Belfor Execs Offer Storm Tips

by Patrick OToole

EVANSTON, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2018) — Insurance restoration firms are the best prepared contractors in situations like the one facing the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic regions this week as Hurricane Florence approaches. We asked Belfor CEO Sheldon Yellen and Director of Operations, Rusty Amarante some basic questions Monday night Sept. 10.

Here are their collaboratively written answers via e-mail.

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Sheldon Yellen

QR: What does Belfor do in preparation for a storm like this?

Yellen | Amarante: We began preparations over a week ago, tracking the storm’s path. We’ve been coordinating manpower, resources, equipment to respond wherever the damage occurs.

QR: Is there a rapid response team for your clients in the Carolinas?

Yellen | Amarante: Our National Team staff will provide additional support to our local offices. We’ve also pre-positioned equipment in place and are prepared to support and service our clients.

QR: What advice would you offer to other contractors in the area in terms of making preparations?

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Rusty Amarante

Yellen | Amarante: This is something you shouldn’t do unless you have experience doing it. It’s not for the faint of heart. [Inexperienced contractors] run the risk of spending considerable money in logistics and preparation which could potentially result in no business (ie – if the storm track changes). Be prepared to consider upfront costs: Safety, lodging, fuel, food, security, healthcare and potentially waiting months on getting paid on projects after completion.

Advise consumers to ensure the people they hire are reputable, licensed contractors. And verify insurance coverage if applicable. QR

 

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