You’re Ready for Irma… But What About Your IT Network?

man in grey suit facing white hologram chartYou’re ready for Hurricane Irma… but how about your business technology? It’s not too late to protect your computers and data from the impending storm. Here are some quick steps you should take NOW to minimize possible downtime due to storm damage.

  • Check your data backup system to make sure it’s working. Do a test restore of sample data if possible.
  • If you don’t do a regular backup, perform one now and make sure it is taken to a safe place away from your business. (Storing it offsite with a cloud provider such as Microsoft is a great way to protect your data.)
  • Move electronics away from windows.
  • At your desks, unplug all electronic devices and clear/put away important papers.
  • Cover computers with trash bags. Take laptops home.
  • Make sure there are no electrical devices on the floor (such as computers, power strips and dictation machine foot pedals), Raise them at least 2-6 inches if possible.
  • Distribute lists of vendor phone numbers, account passwords and other critical information to those who need it.
  • Choose an alternate location for business if your office sustains too much damage for your normal operations. Make sure it has adequate power for your needs.

If you don’t already have a disaster prep and recovery plan in place, consider one for future storms. Contact the James Moore Technology Solutions Consulting team at 1-800-455-5676 to find out more about disaster planning, data backups and other proactive precautions.