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For risk managers and business owners looking to stay on top of risks, Twitter is a great resource. Not only can you follow individuals, organizations and businesses that focus on specific risk-prevention-related topics, but Twitter can also provide invaluable real-time updates from everyday people when an event or disaster is happening. Whether you are already on Twitter or new to it, we wanted to share some of our favorite preparedness-related feeds.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and this year’s theme is “Be disaster aware, take action to prepare.” As a business owner or leader, disaster readiness is not only important for protecting the lives and health of your employees and customers—it can also help you get back to business faster once an event is over.
Quickly addressing water damage can be crucial to recovery. Interstate has created a series of four how-to videos that quickly run-through common scenarios to address water damage. Not only will you be able to watch the effects of water damage to drywall, but you will also learn how to mitigate damage to preserve the structural integrity of your building. Watch the videos below:  Witness water damage to drywall through wicking demonstration
As business continuity planning experts, we at Interstate Restoration fully understand the importance of pre-planning and coordination for a range of circumstances—especially medical emergencies. In recent years, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems have become quite sophisticated and effective in getting people the care they need in shorter more quickly. The key is knowing what specific services are available in your area and having contact information ready when you need it.
When it comes to healthcare facility emergency management, few types of disasters can be as scary or complicated as a tornado—whether or not it hits your facility. When a tornado touches down in a populated area it can leave what feels like a war zone in its wake, with potentially hundreds or thousands of people with complex, traumatic injuries.
Author's note: This is the third in a series of blog posts that examines key considerations for supply chain disaster planning.
It's no secret that it takes just one hurricane making landfall to make for an active season. Now is the time to tune-in to Mother Nature's trends and get a feel for what's in store for the rest of the 2014 hurricane season.  
Interstate opened our doors for business 16 years ago. Over the years, we've helped thousands of businesses recover from disasters and have learned a lot. One thing that always stands out when we head to a customer's site after a disaster is the value of preparation, including having plans in place and a good emergency kit on hand. This post includes 16 tips—8 disaster planning to-do's and 8 must-haves for emergency kits—that we recommend you consider when making preparations for unexpected disasters.  
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