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Could Hurricane Irma Strike New Orleans?

Probably Not…looking at the latest models.

Get Prepared for Hurricane Irma with a Proper Hurricane Preparedness Checklist in New Orleans – Just in case!!!

With Hurricane Irma lining up to strike the Southeastern United States, New Orleans needs to be prepared for the effects of yet another hurricane. Quite simply put, without a proper hurricane preparedness checklist in New Orleans, you’re going too far out on the shakiest limb – and risking your entire livelihood because of it – needlessly.

There are many excuses people will use or fall back on when it comes to not properly defending the longevity and continuity of their businesses.

One of these is, “Well, I’m focusing on protecting my home and family. (And, in effect) My business, I don’t care about as much.”

Well, we at BIOS Technologies ask you: What will you have if your business is flushed away by a hurricane and/or a tropical storm?

With your business gone kaput, what will have been the point of only doing a home-version of a hurricane checklist?

The answer to those queries is, when your business livelihood is gone, unless you have a ton of money socked away somewhere, you’ve doomed yourself and your family – even after the lights come back on and the waters recede.

What Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit Should Have

We’ve put together a complete and comprehensive hurricane preparedness checklist that all New Orleans LA business owners should review and take to heart. It’s broken down in the following sections:

  1. Planning for the impact of an unexpected or catastrophic event on your business.
  2. Assessing your data and technology needs in the event of a failure in operation.
  3. Communicating your plan to employees and vendors.
  4. Collaboration with local government agencies, building management, et al.

Within these four main sections of our New Orleans hurricane checklist are thirty-three items, some requiring quite an extensive effort, comprehension, and dedication.

These items cover everything your business entity faces in the event of a disaster, such as:

  • Maintaining compliance.
  • Understanding customer and business partner performance metrics.
  • Determining acceptable (low) levels of service in order to keep the business running.
  • Conducting a technology asset inventory.
  • Identifying essential employees and critical inputs to maintain the business.
  • Conducting business processes and services inventory to Identify your mission-critical applications and survivability of your business.
  • And, much more.

Survivability and Continuity: It’s Up to You

Surviving a hurricane unscathed – whether it’s you yourself or your business – is completely up to you.

You can leave it all up to fate, or rationalize not being prepared enough in a number of ways, but, it’s a fact – those whose businesses survive and continue following a major disaster like Hurricane Irma is shaping up to be are those who take their fate into their own hands and say: “You’re not going to take me down.”

It’s in this spirit that we offer these types business continuity planning that says to any disaster, “I’m coming out the other side intact, unscathed, and ready to do business.”

You’ll want to make sure all your IT systems are backed up in the Cloud just in case the power goes out. If you don’t already have a business continuity plan in place, copy all important data to a Cloud service like OneDrive, Dropbox or iCloud to make sure your files are protected.

Although there is an advanced warning when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches, it’s still important to transport your data quickly to the cloud at the first sign of trouble.

And, where BIOS Technologies’ brand of disaster recovery planning and business continuity are concerned, our clients who utilize this aspect of our IT services are quite fond of being able to say, “I survived Katrina and Rita and Wilma, and all the rest…I’m ready!”

Determining a Remote Workplace for You and Your Staff

The inability to access your workplace is highly probable when a tropical storm or hurricane strikes. Roads may be flooded or closed, your employees may be unable to leave their homes in a state of emergency, or may be reluctant to leave their families.

It’s important that your New Orleans hurricane preparedness list covers contingencies so your employees can work remotely from their homes, if possible. If your employees must travel away from their homes to a remote location, addressing the financial implications of it ahead of time is advisable.  Have cash on hand and expense accounts in advance for travelers. Consider pre-booking hotel rooms if necessary.

The Best Hurricane Emergency Kit Is the Most Accessible One

It’s also the one that covers the most items, of course. And, the most mission-critical items at that. Your New Orleans hurricane preparedness plan should also include:

  • Designate important contacts to have that are crucial to business operations, such as employees, banks, lawyers, accountants, suppliers, etc.
  • Backup documents that are not easily reproduced such as insurance documents, legal contracts, tax returns, and accounting statements to avoid water damage.
  • Seal paper documents in waterproof containers onsite if you can’t take them offsite.
  • Save all your designated contacts and documents in an alternate, accessible off-site location, and in the Cloud if you have them electronically. (Insurance company and agent’s contact information are very important to have.)
  • Take pictures of your business before the emergency. This will help you in case you need to file a damage claim later on.
  • Relay Emergency contact information to employees such as the nearest hospital and police, along with: Life safety issues: 9-1-1, Small Business Administration (SBA): 1-800-359-2227, FEMA Tele-registration hot-line: 1-800-462-9022

Call us now at (504) 849-0570 or email us at info@biositgroup.com for further advice and help with putting together a viable hurricane preparedness checklist in New Orleans LA, from BIOS Technologies – among the most trusted disaster recovery specialists in Southern Louisiana.

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