For those of us located in the Gulf Coast region, it’s that time of year again! Hurricane Season 2022 is upon us. According to the Weather Channel, meteorologists anticipate that this year will have a busy storm season. So let’s get ready for it.
BEFORE THERE IS A STORM
REVIEW THE DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN
If you have not recently reviewed your company’s Disaster Recovery plan, right now is the time to go over it and make sure that it still adequately reflects the essentials of your business network and whether it requires any updates.
CHECK YOUR BACKUPS
After the storm hits, and the damage is done. This is the worst possible time to find out that your network has not been executing backups according to expectations. There are a number of incidents that may impede the backup schedule. Test your backups and ensure that backups are being done at a frequency that matches the business’ need to be up and running again after the disaster.
WHEN THE STORM IS ON ITS WAY
The following should be powered down, and then unplugged:
- Network Equipment
SECURITY OF PROPERTY THROUGH THE STORM
Security systems and cameras may be affected by the storm. If you want to improve the probability that security is operational through the storm, take appropriate action. Of course, this may require certain equipment to continue operation through the storm. Protect them from damage to the degree possible.
GET IT OFF THE GROUND
As we have learned in many previous tropical storms and hurricanes, flooding can accompany a hurricane. Occasionally, flooding can happen to areas that may have not flooded in the past. Always treat your business location like it could be at risk of flood. Get hardware (PCs, printers, surge protectors and UPS devices) off the floor as a precaution.
TURN OFF UPS
Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems contain a battery, and that battery can be drained if the power is out for an extended period. So, if the equipment attached to it has been powered down, then turn it off as well, to conserve the battery.