Business Survival: Agility's Disaster Recovery Solutions

Business continuity is not just an IT issue. It’s a business issue. It’s about the future of your business, your community and your family.

Watch this free Webinar presented by Paul Mitchell, Agility’s Vice President of Enterprise Sales. Learn how to minimize potential business interruption losses while, at the same time, implementing an effective disaster recovery plan.

Learn more about the turn-key ReadySuite membership that will provide your organization access to the four key elements of recovery: power, space, technology and connectivity delivered where you need it, when you need it, following any business interruption.

5 Steps to Make a Robust Continuity Plan Better

It's a question we get a lot: "How can Agility make our plan better?" Fortunately, we LOVE answering that question. As you know, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity is an ongoing, never ending process. As your business evolves, so should your plan. But keeping up can be a daunting task.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take that will have an immediate impact on you continuity plan.

During this session, you'll learn:

  • How Agility can help fill in the gaps in your plan
  • The lessons learned from preforming over a thousand recoveries
  • How to test your plan to expose your strengths and weaknesses
  • The benefits of Agility’s unique and affordable solution

The Top 10 Most Common Mistakes During a Crisis

It is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive throughout the entire year of educational presentations: What are the most common mistakes organizations make when confronted by a crisis. We will share with you details emerging from literally hundreds of disaster events, both large and small, and point out the most common mistakes, and how to avoid them.

Join the Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery as we draw upon hundreds of recoveries throughout the past few years ranging from hurricanes and tornadoes, to building fires and plumbing leaks. We will address the decisions made, the plans not followed, and the panic-induced mistakes to help you avoid those same situations and lead your organization through a crisis.

Protect Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees

Without question, most businesses will admit their most important asset is their employees. However many businesses take very little action to help their employees and their families prepare for and recover from disasters. While data recovery and business continuity may form the backbone of a disaster recovery strategy, if employees are unable or unwilling to report to work, having your systems back on line may prove worthless.

Join the US Small Business Administration and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we kick off National Preparedness Month with this stimulating discussion on strategies and best practices for helping your employees prepare themselves and their families for a crisis. Without exaggeration, this information could literally change the future of your organization, even protecting it from failure.

This webinar is part of an ongoing campaign by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery to promote preparedness among small businesses through the PrepareMyBusiness campaign and National Preparedness Month. To register for the other 2 webinars, please visit www.PrepareMyBusiness.org

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The NEW 10 Steps to Preparedness - Lessons from The Past

What would you do if a fire, flood, equipment malfunction or pandemic occurred at your office? If you had 15 minutes to evacuate, what would you take and where would you go? How would you continue servicing your clients?

Think it can’t happen to you? Statistics show that 94% of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years. Are you prepared?

Join the US Small Business Administration and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we address the top 10 ways to prepare any organization for interruptions. The content for this presentation is based on recent disasters like the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Moore Tornado, and SuperStorm Sandy. These straight-forward and simple to implement steps could mean the difference between surviving a disaster, or giving in to one.

This webinar is part of an ongoing campaign by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery to promote preparedness among small businesses through the PrepareMyBusiness campaign and National Preparedness Month. To register for the other 2 webinars, please visit www.PrepareMyBusiness.org.

Crisis Communications for any Organization

During an emergency, it is imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This includes both internal and external communications, and applies to emergencies of all types, large and small.

Join the Small Business Administration and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we discuss the steps and best practices for developing your emergency communication strategy. We will cover lessons from previous communication failures, the role of social media in crisis communications, and developing a comprehensive communications strategy.

This webinar is part of an ongoing campaign by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery to promote preparedness among small businesses through the PrepareMyBusiness campaign and National Preparedness Month. To register for the other 2 webinars, please visit www.PrepareMyBusiness.org.

Sandy – The Lessons Learned One Year Later

Hurricane Sandy impacted a historic number of people, businesses and communities - many of whom had never faced - or expected - a disaster of such epic proportions before.

Join us on the one year anniversary of this storm, as we discuss lessons learned and the steps taken by organizations to be better prepared. Senior Continuity Planner Mark Norton will share his expert advice and best practices after orchestrating over 110 recoveries during the storm.

