When’s the Best Time to Revise Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan?

When’s the Best Time to Revise Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan?

January 14

Experts recommend regularly reviewing and revising your backup and disaster recovery plan at least once a year, and more frequently if possible. Why not schedule a backup and disaster recovery plan review on your business anniversary date—or another memorable date?

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are reminders that every business should be prepared for the worst. Storms often come in “seasons,”  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Scheduling your disaster recovery plan review before the next season arrives will help you and your staff be better prepared.

Hurricane Season

On a worldwide scale, September is the most active month and May is the least active for hurricanes. In the northern Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking from late August through September.

Tornado Season

Tornadoes can occur any time of year. In the southern U.S., tornado season generally runs from March through May. Peak tornado months in the northern states are June through August. Historically, tornadoes occur most frequently between 3 and 9 p.m.

Though tornadoes have been observed on every continent except Antarctica, the majority of tornadoes in the world occur in the “Tornado Alley” area of the central U.S. The Gulf Coast has a relatively high frequency of tornadoes in “Dixie Alley” from October through December.

Flood Season

See “Hurricane Season.” Hurricane season is flood season. Storm surges, heavy rains, and inland flooding can be as destructive as high winds. In fact, floods are the #1 natural disaster in the U.S.

Wildfire Season

In the U.S., typically between 60,000 and 80,000 wildfires occur each year, burning 3 million to 10 million acres of land. In the western U.S., wildfire season usually runs run from May to October, peaking in June, July, and August.

Heavy Rain Season

Storms over the Pacific Ocean bring heavy rains to the western U.S.  between November and April. The rains typically bring increased flood risks during those months, though  flooding can happen at any time.