Growing up around New York City until my mid-20’s, and now living in Colorado, I still can’t imagine fully the thoughts and fears people must be going through as they prepare for surviving Hurricane Sandy. Damage has already started and the eye hasn’t even reached land yet and now they’re predicting a “12” feet high storm surge!! High rise buildings will see sustained winds of more than 100 mph at the top of the buildings!
And, there’s no telling how many electrical lines will be down for weeks from fallen trees.
Surely there are millions and millions of dollars worth of damage on the way.
We all have our own hurricane Sandy eventually though, right? We’ve had a lot of state emergencies here related to forest fires burning down houses, 2′ snow storms shutting down metro Denver for a week or two (and we’re about ripe for another one).
But, even something that impacts your own personal emergency can seem like a Class 4 hurricane slamming through your house. Events like this come to mind like gas leaks causing explosions, water pipes breaking while you’re at work, a tree crushing your house from a wind storm.
I suspect that in any of these cases, the normal family would follow the same steps of evacuation, which would be:
- Get your family safe
- Get your pets safe (please don’t leave your pets behind!)
- Keep YOU safe so you can continue to protect your family
- Grab a few items that you simply can’t live without (medication, coat, gloves, boots, hat)
- Take your ID file (a file you should keep that has proof of identification, birth certificates)
What’s particularly curious to me is that so many people forget to plan for the protection and rescue of their business during their own personal hurricane, whatever that might be.
For most people I know, their business is in their computers. If they were to suddenly lose their computers due to damage from storm, fire, or other devastation, their business would be dealt a severe blog. Sure, there are external hard drives for backup, but what happens if you’re at work one day and you come home to find your computer AND your external hard drive is completely ruined?
The answer is to backup your hard drive, external hard drive and all of their components using a web-based backup system. There are numerous backup systems available. Here is the system we use and recommend:
Not only is the system very easy to use, but even with a few spare minutes in the midst of whatever Sandy Hurricane you’re going through at the moment, you can literally setup an account and follow the short series of steps and let the system do its thing while you are packing up your house or business and getting you and your family safe.
So, to sum up this blog post, as I work at my nice and dry desk, in nice and dry Colorado, watching CNN and following Hurricane Sandy, I can’t help be grateful for the many families who have survived the hurricane by evacuating their residence. I just hope they had something in place to backup their computers off-site so they can jump right back into business when they get back to their lives.