Essential IT Disaster Preparedness: Protecting Your Business from Hurricanes and Severe Weather


With Texas still recovering from recent windstorms and the hurricane season looming on the horizon, it’s crucial for businesses to prioritize IT disaster planning & preparations. At MRE Consulting, we understand the importance of protecting your IT infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted business operations during severe weather events. As experts in disaster recovery planning, data backup solutions, risk mitigation, and IT restoration, we’re here to help you proactively plan and safeguard your systems.

Prepare your organization for the unexpected with our comprehensive approach to emergency planning, here are some key steps to consider:

1. Data Backup and Recovery

Regular Backups

Regularly backing up your data is crucial. This process should include:

  • Automated Backups: Set up automated backups to ensure data is routinely saved without relying on manual intervention.
  • Secure, Off-Site Locations: Store backups in secure, off-site locations, such as cloud storage or geographically distant data centers, to protect against local disasters.
Testing and Restoration

It’s not enough to just have backups; you must ensure they are usable:

  • Routine Testing: Regularly test your backup systems to confirm that data can be restored quickly and accurately.
  • Restoration Drills: Conduct periodic restoration drills to ensure your team is familiar with the process and can act swiftly in an actual disaster.


2. Disaster Recovery Plan

Comprehensive Planning

Developing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is essential:

  • Detailed Documentation: Document all procedures, resources, and responsibilities required to recover from a disaster.
  • Critical Systems Identification: Identify critical systems and prioritize their recovery to minimize business disruption.
Regular Updates and Testing

A disaster recovery plan must be dynamic and regularly tested:

  • Frequent Updates: Update the plan regularly to incorporate new technologies, processes, and lessons learned from previous tests.
  • Simulation Exercises: Conduct regular disaster simulations to identify and address potential weaknesses in the plan.


3. Cloud Solutions

Cloud-Based Services

Leveraging cloud solutions can significantly enhance your resilience:

  • Minimize Physical Dependency: Use cloud-based services to reduce reliance on physical infrastructure, which is vulnerable to physical damage during storms.
  • Remote Access: Cloud services allow for remote access to critical applications and data, ensuring business operations can continue from any location.
Cloud Resources

Utilize cloud resources to maintain continuity:

  • Scalable Solutions: Implement scalable cloud solutions that can handle increased load during emergencies.


4. Power Protection

Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and Generators

Protecting your hardware from power issues is vital:

  1. UPS Systems: Invest in UPS systems to provide immediate power during outages, allowing for safe shutdowns and data protection.
  2. Generators: Have generators in place to supply power for extended periods, ensuring critical systems remain operational.
Surge Protection

Guard against power surges:

  • Surge Protectors: Use surge protectors to shield critical hardware from electrical spikes.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly maintain power protection equipment to ensure it functions correctly during an emergency.


5. Communication Protocols

Clear Communication Channels

Effective communication during emergencies is crucial:

  • Emergency Contacts: Establish a list of emergency contacts and ensure all staff have access.
  • Communication Platforms: Utilize multiple communication platforms (email, phone, messaging apps) to maintain contact during disruptions.
Remote Access Capabilities

Ensure essential personnel can work remotely:

  • VPNs and Remote Desktops: Set up VPNs and remote desktop solutions to enable secure remote access.
  • Training: Train staff on how to use these tools effectively before an emergency occurs.


6. Risk Assessment

Regular Assessments

Conducting regular risk assessments helps identify vulnerabilities:

  • Threat Identification: Identify potential threats, including natural disasters, cyber-attacks, and hardware failures.
  • Impact Analysis: Assess the impact of each threat on your operations to prioritize mitigation efforts.
Mitigation Strategies

Implement strategies to address identified risks:

  • Preventative Measures: Put preventative measures in place to reduce the likelihood of risks occurring.
  • Contingency Plans: Develop contingency plans for identified risks to ensure a swift response if they materialize.

By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure your business remains resilient and operational no matter what challenges come your way.

Need assistance with your IT disaster preparedness? Contact MRE Consulting today. Together, we can safeguard your business against future storms.

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Brandon Leary

Brandon Leary

Customer Success Manager

Shayon Mazumder

Director, Technology Consulting
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