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Hurricane Preparation for Computer Equipment

updated August 22, 2012

Your company policy may differ and the degree which you prepare will depend on the predicted proximity and strength of the approaching hurricane. Some servers must be kept running even during a hurricane and after evacuation as management requires.

If moving or unplugging, label the wires. If you don't have wire tie labels, use mailing labels. After a hurricane and power is restored, the number one problem is reconnecting everything.

Red Cross Disaster Kit (pdf)  •  Business Hurricane Checklist (pdf)

Servers
Verify your Backups are Current.

Backup to Portable Hard Drive and to techSafe.

Make sure the Server Case is on a desk or at least 3ft from the floor.

Unplug from UPS. Unplug UPS from wall and also remove from the floor.

Cover with tarp or large plastic garbage bag.

If in sight of a window, move Server. Label wires.

Assign someone else to take portable hard drive backup.

Desktops
Make sure the CPUs (Cases) are on a desk - off the floor. Label wires.

Unplug from wall and UPS. Unplug UPS from wall also.

Cover with 30ga plastic garbage bag or tarp.

Laptops
These are portable, so it may be best to have each employee take
theirs with them.

Printers and other equipment.
Unplug, move, cover as necessary.

Add'l Checklist: Please share this with your family and business associates.

____ Family Communications Plan – write down critical cell and landline numbers in case your phone dies; know where you will meet if cell towers and landline phones go out; designate an out-of-area relative everyone should contact if they can’t reach each other

____ Cell phones – text messages use less battery and get through when calls can’t; external batteries are available to keep your cell phone powered when the internal battery dies; pack your car charger and home charger if you evacuate; extend your battery by turning off wi-fi and other services you aren’t using

____ Computers—back up critical data onto external hard drives, thumb drives, or online services; if you have to evacuate take critical equipment with you or seal it in garbage bags to protect against water damage

____ Water – Buy water or fill pots and pitchers with drinking water – 1 gallon per day per person; water systems may be contaminated and unsafe for drinking

____ Food – non-perishable food you don’t have to cook

____ Cash—credit cards won’t work if power and communications go down. Withdraw $ 200 - $ 300 so you can make purchases

____ Automobile—fill your gas tank when you first hear a warning; gas pumps won’t work if power fails

____ Evacuation – have a backpack or overnight bag with clothes, medications, sweatshirt and sweatpants; extra glasses, personal hygiene supplies; energy bars; emergency blankets (look in the camping supply areas of sporting goods or department stores); follow instructions to shut off water, gas, and electricity before you leave

____ Hand-crank weather radio – these also charge cell phones through a USB cable. Purchase one at Lowes, Home Depot, Sam’s, Costco, or Wal-mart. Make sure the radio has SAME alerting so you will only receive alerts for your local area.

____ Batteries – enough for flashlights, lanterns, radios

____ LED lanterns—no need for fuel or mantles; safer than candles; some lanterns come with removable LED flashlights

____ Common Sense – evacuate if your local government issues an order; don’t drive through flooded streets; stay away from downed wires

____ Don’t panic -- keep your cool for your own safety and your family’s

 

Hurricane Questions: info@techpart.net