The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-normal storm season with 13 to 20 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 5 major hurricanes in 2021.
Here some important things you need to know to get yourself prepared:
- Do not wait till a hurricane is approaching to have backup plans for your data.
- Backup data frequently. How do you determine frequency? How many days or hours of work are you willing to REDO in the event of data loss? That’s how frequent.
- COPY DO NOT Move. If you’re using an external storage device, make sure you are NOT moving your files to an external hard drive- that isn’t a backup.
- Confirm your storage device is recoverable. A good backup is a working backup so make sure you test your storage device or backup system for recoverability and make sure it’s working and viable BEFORE you need it.
- Move devices away from windows and other areas vulnerable to wind, rain, or debris before a storm.
- Remove all electronic devices from the floor. Flooding will ruin the devices unless they’re placed in sturdy, waterproof containers.
- During a storm, be sure all electronics are completely unplugged from power sources and consider wrapping them in plastic bags to prevent water damage.
- Your Power:
- CHARGE UP! Power outages are nearly guaranteed! Be sure to charge all of your devices prior to a storm.
- Get Battery backups in the form of Battery Backup Power Supply devices. Small portable battery chargers for phones and tablets are great to have on hand in case power is off for prolonged periods. Some are even solar powered.
- Test your battery backups. Make sure they are working. If you don’t have one, buy one and install it and make sure you plug only the most important devices into the battery and surge port (and not the “surge only port”).
- Backup your Internet The CPU Squad has teamed up with AT&T Mobility to provide redundant internet failover services. Please reply back if you want a custom quote to setup Internet Backup to prepare for Hurricane Season.
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