June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic basin hurricane season, and while no one can say with certainty what storms lie ahead, the Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) at Colorado State University is predicting a “much below-average” 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season due to an increase of vertical shear-increasing El Niño conditions and an unusually cool tropical Atlantic.
With a total of seven (7) named storms (tropical cyclones with winds greater than 39 miles per...
If you noticed a gaping hole in the roof of your house, what would you do?
A) Wait until there’s a greater than 50% chance of a storm and then call for help
B) Call to have it fixed ASAP
If you value your house and its contents you no doubt answered B. Why? Because if you try to play the odds with the weather, chances are something could go horribly wrong and you’ll end up paying a much steeper price.
You most likely feel the same way about a hole in the roof of a business...
It’s Earthquake Preparedness Month and now is the time to get prepared. Take the time to view the infographic below to discover some “Ground-Shaking U.S. Earthquake Facts” and learn about the actions businesses can take before an earthquake to prevent costly property damage.
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
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....
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...