Although we’re used to storms like hurricanes here in the Big Easy, New Orleans business owners still are woefully underprepared for disasters, overall. We’ve put together some information for you that proves that your New Orleans hurricane emergency kit must contain a disaster recovery plan for your business.
Most aren’t…don’t be a statistic…be prepared.
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CLOUD DATA STORAGE
First, 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 and at the first sign of trouble.
SECURE YOUR PHYSICAL WORKSITE/OFFICES
Protecting your facilities and equipment is key to restoring operations in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. Your emergency response plan should include the following:
DESIGNATE AND PROTECT CRITICAL INFORMATION
Further to-dos within your New Orleans hurricane preparedness plan include:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Identify your mission-critical applications, essential backup data, offsite data storage, relocation/placement of your employees, remote equipment and access to equipment (networking), and identification of key personnel and beyond (in case these employees are unavailable).
DETERMINE 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 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.
STOCK UP ON THESE ITEMS NOW IF ANY EMPLOYEES WILL BE STUCK IN YOUR FACILITY DURING THE HURRICANE!
During hurricane preparation for your New Orleans business, the following items should be gathered in one location at your place of business should the storm hit while you are on premises. This will help protect the safety of your staff members should disaster strike during regular working hours and without adequate notice, as will the following:
ESTABLISH A CRISIS-COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
Clear communications are important in any situation, but especially before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane. Set up a communication tree where one employee contacts two or three, and on and on, so you can coordinate emergency activities, warn employees of impending danger, and maintain contact.
Consider all types of communications, especially voice and data and ensure your team provides all forms of contact (cell, text, landline, email, etc.).
PUT SHUT-DOWN PROCEDURES IN PLACE
If you must shut your business down, work with your team to establish shutdown procedures and ensure that they are part of your overall recovery plan. Include startup procedure to facilitate re-occupation of your site after the storm is gone and it’s safe to return.
Call us now at 504.849.0570 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice and help on putting together the best hurricane emergency kit available, from BIOS Technologies – among the most trusted disaster recovery specialists in New Orleans.