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08/31/2015
It’s always nice to get ahead and be above average. Unless we’re talking about things like natural disasters. And we are because September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). 2015 has already been a whopper of a year for natural disasters. In the first half of 2015 alone, insured losses in the United States were well above the $11.2 billion average, coming in at an estimated $12.6 billion.1 And it’s not that the U.S. experienced a huge event that pushed the numbers up....
08/24/2015
“…the Godzilla El Niño.”1 “All Signs Indicate a New Monster El Niño is Coming.”2 These quotes aren’t from a new action movie. They are just a couple of examples of the dramatic headlines and descriptions about the potential of this year’s El Niño. Since most of the stories hearken back to the El Niño of 1997 – 98—the strongest on record—it’s understandable if you’re concerned about the...
08/17/2015
We all know that there are a lot of possible causes for water damage in a building. Flooding. Incursion from heavy rain. Broken pipes or plumbing. Broken water lines. But do you know about the three categories of water damage and their potential impact on employee and customer safety? The fact is that different events bring different kinds of water and potential safety hazards. Let’s look at why the distinctions are important along with considerations for cleanup with each type of...
08/10/2015
Ever wonder what would happen if the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane (Category 4 storm) were to hit the coastline today? Scary thought, but with more crowded coastlines and higher population totals, its important to consider the extensiveness (relative to today) possible when dealing with Mother Nature. Click here to listen to our latest audio podcast where Dr. Phil Klotzbach (from Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science) discusses the historical significance of five major...
08/03/2015
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? Many areas throughout the U.S. have already seen record or above-average rainfall this spring and summer. And with a likely moderate or strong El Nino forming in the Pacific, strong rainfall may continue to make headlines across parts of the country in coming months. And the fact is that most types of insurance...
07/27/2015
What's the true cost of doing nothing in the way of disaster preparedness? Interstate addresses this exact question below in the latest episode of the Innovations television series with Ed Begley, Jr. which aired on Fox Business News this past Saturday. Take just a few minutes to tune in and learn the critical steps needed for businesses to ensure a smoother recovery. *FOX Business aired this segment on Saturday, 7/25/15 at 4 p.m. ET. To learn more about Interstate's emergency...
07/20/2015
Natural disasters aren’t always the most pressing danger to your business. Even a simple pipe leak can lead to financially crippling damage. When time is of the essence to save damaged documents and books, find out why upfront planning is key in the video below: To learn more about Interstate's emergency response and general contractor services, please call 800-622-6433.
07/13/2015
Looking back on 17 years of business, it’s incredible to think how far Interstate has come. We started with limited resources but a lot of know-how and motivation back in 1998 in Texas, and over the years we’ve added the equivalent of more than an office a year to better serve our clients. That’s why we want to say a BIG thank you to all of the companies and organizations that have continually put their trust in us over the years. We know when you pick up the phone to call us...
07/06/2015
Hear how Interstate helped renovate the historic National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi in San Francisco, California. Dedicated as a historical landmark by the California Historical Society in 1972, watch the new beauty unfold as the floors, pews and the santuary area are renovated.  To learn more about our award-winning emergency response restoration and general contracting services, call 800-622-6433.
06/29/2015
After your facility is struck by a disaster, many companies are faced with the reality that rebuilding cannot start until insurance check(s) are issued. And it’s often discovered that it’s much more difficult to get your checks quickly if you’re not organized. That’s why it’s recommended most businesses and organizations have a point person (or team) for managing the relationship with the insurance company and restoration providers. This week’s post builds...