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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...
02/16/2015
Have you read your business insurance policies lately? If you answered no, we understand. Not exactly light reading. But when a disaster hits, knowing a few key things about your business insurance can make a BIG difference in recovery time and costs. Here are four tips for smoother insurance claims: 1. Understand Your Insurance Policy It’s important that at least one person in your company has a solid understanding of all current insurance policies. This is critical...
02/09/2015
The first thing on everybody’s mind, post-disaster, is whether or not their friends and family made it through the crisis unharmed. But when power lines are down and it’s virtually impossible for people to contact each other, a heightened sense of panic and distress can arise. Fortunately, in the booming era of technological innovation, people more and more are using social media to keep in touch with loved ones during a crisis. During Hurricane Sandy for example, many people who...
02/02/2015
Don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place for your business? We understand. If you’ve never been through a disaster, such as a fire, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or flooding, it’s easy to make excuses and put off planning. But “even a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages,” according to FEMA. And that may not even be a scary situation that puts your employees’ and customers’ and ability to continue doing business...
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...