September begins the peak of hurricane season. With this year’s first major storms brewing in the Atlantic, it’s time to start preparing your business.
Taking the time to develop and test an emergency preparedness plan for your business’s technology can help your business recover quickly after a storm hits.
Here are a few tips to help ensure your technology is ready when the time comes.
1. BACKUP YOUR DATA
We can’t stress this often enough. A solid backup of your data (client files, accounting info, HR records) is essential to making sure your business can return to normal operations. Backups should be performed and tested regularly. Critical files should be backed up offsite so that they’re protected in the event of a fire or flood.
2. CREATE A COMMUNICATION PLAN
Landlines and mobile voice communication can be unreliable during and immediately after a disaster. To stay connected with your employees and clients, consider an emergency notification system to quickly send broadcast messages via text or email.
3. PROTECT YOUR HARDWARE
A storm doesn’t have to be a hurricane to cause damage – Louisiana’s frequent summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc on your servers, network equipment and PCs if they’re not properly protected. Invest in UPS Battery Backups to protect against sudden outages or power surges and allow for equipment to be shut down gracefully. Be sure to test the UPS on a regular basis to confirm the battery is in good condition.
Need help with any or all of the above? Give us a call – our experts are here to help prepare your business for hurricane season and beyond.