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It’s never too early to prepare for those pop-up storms that occur randomly at this time of the year often resulting in everything from wind damage to lightening fires.  During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from sprinklers is very real.  One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data.  Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot!

As a reminder, here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.

  1. Back Up Your Data Remotely! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house tape drives that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.
  2. Use a Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery. A high quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power supply battery backup will go a long way in protecting sensitive electronic equipment from surges and other electronic irregularities that can destroy your computer’s circuitry.
  3. Have A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.
  4. Make Sure Your Computers Are Off The Floor. If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very inexpensively.

If you need help in any of these areas, give us a call!  We can not only get you prepared, but also back up and running fast in the event of a disaster.

Published on 1st May 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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