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10/27/2014
While hurricanes typically only occur in the Atlantic from June thru November, tornadoes are a year-round threat. On average, approximately 1,250 tornadoes occur in the United States every year. The most active month is May with about 275 tornadoes on average, while the least active month is February with an average of about 30 tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day, although their frequency tends to peak between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time. Every state in the United States has...
10/20/2014
A while back we talked about the important link between emergency medical services (EMS) and business continuity planning. Cleary, when something bad happens, whether it’s human-caused or a natural disaster, safety is the top priority. That’s why a good disaster recovery plan that outlines individual roles during an event or disaster, what types of disruptions are likely to happen, and procedures for responding are key to smart business. But once people are out of danger, what...
10/13/2014
In the hospitality industry, a good disaster recovery plan can make the difference between business survival or shuttered doors after unfortunate events happen. Disaster recovery planning is important not only to protect guests and employees at hotels and resorts during an event, but for ensuring an orderly and rapid recovery once the worst has passed. The disaster recovery experts at Interstate Restoration have developed a Jump Start to Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) for Hospitality that...
10/06/2014
Despite modern safety measures, devices and building techniques, fires still present a very real danger for businesses. Every year, upwards of 80,000 workplace fires occur, resulting in thousands of injuries and scores of deaths, so it is vital to keep fire prevention and evacuation strategies active and up to date. With Fire Prevention Week well underway (runs from October 5-11), it's a great reminder to complete an annual check up of your business’ fire strategy.  A Long...
09/24/2014
It is no secret that tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms. And although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions property owners can take year round to protect their businesses and prevent costly property damage. Check it out: Additional preparedness  resources are available at: http://www.interstaterestoration.com/blog/5-ways-get-your-business-ready-fall http://www.interstaterestoration.com/blog/5-ways-better-prepare-your-hospital-tornado http...
09/18/2014
Ready or not, fall is upon us. We hope you’ve had a great summer and that you get to enjoy plenty of mild weather before winter hits. In the meantime, it’s an ideal time for some building and property upkeep that will help you ease into the holiday season and winter knowing you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. This blog post provides five tips for preparing commercial properties for upcoming inclement fall and winter weather. 1. Start at the Top with a Roof...
09/15/2014
The Atlantic basin hurricane season officially started on June 1, and through September 15, it has been very quiet. While the first half of the season has been below-average, there are still several weeks left before potential hurricane impacts along the United States coastline decline significantly. That said, it is certainly not time to let your guard down if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Quiet hurricane seasons have proven in the past to have one or more devastating landfalling...
09/08/2014
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. Tweets About Weather Twitter has a...
09/02/2014
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. So whether or not you’ve heard of NPM, it’s a great time to consider the disaster readiness of your business and what you can do to...
08/20/2014
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 Find out how to make flood cuts when...
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