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02/01/2016
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Hawaii DKI to form Interstate Restoration Hawaii LLC. For close to two decades, we’ve made it our priority to innovatively deliver the highest customer experience all-the-while accelerating business recovery after a disaster. This new venture will allow us to expand our service reach in the Pacific and further strengthen our nationwide service response capabilities. Throughout O’ahu, Hawaii DKI has built a strong service reputation...
01/25/2016
Hurricane activity in January … what gives? If you follow the news, then you may have noticed some headlines the second week in January about an unusual Atlantic disturbance.1 In fact, the disturbance turned into Hurricane Alex, making it the first hurricane of 2016—and only the second hurricane on record in January since 1938.2 In the end, Alex was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall in the Azores, but it’s still quite a way to open the year. Especially...
01/18/2016
Finding the motivation to update your disaster plan every year can be difficult. Especially if your business seems to be located in an oasis of calm that rarely experiences disasters. No matter where you operate, however, ongoing disaster planning is critical. And a quick recap of 2015 catastrophes and insurance losses will illustrate why. The U.S. Tops the Charts With more than 1,000 recorded disasters worldwide, 2015 was a record-breaking year.1 If that sounds like a lot, it is. The high...
01/11/2016
It is common knowledge not all insurance policies are created equal, so it is very important to consider the coverage limits of your paper assets and records before a disaster. Depending on the quantity of stored records at your facility, as well as which assets are required to maintain normal business operations, your standard policy may be enough to recover your damaged files. However, when it comes to a legal, educational and/or a healthcare organization for example, standard coverage...
01/04/2016
In January we typically focus our business preparedness tips on dealing with issues related to freezing temperatures and winter storms. After all, average temperatures in January and February are normally the lowest of the year. But as we transition into 2016, the weather has been anything but “normal” across many regions. We’ve seen events ranging from tornadoes to flooding to blizzards in parts of the South and Midwest.1 While much of the East coast has seen record-breaking...
12/28/2015
If one of your important suppliers experienced a disaster, does your business have a backup plan in place? If you answered no, you’re definitely not alone. Most organizations lack clear visibility into their supply chain, let alone a plan for addressing supply chain disruptions.1 Why it’s Time to Take a Close Look at Your Supply Chain We all know that the global economy is more interconnected than ever. And the fact that it runs relatively smoothly most of the time may be giving...
12/21/2015
This time of year, you have a lot to think about in addition to your regular work responsibilities. Since it’s easy to get distracted as you scramble to finish up work and shopping, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget about fire safety, which is especially important this time of year with all of the extra electricity being used. Here are some key things to keep in mind to help protect your business and house from disruptive and potentially deadly fires related to holiday...
12/14/2015
The 2015 hurricane season recently ended with yet another lucky year for the U.S. Going into the holidays, the fact that no major hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. in 2015 is certainly something to celebrate. Could the good fortune hold out through 2016? It’s far too soon to tell, but experts have started releasing their early outlooks, so let’s take a quick look at what happened in 2015 along with a sneak peek at what may be around the corner in 2016. A Mostly Uneventful 2015...
12/08/2015
When winter temperatures are at their coldest, the last thing you want to deal with is water damage or roof damage—or both. Yet the wintery mix of cold and freezing temperatures and powerful storms means that frozen pipes as well as flooding, or even a compromised roof, are very real possibilities. We speak from experience because the most frequent calls we receive in the winter are usually about these three types of disasters. That’s why this week, we wanted to highlight a few...
11/24/2015
With the 2015 hurricane season ending today, the timing is perfect to take a look back at the storms that impacted the U.S. this year. From hurricanes to hail to droughts to tornadoes, it was a busy year for extreme weather events. Check out our newest infographic below: