Every business should have a disaster recovery plan. This is a list of last-minute storm and hurricane preparation that you can make now. This is not intended to be a replacement for a true disaster recovery plan nor is it comprehensive.
Last-minute storm and hurricane preparedness tips:
- If you are using cloud-based or on-premise disaster recovery, ensure that you have a complete and up-to-date copy of your data. For on-premise disaster recovery, make sure that your archive media is protected and kept as far away as possible from both your main premise and the storm or hurricane path.
- Inform your employees how you will update them on business and weather conditions and also when it will be safe for them to return to work.
- Take photographs or make a video of your business establishment, both inside and outside, to help with property insurance claims.
- Protect your property with heavy plastic sheeting, duct tape, sandbags, an emergency generator, a chain saw and large pieces of plywood.
- Protect any non-electronic corporate records, keeping duplicates at an alternative location.
- Move critical equipment and furniture away from windows and skylights to a location preferably not on the first floor.
- Ensure all critical equipment is protected via surge protectors. If this is not possible, turn off electrical appliances and equipment (except for refrigeration equipment) in case there is a power surge.
- Bring in display racks and other objects, like trashcans, that can cause damage if airborne. Remove outdoor signs, especially those that swing or are portable.
A comprehensive disaster recovery plan will increase the likelihood that your business can continue to operate in the event of a disaster. Avoid costly downtime by planning ahead.