MEMBER LOGIN

Not yet a member? See the benefits of becoming one.

Category Archive: Agility Recovery

Disaster Recovery Tip #20: Put Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action

With the Hurricane Season right around the corner, the time is now to ensure you have a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place. Even if you live in a state rarely affected by hurricanes, business interruptions happen every day, and they usually occur with little warning. Developing a business continuity plan may seem somewhat complicated and putting it into action can appear overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we developed the Learn The Facts Infographic to help you learn about the disaster statistics and actions that can be taken today to better prepare your organization for the threats just around the corner. To protect your business, your customers and your bottom line, it is imperative to put your business continuity/disaster recovery plan into action today!

The post Disaster Recovery Tip #20: Put Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action appeared first on Agility Recovery.

Disaster Recovery Tip #20: Put Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action

Agility Recovery
Disaster Recovery Tip #20: Put Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action

With the Hurricane Season right around the corner, the time is now to ensure you have a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place. Even if you live in a state rarely affected by hurricanes, business interruptions happen every day, and they usually occur with little warning. Developing a business continuity plan may seem somewhat complicated and putting it into action can appear overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we developed the Learn The Facts Infographic to help you learn about the disaster statistics and actions that can be taken today to better prepare your organization for the threats just around the corner. To protect your business, your customers and your bottom line, it is imperative to put your business continuity/disaster recovery plan into action today!

Disaster Recovery Tip #20: Put Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action
Agility Recovery

On-Demand Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather

Agility Recovery
On-Demand Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather

RECORDING DATE: Wed, May 17, 2017

Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather

We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring and Summer storms, now is the time to prepare. 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?

Watch as Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and our disaster recovery partner, Agility Recovery as we share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by severe weather. These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters including flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

Watch Recorded Webinar Today

On-Demand Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather
Agility Recovery

Disaster Recovery Tip #19: Five Ways to Protect a Business in the Post-Disaster Period

Agility Recovery
Disaster Recovery Tip #19: Five Ways to Protect a Business in the Post-Disaster Period

Guest Blogger: Michael Rogers – Operations Director, USInsuranceAgents.com

Whether it is an earthquake, tsunami, tornado or other natural disaster, a business must ensure that it is prepared to survive both the disaster and its aftermath. Unfortunately, many companies, while taking measures to survive the physical toll of a natural disaster, fail to account for the potential financial and data loss that a disaster can produce. In today’s economy, a business that finds that it has lost its databases and is unable to secure funding to continue operations may be doomed regardless of its physical status.

For this reason, putting measures in place to secure a company’s data and provide for its continued financial health in the face of a natural disaster must be a priority for every company, regardless of its size or location. From Washington earthquakes to Florida hurricanes and from California wildfires to North-East blizzards and even man-made events, there is no place on earth where a company can afford to ignore the need to prepare for a disaster.

1. Evaluate the Most Likely Natural Disasters in Your Area

Tornadoes are very common in the Midwest but do not typically impact large areas of the region. Conversely, major California earthquakes are quite rare, but when they do occur can impact vast areas all at once, leading to the long-term interruption of utilities and other government services. When preparing for a disaster, the business must determine what types of natural disasters it is likely to face in any given area. For large companies with multiple business locations, this can result in the need to craft several specific disaster response plans for various facilities, rather than depending on a single plan.

2. Create a Disaster Response Plan

Preparing a business continuity plan is a vital part of preparing to weather a major disaster. Without one, a company will find itself unable to meet the challenges of the post-disaster period. A disaster response must include the following components:

  • A clearly defined chain of command so that even the loss of senior management will not hamper the company’s ability to make decisions in the days after the disaster.
  • Already prepared plans to shift to an emergency location so that vital company functions can continue after the disaster.
  • A complete and updated roster of the company’s employees that can be used to assist emergency services in determining the status of the company’s employees.
  • Procedures for recovering any confidential records that the company may have on site and storing or disposing of them without risking a data breach.
  • A defined and frequently rehearsed site evacuation plan.

