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2017 saw unprecedented hurricane activity in the Western Hemisphere, wreaking havoc in the Southern Pacific, Caribbean, Gulf, and Atlantic. As Edmund Burke stated “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” In order to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, Cotton Global Disaster Solutions recommends taking a look back at our 2017 Hurricane Season In Review. The infographic not only gives an extensive breakdown of last year's storm activity, and devastation, but also highlights Cotton's turnkey solutions and our multi-divisional response to the seasons quadruple punch.
Of course, the best planning doesn’t always safeguard us from the full wrath of Mother Nature, but proper measures can be taken to mitigate costs for your business. The devastation from these storms was catastrophic, causing billions of dollars in capital losses, operational expenses, infrastructure, and sadly, human life. In August, Hurricane Harvey affected more than 6 million people across Texas...more
Learn more about four Spring weather hazards to be prepared for
Spring arrives with generally warmer temperatures and lush greenery, however, the season can also bring severe weather. As temperatures can swing back and forth, with sunny days being followed by stormy nights, Cotton wants you to be aware of the dangers that may occur in this coming season. Take these steps to stay safe if severe conditions are predicted for your area that may affect your business.
THUNDERSTORMS Thunderstorms can cause the most severe weather bringing tornadoes, flooding, hail, and especially lightning. According to American Red Cross, lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Take thunderstorm watches and warnings seriously, as people may be harmed by either ignoring them or missing the signals.
Give your business the ultimate gift and join Cotton's Preferred Client Program
February is a month where we show our love and affection to those who are special in our lives. Valentine's day is upon us and many have spent the last couple weeks thinking of creative ways to show how much they care. At Cottonwe think the same care, affection, and attention to detail that you put into planning your Valentine’s day should also be shown towards your business!
As with any great surprise, gift, or celebration, preparation is key. Prepare your business the same way by being prepared for possible disasters resulting in loss of work, capital, or your entire business altogether. Give your business the ultimate gift and become one of Cotton's “sweethearts” by pre-aligning your business continuity plan with Cotton's specialized recovery services....more
We are pleased to announce that Richard (Rick) Leiby has recently joined the Cotton Commercial USA team as the Director of Construction Sales. This is an integral component of Cotton’s Global Disaster Recovery Division. He brings extensive client network knowledge that spans over 30 years providing synergies across most of the Cotton Holdings markets. Rick has held various positions of increased responsibilities since 1981 within the Schindler Elevator Corporation. Early roles included Application Engineering, Service and New Installation/Construction Sales, Project Management, District and Regional Sales Management in a 10-state territory, with eventual P&L responsibilities as General Manager in the Southeast Texas region. Previous corporate moves include offices in Philadelphia, Washington/Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and for the last 21 years, working in Houston.
Rick’s primary role at Cotton will be to secure new construction opportunities, focusing on the greater Houston region. He is eager and excited to provide his sales, business development and support...more
Put a business continuity plan in place in 2018
After deadly hurricanes, wildfires, and severe storms, 2017 was a year of unparalleled natural disasters while also being the most costly year on record for weather-related disasters in the United States. As 2017 has come to a close, and businesses analyze and reflect on the the past year, a good opportunity exists to implement new processes based on lessons learned. Cotton invites all of our clients and prospective clients to not only continue to prepare for unforeseen events, but also enlist Cotton’s turn-key solutions in order to achieve cost-savings following a potential disaster event.
The total economic impact of hurricanes in 2017 is estimated to be $370 billion in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. Not all these losses could have been prevented, but their magnitude could be much smaller. As an example, the economic loss is not only how much a commercial building was damaged, or how much it will cost to repair the structure, but...more
Despite facing major obstacles while being in a remote location, Cotton responds to the island of St. John.
While Cotton was responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in our hometown of Houston, and other areas of Texas, two category 5 hurricanes hit the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, in the Caribbean. Cotton quickly mobilized assets and personnel to respond to our clients in the affected area. Cotton is very proud to be involved in this project, and other ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico. The scale of the project combined with its geographic location has presented logistical challenges; however, Cotton has not compromised on our quality of work, and has learned considerably from this project.
Our client in the hospitality industry, tasked us to mitigate damage and restore 28 buildings, 33 pools, and the grounds of the 47 acre property and beachfront,...more
A South Texas University expresses gratitude after Cotton gets them back to class after incurring damages from Harvey
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Cotton was heavily relied upon to help our clients in the Gulf Coast region recover. In the weeks since the cleanup and repairs, some have taken the time to personally thank us for a job well done through personal letters and emails. We know that it is our job to respond quickly and perform to the best of our ability, but hearing the support and appreciation from those who have had the Cotton service experience is always humbling.
As the season of giving thanks draws near, it is with pride that we share a quote from a University client in South Texas whose campus received an extensive amount of wind and water damage from Hurricane Harvey:
“With the storm approaching, I knew exactly who to call to put on standby. It was Cotton.”
