Biblical story of Noah, he is given the task of not only protecting
a large group of wild and domestic livestock, but also to develop the
skills and collect the supplies necessary to build a better society
at the end of a great disaster.
In the mid 1990s,
as theY2K computer problem took shape and companies were required to
correct and protect software and data before it could be damaged or
destroyed by the date change at midnight December 31, 1999, the idea
for Ark Supplies was born. As managers of a large television production
company, the task of insuring the safety of their products, their data,
and even the income and personal security of their employees began to
fall on Jay and Penny Isbell.
critical databases, and material assets were acquired or created. The
mindset was that no matter what happened at midnight, everyone in the
company would still have a job, a reasonable lifestyle, and all of the
customers' assets would be protected and accessible. This proved to
be great training for the future, because less than two years later
on 9/11/2001, our nation's security was once again challenged.
Besides the ongoing
concern about interruption of services, now there was an added area
of personal security and identity thrown in. Companies began to ask
for photo ID cards for their employees as well as encrypted scanners
for entry into restricted areas. Databases were developed that not only
kept up with inventories and bookkeeping, but also with monitoring and
restricting access to vital resources. Schools and businesses required their students and staff to wear visual identification at all times.
Disaster plans were developed and implemented. The concept of keeping
a survival kit in the office or car was no longer considered an oddity,
and the idea that something else could happen was no longer looked on
as "If", but "When".
As these things
began to unfold, Jay and Penny left the television business after more
than 30 years, and formed Ark Supplies LLC in June 2003. Almost immediately,
they began to have requests for their services. The goal is simple;
to offer the ability for a home, school, church, or company to develop
the best plan possible for their organization to efficiently monitor
and carry out their daily operations, prepare for any disruption, and
allow for a seamless continuation of life "after the flood".