Hurricane Harvey could end up being the costliest natural disaster in U.S. History with a price tag of $190 billion some sources have estimated. Flooding is claimed to have affected over 28,000 square miles and dumped approximately 33 trillion gallons of water when all was said and done. Those numbers are staggering to say the least.
We know the impact has been personally devastating for tens of thousands of people whose homes have flooded and don’t have flood insurance. And while they may have lost furniture, electronics, clothes and other valuables, nothing can replace the pictures, heirlooms and memorabilia no matter how much insurance is in place. Those are memories and history of irreplaceable value. That’s a heartbreaking reality for many people.
Now let’s imagine the same scenario for a business owner whose building or office was flooded or irreparably damaged by heavy rain or winds. Damage to computers, servers and networking gear can be costly. But those devices can be replaced. The data that resides on those devices is another story. That’s where having a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan comes into play. In fact, it can be the difference between a business continuing to operate or shutting its doors.
In a previous blog I explained the difference between backups and disaster recovery because there is a profound difference. With Hurricane Harvey leaving Houston battered and bruised, and now Hurricane Irma barreling toward the United States as the strongest Atlantic Hurricane ever recorded, it should be the impetus for business owners to immediately review their BCDR plans and make the necessary arrangements to protect the business data.
If you’re a business owner and not sure what to do, call us and we’ll help. 1-833-CyberOne.