Is Your Business Prepared for a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster?

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Is Your Business Prepared for a Hurricane or Other Natural - Is Your Business Prepared for a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster?

Hurricane season officially began on Friday, June 1st. NOAA estimates there will be near or above average activity in the Atlantic this year, while the second major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season has already formed off the coast of Mexico.

So it’s time to emphasize the importance of disaster preparedness – especially given the devastating thunderstorms, tornadoes and floods that ravaged several parts of the country in April and May.

So what does this have to do with technology? Many business owners overlook remote backup, disaster preparedness, and business continuity planning because they assume a natural disaster will never hit them. Statistics from the National Small Business Administration show that between 60% and 70% of small business owners do not have a disaster recovery plan; more than 75% have no natural catastrophe insurance; and more than 60% do not have access to a backup generator.

Why? Many say it’s because they don’t live on the coast, near a river, in Tornado Alley, or on a fault line. But the NSBA estimates that 65% of US companies are located in geographic areas that regularly suffer from natural disasters. And the data centers that store the majority of US business information are mostly in populous states like California, Texas, New York, Florida and Washington — coincidentally the same five states that top the list for FEMA disaster declarations.

CMIT Solutions recommends the following 5 critical steps:

The vast majority of enterprise backups are performed on-premises—often on drives that are right next to the computers being backed up. When fire, flood, or theft impacts your business, you can’t expect those backups to be spared.

Rather than getting bogged down in the details of a specific disruption, comprehensive disaster recovery planning addresses the steps required to get your business up and running again, regardless of the event.

Many business owners think that even in the event of a disaster, they will only be affected for a few days. This is one of the indirectly damaging assumptions you can make — take Hurricanes Harvey or Maria, for example, both of which have affected large sections of the population in Texas and Puerto Rico, respectively, often for months. Those companies that were able to keep operations running while rescue and recovery operations were underway were the same ones that saw their reputations as community pillars strengthened after these devastating storms.

The best disaster preparedness plans include virtualization, which restores the data you backed up remotely to existing or secondary devices in the event of a disaster. But if you haven’t tested your solution to see how quickly it can pull information and get you up and running again, you could be suffering. Best-in-class offerings like CMIT Guardian can perform a full recovery in under 48 hours — and those hours can mean the difference between surviving or succumbing to a storm.

This focuses on staff accountability and communication – how everyone is notified after a disaster, who handles which parts of the recovery plan, what lines of communication to rely on, primary roles vs. backup roles, etc. Testing these in advance is critical to the Success.

Still don’t think disaster risk reduction is important? That’s where CMIT Solutions comes in: We specialize in helping small and medium-sized businesses prepare for and weather the toughest of storms.

Over the past few years, we’ve helped numerous companies weather hurricanes, floods, wildfires, ice storms, and the everyday hazards of human error and hardware failure. As fellow entrepreneurs, we have the best feeling when we can help you overcome such obstacles. Contact us today so we can put you on the path to well-prepared success.

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