7 Tips for IT Hurricane Preparedness [Infographic]

1. Proactively fail over to your disaster recovery site.

If you have a disaster recovery site, make it active before your main site fails.  This will ensure a smooth transition and give time to troubleshoot any issues.

2. Test Your Offsite Backups

Whether you have a DR site or not, it’s imperative to check your backups and store them someplace safe, off-site (typically the cloud).

3. Create a remote plan and checklist

Unless your company plans to cease operation in the event of a catastrophe, you need a remote working plan, which may include accessing a remote desktop, connection to a VPN, or leveraging cloud platforms like Office 365 and SharePoint.

Sample checklist items:

  • laptop
  • remote access
  • company communication
  • emergency contacts

4. Document your DR plan

This is vital in the event your environment needs to be rebuilt and restored.

5. Secure equipment

Physically lock/secure any equipment left behind

6. Monitor status of network and weather

Immediate awareness of any issues as they come up is key to maximizing uptime.

7. Shutdown and unplug any equipment left behind

Avoid the risk of physically damaging equipment