Whether dealing with flooding from an area-wide disaster or small water leak, both events have the ability to bring business to a complete standstill.
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The kids are staying at home due to snow, and the roads won’t be clear for a few days – let's just hope that the power doesn't go out! Sound too familiar lately?
This year's winter has experienced extremes that some areas of the country have not seen for decades. The northwest corner of the country witnessed 20-year snow records being broken, while the Chicago School District closed schools for two days as temperatures dropped to 16 degrees below zero.
One perplexing aspect of modern life is a phenomenon known as "the bystander effect." I was reminded of this human tendency in a recent Wall Street Journal article ("The Gadget and the Bad Samaritan") which described this behavioral tendency of some individuals who fail to act or intervene when witnessing someone in need of assistance.
Do you remember Oreo's tweet during the 2013 Super Bowl – "You can still dunk in the dark" – luckily we didn’t have to "dunk in the dark" this year, although it may have been the one time in NFL history that Broncos' fans wouldn't have minded a break from reality.
Top 3 Outages of 2013
Businesses thrive on energy and as a result, often fall victim to inherent operation problems due to natural weather events and human error.
As seen with the recent bout of severe cold weather that swept across the Midwest and northeast, winter weather can be daunting. The good news is that there are a number of precautions you can take year-round to protect your business and prevent pipes from breaking.
Check out the "Need-to-Knows of Frozen Pipes" infographic below:
Each year, we capture the predictions for the upcoming hurricane season from leading scientists and meteorologists around the country. Interstate Restoration regularly tracks natural disasters, helps businesses plan ahead, rebuild, and continue to stay informed about trends in the risk management and planning industry. Read more below on what is expected for the 2014 Atlantic hurricance season which is scheduled to be between June 1 and November 30.
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Predictions
Globally, natural disasters caused an estimated $45 billion dollars worth of insured losses last year according to a report published by Impact Forecasting (Aon Benfield Group Ltd.). As companies start 2014 with (hopefully) a comprehensive disaster response plan, much of what we learned in 2013 can inform how we plan and prepare for another year.
Fires are notorious for causing expensive damage to commercial facilities and structures. Routinely topping costs over one million dollars, it makes financial sense – as well as common sense – to prepare for fire damage and have a fire response plan to rely on if flames break out unexpectedly.
Commercial Fire Damage Preparation Tips
Many of the same actions for residential fire protection apply to commercial facilities: