Published On: August 28, 2017 By Aaron

Hurricane Harvey Proves That Your Hurricane Checklist Needs a Good Houston Disaster Recovery Plan

Texans have weathered many storms, and are once again being put to the test. Hurricane Harvey is yet another in a long line of fierce storms that have wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. Feeling perhaps the worst part of this disaster, however, are those business owners who have opted out of having a sound, reliable disaster recovery plan in Houston.

The most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in decades struck land here on Friday, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, apartments, businesses, churches and government offices and killing at least one resident in a mobile-home fire in Rockport, Texas.

They are saying right now that Houston could get as much as 50 inches of rain before Harvey lets up.

Through late Monday afternoon, parts of southeast Texas have received more than 35 inches of rain since Thursday evening.

The top rainfall total is 39.72 inches near Dayton, Texas, which is located well northeast of Houston. This is the fourth-greatest rainfall amount associated with a Texas tropical cyclone on record, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

The average rainfall within the Harris County Emergency Management network has exceeded that of Tropical Storm Allison (2001) in almost half of the time (2 to 3 days versus 5 days).

Many Houston businesses and homes are underwater right now. That means physical data centers and computer networks are out of commission. For those of you who’ve gone without adequate disaster recovery planning, it’s a nightmare.

Texas Data Solutions can still help recover your data, to an extent. You just need to make the call, at 713.344.1466.

Establishing a Viable Disaster Recovery Plan

There is the non-business side of the story of Hurricane Harvey, and there is the business side – which should be taken as seriously as threats to homes and residential valuables, as well as, of course, family.

You actually need adequate disaster recovery planning and a hurricane preparedness plan in both places.

Most people – rightly so – put themselves and their families’ safety before any brick-and-mortar business, and, by proxy, their IT networks.

This is, however, a major misstep, as your business is, after all, your livelihood, and what allows you to pay the bills, mortgages, car payments, put food on the table, send your kids to college, etc.

Many folks have a business IT network at home and the office. Are you prepared in both locations?

Foregoing disaster preparedness planning for your business is an oversight that could threaten your future ability to do business, and, indirectly, bring financial disaster upon your household.

Nobody deliberately wants this situation to happen. No one says, “You know what? I’m going to put together a hurricane survival kit, but totally overlook my business and sacrifice it to the storm.”

It’s usually a lesson learned in hindsight rather than long before disaster strikes (the time we vehemently urge businesses owners to establish a viable disaster recovery plan).

Nevertheless, it can’t be said enough – protecting your business’ vital data center, server, and computer network is as important as protecting your home and family with an emergency preparedness plan in Houston TX.

It’s as true here as it is anywhere. Truer, in fact.

Add These Items to Your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

We Texans are well familiar with what usually goes into a hurricane preparedness kit or hurricane checklist, but many business owners are still in the dark about the business IT networking side of it.

Sure, we all know how to board up windows, stock up on supplies, have a gas-powered generator and flashlights handy, etc., but would you know in a day’s time how to put together a disaster recovery plan for your computer network and business data survival?

Besides all the usual items on your hurricane checklist, you also need disaster recovery “items” like:

  • Your vital proprietary and client data stored on a secure off-site server.
  • Data storage in an efficient, safe environment, which is essential to your company’s health and long-term viability.
  • Proactive data recovery and disaster recovery planning now, which will save you untold costs in the long run.
  • Secure data backup from Texas Data Solutions (which is much cheaper than trying to recover or recreate data lost without proper backup – if it’s even possible).

Houston could see 10 more inches of rain tonight! (Monday, August 28, 2017)

Don’t Sacrifice Your Livelihood to the Storm

Inhabitants of the Gulf Coast states know you can’t gamble with Mother Nature. Don’t leave anything to chance. We all get caught up with life and business, but it’s vitally important to have a viable disaster recovery plan in place before disaster strikes.

Your business assets and livelihood are worth it!

Related Statistic: Fully 40 percent of businesses end up going out of business in Houston and elsewhere after suffering a disaster and data center downtime that lasts even a day.

It’s time to call Texas Data Solutions about hurricane preparedness where it ensures and backs-up your data center, server, and IT network.

Just call a helpful Texas Data Solutions support agent today at 713.344.1466 or email us at info@texasdatasolutions.com and we’ll get you started with the Disaster Recovery Plan in Houston TX that will ensure your long-term business IT and operations survival!

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