Hurricane Season Has Ended; Time to Get Started

According to the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, 40% of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage will never reopen. The time to start planning is now.
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November marks the end of Hurricane Season but it doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. The best way to keep your business safe is to be a step ahead.

According to the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, 40% of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage will never reopen. The time to start planning is now.

UDT Director of Managed Solutions, George Fernandez, highlights the four main components of Hurricane readiness:

  1. Planning
  2. Preparedness
  3. Action
  4. Recovery

When it comes to disaster recovery (DR) plans, there is no such thing as one size fits all. However, before you put your plan together, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself:

What do I want to protect?

Decide what needs protection; data, email, servers, etc. Make a list of your IT assets and check it twice.

How long can I afford to be down?

Some businesses can be out of commission for a few days without a problem and for others, being down, even for a few hours, could be disastrous. Find out where your business lies.

How often do I need to test my plan?

The best time to catch a technology failure is during a disaster recovery test.  It’s important to test your plan regularly.

What kind of technology do I need?

Consult with an IT specialist to ensure you have the right technology in place. Need help? Connect with a UDT advisor.

“Once you have a plan together, you can’t just set it and forget it,” said Fernandez. “It’s critical to ensure that everyone in your business, including, employees, partners and community members understand your hurricane plan and know how to bring it to action.”

Is your business hurricane-ready?  Call 800-822-9919 x1 or email [email protected] to discuss personalized plans for your business, including local and offsite backup solutions.

Focus time, money, and effort on what really matters

Let’s build success together. 

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