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Monday, April 10, 2006

Prepare for Disaster


I have been out of town for the past few days to set up DSL for a friend of mine. Unfortunately, the equipment didn't show up as was planned, so I did some repair work and updates on his computer.

How is that a disaster, you may ask. It isn't. But, last night the whole apartment building was awakened by the screech of the smoke detectors. It seems that someone put a bottle of a flammable liquid in the hallway and lit it up.

Luckily, one of the tenants was astute enough to grab a fire extinguisher and put it out. Still, the Fire and Police Departments showed up and we had to evacuate the building until they did an initial investigation and determined that it was save to return to the apartments.

Needless to say, none of us got much sleep as we all discussed the situation. Something that I noticed was WHAT people deemed important enough to grab on the way out.

What this leads to is how prepared are you in case of a disaster to recover your business information?

As I have mentioned many times, make sure you have all of your files backed up. This is something many people do not do on a regular basis, and it should be a priority.

Store copies of your files, and hardcopies OFFSITE. When you back up, make sure you do not keep the important information right where you work.

A Big Portion of your Overall game plan, should be disaster recovery. Plan for the worst that can happen and be prepared for anything.

So, when I get home, the first thing I am going to do is (back-up again) and find a nice secure place to store my Business Files.

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