3. Data Protection and Post-Disaster Operations

A company must ensure that its data is always secure, no matter the type of the disaster. The most effective tool in this case is to use off-site cloud data storage services in order to ensure that all company records are maintained in a secure location. It is important to ensure that the data storage site is geographically distant from the business. After all, it does no good to preserve a company’s data at a site that may be destroyed in the same natural disaster!

Because a cloud service is accessible via the Internet, company employees can continue working, even if they are currently housed in a hotel or other remote location. A company should maintain a detailed plan on how to quickly relocate and start making use of cloud-based data after the disaster. In addition, cloud insurance policies should always be maintained in order to ensure that the business is protected should the cloud service be interrupted for any reason.

4. Disaster Related Insurance

Disaster insurance can cover a wide range of issues. A company should be certain that any policies it purchases will cover all potential natural disasters, unlike most general insurance policies. Common types of insurance include the following:

  • Insurance for physical damage, including the destruction of company inventory or buildings.
  • Data loss insurance, which will cover the company from any losses relating to the loss of its electronic or physical data.
  • Liability insurance can protect the company from disaster-related claims. This can be especially important should customer data be lost during the disaster.
  • Business interruption insurance can compensate the company for any lost income due to disaster-related service interruptions.

5. Watch Insurance Caps

All insurance policies have an insurance cap or limit on the total amount the policy will pay out. Especially in the case of disaster-related liability lawsuits, a company may find that its insurance policy will quickly hit the insurance cap, leaving the company financially vulnerable. A company must ensure that its insurance policies will cover all likely losses, rather than running the risk that a low insurance cap will see the company destroyed by post-disaster financial losses.

Companies change over time and the preparations that were adequate a year ago may not be sufficient today. A business should regularly reevaluate its preparations for a disaster and immediately modify any aspects of its planning that are no longer adequate to protect the business.

Preparing for a disaster is not something to be left to the day when the tornado alarms sound or the earth starts to shake. By maintaining regularly-updated procedures to prepare the business for both the disaster and its aftermath, management can ensure that the company is prepared to survive and thrive in the post-disaster period.

Michael Rogers is the Operations Director of USInsuranceAgents.com. With over 6 years of experience and knowledge in the insurance industry, Michael contributes his level of expertise as a leader and an agent to educate and secure coverage for thousands of clients.

Disaster Recovery Tip #19: Five Ways to Protect a Business in the Post-Disaster Period
Agility Recovery

Disaster Recovery Tip #19: Five Ways to Protect a Business in the Post-Disaster Period

Guest Blogger: Michael Rogers – Operations Director, USInsuranceAgents.com

Whether it is an earthquake, tsunami, tornado or other natural disaster, a business must ensure that it is prepared to survive both the disaster and its aftermath. Unfortunately, many companies, while taking measures to survive the physical toll of a natural disaster, fail to account for the potential financial and data loss that a disaster can produce. In today’s economy, a business that finds that it has lost its databases and is unable to secure funding to continue operations may be doomed regardless of its physical status.

For this reason, putting measures in place to secure a company’s data and provide for its continued financial health in the face of a natural disaster must be a priority for every company, regardless of its size or location. From Washington earthquakes to Florida hurricanes and from California wildfires to North-East blizzards and even man-made events, there is no place on earth where a company can afford to ignore the need to prepare for a disaster.

1. Evaluate the Most Likely Natural Disasters in Your Area

Tornadoes are very common in the Midwest but do not typically impact large areas of the region. Conversely, major California earthquakes are quite rare, but when they do occur can impact vast areas all at once, leading to the long-term interruption of utilities and other government services. When preparing for a disaster, the business must determine what types of natural disasters it is likely to face in any given area. For large companies with multiple business locations, this can result in the need to craft several specific disaster response plans for various facilities, rather than depending on a single plan.

