Looking down the barrel of a natural disaster is a helpless feeling. By the time you know it’s going to happen, it’s normally too late to fully prepare. Here in Florida we’re nervously eyeing the 185 mph super-hurricane Irma in the Atlantic and it got me thinking about preparing for the storm. Happily, Protected Trust will be fine. Our business is housed in a telecom building built for Category 5 hurricanes and more with backup power for days, and we’re fully backed up in Microsoft’s cloud at all times. But what if we weren’t?

Here are some steps you can take to get your business ready for the storm:

  • Make sure all important company data is securely backed up off site. You should be doing this every day, but if you aren’t now is a good time to start.
  • Make an emergency contact list and distribute it to everyone.
  • Turn off anything you don’t need running
  • Move any important or valuable equipment away from windows and get them off the floor.
  • Take portable devices like laptops and tablets home and secure them
  • Let your clients know how you can be reached during an emergency
  • Take photos of everything and take them with you. Bring along hard copies of essential information like contracts and key client contacts, too.
  • And don’t forget, there’s time to talk to your insurance agent to make sure he understands your business’s needs.

However, insurance is no replacement for a proper business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Insurance doesn’t account for losing customers and productivity setbacks. This is one of the greatest strengths of cloud infrastructure. Even if we didn’t work out of a bunker built for the end times (pictured below), virtually everything we do can be done from anywhere with a secure internet connection. No matter what this storm does, we expect to be fully operational during and after the storm with no interruptions.

If you want to know more about how your business can be focused during times like this, instead of scrambling to prepare, our solution consultants are here to help. Keeping business IT safe and up and running is what we do. You don't need to be in a disaster prone area to take these steps either. Having your business properly backed up with disaster recovery plans in place is good cyber-security practice, too. Ransomware like a hurricane is a lot less scary when your business's data is indestructible.

Protected Trust Headquarters in Winter Haven Florida built to withstand category 5 hurricanes and World War III.