We learned a lot from experiencing Hurricane Sandy. Most importantly, we learned about being prepared. The following tips are what we learned from Hurricane Sandy, and will help you prepare for any natural disasters in the future:
- Have a disaster recovery plan in place -- As Hurricane Sandy moved up the East Coast, managed services providers (MSPs) were busy checking in with customers who put disaster recovery plans in place. Do your customers have disaster recovery plans in place? How about you? To save yourself from dealing with extra stresses, work with your customers before a disaster to find out how you can help their needs.
- Create an emergency checklist -- Be sure to fill you gas tank, develop a family communications plan, and purchase plenty of water. Disaster recovery expert Mike Semel, president and chief compliance officer at Semel Consulting, offered some great advice on preparing an emergency checklist, which can be found here,
- Plan how you'll stay connected -- When you're disconnected from broadband service and wireless data service, how can you keep up with the world? Seek out potential mobile offices beforehand. Map out "hot spots" in your area to quickly find access to the Internet, when you need it the most.