2. Create a Disaster Response Plan

Preparing a business continuity plan is a vital part of preparing to weather a major disaster. Without one, a company will find itself unable to meet the challenges of the post-disaster period. A disaster response must include the following components:

  • A clearly defined chain of command so that even the loss of senior management will not hamper the company’s ability to make decisions in the days after the disaster.
  • Already prepared plans to shift to an emergency location so that vital company functions can continue after the disaster.
  • A complete and updated roster of the company’s employees that can be used to assist emergency services in determining the status of the company’s employees.
  • Procedures for recovering any confidential records that the company may have on site and storing or disposing of them without risking a data breach.
  • A defined and frequently rehearsed site evacuation plan.

3. Data Protection and Post-Disaster Operations

A company must ensure that its data is always secure, no matter the type of the disaster. The most effective tool in this case is to use off-site cloud data storage services in order to ensure that all company records are maintained in a secure location. It is important to ensure that the data storage site is geographically distant from the business. After all, it does no good to preserve a company’s data at a site that may be destroyed in the same natural disaster!

Because a cloud service is accessible via the Internet, company employees can continue working, even if they are currently housed in a hotel or other remote location. A company should maintain a detailed plan on how to quickly relocate and start making use of cloud-based data after the disaster. In addition, cloud insurance policies should always be maintained in order to ensure that the business is protected should the cloud service be interrupted for any reason.

4. Disaster Related Insurance

Disaster insurance can cover a wide range of issues. A company should be certain that any policies it purchases will cover all potential natural disasters, unlike most general insurance policies. Common types of insurance include the following:

  • Insurance for physical damage, including the destruction of company inventory or buildings.
  • Data loss insurance, which will cover the company from any losses relating to the loss of its electronic or physical data.
  • Liability insurance can protect the company from disaster-related claims. This can be especially important should customer data be lost during the disaster.
  • Business interruption insurance can compensate the company for any lost income due to disaster-related service interruptions.

5. Watch Insurance Caps

All insurance policies have an insurance cap or limit on the total amount the policy will pay out. Especially in the case of disaster-related liability lawsuits, a company may find that its insurance policy will quickly hit the insurance cap, leaving the company financially vulnerable. A company must ensure that its insurance policies will cover all likely losses, rather than running the risk that a low insurance cap will see the company destroyed by post-disaster financial losses.

Companies change over time and the preparations that were adequate a year ago may not be sufficient today. A business should regularly reevaluate its preparations for a disaster and immediately modify any aspects of its planning that are no longer adequate to protect the business.

Preparing for a disaster is not something to be left to the day when the tornado alarms sound or the earth starts to shake. By maintaining regularly-updated procedures to prepare the business for both the disaster and its aftermath, management can ensure that the company is prepared to survive and thrive in the post-disaster period.

Michael Rogers is the Operations Director of USInsuranceAgents.com. With over 6 years of experience and knowledge in the insurance industry, Michael contributes his level of expertise as a leader and an agent to educate and secure coverage for thousands of clients.

The post Disaster Recovery Tip #19: Five Ways to Protect a Business in the Post-Disaster Period appeared first on Agility Recovery.

Free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Agility Recovery
Free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

When

Wed, May 31, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Overview

With the 2017 Hurricane season only a few weeks away, the time is now to begin preparations. After three consecutive years of minimal Atlantic Basin hurricane activity, 2016 reminded us that Hurricanes can come early, and that it only takes a single storm to wreak havoc and bring devastation to an entire region.

Join Agility Recovery as we dive into the best preparedness steps any organization can take to prepare for this season. We will share lessons learned and best practices collected over 28+ years of preparing for, and responding to hurricanes and other disasters.

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?

Register Today

Free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar
Agility Recovery

Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather

Agility Recovery
Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather

When

Wed, May 17, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Overview

We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring and Summer storms, now is the time to prepare. 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 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and our disaster recovery partner, Agility Recovery as we share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by severe weather. These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters including flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

Register Today

Preparing Your Organization for Severe Weather
Agility Recovery

Real Members. Real Recoveries. April 2017 Recovery Update.

