Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

Long Island Hurricane Watch: Tropics Watch: Monitoring Two Atlantic Systems

Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

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Areas to Watch

Welcome to the WeatherChannel.com's daily analysis of the tropics for the 2012 hurricane season.

(MORE: Tropical update article)

The above image is an overview of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Ocean basins, based on analysis provided by Senior Meteorologist Stu Ostro (On Twitter | On Facebook) and Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross (On Twitter |On Facebook).  Named storms, hurricanes, or depressions in either basin will be labeled on the graphic.  Any other features of interest we're keeping an eye on for possible development will be circled.

If there are areas of interest, you'll find zoomed-in details in the next few images.  Otherwise, we'll provide perspective graphics on tropical cyclone climatology for the current month, as well as status updates on the season-to-date.  

 

Click Here to go to the next image of WeatherChannel.com's atlantic ocean hurricane watch analysis.

 

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Fireman’s Fund Mobile by Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies

Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

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Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies: Personal, Commercial, and Entertainment.

Fireman’s Fund’s mobile application is designed for personal policyholders, business and commercial policyholders and our specialized entertainment lines policyholders.

Store your insurance information, as well as information about the autos and properties covered by these insurance policies. Use the optional password to secure your personal data.

Keep insurance information in one place and with you for maximum convenience.

Fireman’s Fund policyholders can use this application to notify Fireman’s Fund of personal, commercial and entertainment accidents and losses. Submit information about your accident or loss and receive a confirmation message from Fireman’s Fund, followed by a phone call from a helpful claims adjuster. Resubmit your first notice of loss easily if you do not receive the expected acknowledgment. A claim has not been filed and will not be processed until you receive acknowledgment of receipt from Fireman’s Fund.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance has been selling dependable property and casualty insurance to families and businesses across the country since 1863.

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5 Ways You Can Help the Aurora Theater Shooting Victims Online

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

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Zoe FoxJuly 24, 2012 by  

Taken from: www.Mashable.com

The tragic shooting during a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colo., Friday left many of us deeply distraught. If you’re wondering how you can help the victims and their families, many online campaigns have mobilized over the weekend, which make it easy to give to those directly affected.

Here are 5 online campaigns that you can contribute toward or get involved with. If you know of other online efforts, please share those in the comments below.

  • Hope Rises Relief Fund: Shooting survivor Petra Anderson’s family started the Hope Rises Relief Fund to raise money for the victims and their families. They’re using the hashtag #ReadyToBelieve, a memorable quotation from the first Batman film, to rally social support.
  • #BaleOutAurora: The hashtag #BaleOutAurora is a grassroots Twitter and Facebook campaign to get Christian Bale to visit the kids in the hospital dressed in his Batman costume.
  • Help Aurora on Crowdrise: This fundraiser for those affected by the theater shooting was started by theHuffington Post‘s Impact section.
  • Official Jessica Redfield Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund: A broadcast sports journalism scholarship is raising money in memory of victim Jessica Gwahi (@JessicaRedfield), one of the victims who was an aspiring sports journalist and avid social media user.
  • Graphic Designs: Some powerful images incorporating the Batman image with symbols of support have popped up, which you can share on your networks to raise awareness for the victims.

Mashable’s Coverage of the Colorado Theater Shooting

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Disaster Kleanup International Names New Director of Marketing

Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 09:28 AM

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                                           DKI: North America's Largest Disaster Restoration Organization

                                                             DKI Names Mary Smith as Director of Marketing 

Mary Smith is a marketing communications veteran with twenty years of experience in various industries including the fitness, wellness, and entertainment fields. She is well versed in marketing, public relations, event management, advertising, promotional products, and branding.

Previous to this role Smith held the position of Director of Marketing for Nautilus, the fitness manufacturing icon. She was responsible for creating a domestic and international marketing program and creative strategy for the company. She also managed all trade shows and special projects.

"We are very excited to have Mary join the DKI team. Her extensive marketing communications experience will be a perfect fit for DKI's direction and business needs. It is my feeling that Mary will very quickly become an asset to our growing leadership team," said Dan Cassara, DKI President and CEO.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa and received her Master of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois.

Smith will be based in the company's National Headquarters in Wood Dale, Illinois.

About DKI

Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Member Companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, LLC, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Mary Smith at (630) 350-3000.