In addition, we will hear stories from several Agility member experiences during the storm, including details from their real-world recovery with Agility.

Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan TODAY!

With so much on the line, business leaders simply cannot afford to overlook the risk disaster pose to their business and your daily operations. However, simply starting a Disaster Recovery plan can seem overwhelming at first. But it doesn't have to be. Join Agility Recovery as we discuss simple, effective and efficient ways you can build your resilience as an organization today, with minimal commitment of time and resources. Just a few simple steps can make the difference between giving in to a crisis, and surviving one. This is a can't miss webinar for any business leader or management team member.

Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster

It has unfortunately become painfully evident in the wake of the disasters of 2012 and early 2013 that human ability to properly lead and direct becomes increasingly impaired during times of disaster. Our limiting beliefs, and the fears that underlie them, often cloud our judgment and our engagement with reality – resulting in poor decisions and lower performance. When it comes to leadership, the fear of Failure, Rejection and Betrayal negatively impact our ability to accurately perceive reality and as a result, to lead with resiliency.

Join Agility Recovery President and CEO, Bob Boyd as he shares best practices and proven strategies to become a more resilient leader.

The Simple Truth: What Is Agility Recovery?

It's a question we get a lot: "What exactly IS Agility Recovery?" Fortunately, we LOVE answering that question. More importantly, we love explaining what Agility means to YOUR organization.

Disaster Recovery is an ongoing, never ending process. And this webinar will explain in detail why over 10,000 organizations across North American have chosen to include Agility as part of their strategy for surviving a crisis.

From the smallest interruption to the largest regional event, Agility has performed thousands of recoveries, and responded to tens of thousands of events. Hear the details behind how our operation works, what makes it unique and affordable and what Agility can do for YOUR organization.

Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season

2012 was yet another memorable Hurricane Season, including Hurricane Sandy which brought devastation to much of the Northeast. The average hurricane season typically has 9 to 12 named storms, of which 5 to 7 reach hurricane strength and 1 to 3 become major hurricanes. Join Agility Recovery as we welcome a leading hurricane forecaster as they present the 2013 Long Range Tropical Forecast. Then Agility President & CEO Bob Boyd will share the best steps for preparing your organization for the storms.

We have all witnessed the devastating effects a hurricane can have on a community. And as we edge closer to the start of the 2013 season, the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, members, citizens, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Business Survival: Agility's Disaster Recovery Solutions

Business continuity is not just an IT issue. It’s a business issue. It’s about the future of your business, your community and your family.

Please join us for a free Webinar presented by Bob Boyd, Agility’s president and CEO. Learn how to minimize potential business interruption losses while, at the same time, implementing an effective disaster recovery plan.

Learn more about the turn-key ReadySuite membership that will provide your organization access to the four key elements of recovery: power, space, technology and connectivity delivered where you need it, when you need it, following any business interruption.

Social Media and Disaster Recovery

During an emergency, it's imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This need to communicate has led to increasing use of Social Media platforms during recent disasters across the globe. Join host Agility Recovery and noted Social Media consultant and expert Caron Beesley as we share the basic steps and best practices for developing your organization's social media presence, and more specifically your strategy for Crisis Communications utilizing Social Media.

During this session, we will address the value of Social Media and its use in crisis situations, as well asbest practices and simple steps to start including Social Media as a central element.

Preparing for Spring Severe Weather

We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by spring storms and floodwaters. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Join the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we welcome Agility CEO Bob Boyd who will share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by spring weather conditions. These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters, including those related to flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees

Without question, most businesses will admit their most important assets are their employees. However most businesses take very little action to help their employees and their families prepare for, and recover from disasters. While data recovery and business continuity may form the backbone of a disaster recovery strategy, if employees are unable or unwilling to report to work, having your systems back on line may prove worthless.

Join Agility Recovery as we dive into the strategies and best practices for helping your employees prepare themselves and their families for a crisis. Without exaggeration, this information could literally change the future of your company, even protecting it from failure.

2012 Year-In-Review: Valuable Lessons & Best Practices

During this highly informative event, Agility Recovery will highlight stories of survival from news-making disasters as well as the most commonly experienced isolated events. From these experiences we will detail the lessons learned with regard to business continuity and disaster recovery strategy. Drawing from recent recoveries, we will incorporate lessons on the top threats to business and the most commonly made mistakes.

