I don’t know about you, but I am glad to see all this snow melting right now. Finally – the temps are climbing and the snow is melting! But as much as I am excited, I am also worried: a warm and wet weather is rolling in this week which will lead to some flooding and ponding of water in low elevations. We can expect the temperatures to go as high as 50° F Friday and Saturday – and with potential thunderstorm– yes, thunderstorm! – on Friday in Northern New Jersey area and Central North Carolina, well as other regions in the US, it will bring even more power to the melt-off and spell trouble.
Is your business located in the flood-prone area? Are you prepared for a disaster?
First we would like to first make sure you do all you can to be safe. Then, take care of business. Many people take care of their immediate needs, but businesses are not always prepared adequately. If you have an IT solutions provider, please contact them right away for a disaster preparedness and recovery protocol. If you do not have a solution provider you can rely on, consider finding one going forward. In the meanwhile, what can be done immediately as you prepare with regards to your computer systems.
3 Practical Computer Tips to prepare for Flooding:
We are recommending that prior to leaving your office to properly power off all your desktop/notebook PCs.
If you are in a flood prone area please move you systems and other electronic and electric devices up from the floor and place them on your desk or higher, if possible. If for security regulatory compliance purposes your server is physically secured to the floor and cannot be elevated, please contact your IT company to ensure proper backup and further advice as quickly as possible!
Please, advise your colleagues to do the same and take care of their workstations and other devices.
We recommend you also ensure that the rest of your office is prepared for disaster. Take a walk-through if any of your colleagues are not present at the time, take care of their workstations in the same way you care for yours, as we recommended in 3-steps above.
Of course, preparedness is not just about tossing of the workstations to the higher grounds. There are other things that should have been done ahead of time, such as Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) protocol, Network Monitoring Practices and more. Is your business prepared if unexpected event strikes? Earlier we published 3-part article that we recommend to read to help you make a plan for the future disaster preparedness and recovery protocol.
Preparing for a disaster:
Part 1. What if you were to come into your office one morning and found that your server was off?
Part 2. What are the pros and cons of 3 primary primary data backup methods?
Part 3. Learn how to choose the correct backup method for your organization.
If you have any questions or need help, please, let us know either by calling at 201-493-1414, or email me directly at [email protected] Stay safe!