CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Agility Recovery Solutions, North America's premier business continuity and disaster recovery company, will participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM) for a sixth consecutive year, providing a curriculum designed to educate business owners about the virtues of preparing for business interruptions. NPM is held each September and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
September 2010 marks the seventh annual NPM, an initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. This year will focus on changing the perceptions about emergency preparedness. Coalition members, such as Agility Recovery Solutions, share preparedness information with their members, customers, employees, and communities.
"Small and mid-size businesses are the backbone of the country's economy. FEMA has recognized these businesses as being integral to the resiliency of their communities following a disaster," said Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery Solutions. "However, without access to the proper planning tools, these businesses are helpless against unforeseen events and circumstances. Agility provides these business owners with the tools necessary to develop effective business continuity plans – not just during September, but throughout the year."
During the month, Agility Recovery is hosting free Webinars on Wednesday's at 2 pm EDT to educate businesses about the importance of business continuity planning. These online, interactive courses include:
- September 1, 2010 – Business Preparedness – Can You Go Alone for 72 Hours: Guest Speaker: Mr. David Paulison, Former Administrator of FEMA
- September 15, 2010 – Private Sector Preparedness Certification Program – What are the Advantages for a Small to Medium-Sized Business?: Guest Speaker: Mr. Marcus Pollock, Operations Officer at FEMA DHS
- September 22, 2010 – Business Preparedness – Both Inside and Outside Your Organization: Guest Speaker: Jackie Snelling with the Individual and Community Preparedness Division of Citizens Corps
- September 29, 2010 – Survivor Panel – Businesses Who Survived Disasters Speak on Lessons Learned
According to a recent study commissioned by Agility Recovery Solutions, an overwhelming 90 percent of small to mid-size businesses are woefully unprepared for a business interruption or disaster. More often than not these 'disasters' are everyday events that can have crippling effects on a business: a broken water pipe, a building fire, a power surge, or power outage – not necessarily the natural disasters and regional events dominating the headlines.
For more information on National Preparedness Month and Agility-sponsored events, please visit www.preparemybusiness.com.
About Agility Recovery Solutions
Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of GE, has over 21 years of disaster recovery and business continuity experience. Since 1989, Agility has provided comprehensive, packaged recovery solutions, consulting services and testing options to businesses across North America. Agility revolutionized the disaster recovery and business continuity industries by developing a simple, cost-effective and easy-to-use recovery solution called ReadySuite. In the last two years alone, Agility has responded to over 560 disaster events and performed over 700 test simulations.
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