Florida’s Small Businesses Should Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

As Floridians, we all know and accept the reality that we live in a hurricane-prone state. Florida’s geographic location makes our state one of the most exposed places in the world to tropical windstorms and hurricanes. Of the 180 hurricanes that have made landfall in the continental United States since 1900, 65 have landed in Florida – the most of any state in the nation.

While it’s been nearly 10 years since the last major hurricane landfall, Florida businesses cannot rely on luck. Between 2004 and 2005, Hurricanes Charley, Dennis, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne and Wilma hit Florida and caused more than $70 billion in damages. In addition, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 caused $25 billion in damages to Florida – equating to more than double that in today’s dollars.

Why should small businesses be prepared?

When hurricane force storms hit our state, the impact to families and businesses can be devastating. Businesses face evacuation orders that require a shut down in operations, a temporary loss of their workforce and even damage to their headquarters that hinders production- sometime indefinitely. In order for businesses to continue their operations, Florida has a wealth of resources- especially for small businesses that may not have the capacity to deal with an extended shut down.

Take for example, AppRiver’s Digital Disaster Preparedness Program, a service designed to protect and preserve email traffic. The cloud-based service averts email downtime by redirecting an organization’s email to one of AppRiver`s secure data centers in the event of a natural catastrophe. Once the danger passes and connectivity is restored, AppRiver will forward all outage-period email back to the company`s server, free of charge.

“This service was designed to protect business email during an outage and help companies get up and running again as quickly as possible,” said Michael Murdoch, CEO of AppRiver. “Email is critical and a business shouldn’t have to lose important messages even in the midst a natural disaster.”

For small businesses that require a more serious need, the state of Florida offers an Emergency Bridge Loan Program, activated by the Governor in the event of a disaster. The Small Business Administration also offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to replace or restore items in the event of a declared disaster.

The Florida Chamber encourages your businesses to come up with work continuity plans in the case of a natural emergency. FloridaDisaster.org has resources that can help small businesses. For more information on how the Florida Chamber is advocating for small businesses, please contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com.

From Summer Storms to Hurricanes, Florida Businesses Should be Prepared for Inclement Weather

If there’s one thing we know how to handle in Florida, it’s what to do when bad weather rolls through. We have lists to ensure our families are safe and our pantries are stocked. But what about our businesses?

When it comes to natural disasters, Florida’s businesses must be prepared. This is why Florida Chamber member AppRiver has made its Digital Disaster Preparedness Program, a service designed to protect and preserve email traffic, free to organizations facing imminent natural disasters such as hurricanes or flooding.

“This service was designed to protect business email during an outage and help companies get up and running again as quickly as possible,” said Michael Murdoch, CEO, AppRiver. “Email is critical and a business shouldn’t have to lose important messages even in the midst of a natural disaster.”

So what exactly is the Digital Disaster Program? The cloud-based service averts email downtime by redirecting an organization’s email to one of AppRiver`s secure data centers in the event of a natural catastrophe. Once the danger passes and connectivity is restored, AppRiver will forward all outage-period email back to the company`s server, free of charge.

Registration is simple and typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete:

  • Businesses simply contact AppRiver to receive step-by-step instructions for redirecting their email to AppRiver`s secure servers.
  • Almost immediately thereafter, AppRiver will begin monitoring the company`s server activity.
  • When AppRiver detects a loss in connectivity with the email server, its service will begin queuing the business’ incoming messages in one of its own securely located data centers until the participant’s servers are able to receive email again.

 

Get Connected:

For more information, click here or contact us at gblose@flchamber.com and see how your business can be prepared.

AppRiver’s Digital Disaster Program Extends Free Emergency Email Protection Service to Companies Facing Natural Disasters

AppRiver is making available its Digital Disaster Preparedness Program, a service designed to protect and preserve email traffic, free to organizations facing imminent natural disasters such as a hurricanes or flooding.

“This service was designed to protect business email during an outage and help companies get up and running again as quickly as possible,” said Michael Murdoch, CEO, AppRiver. “Email is critical and a business shouldn’t have to lose important messages even in the midst a natural disaster.”

So what exactly is the Digital Disaster Program? The cloud-based service averts email downtime by redirecting an organization’s email to one of AppRiver`s secure data centers in the event of a natural catastrophe. Once the danger passes and connectivity is restored, AppRiver will forward all outage-period email back to the company`s server, free of charge.

“A program like AppRiver’s can revolutionize a business’ ability to prepare for a storm,” said Blake Gehres, Chief Technology Officer of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We know all too well what a storm means for our state – lost jobs, sometimes lost lives, damaged property and more. AppRiver’s program allows businesses the ability to take one more step to ensure business continuity.”

Florida knows the impact of catastrophic weather all too well – the impact of families and businesses can be devastating. Recent Tropical Storm Arthur created difficulties for business across the southeast coast. Earlier this year, flooding in Florida’s Panhandle also saw businesses facing severe issues with work continuity.

  • Registration is simple and typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete:
  • Businesses simply contact AppRiver to receive step-by-step instructions for redirecting their email to AppRiver`s secure servers.
  • Almost immediately thereafter, AppRiver will begin monitoring the company`s server activity.
  • When AppRiver detects a loss in connectivity with the email server, its service will begin queuing the business’ incoming messages in one of its own securely located data centers until the participant’s servers are able to receive email again.

 

Get Connected

For more information, click here or contact us at gblose@flchamber.com and see how your business can be prepared.

Florida Continues Moving In The Right Direction

Throughout the past three years, the economy in Florida has grown a total of 9.9 percent, from $728 billion to its current level. According to the most recent Did You Know released by the Florida Chamber Foundation, Florida’s economy continues to grow.

This is a growing trend. In fact, a recent report by the Wall Street Journal suggests Florida is now a model for economic growth for the nation. Indeed, four years ago Florida saw its unemployment grow to more than 11 percent under the Crist administration. And while our work is far from over in securing Florida’s future, Florida’s unemployment rate is now less than the national average and continues to remain below the national average. Florida’s fourth grade reading scores are number two in the world only behind Hong Kong.

Florida’s private sector has created more than 500,000 jobs in the past three years, jobs that come from companies like Pratt & Whitney and AppRiver. These companies are creating their own Florida stories and, along the way, supporting the economies of their communities and their state. Pratt & Whitney is bringing more than 100 jobs to West Palm Beach while AppRiver’s CEO Michael Murdoch has taken the Gulf Breeze-headquartered company from Georgia to around the world. Such has been the success of AppRiver, they were recently awarded Governor Rick Scott’s Ambassador Award for their success.

Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber, stands with Michael Murdoch, CEO of AppRiver, at Florida Chamber headquarters after a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, during which Murdoch was honored with Governor Rick Scott’s Ambassador Award for job creation.
Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber, stands with Michael Murdoch, CEO of AppRiver, at Florida Chamber headquarters after a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, during which Murdoch was honored with Governor Rick Scott’s Ambassador Award for job creation.

“It was great to be recognized by the state of Florida for creating jobs, especially in a down economy,” said Murdoch. “Even during the recession we were adding customers, which I think is a testament to the company and the services we are providing and the market that we are in.”

In a recent interview on the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Murdoch explained that the market for business security software is worldwide and Florida’s business friendly climate allows AppRiver to compete globally from Gulf Breeze, Florida. “Even in a down economy, companies have to have technology to be efficient and compete,” said Murdoch.

Throughout the state, we see more and more companies expanding and growing- and we welcome them with open arms to our increasingly business friendly climate.

 

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