If you live in the Midwest, you know that spring is a beautiful time of year. There are blooming flowers, green grass, warmer weather… and storms. Whether it’s flooding, power outages due to thunderstorms, or even tornadoes and fires, it’s important to keep you, your employees AND your data safe.
“How?” you may ask. Use this checklist when preparing your technology for the uncertainty of a Midwest spring.
Back Up Your Data
Don’t you hate that moment where you lose power when working on an important document and lose all your previous work? Think about that frustration – except on a much larger scale! When an entire company’s technology is down, productivity and profit suffer. Performing routine data back-ups daily ensures all files are retrievable if disaster occurs.
Consider an Uninterruptible Power Supply
What did you do when you lost power at your home as a child? Besides playing an obligatory game of flashlight tag, your parents probably lit some candles and tried to go on about business as usual. Unfortunately, businesses can’t afford that kind of downtime. That’s why it’s important for businesses to have some sort of UPS. A UPS is an uninterruptible power supply, which provides emergency power to your system. They can protect servers, computers, routers, and other network devices, while powering those critical devices through outages that could last hours.
Find an Alternative Communication Method
If you’re a business owner, you know that businesses cannot function without communication – both internal or external. If your phone system or Internet connection is down due to some sort of disaster, it’s important to have a backup plan for your communication. Establish a phone tree and designated line to alert people of an emergency to ensure that your employees AND your customers are aware of the situation.
Develop a Crisis Plan
When it comes to disaster, it’s not “if” something will happen, it’s “when.” Every business should work to create a crisis plan that encompasses all possibilities and solutions to natural disasters. This should be a living document and should be updated and reviewed by employees every few years.
Create a Timetable for Implementation
Preparing for the worst is never fun – it takes time and analytical thinking to make sure your business is covering all its bases when it comes to potential technology failure. If all this prep work makes you a little anxious, there is a silver lining: not all these tactics need to be completed at once or by solely one person. Make a timetable for when and how often these tactics need to be implemented, and then delegate to those who are prepared to prevent and/or mitigate a technological crisis – like an IT company.
At LammTech, we can help you prepare for the worst AND keep your technology running at its best 24/7. Call 660-827-9944 or visit lammtech.com to learn more about how we can protect your technology when disaster strikes.