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08/22/2016
The flooding in Louisiana over the period from August 10 - 17 was absolutely devastating. The total damage caused by this flooding is likely to approach levels generated by some recent United States landfalling hurricanes. Recent media reports indicate that over 40,000 homes have been either damaged or destroyed, and over 20,000 people have been rescued by local emergency responders, as well as the Coast Guard. At this point, 20 parishes have been declared disaster areas by President Obama, but...
08/15/2016
When it comes to writing a good disaster recovery plan (DRP), knowledge is power. After all, key steps in the recovery process will inform what’s possible in terms of restoring part or all of your business operations as soon as possible. That’s why we want to give you an insider’s look into the fire recovery process. As with most types of disasters, the damages from a fire may vary widely, depending on building- and situation-specific considerations. Yet in many cases,...
08/08/2016
Flooding. Storm damage. A fire. Even good planners don’t always have a strategy for responding to a natural or manmade disaster. But if you’ve just experienced any type of business disaster, you need to restore normal operations as fast as possible. So after calling 911 or other emergency response services, what should you do? Here are five tips for helping to speed your recovery: 1) Make sure employees and customers are safe After any event that puts peoples’ lives in...
08/01/2016
Do you know if your insurance covers rain-related water damage? If not, there’s no time like the present to find out, even if you’re not in a flood plain. Why? Like Maryland, many areas throughout the U.S. have seen above-average rainfall over the last year. And with summer still going strong, more severe weather may continue to make headlines across parts of the country in coming months. And the fact is that most types of insurance policies don’t cover common rain-...
07/25/2016
Do you have a sense that there’s been more hail than normal in recent years? Depending on where you live, you may be right. It turns out that the frequency and intensity of hail storms has been rising, as have the costs to business owners and insurance companies.1 In fact, in the last six years alone, the severity averages for claims have jumped a whopping 65%.2 For businesses, property management companies and homeowners’ associations (HOAs), fully and properly addressing the...
07/18/2016
It has now been 18 years since Interstate Restoration got its start in Texas back in 1998. There is definitely no shortage of gratitude to all of the companies, employees, and partners who have continued to place their trust in us throughout the years. And while alot have changed from decade to decade, there has been one "constant" that continues to motivate our organization and drive our success...giving back. On a business level, as well as on a personal level, Interstate...
07/11/2016
Unless you’ve experienced a building fire first hand, it can be easy to lose sight of why fire preparation should be a critical ongoing exercise for every business. It’s true that, in many cases, quick responses from fire departments or fire suppression equipment can help to limit destruction caused by flames to a single room or part of a building. But destruction from fire and smoke is usually only one (often small) part of the story. Flames and Smoke are Only the Beginning of...
07/05/2016
July is just beginning, and many parts of the country have already seen some unusually hot temperatures and an early start to fire season. In the desert southwest, the temperature in several cities rose to within their top-five hottest days ever. At its start, the 2016 fire season was already ahead of 2015’s record pace. And California alone has seen more than 60,000 acres burn across the state. Since it’s shaping up to be a long, hot and dry summer in many areas, we thought it...
06/27/2016
It’s only late June, and the Atlantic has already had four named storms. Danielle formed in the Bay of Campeche on June 20, making 2016 the year with the earliest date that the 4th named storm has formed on record in the Atlantic basin. The old record was June 23 set in 2012. Does this active start to the Atlantic hurricane season mean that the entire season is going to be active? There are a few caveats that need to be made. First of all, the weather conditions that formed Hurricane...
06/20/2016
Did you know there were nearly 1.3 million fires in the U.S. in 2014 alone, causing more than $11.6 billion in property damage?1 Your ability to coordinate help after a fire is put out can have a potentially large impact on recovery time and costs to your property.  Download your complimentary Quick Guide to Fire Damage to gain a basic understanding of how to properly handle fire damage. You will discover: Examples of damage that can happen in a fire that you may not be aware...