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04/27/2015
The RIMS 2015 Conference is in full swing! With a plethora of helpful risk topics to delve into, we are excited to participate in the exhibit and meet key members of the risk management community. Be sure to check out the session agenda and indulge in such topics as: Emergency Response Planning: How to Protect Your Business from a Natural Disaster - RIC005 When Bad Stuff Happens: Best Practices for Managing Brand-Killing Claims - CLM026 Implementing and Sustaining ERM: Applying a...
04/20/2015
Flooding. Storm damage. A fire. Even good planners don’t always have a strategy for responding to a natural or manmade disaster. But if you’ve just experienced any type of business disaster, you need to restore normal operations as fast as possible. So after calling 911 or other emergency response services, what should you do? Here are five tips for helping to speed your recovery: 1) Make sure employees and customers are safe After any event that puts peoples’ lives in...
04/13/2015
June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic basin hurricane season, and while no one can say with certainty what storms lie ahead, the Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) at Colorado State University is predicting a “much below-average” 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season due to an increase of vertical shear-increasing El Niño conditions and an unusually cool tropical Atlantic. With a total of seven (7) named storms (tropical cyclones with winds greater than 39 miles per...
04/06/2015
If you noticed a gaping hole in the roof of your house, what would you do? A) Wait until there’s a greater than 50% chance of a storm and then call for help B) Call to have it fixed ASAP If you value your house and its contents you no doubt answered B. Why? Because if you try to play the odds with the weather, chances are something could go horribly wrong and you’ll end up paying a much steeper price. You most likely feel the same way about a hole in the roof of a business...
03/30/2015
It’s Earthquake Preparedness Month and now is the time to get prepared. Take the time to view the infographic below to discover some “Ground-Shaking U.S. Earthquake Facts” and learn about the actions businesses can take before an earthquake to prevent costly property damage. Related Article: http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2015/03/31/ground-shaking-facts-about-us-earthquakes?eNL=551af1f4150ba090768c84b1&utm_source=PC360DailyeNews&utm_medium=eNL&utm_campaign=...
03/23/2015
The 2015 PLRB Claims Conference is happening next week. Will we see you there? Hope so! With close to 100 educational sessions to tap into, there are endless resources to get educated. Here are just a few sessions you might consider checking out: Catastrophes: Building Your CAT Plan for Optimal Results Earthquake Damage: Assessment and Repair Hail Damage Claims: What in the Hail is Going on? Historic Building and Religious Institution Losses Water Damage Mitigation To...
03/16/2015
With spring upon us, many parts of the country are breathing a big sigh of relief. But for businesses in many areas, we’re also entering one of the wildest times of year for weather. From day to day and week to week, spring weather can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride. Nice days can quickly give way to severe storms. And flooding is a big concern in many areas as snowpack melts. That’s why spring is one of the most important times of the year for business preparedness....
03/09/2015
Earthquakes are on the rise in many parts of the U.S.—and not just in areas where seismic activity is considered normal. In recent years, some historically calm areas have seen unnerving upturns in seismic activity. If your business is in an area that is becoming or has always been prone to earthquakes, it’s important to prepare for quick recovery from potential disasters. This is the first in series of blog posts about earthquake activity and business preparedness. Today...
03/02/2015
While tornadoes can occur during any month, the peak of the US tornado season arrives with spring. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week occurs this week, March 1-7, and this blog focuses on the threat that tornadoes pose during the spring months of March-May. All tornadoes are damaging and have the potential to be deadly, but stronger tornadoes (EF-2 and stronger) typically do the most damage. For example, the Joplin, Missouri tornado which killed 158 people in 2011 was an EF-5....
02/23/2015
Want to watch some paper dry? Of course not. Unless maybe you’re dealing with something particularly unpleasant at work today. But in all seriousness, when your business or organization is dealing with important wet documents or books—and the potential related process or legal costs, or historical losses—paper drying suddenly becomes very interesting. So understanding how your documents can be salvaged may save you from a lot of fingernail biting while you wait for the...