As another relatively quiet hurricane season comes to a close, some are breathing a sigh of relief. Maybe not so much here in South Carolina where we have had devastating losses because of Hurricane Matthew. Two major disasters in as many years is a lot to go up against. Add in the wildfires in the Upstate region and our little state has taken quite the beating recently. Unfortunately this does not mean that we’re due for a break. In fact, it’s a great time to ensure that we’re ready for the next disaster that will hit us, whatever and whenever that may be.
Similar to a fire or tornado drill, these plans and procedures must not only be comprehensively written but also practiced on a regular basis to develop the muscle memory needed to react when the time comes. No matter what industry or line of business you are in, some basics apply across the board.
We believe that at a bare minimum all businesses must have the following:
- Scheduled nightly and weekly backups
- Scheduled off-site backup – type and frequency can be determined case-by-case
- Battery backups for critical servers/infrastructure and computers – minimum of 15min run-time
- Further, regular tests should be conducted by restoring test files and testing of battery backups
With more and more of our lives documented via digital formats the above concepts are applicable in the home, too. It’s good practice to regularly back up home computers to an external hard drive that’s kept in a safe and also keep a second one at a relative’s house or bank vault. Many thieves will grab a laptop before anything else because they’re easy targets and easy to pawn. Social media platforms may not save pictures/video at full resolution so it’s important to keep the original copies in a safe place.
An additional thing to consider at home is a portable battery pack to charge cell phones and other portable electronics in the event of a power outage. This is something that can be used on camping/hiking trips as well. We love Anker branded products for this purpose and would recommend one of their portable batteries.
Contact us(803.955.7737 or @spestech) for a free consultation, we’re confident we can help find ways to help your business be better prepared for emergencies.