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Experts Predict Active Hurricane Season in 2012

Disaster Recovery ServicesIf you haven’t done so already, now is the time to start preparing business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Hurricane season officially began Jun. 1, 2012, and won’t end until Nov. 30, 2012. That’s a long time to go without any plan in place should the worst happen.

Scientists predict that as many as eight hurricanes and 13 or more named storms will assault U.S. coastlines during the 2012 hurricane season. The best course of action is to plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

Okay, maybe you don’t live in a hurricane prone area like Louisiana, Florida or southern Texas. That doesn’t mean that you should keep putting off creating business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Honestly, most businesses don’t succumb to the devastation of natural disasters. They usually fall prey to more everyday disasters like power outages, theft and human error. So, even if you don’t live in “hurricane alley,” now is still a good time to get together with your IT team or IT services provider and devise a plan for keeping your business going no matter what happens.

If you do live in an area that’s susceptible to hurricanes, and you haven’t created a business continuity or disaster recovery plan – often these two plans are packaged together – then you’re putting yourself, your employees and your business at risk.

To ensure that you can continue doing business as usual in the event of a blackout or a natural disaster, you’ll need to:

  • Back up your data daily and have them safely stored on an external server.
  • Conduct weekly checks to ensure that important company information is being backed up properly.
  • Conduct weekly checks to ensure that all company files can be recovered and once recovered, are usable.
  • Establish a plan that lists in detail the steps that employees must take should your company’s office location be destroyed.
  • Establish a policy that ensures that no matter who gets sick or injured, all necessary tasks can be completed properly and on time.

Don’t let the 2012 hurricane season go by without your having effective disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place for your business. A simple Google search can provide you with a list of managed IT services providers in your area. Start researching which ones offer the most comprehensive and affordable service packages for other businesses in the same industry and of the same size as yours.

Are you concerned about your businesses ability to recovering when a disaster strikes?  Talk with us today about our business continuity and disaster avoidance solutions.

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