When an organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, they must be prepared to continue to serve those who depend on them.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 19, 2011
Winter weather is around the corner, and the worst snow and cold this season is aiming straight for the Chicago area. Meteorologists are predicting up to 58 inches of snow in Chicago, with Minneapolis, Philadelphia and New York City not far behind. According to Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist, “Chicago had one big storm last year that brought their snowfall to well above average. This year, there could be several big ones." If a small or medium size business is affected by winter weather, the resulting down-time can be devastating. According to a recent study, the median cost of downtime for a small business is $12,500 per day, and 90% of companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within five days.
So the question is; what can the average small business do to prepare for potential interruptions this winter? From power outages due to snow and ice storms, to internet and phone connectivity issues, all organizations should have a disaster recovery plan in place. Agility Recovery is the leading provider of disaster recovery planning and solutions in the United States. Agility will deliver any, or all, of the four key elements of a recovery to any member in need: Power, Space, Connectivity, and Technology. The company has responded to over 800 disaster events this year alone, and has a 100% success rate at doing so.
Agility also provides ongoing education in the form of tips, checklists, whitepapers, and free webinars available to businesses who want to learn how to better prepare for a disaster. On Wednesday, October 26 at 2pm EST, Agility will host the webinar, “Preparing your Business for the Winter Weather Season.” ImpactWeather, one of the top forecasting firms in the nation, will detail the next 4-6 months of winter weather threats for the US. Agility will also share tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by winter weather. Click here to register.
“Half of all small businesses lack a disaster recovery plan,” said Bob Boyd, CEO of Agility Recovery. “At Agility we make it a priority to educate businesses on the importance of having a plan in place before disaster strikes. When an organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, they must be prepared to continue to serve those who depend on them. Our webinar on October 26 will provide a look at how to prepare for the threats posed by colder temperatures and frozen precipitation. The risk this winter is real and the importance of being prepared cannot be understated,” he continued.
Preparations for winter conditions should not be overlooked by any type of organization. In January 2009, Agility Recovery responded to a large number of organizations affected by the severe ice storm that swept through the Midwest. In Kentucky, it was the worst natural disaster to hit the Bluegrass state in over 100 years. When the resulting devastation caused massive power outages, the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) turned to Agility Recovery. Twenty-one cities and municipalities in Kentucky had emergency power generators onsite within hours of the ice storm thanks to Agility. These generators supported rescue and recovery efforts and powered city halls, civic centers, 911 command centers, community shelters and water plants.
“Municipalities throughout the country should look at these Kentucky cities and commend them on their proactive disaster planning,” said Kentucky Mayor Steve Beshear. “January’s ice storm was the worst disaster to ever hit Kentucky. These cities’ ability to restore critical operations within hours of the storm saved lives and enabled State and National resources to attend to areas with critical needs,” he continued.
Space for the Winter Weather webinar is limited. Register today to prepare your business for the winter ahead.
About Agility Recovery
Agility Recovery, a former division of GE, is North America’s premier provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to small and midsized businesses. Agility provides robust, sensible and easy-to-implement recovery solutions for an affordable monthly membership fee. For more than 21 years, Agility has ensured that businesses are there for their clients. Our 100% success rate at fulfilling this promise is why our clients and partners include over 7,000 businesses across North America. For more information, go to http://www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696.