Since we’ve been busy advising clients today, we figured we would share our best practices for businesses to protect your electronics during a storm like Hurricane Matthew:
- Check your backups, and if you use external drives or media store it in a safe, dry place.
- If you haven’t started using offsite, cloud backups you can start for free using our recommended solution.
- Move all power strips and battery backups up from the floor in case of water rise.
- Shutdown all devices you won’t be expecting to access remotely. Those devices should be attached to a battery backup with auto-shutdown configured. We’ve shutdown/unplugged all our devices and highly suggest you do exactly the same.
- Unplug all devices from AC power before the storm starts. Power down and unplug the battery backups if equipped.
- If possible move critical equipment to a safe location and waterproof it.
Never risk yourself or others to save a device, don’t use any devices in or near water, and remember with standing water in a house or office may mean risk of electronic shock. Remember to be safe out there and use common sense!
Consider Battery Power
If you haven’t invested in a battery backup of some kind, hindsight is 20/20 at this point, you should strongly consider it. During storms having a battery to power devices a little longer could be used to stay in communication with loved ones, stay current on the storm situation, and contact emergencies services could give you a critical option. Plus during normal conditions these battery backups can help condition your power to avoid drops in power that can damage electronics.
Stay safe out there!