Hurricane Florence is on her way, and the National Hurricane Center has currently classified her as a Category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday.
In preparation for Hurricane Flo, Net Friends would like to share some important steps you can take to ensure your business’s technology is ready for an emergency:
Make an Emergency Plan
Assess your data and technology needs and make plans to ensure they stay up and running if needed.
- Make and share an emergency plan with your staff so everyone is aware and knows what to expect in the event of emergency.
- Enable your staff to work from home and/or communicate throughout the emergency by ensuring your remote connectivity tools and business systems are up and running.
- Charge phones and electronics in case of power outages.
- Locate hard copies of important information, such as insurance information, important contacts, and financial and legal documents. Keep these with you during the emergency.
Protect Your Technology from Water Damage
Since electronics are so vulnerable to water damage, take extra care to protect your devices such as computers, servers, routers, and printers.
- Where possible, place devices at table height and away from windows to reduce risk of damage from flooding and rain.
- Anchor heavy hardware and cover windows with plywood to prevent water/wind damage.
- Take portable devices such as laptops home with you.
Protect Your Data with Backups
Backups are essential for disaster preparedness. The last thing you want to lose is data that is necessary for your business to function.
- Test and verify that your backup systems are working and up to date as the storm approaches.
- Review backup settings to make sure backups are capturing all critical data.
- If you don’t currently have a backup plan, contact Net Friends to learn more about our backup services to ensure your business’s data is safe.
Prepare for Extended Power Outages
- Make sure you have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and test it to ensure the battery is working.
- Set any computers with data connections to the UPS to shut down when they detect an outage, and disable any auto-restart feature.
- For systems without a data connection to the UPS, consider whether an unexpected shutdown would result in data loss; if so, shut down the system gracefully when you leave work before the weather event.
Get More Advice From Net Friends
- There are many factors that need be considered when preparing your business for a hurricane, and Net Friends is here to help. While we hope no businesses will experience any problems from Hurricane Florence, it’s always best to prepare ahead of time to ensure your business stays up and running so you can continue serving your customers and community!
Here at Net Friends, our mission is your mission, achieved through technology. Contact us at (919) 680-3763 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on disaster preparedness.