Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

Hills Bank and Trust Company and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Co-sponsor Upcoming Business Continuity Workshops

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, Information Security Officer for 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.

The workshops have been so successful that Hills Bank is planning to offer them again later this year. If your business or association is interested in attending a future business continuity lunch-and-learn, workshop, or seminar, contact Carrie Ebel at carrie_ebel@hillsbank.com or call 319-358-2272.

 

Below are additional Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery resources.

Name

Website

American Red Cross Ready Rating

http://readyrating.org

BeReady.Iowa.gov

http://www.beready.iowa.gov

BusinessReady

http://www.ready.gov/business

Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit

http://www.drbtoolkit.org

FEMA Independent Study Program

http://training.fema.gov/IS/

Iowa Contingency Plan

http://www.blr.com

National Federation of Independent Businesses

http://www.nfib.com

Ready.gov

http://www.ready.gov/business

Safeguard Iowa

http://www.safeguardiowa.org

U.S. Small Business Administration Prepare My Business

http://preparemybusiness.org