As I prepare to write this article about handling contents during a CAT loss flood situation, I am watching the State of California experience some of the worst flooding in its history. Entire neighborhoods have been evacuated and homes have been swallowed by over flowing rivers and spillways.
As the founder and CEO of a restoration industry software company, I have recently had to do some soul searching on what kind of business I want to run and what core values should guide the decisions I make.
Workplace anxiety is a serious condition that affects two out of every five workers. Chances are one or more of your co-workers is dealing with it right now. If an owner or leader in the business happens to be one of them, its impact could directly influence decisions that may lead to stalled growth and side effects to the company culture and performance.
Catastrophes, while terrible for people in the affected area, produce a lot of restoration and remediation work in a concentrated area, making them an incredible business opportunity for restoration contractors.
As storms, hurricanes and floods become more frequent, the need to restore properties to a pre-loss condition faster and more efficiently will become more and more critical. As average temperatures across the globe have increased, more rain has fallen during the heaviest downpours.
Disaster sites are a natural breeding ground for health and safety concerns, including severe injuries to fingers and hands. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 70 percent of workers who injure their hands were not wearing work gloves during the accident.
Shortly after graduating from college, I spent the better part of four years living on a horse farm in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to working as a national account manager for the 84 Lumber Company, I spent my spare time mucking stalls, feeding horses, mending fences, and making hay on the farm in exchange for rent.
Sometimes you chase, and sometimes the storm comes to you.
April 10, 2017
When Hurricane Matthew was plotting its course toward the U.S. in the fall of 2016, I reached out to several restorers to see what their response plans were, and debated heading to a heavily affected area to document and witness the cleanup and restoration efforts myself.
This month, the IICRC will exhibit at RIA’s International Restoration Convention & Industry Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., April 5-7 and The Experience Conference & Exhibition in Clearwater Beach, Fla. April 24-26.