Summer means basking in the sunshine, swimming in the nearest body of water, and reveling in the great outdoors. What’s not to love about vacation season and ideal warm weather?
Unfortunately, summer is closely followed by hurricane season.
From June until November, the east coast and surrounding areas are threatened by severe weather and natural disasters. Not your average thunderstorm, these summer weather patterns promise damage from flooding, high winds, and extreme heat. These dangerous environmental conditions can impact computer systems, disturb data storage, and become a calamity to local business operations.
Fear not! We’ve compiled disaster management protocol for even the wildest weather conditions.
Tropical Storm Charlie is headed straight for town, promising days of torrential downpour and subsequent flooding. Water damage is inevitable!
Before you build a boat and sail away, relocate all tech equipment and cables to a suitable height off the ground. If your equipment is damaged by water, do not: power on the devices, open waterlogged media, attempt to dry out the media, or clean up the water. Leave the digital technology alone; messing with saturated electronics could result in electrocution! Seal damaged media in an airtight container.
Now, Tropical Storm Charlie has grown exponentially into Hurricane Charlie, bringing high winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour! The strong gusts have felled trees onto power lines, resulting in power outages across the Northeast.
Data loss from power outages is most commonly a result of short-circuiting and subsequent fires from electrical surges. During a storm, be sure to unplug all electronic cords, thus disconnecting the devices from a potential deadly current.
We love the summer sun, but a heat wave? Not so fun. Moreover, extreme heat is extremely bad for technology.
Store computers and their associated devices in a cool, dry location in an air-conditioned room to prevent overheating. If you wouldn’t leave your child or dog in a hot car, don’t leave your technology there either! “Keeping it cool” will not only preserve your sanity, but your hard drive functionality and data.
The single most important disaster prevention practice is to back up all your devices. This includes transferring the data on desktop computers, tablets, mobile phones, and music players to simple, lightweight devices such as external hard drives, USBs, CDs, DVDs, or cloud storage.
Last, but not least: don’t panic!