It’s Disaster Preparedness Month—Are You Ready? 
Just because we don’t live in a hurricane zone does not mean we should ignore preparing for a disaster.It’s not too late to be prepared for any random event - ranging from ice/water damage, to lightning, or fires. During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft, is very real.

One of the most valuable assets for any company is its systems. Hardware and software can be replaced, but unprotected company data with no recovery plans are big risks. As a reminder to all of our clients and friends, here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.
1. Back Up Your Data Remotely! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged due to time, improper operations, natural disasters, fire, or even theft. We recommend backing up all data both on-site as well as to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.

2. Check Your UPS Systems At Least Once A Year—Replace Old Batteries And Replace The Systems Every Five Years With Managed Power Options. A properly sized and configured UPS solution can make a huge difference when those random power surges occur or those short term outages that plague many in Central Ohio.  The right size and configuration can also help bring down systems in an orderly manner in the event of a longer term outage, and allow for a faster recovery when the power is restored.
 
3. Have A Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue operations when disaster strikes.

4. Know And Store Your System Passwords And Software License Keys! Not having the necessary access to your passwords or license keys will delay recovery time, and also wastes energy retrieving data that should be available to your key stakeholders.