Catastrophe Restoration

This is C&R’s Storm Central. Disaster and CAT response resources for hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and other natural disasters lie within.

Thinking Outside the Box with Portable Storage

It’s CAT season and on this episode of the Restoration Today podcast we are talking with Chris Camasta & Greg Coulombe of Units Moving and Portable Storage to talk through portable storage needs you would have while responding to a CAT and working within a CAT zone. Chris & Greg share their thoughts on how portable storage helps alleviate some of the logistical challenges of responding to a CAT, answer whether restorers can bill for portable storage and how, the value for restoration contractors to have a relationship with a local franchisor, and more!

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Protecting Your Right to Payment: What Contractors Must Know in the Wake of Hurricane Hilary

Getting Paid for Work on Hurricane Hilary from Edward Cross on Vimeo. As a disaster recovery contractor, you play a vital role in helping communities rebuild after a devastating natural event like Hurricane Hilary. Your dedication to repairing and restoring homes and businesses is commendable. However, rushing out to address the damage can lead to some legal and financial pitfalls if you don’t carefully navigate California’s labyrinth of consumer protection regulations. It is essential understand and comply with the statutory requirements to ensure you are paid for your services. Here are some crucial points

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CAT Season: Go or Stay Home | C&R Roundtable

Publisher’s Note: June marks the beginning of hurricane season – or “CAT Season” as our industry affectionately calls it. This year, the team of scientists at Colorado State University is forecasting a slightly less active season than average, with 13 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. These predictions are made using four models that combine between 25 and 40 years of data and look at factors like Atlantic sea surface temperatures, El Nino, sea level pressures, and vertical wind shear levels. You can learn more about their process and meet one of

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Important Tips for Restorers Responding to Hurricanes

Disclaimer: The following information has been developed to assist restoration contractors who are responding to hurricane-related restoration work. All users of this information are encouraged to refer to applicable federal, state/provincial, and local authorities having jurisdiction over the subjects addressed within this document. The RIA makes no representation or warranty as to, and is not responsible for, the accuracy, or validity of the information, or its application by any recipient of this document. The authors do not warrant that the information in this document is free of errors and the entire risk of the

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Art Restoration is More Than Just Paintings

The term “art restoration” means a lot more than bringing paintings back to life. Art encompasses many of the things that people value from a sculpture to home décor. These are often physical items that cause worry when the thought of damage from a flood or fire comes to mind.  There’s also an emotional connection to sentimental pieces handed down from generations, sports memorabilia, taxidermy or old family photographs that cannot be replaced but often can be restored. In the event of artwork loss, choosing the right restoration company is important. At Prism Specialties,

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RTI First Quarter Course Listing

 Restoration Technical Institute (RTI) announces available training courses for 1st quarter of 2023. Visit our website for additional learning opportunities including health, safety and compliance courses, FREE webinars and more:  IICRC Water Restoration Technician (WRT) – LIVE Online w/Destry Ransdell  DATE: January 3-5, 2023 TIME: 10AM – 5PM (EST) COST: $499  IICRC Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) – LIVE Online w/Mark Violand  DATE: January 17-18, 2023 TIME: 10AM – 6PM (EST) COST: $359  IICRC Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) – LIVE Online w/Mark Violand  DATE: January 19-20, 2023 TIME: 10AM –

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Complexities in Estimating High Net-Worth Building Fire Damage

This 3,900 square-foot, single-family beachfront home in Southern California — with a glass railing and an observation/party deck — suffered extensive fire damage when a homeless person set fire to the adjacent residence under construction. Intense heat, soot and ash-related damage necessitated a complete interior gut down to the studs. When it comes to estimating damages incurred in a fire loss, multiple complexities and nuances must be considered. From structural mitigation and materials to costs of systems and a timeline for the renovation. Estimating a high net worth fire loss reconstruction takes experience, skill,

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Florida’s Insurance Restoration Landscape

Note to listener from R David Sweet and C&R: As you listen to today’s podcast, Please be aware that the claims, legal and operational environment currently being experienced in Florida is constantly changing. This podcast is intended to be informative, but no legal directive should be implied or acted upon as a result of the information contained here in. It is imperative that you have solid counsel available to you and apply their directives to the file.  By choosing to listen to this content, you agree to hold harmless all parties. Every state has

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Storms

On Sept. 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian made landfall onto Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. It was just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, and it left a path of devastating damage as it traveled eastward across the state. It was a historic event and will take years for affected areas to fully recover. My October article was in draft form when a direct hit to Florida became imminent – that article had nothing to do with natural disaster relief – this article certainly does because our organization specializes in hurricane damage-related restoration, and I wanted

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Hurricane Ian Restoration Update | with VIDEO!

Mammoth Restoration is one of the many restoration companies that mobilized to Florida following Hurricane Ian’s landfall in late September. As the CAT team drove semis packed with equipment toward Ft. Myers and Sanibel, other members of the Mammoth team, based in Pleasant Gap, Penn., readied themselves to handle necessary logistics, paperwork, and other tasks that could be done remotely. In this episode of Restoration Today, Mammoth President Jon Vogt talks about what their CAT team is seeing in Florida, the true level of destruction and loss, what it took to prepare to respond

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