Some disasters are more likely to strike than others. If your business is based in Minnesota, you probably don’t have to worry about hurricanes. If you’re based in Florida, preparing for blizzards probably isn’t high on your list of priorities.
But no matter where you’re based, you should be prepared for flooding.
In recent years, we’ve seen flooding devastate everywhere from Hawaii to California to Texas to Tennessee to New Jersey, and beyond. In 2021, flood damage to at-risk U.S. homes could reach $20 billion, according to research from First Street Foundation. By 2051, that number will rise 61%, reaching $32 billion.
Any business near the coast, a river, or in a low-lying area should have a plan in place to minimize any disruptions flooding might cause.
As your business braces for potential impacts, you should obviously rely on your disaster recovery (DR) plan, but there are several actions that the most resilient businesses take both before and after flooding that are worth calling out specifically.
If you experience flooding in your area, here’s what you should be doing.
Before the flood
After the flood
Other actions to take before, during and after a flood
Most importantly, stay safe! We hope your business and your employees’ homes are never affected by flooding or damage, but if they are, follow these actions to keep your organization running and begin the recovery process as soon as possible.
For a more comprehensive look at how to protect your data and applications during a major storm, watch this video on weather-proofing your disaster recovery: