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03/21/2017
We look forward to seeing you at PLRB in Boston next week! Stop by the Interstate booth, #1407, to say hi and grab a free cup of hot coffee. Not a fan of coffee? Plug-in to one of our complimentary device charging stations and relax while you recharge. See you soon! Five Fun Facts about Boston: Boston is home to the oldest public park in the United States which dates back to 1634. "Happy Hours" are against the law. Boston was home to the first US...
03/13/2017
While hurricanes typically only occur in the Atlantic from June thru November, tornadoes are a year-round threat. On average, approximately 1,250 tornadoes occur in the United States every year. The most active month is May with about 275 tornadoes on average, while the least active month is February with an average of about 30 tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day, although their frequency tends to peak between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time. Every state in the United States has...
03/06/2017
“Life is full of surprises” is one of those phrases that’s tough to hear when you’re already having a bad day. It can be especially frustrating after a disaster, when simply processing what just happened is more than enough to deal with. Yet the reality is that after a disaster, the surprises usually come fast and furious at a time when you’ll want to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. That’s why we wanted to share a few things...
02/27/2017
Interstate Restoration is thrilled to announce our latest acquisition of American Builders in Toledo, Ohio. American Builders is a well-known fixture in the Toledo area providing professional service, extensive experience and timely response for over 30 years. “We are excited to welcome another reputable company to the Interstate family,” said Interstate EVP Adam Becker. “American Builders has a long history in the Toledo area and will provide our clients with additional...
02/20/2017
If one of your important suppliers experienced a disaster, does your business have a backup plan in place? If you answered no, you’re definitely not alone. Most organizations lack clear visibility into their supply chain, let alone a plan for addressing supply chain disruptions.1 Why it’s Time to Take a Close Look at Your Supply Chain We all know that the global economy is more interconnected than ever. And the fact that it runs relatively smoothly most of the time may be giving...
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...