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Will Frankenstorm Change Some Minds About Disaster & Recovery Planning?

So there’s a mega storm baring down on the east coast. They’re calling it Frankenstorm and it just might combine with a system floating eastward out of our area (Des Moines, IA) to create “the perfect storm” or a “Tropical Blizzard.”

“What we’re seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century,”

Sure the power will be out and if things go really badly, clean up will take days if not weeks.  But proper planning for just this kind of storm can really save you some stress and gray hairs.

Here are the basics if you’re already behind the 8 ball.

  1. Grab all necessary paper documents and records.
  2. Get connected with a remote back up service now.  There are plenty to choose from.  It may take days for your machines to get fully backed up so start now.
  3. Buy some external hard drives and copy everything you need now.
  4. Use Dropbox, google Drive, or Apple iCloud to dump files into the cloud.
  5. Take every PC/Mac/device out of the danger zone if you can.  Sometimes, this just isn’t practical.  How do you plan to take big servers here and there.  And, if you take them now, you’re not working for X days before the storm hits.
  6. Make sure you can turn your cell phone into a hotspot or buy a small “MIFI” style 4-5 person wireless internet connection hub.  Odds are that wireless internet will be available even though your cable/dsl could suffer.
  7. Charge all batteries and consider getting some backup batteries or alternative charging methods ready (car chargers, solar, extended “extra” battery attachments, etc.)

This list isn’t comprehensive but don’t get caught behind the 8 ball.  When you decide to build a plan and get ahead of the next storm, tornado, earthquake, flood, or theft, consider moving your Total Work Environment into the cloud.  It’s not as scary as preparing for Stormaggedon.


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