The new year started off with a bang, if you consider a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis” a noise-maker. The winter season’s first blizzard, Grayson, was a record-breaker in terms of daily record cold temperatures set all the way from the northeast to the Gulf Coast. Is your Disaster Recovery Plan ready?
As winter storm warnings continue to pop up across the country, individuals and businesses should brace themselves for the remainder of the winter season – at least seven more weeks. If you haven’t already done so, it might be time to dust off your disaster recovery plans, or at least begin planning for next year.
The biggest risk for companies during winter storms is power outages due to ice, and facility issues due to the cold (water pipes not working). Roads could be treacherous, and air travel is usually impacted. As we learned with Grayson, hurricane force winds are not out of question, either. Human exposure to brutal cold temperatures is also a danger.
While it may be too late to make extensive plans for the current season, there are still things you can do to prepare for the impact of upcoming storms. First, focus on what you can do now to be better prepared if something happens in the near term. Second, in the event there is no chance to improve your preparedness for an event this season, start thinking about what you can do to be better prepared for a future event.
At Sungard Availability Services, we look at the IT recovery challenge as having three layers, all of which must be addressed to recover successfully:
In the long run, working with an experienced recovery partner will free up your people and budgets so that you can focus on your business, while your partner can focus on your recovery. For now, it may be too late to prepare for the first bombogenesis of 2018, but it’s never too soon to start preparing for next winter. As we learned in 2017, things sometimes happen in threes. We’re here to help.