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03/23/2015
The 2015 PLRB Claims Conference is happening next week. Will we see you there? Hope so! With close to 100 educational sessions to tap into, there are endless resources to get educated. Here are just a few sessions you might consider checking out: Catastrophes: Building Your CAT Plan for Optimal Results Earthquake Damage: Assessment and Repair Hail Damage Claims: What in the Hail is Going on? Historic Building and Religious Institution Losses Water Damage Mitigation To...
03/16/2015
With spring upon us, many parts of the country are breathing a big sigh of relief. But for businesses in many areas, we’re also entering one of the wildest times of year for weather. From day to day and week to week, spring weather can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride. Nice days can quickly give way to severe storms. And flooding is a big concern in many areas as snowpack melts. That’s why spring is one of the most important times of the year for business preparedness....
03/09/2015
Earthquakes are on the rise in many parts of the U.S.—and not just in areas where seismic activity is considered normal. In recent years, some historically calm areas have seen unnerving upturns in seismic activity. If your business is in an area that is becoming or has always been prone to earthquakes, it’s important to prepare for quick recovery from potential disasters. This is the first in series of blog posts about earthquake activity and business preparedness. Today...
03/02/2015
While tornadoes can occur during any month, the peak of the US tornado season arrives with spring. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week occurs this week, March 1-7, and this blog focuses on the threat that tornadoes pose during the spring months of March-May. All tornadoes are damaging and have the potential to be deadly, but stronger tornadoes (EF-2 and stronger) typically do the most damage. For example, the Joplin, Missouri tornado which killed 158 people in 2011 was an EF-5....
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...