Okay, so last year wasn’t a real bad one for hurricanes. You might have been sitting on the ready for a hurricane disaster and it never happened. That’s a good thing. But it may have caused a bit of apathy on your part too. After all, you were ready last year and nothing happened. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for a hurricane this year. Here’s a case in point.
According to numerous reports, during the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, virtually every Internet connection in affected areas was downed. In fact, in a survey of small businesses located in the Gulf Coast region conducted by Hughes Network Systems, LLC, 37 percent of those surveyed were without broadband service for more than five business days and 25 percent of those businesses reported losses of over $25,000 due to their lack of Internet connectivity.
The last thing you need is lost revenue due to network down time, loss of orders, and the inability to conduct online transactions. Right?
Make sure you continue to be “on the ready.” Follow these simple steps to stay connected, prevent revenue losses, and eliminate Internet downtime during this 2007 hurricane season.
- Have a back-up generator and plenty of batteries on hand. Maintaining electrical power will be a top priority for small business owners. Without electrical power, you will not be able to support your Internet connection.
Subscribe to a resilient high-speed Internet service — satellite broadband may be an option — so your company e-mail, product orders, and other business critical information can be maintained should your terrestrial network fail.
- Prepare and protect critical data. Evaluate which applications and data are essential, such as accounting documents and inventory logs, perform backups in a timely manner, and store the data in a safe, secure, and dependable facility. Since data may be lost due to flooding, consider storing data at an off-site location.
- Keep at least one corded phone connected to a wall jack to ensure that your business has telecommunications service in the event of an electrical-only outage.
- Do not hesitate to go on alert. If you believe you are in jeopardy of losing service for an extended period of time, put your Web hosting provider on alert.
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Hughes provided emergency satellite communications in many hard-hit areas to government and military agencies, small businesses, news reporters, relief organizations, churches, and schools. Last year they provided a useful white paper that could still help you a lot called “Hurricane Preparedness for Small Business.” You can pick up your copy at www.hughes.com