Every year we write a blog about hurricane season: why it means so much to business owners in South Florida, and what we must think about to prepare. Countless websites and resources are made available to individuals and businesses to prepare for potential disasters. Yet, do we really pay attention to it all? If you were asked whether you thought once about the fact that as of last Friday (June 1) your entire world is fair game to any temperamental but perfect mix of high winds and rain that Mother Nature decides to dole out over the next six months, what would your answer be?
Yeah, we thought so.
Listen, it’s understandable that you might feel a bit too comfortable. We’ve been warned year after year that X number of named storms could potentially hit dry land and year after year since 2005 nothing major has happened. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assocation, or the NOAA, predicts a “near-normal hurricane season” with 9 to 15 named storms. However, we all know that when it comes to hurricanes the past does not necessarily predict the future. It’s been 20 years since Andrew. Only 7 years since Katrina and Wilma. In our lifetime, we will get hit again. And the intention here is not to sound doomsday-ish; we could simply get hit with a tropical storm or flood and even that could mean serious trouble for your business. The intention, of course, as your IT Guys is to deliver the message that it’s best to prepare and protect your business, your data, your technology assets NOW than to be sorry later.
So, what do you need to do to ensure your business, your data and your technology assets are prepared and protected for a potential disaster? That question is nearly impossible to answer without understanding what your current situation is first. There are several things you can do now before the threat of a storm, and additional steps you need to take once actual warnings are issued. However, the best possible first step you can take is to call us. If you’re already working with an IT guy or company, we still encourage you to contact us for a second opinion or even first opinion if you have not yet received any guidance for hurricane season. We’ve done plenty of this with our clients in the past, and are well prepared to ensure you are prepared.
If you are already a client no need to call us – we will be contacting all of our clients proactively to review their preparedness. Just one of the benefits of being a readyIT client