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Is Your Business Prepared To Handle Hurricane Irma?

Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history.

Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to hit Florida with a direct impact. Irma’s maximum sustained winds should decrease as the hurricane moves northward.
But don’t let your guard down as Irma will still pose a major threat of storm surge, damaging winds and rainfall flooding. Are you ready for the blow?

The key to being able to bring your business through an event like this is planning. The last thing you want to do is figure out a plan while the storm is bearing down on you.

Back Up Your Data To An External Hard Drive Or The Cloud.

If you can leverage the Cloud to actually run your business throughout the storm, you are that much more prepared. Cloud computing ensures business continuity throughout a disruptive incident by backing up company data to the cloud. Moreover, when companies move applications and entire infrastructures to the Cloud, they have the ability to maintain business operations through something as catastrophic as a hurricane.

Be sure your most critical infrastructure components are attached to Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS).

These provide backup power if the power goes out. More importantly, make sure you shut those infrastructure items down properly if the battery runs low. All other computing devices should be connected to surge suppressors. Remember, restoration of power can be just as threatening as the loss of power.

Scan all important documents and store them electronically.

If you can’t do this, store them in watertight storage containers, even if its just to see them through the storm.

If you are unable to work for several days, make sure your tech company shuts everything down.

Once you are able to return to work, they can remotely bring everything back online and ensure proper functioning. Also, maintain communication with your entire team so staff members know when it is safe to get back to work.

See also: 7 Tips for Choosing the Right IT Provider

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