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Hurricane Prep for your Data PDF Print E-mail

Equipment and furniture can be easily replaced, but data is priceless. There are many guides out there on how to prepare your home and business about hurricanes. However, they all fall far short of what to do to protect data. In fact, the Florida Hurricane Guide is 36 pages long, but only has 1 paragraph on data.

If your business relies on its computers and data, please read on.

Backup Data Files

Although backups should be part of regular procedures (which many businesses do not follow), a separate full backup of your critical data should be performed before the office is closed in response to a hurricane threat. This means running a full backup on your server (instructions) and copying files on each machine where data is stored. The server should be backed up by your IT Person or office administrator to an external hard drive. Individual machines should be backed up by employees.

Backups may take several hours to complete, so plan accordingly!

It is crucial at this time that a copy of this backup be moved to a secure location -- secure against both weather threats and those from human intruders.

If you are a Computer Doctors Managed Services or Cloud customer, you do not need to worry about performing backups.

Computer Storage

Your computers should be shut down properly and unplugged from the wall outlets...even if they are plugged into a surge protector. These protectors will not survive a direct lightning strike! Do the same for the monitor and all peripherals such as printers, scanners, and speakers. You do not need to disconnect them from each other unless it is necessary when moving. Move the computer and peripherals away from windows and doors towards the center of the room. The equipment should be securely supported at least two feet from the floor and covered with plastic sheeting (i.e. trash bag).

Network equipment

The last items to disconnect are the server and networking equipment. Once you do this, your business is essentially closed. If you host your own email or website, they will be offline until you reconnect everything.

If you are tempted to leave them connected so you can receive email until power is gone just keep in mind that lightning will damage anything connected to a conductive line (electrical, cable, phone, any kind of wire) and a water damaged hard drive can cost as much as $1500 to recover.

Shut down the server and disconnect ALL cables. Network switches, DSL/Comcast modems should be unplugged from both the power outlet and phone/cable line.

If possible, remove your main server from the building and take it with you. If not, secure it as much as possible.

If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Above all, make sure your equipment is safe, and make sure you have enough time to secure your home, loved ones, and person.

Stay Safe!

 


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