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06/20/2016
Did you know there were nearly 1.3 million fires in the U.S. in 2014 alone, causing more than $11.6 billion in property damage?1 Your ability to coordinate help after a fire is put out can have a potentially large impact on recovery time and costs to your property.  Download your complimentary Quick Guide to Fire Damage to gain a basic understanding of how to properly handle fire damage. You will discover: Examples of damage that can happen in a fire that you may not be aware...
06/13/2016
Did you know that every day in the U.S., nearly 13,000 workers are injured on the job? That adds up to a staggering 4.7 million injuries per year.1 Stats like those make it easy to understand why the National Safety Council (NSC) helps promote National Safety Month every June. This year’s theme is SafeForLife and the NSC has a different focus area for each week of June:2 Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond Week 2: Be Healthy Week 3: Watch out for Dangers Week 4: Share Roads...
06/01/2016
We may be in for a “near-normal” hurricane season, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. The “luck” we’ve seen in recent years can change at the drop of a hat and near-normal is still an active season with 12 named storms predicted…just look at Tropical Storm Colin threatening Florida currently. Check out our latest infographic below which includes the most current probabilities surrounding the 2016 storm season...
05/31/2016
Interstate Restoration has solidified its position as a continental leader in the disaster recovery industry by finalizing the previously announced deal to acquire all the assets of FirstOnSite Restoration. The deal, which closed June 1, 2016, gives customers of Interstate and FirstOnSite Restoration full access to the most robust combination of personnel and equipment designed to help businesses and other organizations rebuild from hurricanes, floods, fires and other disasters on any scale....
05/23/2016
Hurricane season officially begins June 1st, and while the initial 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast is for a near-average season, all it takes is one major storm to remind everyone that Mother Nature loves surprises. To help you prepare and better understand the reasoning behind these predictions, Interstate Restoration invites you to join us for a free webinar, Wednesday, June 1st. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, from Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, will cover...
05/16/2016
Depending on your roof material, it’s not always easy to determine if it has sustained hail damage after a storm. For example, if your building has asphalt shingles or a metal roof, you may see obvious dents. However, on a built-up (tar and gravel) roof, you might see few to no visible signs of damage.  Why is determining the extent of roof hail damage important? Whether or not hail damage is visible, roof repair costs add up fast, as do the costs from water damage that could...
05/09/2016
Since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the big news at the end of each hurricane season has been about how lucky the U.S. has been in avoiding the impacts of a major hurricane each year. Could 2016 be the year that luck runs out? It’s impossible to say for sure, but forecasters are calling for an average hurricane season, so it’s critical to prepare. And there’s no better time than during Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 15 – 21. Before we get into the ins and outs of...
05/02/2016
Interstate Restoration has entered into an agreement to acquire FirstOnSite, Canada’s largest independent disaster restoration company. This is a historic milestone for Interstate Restoration. It will be our largest acquisition to date, and it will result in making us the second largest independent emergency restoration and reconstruction services provider in North America. The combined company will have the scale and capabilities to compete more effectively and better serve cross-border...
04/25/2016
Earlier this month, Interstate Restoration attended the 2016 RIMS Conference in San Diego, California. The conference, as usual, was wonderful and the San Diego atmosphere couldn’t be beat! We made it our goal again this year to help support an organization working to build affordable, service enriched housing for those in need. For every attendee that invited us to scan their badge, a cash donation was made on their behalf to Mercy Housing. Thank you to those of you who were able to...
04/18/2016
June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic basin hurricane season, and while there is significant uncertainty as to how much storm activity may occur, the Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) at Colorado State University (CSU) is predicting an average 2016 Atlantic basin hurricane season due to two factors. First, El Niño is weakening and should dissipate by this summer, meaning that the strong upper-level winds that tore apart storms in 2015 are likely to be weaker. Second, the far North...