Topics will include:

  • A retrospective of 2012's major events causing business interruptions
  • The latest trends in business continuity planning
  • Steps and tools your organization needs in order to be prepared
  • Actionable ideas that can be implemented today to increase your organization's preparedness

The 2013 Flu Outbreak: Risks and Ways to Prepare

With 47 states now reporting "Widespread" Flu activity, findings from a recent Center for Disease Control report show that deaths from pneumonia and flu are "slightly above the epidemic threshold." In response, Agility Recovery is hosting a free webinar featuring Dr. Michael Jhung, lead medical officer in the CDC's Influenza Division who will update us on the current status of the outbreak and the severity throughout the nation.

Additionally, we will learn important steps to take in order to reduce the risk to your staff, employees, customers and your organization as a whole. These simple, yet effective steps can lead to reduced risk, reduced transmission of the virus and a healthier environment in which to work. Topics focused on preparedness will include:

  1. Maintaining a healthy work environment.
  2. Staying informed.
  3. Coss-training employees.
  4. Preparing for telecommuting needs.
  5. Diversifying your supply chain.
  6. Updating sick, family and medical leave policies.
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Surviving the Mayan Apocalypse

The ancient Mayan civilization is known worldwide for their architectural, artistic, mathematical and scientific achievements. With great attention to detail they constructed stone monuments and pyramids with precise computations. Built with purpose, these dates were left to ensure that future generations would be alerted to the end point of a great 26,000 year cycle called the Precession of the Equinoxes, culminating in The Great 2012 Apocalypse.

While the debate on how real any predicted Apocalypse may be considered somewhat entertaining, preparation for an apocalypse could be considered the same as any other crisis.

During this educational webinar, we discuss the reality of risk to businesses and the basic steps to preparation, with a focus on the most cost-efficient and highly effective aspects of your business continuity/disaster recovery plan. And while there may be a touch of humor and sarcasm, we promise to avoid any jokes about tin foil hats.

Winter Weather Preparedness

On March 2, 2012 and F3 tornado tripped through the city of West Liberty, KY. The town only had a 15 minute warning and once the tornado touched down it only took 15 seconds to nearly destroy the entire city. Commercial Bank was one of the businesses severely affected by the tornado. Its headquarters and sole location was destroyed in the storms. What would your bank city do in this situation? How would you recover your businesses and community?

Join Agility Recovery, the Kentucky Bankers Association and Commercial Bank for a presentation on the real-world recovery process. Listen in as Hank Allen, President/CEO of Commercial Bank, and his senior management team discuss how they recovered, and the lessons learned in the process. An Agility Recovery Continuity Planner will also provide a summary of the recovery, as well as offer tips and best practices for preparing your bank for the unthinkable.

Agility Chairman Bill Boyd shares "The Agility Story"

Visionary leaders often have a remarkably unique and astute perspective and during this webinar, you will have an opportunity to hear Bill Boyd's take on the Agility Story and why he believes the uniqueness of this company and the work it does to support the over 10,000 members across North America is inspirational.

Bill's no-nonsense analysis is often enlightening to those considering doing business with Agility. Trusting your Disaster Recovery to anyone is an important decision. And hearing straight from the mouth of one of the leaders at Agility may give those who haven't had the opportunity to hear Bill speak a new perspective on Agility's mission to provide disaster preparedness to all organizations.

Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season

2011 was a relatively active Hurricane Season, including Hurricane Irene which brought devastating floods to areas of New England rarely impacted by such storms. The average hurricane season typically has 9 to 12 named storms, of which 5 to 7 reach hurricane strength and 1 to 3 become major hurricanes. Join Agility Recovery as we welcome lead hurricane meteorologist Chris Hebert from ImpactWeather, a leading commercial forecasting firm, as they present the 2012 Long Range Tropical Forecast. Then Agility President & CEO Bob Boydwill share the best steps for preparing your organization for the storms.

