Hurricane Dorian is on her way. As of 11:00am Thursday, it’s targeting landfall just east of Lake Okeechobee. But those of us who live in Northeast Florida know that we will still get a whole lot of rain, and we’re likely to see some power outages.
Please take a few minutes to read the info below for hurricane prep, particularly related to preparing your business and home computers and making sure your data is safe.
Hurricane Prep for Your Technology
Here’s a quick checklist:
1. BACK UP YOUR DATA!
Hopefully, you already have a good data backup plan in place, but if you don’t, at least take the time to back up your critical files to an external USB drive. Consider taking advantage of a GTS secure online backup solution if you don’t already have one in place.
2. USE SURGE PROTECTORS!
Check to make sure that your computers and peripherals (printers, scanners, monitors, etc.) are plugged into a surge protector. They should never be plugged directly into a wall outlet. For computers that you don’t shut down regularly, consider purchasing an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). A UPS device will allow you to shut down your computer appropriately during a power outage. You can find a reasonably priced UPS on Amazon (we recommend CyberPower).
3. KEEP YOUR DEVICES CHARGED!
Keep your battery-operated devices (phones, tablets, etc.) fully charged. Consider purchasing an external USB charger, and keep that device charged as well. We have a battery-operated lantern with USB charging ports that work great.
4. GET YOUR ELECTRONICS ABOVE THE FLOOR!
If there is a chance that any flood water might enter your business or home office, take the time to get your computers, printers, power strips, and any other electronic devices off the floor. Temporarily place them on a desk or shelf to avoid the risk of any contact with water.
There is still plenty of time to prepare. Feel free to reach out to Grand Technology Solutions for assistance. We’re here to help!
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