We heard it this past week: "Nothing will happen to my business!" "The weather here is not that bad!" "All my company's important information is in my head!"
Our community was just incredibly fortunate. We escaped Hurricane "Sandy"! Nothing much happened here. However, just a hundred miles to our southeast, people and businesses were not so lucky. People lost their lives. Billions of dollars of business and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed. It will take weeks, months, and in some cases years to assess all the damage and to rebuild.
The reality is that too many of our clients are not prepared to deal with a hurricane, fire, flood, or blizzard; all of which have happened right here in Central New York in the very recent past. A few businesses have failed because of those disasters. On the one hand, we don't want people to go around being scared, but without any planning or forethought, you are just rolling the dice.
We might be seeing some high winds and heavy rains in the Ithaca and Central New York area from Monday late afternoon through Tuesday mid-day. Although most eyes are looking toward our southeast for the worst of "Sandy", our area could be affected as well. So what to do about your technology:
First and always: Make sure you, your family, and your co-workers are safe and prepared. Know where community shelters are. If your organization has a DRP or BCP, make sure all the pieces are in place and ready to go. If you don't know these initials, now is not the time to learn them.