Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Are Your Computers Safe from Hurricanes?

Are your business computers safe from pending hurricanes or other natural disasters? I am concerned, as I wrote in Oh No- Hurricane Season- Here It Comes! In preparation, consider the following advice courtesy of my computer guru, John Wright of Accelerated Solutions....

>>>There are plenty of sources for hurricane preparedness to protect lives, homes, pets, and property... but what about the computer systems?<<<

With this pending storm and those that will follow, make sure your business has a solid hurricane safety plan for your computer systems.

How can a small business owner protect their data in a hurricane, tropical storm, or flood?

>>>A full backup of all computer systems should be made including E-mail, Contacts, Documents, Financials, Databases, Etc.<<<

>>>Backed up information should be stored in two separate locations.<<<

Replacing mission critical data may be impossible, please cover all your bases.
A simple external hard drive for $100 or less can save your data and possibly your business.

Checklist:

Update your contact lists

Unplug & Move Electrical Equipment to higher/safer locations & Disconnect from data lines

a. Telephone equipment
b. Network equipment
c. Servers, Desktops & Peripherals

Remove/secure all antennas and satellite dishes

Check and replenish, if necessary, stocks and supplies (plan for both before, during, and after a storm as supplies may not be available for purchase immediately following event)

Clear all unnecessary items out of vulnerable areas and areas which may need to receive moved equipment

Advise main and remote offices of preparatory actions they should take at work and at home

Verify switchboard/phone forwarding & relocation works to alternate numbers (cellular, etc.)

Notify employees of potential actions that may need to be taken

Have tarps/plastic available to cover equipment to protect against damage should structure failure occur

Secure and lock down all workstations, offices and work areas

Individual offices and work areas should be checked and "storm readied"

Close and lock all windows - Computers and electrical equipment should be moved away from windows

If you require assistance or have questions please contact us at 850.650.8961

Thanks,
John A. Wright
The Accelerated Group, LLC
Technology Consulting & Integration
Miramar Beach, FL
850.650.8961

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