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05/23/2016
Hurricane season officially begins June 1st, and while the initial 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast is for a near-average season, all it takes is one major storm to remind everyone that Mother Nature loves surprises. To help you prepare and better understand the reasoning behind these predictions, Interstate Restoration invites you to join us for a free webinar, Wednesday, June 1st. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, from Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, will cover...
05/16/2016
Depending on your roof material, it’s not always easy to determine if it has sustained hail damage after a storm. For example, if your building has asphalt shingles or a metal roof, you may see obvious dents. However, on a built-up (tar and gravel) roof, you might see few to no visible signs of damage.  Why is determining the extent of roof hail damage important? Whether or not hail damage is visible, roof repair costs add up fast, as do the costs from water damage that could...
05/09/2016
Since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the big news at the end of each hurricane season has been about how lucky the U.S. has been in avoiding the impacts of a major hurricane each year. Could 2016 be the year that luck runs out? It’s impossible to say for sure, but forecasters are calling for an average hurricane season, so it’s critical to prepare. And there’s no better time than during Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 15 – 21. Before we get into the ins and outs of...
05/02/2016
Interstate Restoration has entered into an agreement to acquire FirstOnSite, Canada’s largest independent disaster restoration company. This is a historic milestone for Interstate Restoration. It will be our largest acquisition to date, and it will result in making us the second largest independent emergency restoration and reconstruction services provider in North America. The combined company will have the scale and capabilities to compete more effectively and better serve cross-border...
04/25/2016
Earlier this month, Interstate Restoration attended the 2016 RIMS Conference in San Diego, California. The conference, as usual, was wonderful and the San Diego atmosphere couldn’t be beat! We made it our goal again this year to help support an organization working to build affordable, service enriched housing for those in need. For every attendee that invited us to scan their badge, a cash donation was made on their behalf to Mercy Housing. Thank you to those of you who were able to...
04/18/2016
June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic basin hurricane season, and while there is significant uncertainty as to how much storm activity may occur, the Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) at Colorado State University (CSU) is predicting an average 2016 Atlantic basin hurricane season due to two factors. First, El Niño is weakening and should dissipate by this summer, meaning that the strong upper-level winds that tore apart storms in 2015 are likely to be weaker. Second, the far North...
04/11/2016
The 2016 PLRB Claims Conference is just around the corner and we hope to see you there! With over 100 educational sessions, there are numerous resources available right at your fingertips. Click on the link below to learn more about the exclusive events happening at the Interstate booth (#430). Get Back in the Driver’s Seat with Interstate Be sure to stop by the Interstate Restoration booth (#430) next week to get your emergency response services questions answered, and test your racing...
04/04/2016
The 2016 RIMS Conference is happening next week and we hope to see you there! Every year we attend this conference to further our risk management education and to network with clients like you.  Recharge and give back at RIMS Be sure to stop by our booth (#2041) in between classes/sessions for a recharge…literally! Grab a complimentary cup of coffee and a delicious treat, plug-in to our device charging station, and support a good cause. This year we will be donating to Mercy...
03/28/2016
So far in each month of 2016, we’ve already seen significant flooding and flash flooding in many parts of the country. In January, unusually high winter flooding levels impacted communities and businesses in Midwestern states from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico, including many states along the Mississippi River.1 In February, parts of New York and New Jersey were inundated with water when strong storm winds combined with high tides to cause significant flooding.2 In March, severe...
03/21/2016
Somewhere in the U.S. right now, there’s a decent chance that a community of business owners are in the midst of a severe weather episode. Or trying to figure out how to deal with the aftermath. For the prepared and unprepared alike, severe weather can lead to incredibly stressful situations. Put yourself in their shoes. If you’re with a business that is prepared, you are already a step ahead in the recovery process. Why? Because you knew what to do to better ensure the safety of...