Businesses need to take steps before, during and after a hurricane to mitigate risks and help protect their most important assets – their members and their staff”
- Wes Millar, Sr. VP of CUNA (Credit Union National Association) Strategic Services
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) September 01, 2011
Last weekend Hurricane Irene barreled up the east coast of the United States as a Category 1 storm causing widespread power outages and flooding. Power was knocked out in more than 4.5 million homes and businesses, and flooding reached record levels. From the Carolinas to Maine, Agility Recovery has been responding to member disaster declarations – from lost power to internet and phone connectivity issues – and deploying critical assets to help these businesses recover from the aftermath of Irene. As a result of the storm, the Agility members who have declared disasters or been elevated to Alert status span 16 states and the District of Columbia, and represent over 650 member locations. Solely because of Agility’s quick response, these businesses can rest assured that they will continue operations as normal.
“In this time of need Agility has provided its members a significant measure of confidence and support during a time of severe stress for many businesses, employees and communities,” said Bob Boyd, CEO at Agility Recovery. “Many of our members in the Northeast have never gone through an event like Irene so much of the preparation and implementation is brand new for them. We make it a priority to walk our members through their business continuity plan, prepare for what’s to come, and recover their business in any way they need us to,” he continued.
Agility has been working around the clock with regional banks, credit unions, insurance companies and universities in both coastal and inland towns to deliver generators of all sizes to power buildings, and provide voice redirection services and wireless internet solutions. The benefit of Agility’s a la carte services is that it allows members to pick and choose what they need to continue operations. Whether they need one or all of Agility’s four key elements to a recovery – power, space, connectivity, or technology, Agility will be there to deliver their essential requirements. In the case of Irene, power and connectivity were the main concerns, and Agility was able to deliver all of these needs to its members in a timely fashion.
“Weather is often unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, as we just witnessed with Hurricane Irene. Businesses need to take steps before, during and after a hurricane to mitigate risks and help protect their most important assets – their members and their staff,” said Wes Millar, Senior Vice President of CUNA (Credit Union National Association) Strategic Services. “Business interruptions of varying degrees happen every day. That is why CUNA Strategic Services chose Agility Recovery as their preferred provider of Disaster Recovery solutions. Regardless of the event, credit unions have to have an executable plan to recover from disasters and Agility Recovery should be a part of that plan.”
The importance of being prepared cannot be overstated. With hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses without power, and record flooding for several states due to Irene, it is important that businesses have a plan in place to prepare for disasters of this magnitude. With the hurricane season far from over, businesses large and small should consider the impact that a major storm could have on their locations. Continued preparation, planning and testing should be of paramount priority.
“Americans have been hard hit by disasters this year. And now East Coast business owners are recovering from the economic blow of having to close their doors when Hurricane Irene hit,” said James Rivera, Deputy Associate Administrator at the Office of Disaster Assistance at the Small Business Association (SBA). “National Preparedness Month is a good time for business owners everywhere to recognize that another emergency or unexpected threat could be just around the corner. There’s no time like the present to be proactive, and develop a plan to stay open for business no matter what kind of disaster strikes,” he continued.
September is National Preparedness Month. In an effort to educate all businesses about the importance of continuity planning, Agility is offering free educational webinars, tools and resources throughout the month of September. Visit http://www2.agilityrecovery.com/npm for information on free webinars and other resources.
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, got to http://www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696.