there are a few crucial steps to follow:

Call an expert. Turtle rescue organizations like the TSA usually have direct contacts. The TSA can be reached at (843) 724-9763 or at info@turtlesurvival.org; in the case of marina turtles, the TCC recommends contacting the DNR’s 24-hour hotline: 1-800-922-5431.

Stay with the turtle. Beachgoers who find sea turtle hatchlings are the first line of defense, Gray said. So after calling the DNR, it’s important to remain where you are to help guide their turtle teams to the turtle in need.

Listen to instructions. When calling an expert, oftentimes they may give you instruction on how to best handle the turtle you’ve found. In these cases, it’s important to listen to those who know better than you as far as caring for these animals.

Turtle rescue, rehabilitation groups working overtime this season

Turtle nesting season has begun, and after the first sea turtle nest was spotted on Seabrook Island, the turtle teams with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other conservation organizations are combing state beaches for sick, injured or lost turtles in need of assistance. But, one turtle rescue group based in the Lowcountry with a reach that spans the globe says for them, it’s always turtle season. “For the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), since we work around the world, the work never ...

Turtle nesting season has begun, and after the first sea turtle nest was spotted on Seabrook Island, the turtle teams with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other conservation organizations are combing state beaches for sick, injured or lost turtles in need of assistance.

But, one turtle rescue group based in the Lowcountry with a reach that spans the globe says for them, it’s always turtle season.

“For the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), since we work around the world, the work never stops,” said TSA outreach coordinator Jordan Gray. “But as far as the acute turtle season in the Lowcountry, we’re definitely in it. We’ve been getting different calls about turtles crossing the roads and hatchlings being found in people’s pool drains and yards.”

While turtle nesting season primarily refers to marine turtles — like the loggerheads, found on Seabrook Island — the TSA typically deals with land-based and freshwater turtles. Turtle season runs the gamut for species, meaning even residents far from the beach may find nests in their yards and hatchlings in the streets.

Not all of these turtles are in need of as much care or assistance as some may think, Gray said.

“We get a lot of calls or emails about turtles who aren’t injured, and people are just wondering what they need to do,” he said. “We treat every call on a case-by-case basis and try to help them have the best end result — whether that’s getting the turtle back to its native habitat or coming up with another best-case scenario for the life of that turtle.”

As with many wild animals, more times than not, the best thing someone can do is to leave the turtles alone.

“That mother turtle came up and laid eggs in your yard, or near your home, for a reason,” Gray said. “Just release any hatchlings back into your yard, at the edge of the marsh — wherever you found them. Because you’re talking about animals that have evolved over millions of years, these animals know very much what to do without human intervention.”

But sometimes, intervention is necessary, especially in cases of injury, illness or other harm due to human influence in the first place. That’s where organizations like the TSA and the S.C. Aquarium’s Turtle Care Center (TCC) come in.

Marine turtles are often found in more precarious situations than their terrestrial counterparts, due to the conditions of the shores they hatch on. Disturbances near sea turtle nests in the sand, trash left on beaches and even bright lights from nearby buildings can lead to injury or disorientation.

“When they hatch, the turtles are looking for the reflection of the moon on the water, and if people are behind them with brighter lights, they could go in the wrong direction,” said TCC manager Melissa Ranly. “And aside from hatchlings, a nesting female wants to find a spot where there’s nothing that could endanger her young.”

When marine turtles do end up in trouble the TCC is equipped with a full rehabilitation center.

“We help rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles from all over the state,” Ranly said. “We’ll get a call from the DNR and they’ll let us know about the animal so we can get prepared for intake. It’s sort of what you would consider a triage — we have to examine the animal and get a feeling for the extent of the injuries. Those first moments are critical, so we just jump into action.”

Their equipment allows the team to get instant results, and they can even run blood work in-house. Most of the time they find debilitations like dehydration or malnutrition, which can disrupt the turtle’s immune system. So, the first steps usually involve antibiotics and vitamins.

In more extreme cases, like being hooked by a fisherman or hit by a boat, the turtle may need surgery. In these cases, it’s even more important for those who discover the injured turtle to leave it be and contact someone who can help. Moving a turtle that may have a fracture or internal injuries can cause more harm than good.

No matter what kind of turtle you may have come across, whether it be sick, injured or healthy, there are a few crucial steps to follow:

Call an expert. Turtle rescue organizations like the TSA usually have direct contacts. The TSA can be reached at (843) 724-9763 or at info@turtlesurvival.org; in the case of marina turtles, the TCC recommends contacting the DNR’s 24-hour hotline: 1-800-922-5431.

Stay with the turtle. Beachgoers who find sea turtle hatchlings are the first line of defense, Gray said. So after calling the DNR, it’s important to remain where you are to help guide their turtle teams to the turtle in need.

Listen to instructions. When calling an expert, oftentimes they may give you instruction on how to best handle the turtle you’ve found. In these cases, it’s important to listen to those who know better than you as far as caring for these animals.

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