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01/26/2015
Expert predictions about the Atlantic hurricane season for 2014 were mostly accurate. So what are the projections for 2015? It’s time for Interstate Restoration’s annual look-forward-and-back at Atlantic hurricane predictions from leading scientists and meteorologists. While last year’s season was relatively uneventful, questions related to the likely strength of a developing El Niño are complicating hurricane forecasts for this year. Read on for more about what to...
01/19/2015
Today's to do? 1. Reflect on natural disasters. Okay, that’s probably not at the top of your to-do list for 2015, and we get why. They’re devastating and often hard to make sense of. But disasters are also inevitable—and tough for businesses to recover from. And so revisiting some of the unexpected and crazy things that happened in 2014 is a good reminder for why it’s essential to have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place—and why it’s...
01/12/2015
Feel like winter is starting to get old already? Us too. After November’s arctic blast and record-low temperatures, 2015 started off with teeth-chattering cold in Colorado and much of the country. Since January is on average the coldest month of the year, we know to expect low temps. But that doesn’t make dealing with them much easier. Whether you’re fed up or having fun, it’s no time to let your wintertime safety guard down—even if you haven’t had any...
01/05/2015
You're busy. So a growing business terminology debate may not sound important. But what if you had a better way to prove the strategic value and achieve buy-in for business continuity practices? That's the potential impact of new thinking and approaches around “organizational resilience.” And that’s why a discussion about whether the term "organizational resilience" is starting to replace business continuity management (BCM) is actually quite relevant to...
12/22/2014
No matter how fast the holidays snuck up on you, we hope you will have time off to relax and spend time with your family and friends to celebrate the season. No doubt you have a lot on your mind as you wrap up the year and are juggling increased work pressures along with parties and family obligations. We want to make sure you get the maximum time enjoy yourself, so we’re here with just a couple of important reminders for keeping your business safe from fires as you celebrate the...
12/15/2014
Everyone will make mistakes. It is inevitable. But how individuals or companies choose to react in the face of their mistakes can either make them or break them. The University of Georgia recently published a study on crisis communicators and the role that they play during a crisis. The study shows that how a crisis communicator, or a public relations practitioner, addresses a crisis plays a role in how the company is viewed once a disastrous situation occurs. How they promptly and...
12/08/2014
You just discovered that important business or historical documents or books are moist or wet. Now what? Hopefully you will never be in this situation. But if you ever are—or are now—it’s important to know what to do. First, don’t panic. Freeze drying and restoration processes can save your documents. This blog post explains three things to keep in mind if you discover moist or wet documents.  Assessing the Damage  Water damage to documents and books can...
12/01/2014
The Atlantic basin hurricane season officially ended on November 30. And although the 2014 season was relatively tame, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. Find out what you can do now to start preparing for next year and discover some interestsing facts about the 2014 season: Additional preparedness resources are available at: 5 Ways to Get Your Business Ready for Fall The Freezing 5 -- Five Tips for Protecting Your Business from Freezing Temperatures  16...
11/24/2014
Winter’s weather surprises can be tough enough on your business without mishaps. But when you add on a burst pipe, flooded basement, Christmas tree fire, or other preventable event, the headaches can quickly become enormous and costly. As a complement to our earlier post on fall business preparations, here are five tips for avoiding some all-to-common winter business blues: 1) Prepare and monitor pipes The water damage to your business from burst frozen pipes can be very costly and...
11/17/2014
  We are thrilled to announce that Interstate is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest to better serve you. With a new response center in Seattle, WA, you can further count on our technical team to respond quickly to any emergency. With 18 response centers located strategically throughout the country, Interstate provides one place for emergency response restoration, reconstruction, and property damage consulting services. Whether it’s a fire, flood, or natural disaster,...
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