Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

With all of the priorities faced by businesses, emergency and continuity planning is not always at the top of the “to do” list. That’s why Hills Bank and Trust Company has partnered with the Safeguard Iowa Partnership to provide useful tools to help businesses prepare for the worst. “We typically hear that customers know it’s important, but can’t find the time,” explained Jay Allpress, Vice President, Security at Hills Bank. “We want to provide tools to make the process easier.”

“We have a plan in place and this gave us a chance to review and update it,” explained Pam Jaben, Executive Officer with the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors. Jaben said she would “absolutely recommend” the workshops to other businesses. She stressed that plans should be regularly reviewed rather than filed away.

David Kacena started his planning at the beginning of the year and viewed the workshop as a chance to learn more about the process. Kacena, who owns a property management firm, wanted to be sure his business was not part of the 40% that typically do not survive a disaster. He was motivated in part because of his sister’s experiences during the recent Joplin, Missouri tornadoes. “I was headed in the right direction, and this provided me with more encouragement,” he said. In addition to the useful templates and tools, Kacena said he is considering a disaster’s impact on key employees who might be affected. He is developing procedures to hire temporary workers to fill that void. Kacena would “strongly recommend” the workshop to other business owners.

Visit Hills Bank Business Academy to learn about upcoming business continuity workshops.

Below are additional Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery resources.



American Red Cross Ready Rating


Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit

FEMA Independent Study Program

Iowa Contingency Plan

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Safeguard Iowa

U.S. Small Business Administration Prepare My Business