Hurricane season is here and hurricane Harvey has left many people in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas devastated. We at Integrated Data Technology extend our thoughts and prayers to the people that have been affected by this tragic storm.
Unfortunately, the uncertainty of natural disaster reminds us that we may not be exempt the next time around. We hear a lot of advice on how to protect our homes, cars and other personal effects but very little on how to protect our businesses. Below are 5 tips you can take in getting prepared.
1: Have a Business Continuity Plan in place
Every company should have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). It should be reviewed yearly to ensure that all stated steps and contacts are up-to-date. Your BCP should contain all key employee contact information, relocation addresses, emergency contacts etc.
2: Off-site backups
It is recommended that you have at least two copies of back ups. Any on site copies should be kept in a fireproof and waterproof place. Cloud solutions are especially beneficial during situations like these. If you are interested in learning more about how cloud solutions can help protect you against the damage caused by natural disasters, please contact us, or give us a call at (516) 867-6752.
3: Remove equipment from the floor and away from windows
Flooding can create significant issues with computer equipment. Make sure the equipment is 10 to 12 inches off the ground and six feet away from windows.
4: Document all emergency and support numbers
It is important to document all emergency and technical support numbers and take them off site with you just in case your office and computers are not accessible.
5: Take pictures of your offices and equipment
Keeping these pictures will come in handy if your office is affected by a hurricane, especially for insurance purposes.
We have no control over hurricanes and other natural disasters, but we can prepare for them to the best of our ability.