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07/10/2017
From hurricanes along the East Coast and Florida panhandle, to wildfires and drought in the West, to flooding, tornadoes and hail in between, summer weather can wreak havoc and uncertainty throughout the United States.  Disaster recovery planning is an important step when it comes to protecting your employees and properties during an event, and for ensuring a rapid recovery once the worst is over.  Interstate's Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) template will walk you through a...
06/30/2017
It’s early July, and the Atlantic has already had 3 named storms. While early summer season hurricane activity does not necessarily correlate with overall numbers of hurricanes in the Atlantic, seasonal forecasts have generally been increasing over the past few months. For example, Colorado State University (CSU) recently updated its summer seasonal hurricane predictions. In their forecast issued in early April, they predicted 4 hurricanes. In early June, they predicted 6 hurricanes, and...
06/27/2017
"Quick, send us your detailed business personal property (BPP) list." "We just need a detailed list of all your building contents, including furniture, fixtures, computer equipment, manufacturing equipment, inventory, raw materials—any material or item that isn’t part of your building that you need to run your business." "Oh, and we need the date you purchased it, a description of the item, and it’s projected replacement cost. And proof that you had...
06/21/2017
"Keep Each Other Safe" is the 2017 focus for the National Safety Council's (NSC) National Safety Month. This year, the NSC is offering tips on a variety of topics, including fall hazards, jobsite fatigue, active shooter preparation, ergonomics and road safety. In addition, we'd like to offer our tips when it comes to post-disaster building inspections -- what you can prepare for and how to stay safe.  Enter at Your Own Risk We spend a lot of time talking about preparing...
06/12/2017
Interstate is heading to Atlanta next week for the NAA Education Conference and we hope to see you there! Make sure to stop by our booth 2512 to beat the heat with our frozen dragon's breath popcorn. Frozen dragon's breath popcorn you say? You'll just have to stop by and see what this means for yourself! We can tell you this though...you won't want to miss out on this tasty concoction. Plus, if you stop by, you can enter to win an Amazon Echo!  Our team looks forward to...
06/07/2017
June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season and although originally forecasters were calling for a below-average season, they are now predicting 2017 to be absolutely average activity. Take a moment to understand the 2017 hurricane season forecast, and then be sure to complete your preparation checklist.  Sources: 1 Extended Range Forecast Of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity And Landfall Strike Probability For 2017, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State...
05/30/2017
Although hail storms can hit any time of year, they’re typically more frequent during spring and summer months. On Monday, May 8, a storm with hail ranging in size from pebbles to baseballs rolled through the Denver metro area, extensively damaging building roofs and exteriors. In fact, this storm has now been described as one of the (if not the) worst in Colorado's history, with damages reported upwards of $1 billion. The Denver storm is a good reminder of just how much damage...
05/23/2017
Have you read your business insurance policies lately? If you answered no, we understand. Not exactly light reading. But when a disaster hits, knowing a few key things about your business insurance can make a BIG difference in recovery time and costs. Here are four tips for smoother insurance claims: 1. Understand Your Insurance Policy It’s important that at least one person in your company has a solid understanding of all current insurance policies. This is critical because...
05/15/2017
So far in each month of 2017, we’ve already seen significant flooding and flash flooding in many parts of the country. In January, severe storms began in Texas and pushed all the way into South Carolina.1 In February, parts of Utah, Idaho and Washington saw flooding and severe winter storms causing a major disasters declaration. 2 And most recently, just earlier this month, we saw floods and deadly storms throughout the South and Midwest.3 And in addition to the possibility...
05/08/2017
All it takes is a single tropical storm or hurricane to put a serious damper on your business activities. That’s why it’s critical to take steps to prepare your business for a worst-case scenario even though the extended-range forecast for the 2017 hurricane season is reporting as below normal.1 May 7th marks the start of Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017.2 With June 1st, the official start to the hurricane season, right around the corner, now is the time to make sure your business...