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07/09/2018
If your business has a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) in place, we applaud you. DRPs are a fundamental resource 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 But… Unfortunately, it’s also easy for DRPs to become outdated.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. And any number of other reasons. At a time when every week seems to bring a...
07/02/2018
Flooding, whether it occurs as a flash or from a slow buildup, is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. If you're wondering how to prepare your business for a flood, this week's blog post highlights some key steps you should consider in your flood disaster planning. Flood Planning Need-to-Knows  Even if you think the flooding risks are low in your area, it’s important to be vigilant. The first step to prepare for flooding is to understand your potential...
06/25/2018
You're busy. So a growing business terminology debate may not sound important. But what if you had a better way to prove the strategic value and achieve buy-in for business continuity practices? That's the potential impact of newer approaches around “organizational resilience.” And that’s why a discussion about whether the term "organizational resilience" is starting to replace business continuity management (BCM) is actually quite relevant to your day-to-...
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,...