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02/14/2017
Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year.1 Sounds like a pretty big deal, doesn’t it? Well turns out, it is. While we realize that for some areas of the United States it seems premature to talk about flooding in February, not only is it never too early to prepare, but flooding can also be a problem from heavy snow melt…which is already happening in some areas. And with spring right around the corner,...
02/06/2017
Do you remember any recent months when some sort of disaster wasn’t happening somewhere in the U.S.? The reality is that disasters seem to be the new normal.  The fact that man-made or natural disasters can strike your business any time means that your disaster recovery plan (DRP)—as much or more than any other business planning effort—could end up being the key to the ongoing survival of your business. But just having a DRP isn’t enough. It needs to be up-to-date...
01/30/2017
If your business has a disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place, we salute you. DRPs are fundamental resources for making sure your business can navigate disaster and quickly recover after the worst has passed. But… Unfortunately, it’s also easy for DRPs to become outdated. For example, people get too busy and forget to make updates. Or plan overseers move on and the responsibility isn’t passed on. Or any number of other reasons. At a time when every week seems to bring a...
01/23/2017
Access Spanish Version (Acceso en Español) In our 2016 hurricane season forecast post, we highlighted predictions from The Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) at Colorado State University (CSU) as well as the UK-based Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) forecasting consortium. The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season came in slightly above average with a total of 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. These forecasts were generally in line with the hurricane predictions issued by both...
01/16/2017
Winter is here. While snow and ice are a good thing for skiing and snowshoeing, they are not a welcome sight inside your property. Take for example, water damage. Because freezing pipes expand, colder temperatures often cause pipe seals to break and/or pipes to crack. In a matter of minutes, your property can be exposed to severe water damage. Snow or ice damage is also another winter hazard for any cold-climate business. Included in this post are some quick and powerful steps that you can take...
01/06/2017
One of our favorite things about transitioning into a new year is the opportunity to look at our business and life from a fresh perspective. Hopefully you’ve hit the ground running with your new business plan and are able to ingrain habits that will lead to successful resolutions. The very first thing you probably did after returning to work was to write or audit your disaster recovery plan (DRP) for 2017, right? Kidding aside, this time of year is a great time to check that task...
01/03/2017
In January we typically focus our business preparedness tips on dealing with issues related to freezing temperatures and winter storms. After all, average temperatures in January and February are normally the lowest of the year. But as we transition into 2017, the weather has been anything but “normal” across many regions. Winter Weather Response Do’s and Don’ts Cold winter weather can lead to all kinds of building-related emergencies, a couple of the most common...
12/19/2016
There are countless things to be thankful for this year...and one is you. We truly appreciate your continued support and business. Should the unexpected happen this holiday season, rest assured that we are available anytime (24/7) to help get you back to business, back to life, and back to celebrating the season as quickly as possible. Sending you and yours warmest wishes for the new year!
12/12/2016
We are excited to announce Interstate Restoration has acquired RESTORx of Texas. RESTORx is a reputable emergency response and restoration provider currently servicing the Dallas area.  Please see our press release below for more information. We are excited to welcome RESTORx to our team! Interstate Restoration Acquires RESTORx of Texas Deal Will Improve Disaster Recovery Efforts for State Businesses FORT WORTH, Texas (December 12, 2016)– Interstate Restoration LLC, a full-service...
12/05/2016
Winter’s weather surprises can be tough enough on your business without mishaps. But when you add on a burst pipe, flooded basement, Christmas tree fire, or other preventable event, the headaches can quickly become enormous and costly. As a complement to our earlier post on fall business preparations, here are five tips for avoiding some all-too-common winter business blues: 1) Prepare and monitor pipes The water damage to your business from burst frozen pipes can be very costly and...