Latest Firestorm Franchisee Puts IT, Continuity Expertise to Work

ROSWELL, GA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2010) - With a long career managing information technology systems and mitigating organizational risk, Jack Boyles is keenly aware of the vulnerabilities -- virtual and physical -- facing businesses in today's environment.

Boyles most recently served as Information Technology Manager for the city of Encinitas, Calif. -- where he led the selection and implementation of the business recovery system -- and as Business Continuity Analyst for a major credit union in the state.

Despite his background in technology, Boyles said it was Firestorm's emphasis on educating and training employees that led him to become the company's most recent franchisee and 13th across seven states.

"The message that it all starts with employees being prepared at work and at home resonated with me," said Boyles, a Certified Business Continuity Professional. "As we continue to educate and train the business community, the impacts of even significant disasters can be mitigated."

Firestorm Solutions LLC is a national leader in crisis management, vulnerability analysis/threat assessment, risk mitigation and business continuity. Its unique PREDICT. PLAN. PERFORM.™ process is the foundation for a next-generation suite of consulting services, tools and software that create resilient, disaster-ready organizations. Franchisees utilize all capabilities of Firestorm, including its name and trademark; operational methodology including plans, policies, procedures and training; and access to its staff, Expert Council and Online Resource Center.

Firestorm provided the on-site crisis management support at Virginia Tech and has teamed with W.W. Grainger Inc. to offer business continuity and preparedness products and services. It recently launched the PREACTION EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALLIANCE™, a first-of-its-kind network designed to make preparedness accessible and affordable for businesses of all types and sizes. A free 30-day trial is available at www.preaction.com; thereafter, PREACTION ALLIANCE Membership costs less than $1 a day.

The implementation of Public Law 110-53 (Title IX-Private Sector Preparedness), which mandates the Department of Homeland Security certify business continuity plans in the private sector, creates wide-ranging opportunities for the BCP industry. Other significant drivers include the emergence of new communicable illnesses; the increase in natural disasters related to climate change; and elevated exposure to mass violence.

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