We have all witnessed the devastating effects a hurricane can have on a community. And as we edge closer to the start of the 2012 season, the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, members, citizens, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need

myAgility Family: Your Personal Preparedness Tool

If a disaster strikes, what becomes your top priority? Of course, it’s the well-being of you and your family. No business or community can recover when the personal lives of its residents and employees are in shambles.

That’s why we developed myAgility Family, the personal preparedness tool available to all employees and staff of Agility ReadySuite members. This web-based resource provided by Agility Recovery is devoted to personal preparedness, so you and your family are ready when disaster strikes.

Together, we can help make North America more secure, safe and prepared. As an Agility ReadySuite member, all employees at your company have access to this secure, password protected, preparedness portal.

To learn more about myAgility Family, register now for this brief overview and walk-through of the online tool devoted to your preparedness.

Violence in the Workplace: Are you Prepared?

Our society has undergone many changes regarding safety since September 11th. As a result, preventing workplace violence and promoting safety have become primary concerns for all workplaces. It is essential that leaders educate themselves and their employees, and take appropriate action to ensure that the workplaces is as safe as possible.

Join Agility Recovery as we welcome Lynn Berger, Executive VP with Business Health Systems, who will present methods of preventing and recognizing signs of workplace violence. BHS is a leader in providing workplace solutions to help organizations achieve their highest levels of growth, productivity and profitability, including extensive training on topics such as preventing workplace violence.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Hot Topics: Your Questions Answered

During this hour-long webinar, we have addressed specific questions submitted by our members and other business leaders specific to disaster recovery & business continuity. These are real questions, from real organizations. The takeaways and implementable ideas are sure to flow during this exciting, interactive presentation. The most frequently asked and those that have wide applicability will be answered on air, while others will be responded to individually offline.

Business Survival: Disaster Recovery Basics

Business continuity is not just an IT issue. It's a business issue. It's about the future of your business, your community and your family. Please join us for a free Webinar presented by Bob Boyd, Agility's president and CEO. Learn how to minimize potential business interruption losses while, at the same time, implementing an effective disaster recovery plan.

Learn more about the turn-key ReadySuite membership that will provide your organization access to the four key elements of recovery: power, space, technology and connectivity delivered where you need it, when you need it, following any business interruption.

10 Steps of Disaster Preparedness

Agility believes all organizations need a disaster recovery plan, and is committed to assisting companies in taking steps to ensure their businesses will be up and running following an interruption. This webinar provides easy to implement, actionable steps you can take in your organization to enhance your preparedness. These simple to understand steps are the basis for any comprehensive disaster recovery plan, including areas like risk analysis, emergency preparedness kits, communication strategies, data recovery and more. Each step is supported by real-world examples and case studies.

Preparing for Floods - The #1 Natural Disaster

We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature wrought worldwide in 2011. And though the mild winter that most of our continent is experiencing may mean less flooding this Spring, you still cannot afford to let your guard down. Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat all year long, and even though the most devastating floods are the work of Mother Nature, a burst pipe or plumbing leak can have equally catastrophic effects on your business.

Your organization is more than just a place of business to your clients, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If you are affected by flooding this Spring, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Join Agility Recovery as we hear from Senior Continuity Manager, Mark Norton, who will provide tips and best practices to mitigate the risks associated with Springtime flooding.

Social Media & Disaster Recovery

During an emergency, it’s imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This need to communicate has led to increasing use of Social Media platforms during recent disasters across the globe. Join host Agility Recovery during this webinar to learn the steps and best practices for developing your organization’s strategy for Crisis Communications utilizing Social Media.

During this session, we will welcome noted experts Jim Garrow with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Patrice Cloutier from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services who will address the evolution of Social Media and its use in crisis situations. They will each share best practices and simple steps any organization can take to bolster their Crisis Communications plan to include Social Media as a central element.

The Simple Truth: What is Agility Recovery?

It's a question we get a lot: "What exactly IS Agility Recovery?" Fortunately, we LOVE answering that question. More importantly, we love explaining what Agility means to YOUR organization. Disaster Recovery is an ongoing, never ending process. And this webinar will explain in detail why over 10,000 organizations across North American have chosen to include Agility as part of their strategy for surviving a crisis. From the smallest interruption to the largest regional event, Agility has performed thousands of recoveries, and responded to tens of thousands of events. Hear the details behind how our operation works, what makes it unique and affordable and what Agility can do for YOUR organization.

