Now that the snow in Western Washington is beginning to melt and life is slowly returning to normal, it’s tempting to let your guard down. But melting snow brings with it some special hazards to be aware of and prepare for.Read More
Providing our Subscribers with the best possible information and data to evaluate risk is our mission. We are constantly searching for new sources of information and, as technology and the world change, we must adapt and evolve to ensure you have the appropriate data. As we evaluated our Public Protection and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) Classification Manual, we noted that revisions were needed to accommodate the advances in fire protection methodologies and services.Read More
After a tornado ripped through Port Orchard, Washington in December 2018, the question on people’s minds was how common are tornadoes in the Pacific Northwest. We did some research and found some interesting stats.Read More
The destructive and deadly California Camp Fire is still fresh in my mind and haunts my dreams due to my first-hand experience with wildfires.
The wildland urban interface or ‘where homes meet the forest’ is where I live.Read More
Sit down and get comfortable, because it’s time to hear a soft story. This story does not feature princesses, bean stalks nor giants; and hopefully, it won’t put you to sleep. It is a story that can give underwriters nightmares.Read More
When the Big One hits, what kind of damage can you expect? While it’s up to fate as to how intense or severe the quake will be — or when it will happen — the fact is set in stone. Earthquakes can and do happen here.
In fact, Washington state is second only to California when it comes to earthquake risk, and this is reflected in our earthquake classifications.
It doesn’t happen often and when it does, I’m shocked. Giddy, even. I went from reluctant customer to raving fan after my first Zappos experience. How did this happen? Even more importantly, how can you make sure it happens to your customers? My journey may provide some lessons.Read More
Topics: Subscriber Services
In today’s service economy, it’s all about finding a niche. No matter the industry, if there’s a customer need not being filled, someone will find a way to address it. A niche doesn’t have to be sexy or earth-shattering. Even a small innovation can have a sizeable impact.Read More
“I fell down into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.” Johnny Cash was singing about love not the real Ring of Fire’s death and destruction. The Ring of Fire is an area around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, due to movements of lithospheric plates.