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06/18/2018
If you look at practically any checklist for a disaster preparedness kit, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries will be near the top. Yet although radios will probably always be important to readiness, smart phones have quickly become the preferred resource for figuring out what’s happening and sharing information during natural or man-made disasters. This post explores why and also highlights some helpful social media feeds and apps for businesses and individuals alike. The Power...
06/11/2018
Interstate will be at the NAA Education Conference later this week and we hope to see you there! We'll have Interstate representatives at booth #1812 discussing how Interstate's accelerated portfolio approach to recovery after a disaster can reduce your claim costs and downtime by up to 50%. We will have a nitrogen popcorn bar to satisfy your sweet or savory snack-tooth. PLUS, we'll be giving away an iPad mini. So whether you are hungry or just want to chat more about collaborating...
06/04/2018
Did you know that every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job? That adds up to a staggering 4.5 million injuries per year.1 Stats like those make it easy to understand why the National Safety Council (NSC) helps promote National Safety Month every June. This year’s theme is No One Gets Hurt and the NSC has a different focus area for each week of June:2 Week 1: Emergency Preparedness Week 2: Wellness Week 3: Falls Week 4: Driving Since safety is Interstate...
05/31/2018
The updated 2018 seasonal Atlantic forecast was released just this morning and experts at Colorado State University are now calling for an "approximately average" hurricane season. But average still means storm activity. In fact, an average year constitutes six hurricanes and two major hurricanes and which means it's still in your best interest to be prepared regardless of the changing forecasts. Whether the U.S. ends up with one hurricane making landfall or six big storms,...
05/21/2018
Depending on what part of the country you are in, the summer months may bring a welcome respite from harsh winter conditions, oppressive heat, or even both. But no matter where you are, as we transition into the warmest part of the year, it’s important to make sure your building is ready for anything summer might throw at it.  1. Stay dry: Inspect your roof, drains and gutters Ice, snow, and winter winds and rains can wreak havoc on building roofs, and the damage can be hard to spot...
05/14/2018
“Unusual” flooding events happen all over the country and aren't limited to a specific time of year. Whether or not your area is prone to flooding, now is a great time to prepare your business. Watch our latest video to learn the six steps you can take now to make sure your business is prepared:
05/07/2018
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,...
04/30/2018
Quick: what’s the difference between a business continuity plan (BCP) and a disaster recovery plan (DRP)? If you’re scratching your head, it’s understandable since both terms are closely linked and often used interchangeably. But the terms do have different meanings that are important to understand. This post explains the differences along why it’s important to have a BCP and a DRP. Not Another Case of “Potato, Pohtato” At a high level, business continuity...
04/23/2018
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 impact...
04/16/2018
Flooding remains one of the most persistent natural disasters in the United States and throughout the world, causing billions of dollars in damage to homes and property each year. Preserving your business continuity in the aftermath can present a daunting challenge, but proper damage restoration is a make-or-break proposition. Make sure to follow these critical steps: Remember that the Danger isn’t Over Even though eventualy flood waters recede, many dangers to your life and your...