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Disaster Planning Why should businesses prepare for disasters? Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. (Source: Insurance Information Institute) Customers expect delivery of products or services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor. Larger businesses are asking their suppliers about preparedness. […]

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Cold Weather Preparation

Protect Your Building   Inspect Heating Systems Winterize Cooling Systems Calibrate Thermostats / Reduce Set Points Change Air Filters Inspect Doors and Windows Clean Gutters Select Good Entrance Mats Inspect Exterior Faucets, Irrigation Systems Roof / Attic Inspection Deicers Prepare for Power Outages Preventing pipe and automatic sprinkler system freeze-ups A common, yet significant winter […]

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Managing Your Disaster

What are the real costs of a loss? The obvious effects of disaster on a business are typically easy to measure: wet walls, smoke damage, and lots of clean up. The damage to the structure and contents often need professional restoration and repair, but depending on how well the recovery is managed, other problems can […]

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Navigating the Claims Process

Putting together the team for a smooth claims process When dealing with a disaster, it is vital that your vendors communicate, work together and have the funding and resources necessary to get you back up and running. Things the team needs to agree upon: Safety, access and egress. Scope of work to be done. Time […]

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Mold: Myths, Mysteries and Truths

What is mold? The term “mold” is the common word for a group of fungi that are common on food or wet materials. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color, shape and size. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) under the right conditions. Mold spreads […]

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Disaster Planning: Are You REALLY Prepared?

FACT: Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves, our co-workers or clients. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Most people […]

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Hurricane Season

  HURRICANE BASICS WHAT Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world. […]

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Earthquakes

Facts and Fiction Fiction: During an earthquake, you should get into a doorway for protection. Facts: In modern buildings, doorways are no stronger than any other parts of the structure and usually have doors that will swing and can injure you. During an earthquake, you should get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold […]

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ACTIVE SHOOTER: How to Respond

Taken from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness PROFILE OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active […]

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Tornadoes: When, Where & Why?

Why do tornadoes form? Tornadoes are formed due to large super cells. Super cells are nothing but a huge cluster of thunderstorm clouds. A simple explanation to its formation is as follows: warm air rises up as it has a low vapor pressure and cold air drops down because of its high vapor pressure. Due […]

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