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FirstOnSite Reflects on Weather Trends and Changing Attitudes Toward Disaster Preparedness

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Climate change was a significant topic of discussion in 2018. The headlines were filled with stories of natural disasters throughout North America and around the world, including record storms, unprecedented wildfires, major floods and severe snowstorms. Climate change is a reality, and the associated risks are no longer hypothetical.

Canadian companies are more aware than ever of the dangers associated with climate change, and the risks associated with not making emergency preparations. Forward-thinking organizations are making plans to restore resources and operations when disaster occurs, and integrating the human element into the equation. Dave Demos, Chief Executive Officer, Bill Fender, Senior Vice President, Commercial Property Portfolios, and Bill Short II, Executive Vice President, Large Loss North America, spoke to Canadian Property Management about their observations and insights on what clients have done, and are doing, with their disaster planning.

“The intensity of these events are nothing like we saw even 10 years ago,” agrees Dave Demos, Chief Executive Officer, FirstOnSite Restoration. “Cities are growing, populations are expanding, and we’re beginning to encroach on areas that were never historically populated. All this in combination with climate change conditions has many of our clients becoming more aware of the frequency and severity of natural disasters and more proactive about responding to them.”

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