Winter Disaster Preparedness Plan for Businesses in New England
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Despite the best predictions, New England's weather remains undivinable. With three months of uncertainty ahead, businesses have to account for delayed commute times, and potential power loss or damage to their physical locations. For companies without a disaster preparedness plan, the effects of this extreme weather are most acute.
Here are three ways to outfit your organization for the coming storms:
The cloud provides employees remote access to critical files and applications, allowing them to seamlessly collaborate and maintain high quality customer service. The deployment of secure, cloud-based solutions, such as Office 365, offers employees business-class versions of software applications like Word and Excel. Used in conjunction with SharePoint — a cloud-based collaboration and document management platform — the Office 365 suite allows employees to continue their work unhindered from home or a temporary office.
You may be snowed in, but your clients may not. Meetings can easily continue with a video conferencing solution that allows you to share documents, presentations, and collaborate just as you would in person. Microsoft Teams is an affordable Office 365 tool, that allows you to connect with anyone via a phone or internet connection. With Teams, you can conduct meetings alongside chats, files, notes, and project boards. Furthermore, you have the option to record your conversation, for those participants unable to attend.
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Heavy snow and ice are often accompanied by power outages. This can cause devastating damage to a business’s IT systems, significantly increasing downtime after power is restored. To avoid data loss you need a secure, second copy of your critical business data in a separate and easily accessible location. We recommend on-site image based backups of your environment with cloud redundancy. For more information on tiered data resiliency, consider a solution such as iCorps Guardian.
With more blizzards on the horizon, now is the time to review your preparedness plan or enlist outside help. Learn more about weather-proofing your business by downloading our checklist: