Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying and poses a serious threat to Richmond's businesses. Prepare for power outages, flooding and any damages the powerful winds can do to your office. Luckily, we have put together a guide to help you prepare for this possible disaster. Here is what our all-star techs recommend doing to ensure your systems stay safe and business keeps running...
3 things you must do:
1. All electronics off the floor
Make sure your servers, desktops and battery backups are off the floor in case of flooding. For anything not battery/surge protected, unplug it from the wall and keep it off the floor before the storm hits.
2. Make sure your backups are up to date
If Sklar Technology handles your backups, you don't need to worry. For anyone who is manually taking your backups offsite, please remember to do this the day before the storm. You will want to have a good, recent backup on hand if anything is damaged.
3. Have alternate means of communication
Group text is a great idea but if cell service (or if you don’t all have iPhone’s) is out, consider a group in Facebook or Twitter. We use a messaging program called Telegram. Expect an internet outage for your cloud services. Stay in touch with each other and consider utilizing homes as alternate places to meet and continue to work.
If you are in the Sklar Data Center, as long as you have power and an internet connection you are good to go. If you are interested in learning about the advantages of hosting your data in our cloud give you, check out our report>>
Fax lines are susceptible to lightning strikes so unplug fax, modems and credit card machines is possible.
Think before you act. Don’t create a bigger disaster by not thinking things through. Don’t wait until Wednesday.
Have a backup battery for your cell phones.
Steps to securing equipment:
Shutdown the operating system.
If connected to a surge protector or UPS - unplug the surge protector or UPS from the wall outlet (or unplug power cables from the surge protector or UPS if wall outlet not accessible).
If no surge protector – unplug the power cables from the wall outlet (or back of the computer if wall outlet is not accessible).
Unplug Ethernet cable from back of computer or docking station.
There is no need to bag equipment
Power off the printer.
If connected to a surge protector - unplug the surge protector from the wall outlet (or unplug power cable from the surge protector if wall outlet not accessible).
If no surge protector – unplug the power cable from the wall outlet (or back of the printer if wall outlet is not accessible).
Unplug the Ethernet cable from the back of the printer.
Unplug phone cable from the back of the printer (if fax line connected).
PS. If your systems are not in a hosted data center, be prepared to be down for a couple of days (if the hurricane hits us as bad as they are predicting). Check out our cloud computing report to see if the cloud might be a good investment for you.