In the wake of last years’ historic hurricane season, Interstate Restoration has renewed its partnership with the atmospheric experts at Colorado State University to help get a jump on future storms.

Interstate Restoration, a large-loss recovery expert that helps North American clients return to business after weather damage, fire and other disasters, recently provided $8,000 in sponsorship of CSU’s Tropical Meteorology Project to help with the group’s annual hurricane forecasts. The total investment from Interstate Restoration over the years has amounted to more than $36,000.

Even while many businesses in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean Islands are still rebuilding from three major hurricanes last year, the Tropical Meteorology Project is predicting a “ slightly above-average” hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. More precisely, the group including lead forecaster Phil Klotzbach is predicting activity about 135 percent of average. That would compare to last year’s activity measured at 245 percent of average.

“We hope some of this information will motivate our commercial clients and everybody else in hurricane territory to prepare as vigorously as possible,” said Stacy Mazur, chief executive of Interstate. “The more that people do in advance of these storms, the more efficiently we’re able to help them get back on their feet.”

On the topic of Interstate’s involvement with the Tropical Meteorology Project, Klotzbach said, “We’re very grateful for the support that Interstate Restoration has provided us over the past several years.  Our private sector sponsors have been critical for the continuation of our seasonal forecasts.”

Interstate has grown steadily during its 20 years in business, and the company’s significant resources were put to the test when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck all within a month of each other. The company’s efforts were documented in press releases and news reports at the time.

“We’re proud of the relief that we were able to provide, and we’re ready to do it again if necessary,” Mazur said.

The Tropical Meteorology Project expects to provide an update to the hurricane prediction on May 31.