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Allstate(SM) Mobile by Allstate Insurance Company

Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 08:57 AM

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Wherever you are, you’re in Good Hands with Allstate®.

Allstate(SM) Mobile is your insurance on the go—offering everything you need, from policy and claim information to bill pay and accident support, in the palm of your hand.

Use the Allstate(SM) Mobile app to:

Make a Payment – Pay your bill anytime using your Visa, MasterCard®, Discover®, or American Express® credit and debit cards.

Access My Insurance Information – View your Auto, Motorcycle, and Property policies, as well as agent contact information.

Use the Accident Toolkit – Follow the step-by-step accident checklist to record driver and witness info, capture photos at the scene, and submit a claim.

File a Claim – Whether it’s minor damage or a major accident, you can quickly and easily submit a claim and include photos from the Accident Toolkit. 

Check Claim Status – Have your claim details, payment history, and claim representative contact information with you at all times. 

Get a Quote – Answer only a few key questions and receive a ballpark estimate on an auto insurance policy without giving your name or email address.

Wherever you are, you’re in Good Hands with Allstate®.

If you’re having any problems downloading or using this app, please contact us at mobileappsupport@allstate.com.

Also available for iOS through Apple's iTunes.

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IRIS US Introduces Web-Based Analytical Tools For Risk Managers

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 @ 03:57 PM

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Combined U.S. RE and Campbell Consulting initiative results in a singularly useful, essential set of analytical tools for risk management.

Pearl River, N.Y. – July 23, 2012 — Mr. Marc Piccione, Senior Vice President, U.S. RE Companies, and Mr. James Campbell, President, Campbell Insurance Consulting, today announced the introduction of IRIS US (Insurance and Reinsurance Intelligence Source),a powerful new web-based analytical tool that provides insurance and reinsurance professionals with extraordinarily useful and essential insights into key exposures in catastrophe prone areas.

IRIS US, a joint initiative of the two companies, U.S. RE and Campbell Insurance Consulting, has created an easy to use analytical environment that allows the user to interact with data from public sources at succinct levels of detail to gain insights into markets unlike any other tool in the market today.

IRIS US has concentrated initially in three target areas: Florida, Texas, and more generally, in the Severe Weather sector in North America. Mr. James Campbell stated “Throughout my professional insurance experience, I have come across several sources of publicly available data and used it to gain an edge in understanding insurance markets. Knowing how useful this data can be to insurance and reinsurance professionals, we decided to create several databases of pertinent information and build a system of reports, dashboards and mapping tools and serve it up in a state of the art web analysis platform. The market response has been outstanding!”

According to Mr. Piccione, IRIS US reports have the advantage of being designed by accomplished reinsurance and insurance professionals: “As experienced reinsurance and insurance professionals, our team knows precisely what our colleagues require in analyzing risk and strategizing on how to best position their business in Cat prone regions,” he said.

IRIS US, marks a first in a series of planned cooperative ventures between the two companies in the risk management fields to expand U.S. RE’s other product suite, including presently the U.S. Risk Optimizer and U.S. RE Risk Manager tools.

According to Ms. Anya Kutsina, Managing Director of U.S. RE Analytics: “We are continuing to create products and services to the industry to enhance the business of reinsuring. It is our belief that, without these advanced tools, our clients and theirs will not have the kind of risk management data that makes for the best decision making. We are committed to providing the highest intelligence standards to our insuring and reinsuring partners.”

For further information contact:

Mr. Marc Piccione (845) 920 7100 or Mr. James Campbell (804) 749 3126
or visit www.irisus.net

Article originally appeared on InsuranceNewsNet.com

 

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How Humidity Can Cause Property Damage to Your Home or Building

Posted on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

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By Steve Graham, Networx

Humidity doesn’t just make you uncomfortable. It also causes problems and health hazards at every level of the home. Here is a bottom-to-top summary of some of the dangers of high humidity, and some solutions for each problem.

Underground problems

Humid weather simply exacerbates moisture problems that are often a concern in crawl spaces and basements. Moisture from the ground works with moisture from the humid air to generate condensation on walls and other surfaces, and create muggy basement smells and atmospheres. In turn, this can translate to mold and mildew issues. To avoid these problems, it is important to take steps to minimize moisture below the main floor of the home.

