When the swirling winds and torrential rains of a hurricane first appear on the radar, it can be a scary moment for people and organizations alike. Many times, predicting the amount of destruction or even the path of a storm can be incredibly difficult. For that reason, being proactively prepared can help companies in their disaster recovery plans.
Hurricanes provide a mix of threats that must be dealt with. As the Data Center Journal recently noted, hurricanes carry uncommon threats that require diligent preparation. While the initial wind and rain can cause catastrophic damage, they may not be the biggest threats to many organizations. Flooding after the fact can be devastating to many offices, striking just after the guard has been let down.
Even If companies are able to keep their data and hardware safe through the initial danger, the risk of losing connectivity for an extended period of time still remains a real possibility, requiring plans for not just backup, but long-term recovery as well.
While the hope is certainly that such plans are never needed, many companies might find their offices right in the line of fire of a hurricane from time to time. Even those located far away from danger should be prepared, just in case one of their data centers is in such an such. Backup and recovery software as well as the infrastructure to support it can help mitigate the potential damage when it comes time to batten down the hatches.
Much of the preparation process for a hurricane is part of day-to-day disaster recovery planning, long before meteorologists spot a low-pressure system forming out at sea. However, as the Journal recently pointed out, it’s never too late to make sure that data backup solutions and other systems are ready to withstand the storm.
One of the most important aspects of disaster preparation cited by the Journal, whether from a hurricane, another natural disaster, man-made attacks, or simple equipment failure, is backing up important data. Off-site data backup is a good option if physical damage is a legitimate possibility.
Backing up at another site may be a better option for smaller businesses, CPA Practice Advisor noted. For those companies, the loss of just a small amount of data during a storm could be crippling.
“Backing up on-site may not be sufficient to protect small businesses from natural disasters – particularly if the business is located in an area prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, or flooding,” Connie Certusi, executive vice president of Sage Small Business Accounting Solutions, told CPA Practice Advisor.
Testing any remote backup sites should also be done when the storm is approaching. This helps make sure any plans already in place will work to perfection. Regardless of potential physical damage, ensuring that backup and recovery can be run smoothly is a necessary step.