Prepare Your Network for Severe Weather

Severe weather

September was National Preparedness Month. In case you missed all the social media posts, webinars and free reports, I’m offering you 5 tips to prepare your network for severe weather right here. And with all the major stories of hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornados in the news, there’s no better time than the present to consider a preparation plan for your business network.

Have you developed an IT Disaster Recovery Plan?

This plan should contain a documented and separate recovery strategy for your computer hardware, software, data, and connectivity systems. In case of a crisis situation, you will be ready to recover from the loss of just one, some, or all of these network components.

Have you actually practiced your IT Disaster Recovery Plan?

It’s all well and good to have a plan but will your staff know what to do in an emergency situation. For example, your plan may call for powering down servers, or moving certain hardware away from windows, or covering hardware that cannot be moved. Will they be assigned tasks; will they know where supplies are, etc?

Have you compiled a complete Contact List of people important to your business?

Your contact list may include: customers, suppliers, vendors, partners, and others who will be vital in keeping your business running in the aftermath of a severe weather crisis. In addition, you will want to include a list of employee’s mobile and home phone numbers. Storing this information both on and offsite will be important.

Have you created an Emergency Box?

Your Emergency Box contains equipment and documents that your company will need during an emergency, such as your IT Disaster Recovery Plan and information about your IT infrastructure. You should also include a copy of your Contact List. Practical items such as a flashlight, first aid kit, a spare cell phone, and other items essential to your organization are important to include.

Have you considered inquiring about Disaster Recovery Services?

Your IT provider can help your business develop a complete disaster recovery plan with the goal of minimizing damage to your IT systems and lessening downtime should a weather related (or system failure related) disaster strike. Your IT provider can help you document a procedure as well as train staff.

NoWorriesIT has developed a detailed Severe Weather Checklist and Guidelines filled with specific instructions for preparing and managing the office technology in the event of a Severe Weather emergency. If you are interested in obtaining this checklist, feel free to give us a call at 410-751-7650 or use our NoWorriesIT Contact form on our website. (Please indicate “Severe Weather Checklist” under comments.)

About The Author

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess is Marketing Manager for NoWorriesIT, where she is continually surrounded by techno-speak and computer gear throughout the day. From Jean’s desire to understand this alien world of Cloud Computing, Remote Monitoring and Management, Data Backup and Disaster Recovery, and Network Security sprang this blog -Thoughts From A Wannabe Techno Geek. Her goal: to be a liaison between the knowledgeable NoWorriesIT system engineers and the small business reader in an entertaining and informative manner.

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