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.
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.
Breaking down CoreLogic’s annual summary of natural hazards.
April 12, 2017
In late January, CoreLogic released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis. According to their research, 2016 had “average or below-average activity for most U.S. natural hazards with the exception of flood and wind, both of which saw above-average activity, due in large part to Hurricane Matthew.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
In today’s society, it is rather rare to encounter someone who is doing something just to be nice. Our first thought is often that there must be another motive behind their actions – do they need a favor, did they do something wrong, are they about to deliver bad news?