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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,...
02/19/2018
Okay, let's be real. You're incredibly busy and developing a hotel or resort emergency restoration strategy is probably not near the top of your to-do list. But given the frequency and intensity of weather events and other natural disasters, or even fires, hospitality disaster planning is not only critical to protecting guest and employee lives—it can make the difference in post-disaster business survival. And planning doesn't have to be overly complicated. Especially if you...
11/20/2017
On you mark, get set… it’s time to plan and decorate for the holidays! But as you do, don’t forget about the safety considerations we highlight below. Why? Because there’s nothing worse than dealing with an injury or fire during the season of thanks and celebration. And unfortunately, the risks at work and at home are all too real this time of year. Decorating injuries in November and December account for thousands of emergency room visits every year. Falls (34%),...
09/25/2017
No one can tell you exactly what to expect in a building fire because there are simply too many variables to consider. Recovering quickly (relative to the circumstances) however, requires awareness of the basics of the recovery process, including key insurance considerations, what kind of help you’ll need to recover and where you’ll get it. Your ability to coordinate help after a fire is put out can have a potentially large impact on recovery time and costs to your property....
08/14/2017
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of general workplace accidents and injuries ranging from minor bruises to severe traumas such as head injuries, broken bones, sprains and lacerations. In fact, slips, trips and falls are often reported as the most common causes of workers' compensation claims. To reduce the potential hazards that lead to slips, trips and falls, there are ways you can proactively manage your workplace environment to help lower the risk of injury to your employees...
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...
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...
02/14/2017
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...