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Its flood season Agility warns CUs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (3/24/10)--Isolated weather events in several sections of the country caused several of Agility Recovery Solutions' members to stage alerts or declare disasters last week. None were credit unions. However, Agility is reminding credit unions that it's time to take stock of what to do before the weather packs a wallop, starting with a flood preparedness checklist. Floods in the Northeast last week plagued many businesses, including two financial institutions and members in New England, reported Agility, a business recovery and continuity service provider based in Charlotte, N.C., and a CUNA Strategic Services (CSS) provider. Both banks experienced severe flooding in their basements. Agility helped them set up recovery assets, with one requiring a small mobile unit and both banks were operating. Flooding near Fargo, N.D., resulted in one client asking Agility to stand ready to deliver 50 laptops and a mobile unit, if needed. "Disaster recovery is more than bits and bytes. It's very personal," said Agility CEO Bob Boyd. "The reality is these businesses are vital to the economic success of our communities, yet 90% of small and mid-sized businesses are unprepared for an interruption." Businesses are more likely to flood than burn down, said Agility. Most businesses can save between 20% and 90% on the cost of stock and moveable equipment by taking action to prepare in advance of flooding. Agility provides a flood preparedness checklist that goes over what to do before the flood, during the event, afterward, and how to communicate with your staff. Use the Agility/CSS link to access the checklist. Agility also sends out a tip each week relating to disaster recovery and preparedness. Use the link to sign up for the tips. In addition to its North Carolina headquarters, Agility Recovery Solutions also has distributions centers in Atlanta, Ga., and Mississauga, Ont. It has been in alliance with CSS since 2006. It serves 339 credit unions with 478 branches.
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