National Networks Natural Disaster Checklist

Significant rain pummels Louisiana and Texas, and a State of Emergency has been declared. Tornado Warnings have been issued with reports of tornados dropping hail the size of baseballs. Over 80 people were rescued in Lake Charles, LA, due to more than 13 inches of rainfall. Many areas have severe flooding, worse than what Hurricanes Laura and Delta produced.

The Gulf Coast has seen more than its fair share of dangerous and damaging storms in the past 9 months, and yet Mother Nature still has her eye on us. I’m sure most of us feel like we are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Season. With another Hurricane Season upon us, businesses need to protect their operations, employees, and data.

Our certified and award-winning team at National Networks is doing everything we can to be prepared, and we are here to help you and your business as well. There are critical factors and activities that businesses need to consider while preparing for hurricanes, floods, fires, and whatever else Mother Nature will throw our way.

Hurricane Preparation Checklist:

  • Plan for the impact of an unexpected or catastrophic event on your business:
    • Review your property insurance coverage.
    • Check your hurricane evacuation level and FEMA flood maps to determine if your business location is vulnerable to storm surges or flooding.
    • Conduct a technology asset inventory to determine and document the mission-critical technology components.
    • Once key components are identified, determine what measures should be taken to protect and recover them.
  • Assess your data and technology needs in the event of a failure in operations:
    • Assess and test your existing disaster recovery plans.
    • Determine the vulnerability of your organization’s technology infrastructure to natural disasters, including floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.
    • Always protect your data with backup files. Perform a data recovery test and address any shortcomings.
    • Check the integrity of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Move the UPS to the highest level possible above the floor.
  • Communicate your plan to employees and vendors:
    • Determine who needs to be contacted with critical information and develop a plan for contacting them.
    • Ensure an emergency communication plan is in place. Ensure employees know where to receive information and updates about whether they can return to work and what location.
    • Determine the need for a designated recovery site for your people to resume work.
  • Prepare to evacuate:
    • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for pets.
    • Follow COVID-19 safety and social distancing guidelines. Make sure you pack hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, bar or liquid soap, as well as any items you deem necessary.
    • Follow safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. Do not drive through heavily flooded areas.

You are not in this alone. National Networks is here to make sure your data and information are protected, safe, and recoverable. Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Let one of our experts help you through this set of horrible storms this week, and let us walk you through the necessary steps to safeguard your data and information before this year’s Hurricane Season. Call us today! In Texas, call (409) 724-0440, in Louisiana, call (337) 474-4249, or visit our website, www.ntwo.com.