With hurricane season approaching, we urge East Cost businesses to emphasize disaster recovery more than usual. The good news is that even if we were to face Hurricane Sandy 2.0, you can control and ensure your company’s future.
Extra staff training
Disaster recovery really comes down to employees in the end. Even if your backup site is up to par, if your employees don’t know what to do in crunch time, your plan won’t work out as it should.
Consider mixing up your training in the summer months. Yes, you should go over the evacuation procedures again, but you should also try to simulate a real-life scenario so employees will know how to act when the time comes. DR drills are a good way to train employees for the reality of natural disasters.
Double-check your backup site
If you want to continue your operations despite a hurricane, then you’ll need a backup site in addition to your data storage location. This is something you need to address before August, when every business will be looking for one.
If you already have a backup site, then double-check that everything is alright. It’s better to find out that you need a new one sooner rather than later.
Keep all contact information up-to-date
How will you get in touch with your IT vendor in the event of a disaster? Do you have the correct phone numbers and email addresses? Make sure you confirm all of this information regularly.
Keep an eye on the latest weather reports
News channels start reporting on hurricanes early. We recommend that you tack them as soon as possible. If you get the information that a hurricane is approaching just two days in advance, then you’ll be in a mad rush to secure everything.
A little tip: we recommend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website NOAA.gov. It’s a government agency that doesn’t have to compete against local news channels for TV ratings and organic traffic.
For more disaster recovery tips for hurricane season, contact us today.