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Posted on December 2, 2015 by

Winter Weather and Secondary Hazards: Know the Risks

The Northern Plains and parts of the Upper Midwest endured a pounding from Winter Storm Delphi as some locations received over 9 inches of snow accumulation in a 24 hour period. In an area of the US already weakened by extreme winter weather, the arrival of Delphi has further strained resources and prompted hundreds of delays, closures, and accidents. In fact, reports from Minnesota alone indicate nearly 400 traffic accidents occurred across the state during that time. In…

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Posted on October 28, 2015 by

7 Ways to Prepare Your Business for El Niño

Weather is a powerful force that can greatly improve business or destroy it. Often, weather is predictable in a way that allows us to work around its intricacies so that we can counteract its force and maintain normal operations. Every two to seven years, however, a phenomenon known as El Niño occurs that presents weather variances which flip ordinary weather patterns to unseasonable extremes. This year, weather forecasters predict it to be one of the most powerful on…

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Posted on August 5, 2015 by

Typhoon Soudelor Can Affect More than Your Business Travel Plans

The largest typhoon of 2015 is en route to eastern China, stopping by Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan along the way. On Monday, it reached super typhoon status, meaning it had sustained wind speeds of at least 150 mph. Although now downgraded from its super typhoon status, Typhoon Soudelor is still considered a Category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of up to 120 mph. To put that into perspective, Hurricane Katrina, which caused an estimated $45 billion…

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Posted on June 24, 2015 by

Ensuring Life Safety in the Midst of a Storm

Extreme thunderstorms have bombarded much of the Midwest and Northeast this week, carrying with them devastating winds, rainfall, hail, and tornadoes.  While evidence of the current hurricane season continues to produce damaging weather, it is important that everyone takes the appropriate steps to protect lives and property. Not only should this preparation include ways to combat severe storms; it should also include measures to prepare for, respond to, and overcome secondary weather-related threats. As a building owner or property manager,…

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Posted on April 13, 2015 by

Life Safety Made Easy for Property Managers

A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries. Not only is there considerable damage to be repaired, but now the building’s owners could be facing manslaughter charges after allowing illegal plumbing work to be performed. Gas was allegedly being supplied from one building to another, and this…

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by

Plan Ahead for These 3 Spring Severe Weather Events

Spring is a time of change, and that includes the weather. Colder weather is on its way out as warmer weather starts to move in, creating the perfect recipe for severe weather. Severe weather is unpredictable and can hit at any time, so it is crucial to plan ahead. The following list highlights three common spring severe weather events and what you can do to be ready for them.  1. Thunderstorms  Spring weather can go from warm and…

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by

Pineapple Express Is Sure to Be a Downer

The West Coast is bracing for potentially one of the largest winter storms to hit the area in years, bringing with it an atmospheric river known as the Pineapple Express. This atmospheric river can span 400 miles wide and cause serious hazardous conditions, including flooding and mudslides. Heavy rainfall could exceed 8 inches in some areas, while locales above 6,000 feet could see up to three feet of snow. For those living and working in the area, it…

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Posted on December 2, 2014 by

Download Your FREE Winter Weather Toolkit

The record-breaking extreme cold and winter weather conditions already seen by much of the US found many unprepared for what’s in store this season. Severe winter weather, including snow, ice, and freezing rain, can cause damage to a business both structurally and financially, while completely disrupting normal business operations. Preparis wants to make sure that you and your employees are prepared and safe when the next big winter storm heads your way. Click on the following links to…

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Posted on September 17, 2014 by

Large Wildfires Not Just a Concern for California

The media focus is on three large wildfires blazing their way across California, causing thousands of acres of damage and evacuating hundreds of residents. But according to the USDA Forest Service, there are 13 large incident wildfires currently charring the West Coast. Large incident wildfires—those that burn at least 100 acres in timber or at least 100 acres in grass/sage—are roaring from as far north as  Clackamas County, Oregon, to as far south as Orange County, California. To…

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Posted on September 16, 2014 by

Hurricane Odile Pummels Vacation Paradise

The dangerous weather system made landfall late Sunday night in the southern Baja California Peninsula making it the strongest hurricane on record in the region. Odile struck tourist attraction Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, bringing with it strong winds and causing copious amounts of damage. At landfall the Category 3 storm was recorded as having up to 125 mph winds. About 30,000 tourists were evacuated and advised to take refuge in one of the 164 shelters set up…

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