Agility Recovery
Real Members. Real Recoveries. April 2017 Recovery Update.

The Agility Operations Team for the month of April responded to a combination of active weather situations and isolated events supporting power, connectivity & technology requirements. This translated into 15 alerts and 2 disaster declarations.

April Events – Here is a brief summary of the events that took place during April:

  • Weather Related Events:
    • 9 Alerts covering states of LA, OH, DE, GA, AL, NC, & CA
      • For connectivity, power and additional customer Alert requirements
      • Industries involved – insurance, IT, financial, consumer goods
  • Isolated Events:
    • 6 Alerts coverings states of CA, NJ, MI, OR, & WA
      • For connectivity, power, planned recovery and additional customer Alert requirements
      • Industries involved – financial (credit union) and consumer packaging (manufacturing)
  • Declarations:
    • Insurance provider
      • Large insurance provider declared on laptops so their staff impacted by the recent long-term highway closure in Atlanta, GA could continue to be productive by working from home
    • Senior Living Care provider
      • Required a generator to be in place while their primary generator was being serviced – re-insurance!

On Going Declares – Agility is currently supporting ten other ongoing recoveries; they include:

  • Connectivity – for two healthcare providers (distributes chiropractic, physical therapy, rehabilitation, health, and wellness equipment and supplies)
  • Power – for an educational organization (testing assessment)
  • Space – for a tire distribution company, broadcaster, two financial institutions (banks), city government office and e-commerce company
  • Power, Space & Technology – for a city government office

As always, we commend our recovery teams for their excellent work in diligently protecting the Agility Recovery promise!

Real Members. Real Recoveries. April 2017 Recovery Update.
Agility Recovery

Real Members. Real Recoveries. April 2017 Recovery Update.

The Agility Operations Team for the month of April responded to a combination of active weather situations and isolated events supporting power, connectivity & technology requirements. This translated into 15 alerts and 2 disaster declarations.

April Events – Here is a brief summary of the events that took place during April:

  • Weather Related Events:
    • 9 Alerts covering states of LA, OH, DE, GA, AL, NC, & CA
      • For connectivity, power and additional customer Alert requirements
      • Industries involved – insurance, IT, financial, consumer goods
  • Isolated Events:
    • 6 Alerts coverings states of CA, NJ, MI, OR, & WA
      • For connectivity, power, planned recovery and additional customer Alert requirements
      • Industries involved – financial (credit union) and consumer packaging (manufacturing)
  • Declarations:
    • Insurance provider
      • Large insurance provider declared on laptops so their staff impacted by the recent long-term highway closure in Atlanta, GA could continue to be productive by working from home
    • Senior Living Care provider
      • Required a generator to be in place while their primary generator was being serviced – re-insurance!

On Going Declares – Agility is currently supporting ten other ongoing recoveries; they include:

  • Connectivity – for two healthcare providers (distributes chiropractic, physical therapy, rehabilitation, health, and wellness equipment and supplies)
  • Power – for an educational organization (testing assessment)
  • Space – for a tire distribution company, broadcaster, two financial institutions (banks), city government office and e-commerce company
  • Power, Space & Technology – for a city government office

As always, we commend our recovery teams for their excellent work in diligently protecting the Agility Recovery promise!

The post Real Members. Real Recoveries. April 2017 Recovery Update. appeared first on Agility Recovery.

Disaster Recovery Tip #18: Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season

Agility Recovery
Disaster Recovery Tip #18: Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season

With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season only a few weeks away, the time is now to begin preparations. The 2016 season reminded us that it only takes a single storm to wreak havoc and bring devastation to an entire region.

To help you prepare, Agility is offering two options for implementing best practices in your organization to address the threats hurricanes pose:

Download the free Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Register for the free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Both options above incorporate lessons learned and best practices collected while preparing for and responding to hurricanes and other disasters since 1989.

Disaster Recovery Tip #18: Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season
Agility Recovery

« Older Entries

© Copyright 2014 Nedrix