After being put on notice pre-storm,...more
Precision and preparation are what set Cotton apart in emergency management
Getting a business or organization back online after a hurricane or other high-impact catastrophic event can be challenging, stressful, and costly. Consequently, after a disaster strikes, our clients receive expert attention to protect assets and determine a critical path of disaster recovery that will minimize their interruption to daily operations and their associated revenue loss.
Cotton Global Disaster Solutions is actively responding to the destruction from Hurricanes Harvey, Lidia, Irma, Nate, and Maria in areas across the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. At the peak of operations, we were managing a workforce of nearly 3,000 people, all committed to providing our clients with comprehensive and speedy services to get them back to business.
Whether we are restoring a small storefront, a functioning hospital, or a multi-level commercial office tower, our clients will see Cotton GDS’s...more
September 12, 2017
As we continue to assess the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it is with a heavy heart I write this memo. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Cotton Team are with all those affected by this storm.
The storm and its resulting damage has had a tremendous impact on Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast Region, and the cleanup effort in the affected areas will be formidable. The Cotton Team is already hard at work confronting this challenge.
The Texas gulf is our home. It is where Cotton began and where our home office and largest presence remains. Every day we see the impact of this storm on our neighbors, friends and family. We also appreciate the trust that you have placed with us over the years. Let me assure you, the Cotton Team is focused on responding to our clients’ needs in the fastest, most efficient way possible.
Cotton is working with our clients to assess their property damage, mitigate any further damage, and provide clean up assistance in accordance with environmental protocols. Cotton is also preparing to provide construction...more
Cotton GDS recovery teams are actively working in locations across the U.S., Mexico, and The Caribbean
The 2017 Hurricane Season has been very dynamic, with its intense storms and wide reaching activity across the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Harvey left its devastating mark on the Texas Gulf Coast with three separate landfalls, while Lidia made landfall and caused significant impact to Mexico's Baja Peninsula in addition to flooding in the country's interior. The most recent hurricane, Irma, was equally damaging in the North Atlantic slamming multiple island nations as a Category 5 storm before moving onto Florida, bringing heavy destruction.
All of these storms have damaged the communities, people, and businesses for years to come. Cotton is proud to be a part of the recovery efforts in all of these areas with our turnkey solutions, and real time monitoring, tracking and response systems. Spanning the globe, our international services include:
Cotton Global Disaster Solutions Website Gets A Facelift
Cotton Global Disaster Solutions has a new and improved website! To better serve our clients, the website features enhanced design with user friendly navigation, resources, and a wealth of information about services related to Cotton’s Disaster Restoration and Construction divisions. Our visitors will gain a better understanding of Cotton’s capabilities by:
Hurricane Matthew, a tropical cyclone that struck The Atlantic with full force in late September of 2016, brought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life. As this was a complex, multifaceted operation, it was necessary to utilize as many of Cotton’s capabilities as possible. Cotton International deployed our assets and team to the Bahamas soon after Matthew had passed to begin restoration support for our client. Over a course of three weeks, Cotton Culinary’s Emergency Food Service division provided approximately 20,000 meals for our client as well as to displaced families and local shelters. Cotton’s efforts effectively minimized the loss for our client and allowed them to return to normal business operations. It is a great honor to be called upon to deliver in times of crisis, and we believe that our turnkey, integrated solutions set us apart in the industry, while setting our clients up for success!more
5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Season
June marks the beginning of The Atlantic Hurricane Season in the United States, a time when business owners who are geographically located in hurricane prone areas may suffer from “Hurricane Amnesia.” This phenomenon occurs when one is unprepared for the potential threat ahead due to previously inactive seasons that had no effect on their business. If a hurricane were to strike your city, can you ensure your business will survive? Follow these 5 ways to prepare your business for Hurricane Season:
1. Ensure your business’ roof can withstand the storm. Have the roof of your building evaluated to ensure it is structurally sound and best suited to endure heavy rains, hail and high winds that are characteristic of hurricanes.
2. Anchor large furniture and protect valuable equipment. Mount bookcases, filing cabinets and appliances to walls and floors to avoid further damage to your assets. Secure...more
Cotton prepared for the worst of what was to come from Tropical Storm Cindy
On Thursday June 22nd, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in the Northern Gulf Coast between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas. According to the National Hurricane Center, Cindy had a real chance of doing serious damage to the Gulf Region. Thankfully however, these predictions didn’t come to fruition, and the storm resulted in only heavy rain and winds. Though Cindy didn’t cause major devastation, Cotton used the potential threat as a response training opportunity. Prior to Cindy’s landfall, Cotton exercised it's CAT deployment procedures by standing up an internal command, notifying on call staff and vendors, staging equipment, mobilizing first response staff, and staying in constant contact with clients who had exposure along the coast. “In these situations, we have many clients counting on us and it is our duty to be ready to respond and service their needs when the call comes in,” said James Scaife, President.
Cotton achieves success through strategic planning and...more