Crisis Communications Planning - The Keystone of Disaster Recovery Response

During an emergency, it is imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This includes both internal and external communications. Join Agility Recovery as we share the steps and best practices for developing your emergency communication strategy.

Topics will include:
• Needs assessment for crisis communication
• Ideal spokesperson characteristics
• Media communications strategies
• Establishing fact sheets and talking points

Assessing Risks & Threats

Join Agility Recovery for an educational webinar on the reality of risks, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Topics will include:
• Risk Assessment Basics
• Recognizing the Most Prevalent Risks & Threats
• Ensuring Supply Chain and Employee Preparedness

Impact of Corporate Preparedness on the Bottom Line

Most corporations are operating on limited resources these days. Management may not feel that corporate preparedness is a vital activity. This could be in part due to the physical location of the business or just an “it will never happen to me” attitude. Regardless, this Webinar will review the far-reaching impact of corporate preparedness aside from the ability to recover following any interruption.

Join us to learn how corporate preparedness affects many key financial statements including:

• Balance Sheet
• Profit and Loss Statement
• Income Statement

Put Your Recovery Plan in to Motion... Test it Today!

Join Agility Recovery Testing Program Manager, Ben Pritchard, for this educational webinar as we provide actionable advice and real-world experience from the hundreds of recovery exercises we help conduct annually. Discussion will touch on the following areas:

- Steps taken to test your plan
- Mistakes and lessons learned
- The practical benefits of testing
- Steps you can immediately take to get the testing process going

Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster

The Tsunami that hit Japan last year made it painfully evident that human ability to properly lead and direct becomes increasingly impaired during times of disaster. Our limiting beliefs, and the fears that underlie them, often cloud our judgment – resulting in poor decisions and lower performance. When it comes to leadership, the fear of Failure, Rejection and Betrayal negatively impact our ability to accurately perceive reality and as a result, to lead with resiliency.

Watch our archived webinar, Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster led by former FEMA Administrator, Chief David Paulison. Chief Paulison will draw on his experience of taking over command of FEMA following one of the greatest disasters in American history, Hurricane Katrina, and share his take on the obstacles to proper leadership, and strategies for developing our own capacity to be more resilient as a leader.

Analyzing Critical Business Functions

Identifying critical business functions is integral to resuming operations following a disaster. Typically, your critical functions are those that are (1) most sensitive to downtime, (2) fulfill legal or financial obligations to maintain cash flow, (3) play a key role in maintaining your business’ market share and reputation, and/or (4) safeguard an irreplaceable asset.

It is important to clearly define and identify your critical business functions to prevent potential problems from arising during recovery. Watch Agility’s educational webinar, Analyzing Critical Business Functions to better equip you and those in your organization for analyzing these functions.

Crisis Communications Planning - The Keystone of Disaster Recovery Response

During an emergency, it is imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This includes both internal and external communications. Join Agility Recovery during this webinar to learn the steps and best practices for developing your emergency communication strategy.

Topics will include
• Needs assessment for crisis communication
• Ideal spokesperson characteristics
• Media communications strategies
• Establishing fact sheets and talking points

Table Top Testing - Case Studies and Best Practices

Testing is critical to maintaining a well-rounded and robust recovery plan. A proper test is designed to bring certain weaknesses to the surface, identify shortcomings, and help employees practice their recovery responsibilities.

One of the most efficient ways to conduct a test without draining your organization of time and money is the ”table top exercise”. For more information about conducting a successful table top test, listen to Agility Recovery’s educational webinar, Table Top Testing – Case Studies and Best Practices.

Disaster Recovery Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Business interruptions happen every day across the continent. Some may be small such as a server malfunction or severed phone lines, others may be catastrophic such as hurricanes or widespread flooding. Regardless of the event, business owners are often faced with difficult decisions in the aftermath of the disaster.

Regardless of what threatens your business, you can learn from Agility’s experience in responding to hundreds of events in their 20+ year history of recovering businesses in the midst of disaster. Join Agility Lead Continuity Planner Mark Norton, as he touches on some of our members’ best practices, and hear about several Agility members' real-world recovery stories and lessons learned.