If humidity is an issue in any season, foundation vents should be left open all year to help the foundation dry out as much as possible. On the other hand, close basement windows and doors to keep out humid summer weather.

If humidity is an issue for a basement, insulate basement walls and run a dehumidifier. Rigid foam insulation is one good option, as it is essentially waterproof. However, it must be covered with drywall or another fire barrier. Attach a humidistat to the dehumidifier to control the humidity levels.

Crawl spaces should be covered with polyethylene or other thick, solid vapor barrier to keep moisture from the ground from creating bigger problems. Crawl spaces with moisture barriers also should have one square foot of vent area for every 1,500 square feet of crawl space area, according to Michigan State University (MSU) researchers. Crawl spaces without moisture barriers should have one square foot of venting per 150 square feet of space.

 

Mechanical system problems

Humid weather can also leave condensation on water pipes and toilet tanks. Again, this condensation can also lead to mold and mildew problems. If the toilet tank regularly beads with condensation, consider installing waterproof insulation inside the tank. Also wrap insulation around water pipes to minimize condensation.

 

Flooring problems

Moving up from the basement, the floor is the next likely victim of humidity problems. Mold and mildew can get into wood flooring or carpets, and may be hard to completely remove. It is best to avoid such problems by reducing humidity. Air conditioning systems reduce humidity while reducing the temperature, if they are installed correctly.

 

Mildewed carpet should be cleaned with an electric shampoo machine. If musty odors develop on carpet, either replace the entire carpet or have it professionally cleaned and dried off-site. Replace musty or damp padding.

If mildew develops on wood flooring, scrub it off with trisodium phosphate or quaternary disinfectants, then rinse and dry thoroughly, and add a mildew-resistant paint.

 

Storage Problems

Humidity can also wreak havoc on clothes, food and other stored items. Dry foods can draw in moisture and quickly go stale if humidity exceeds 60 percent. Cans may rust and leak in humid weather. Damaged or swollen cans should be tossed out. If humidity is an issue, keep stored food in an air-conditioned space.

 

Reduce humidity damage to clothing with chemical absorbents or through proper ventilation. Use silica gel packets or other moisture-absorbing materials if you plan to tightly close all closet doors and trunks. The other option is to leave closet doors open and use fans to improve air circulation. Also separate clothes within each closet to allow airflow between items.

 

Wall problems

Humid air can also build up in walls, which can become soggy over time, and may even attract mold and mildew. Interior and exterior paint can also bubble and peel under extended humid conditions.


To minimize such problems, boost wall insulation and consider vapor-retardant paints. Also caulk or weather strip all gaps and cracks around the walls, baseboards, doors and windows. According to MSU researchers, such sealing work can minimize moisture problems in walls.

 

Attic problems

Finally, attics can get hot and uncomfortably damp in humid weather. Be sure to properly ventilate the attic. If the attic does not have a vapor barrier (which may not be a necessity in many cases), it should have one square foot of venting per 150 square feet of attic, according to MSU research. For areas with vapor barriers, one foot of venting per 300 square feet of attic is acceptable.

Humid weather can cause a variety of home problems and hazards, but they can all be prevented or remedied with some care and diligence.

 

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National Weather Service Alerts Headed to Smartphones

Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

From CNet.com

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  June 28, 2012 4:09 PM PDT

Smartphone users will soon get a severe weather alert from the National Weather Service.

(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Live in an area prone to flash floods, hurricanes, blizzards? Smartphone users will soon get a severe-weather alert from the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The new nationwide emergency alert system, called the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), sends 90-character text messages to smartphones of people facing extreme weather conditions. Severe weather defined by the NOAA includes tornadoes, flash floods, hurricanes, extreme wind, blizzards and ice storms, tsunamis, and dust storms. Note that thunderstorms aren't on the list because they occur so frequently.

The text messages will pop up on smartphones, but they aren't traditional text messages. Because the alert system will be on smartphones, the signals will be triangulated so that weather alerts will be localized. The NOAA uses the example of a person from New Jersey traveling to California during an earthquake. That person would get an "Imminent Threat Alert" text message.

Only smartphones enabled to receive WEA messages will get them. Wireless carriers that support the service include AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, and U.S. Cellular. Check with individual carriers for coverage, as some do not offer nationwide service.

WEA messages aren't exclusively weather related; smartphone owners will also get emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Homeland Security, and local and state public agencies.

This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

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