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Business

June 1, 2014

What’s your computer disaster plan?

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NORMAN —

How long can your business or family afford to be without the use of computers, or without the use of valuable, irreplaceable files? An hour? A day? A week? Would your business survive if you were unable to use your computers for an extended length of time? Does your family have important financial or medical computer records that need to be accessed on a regular basis and are critical to a family member’s well-being?

What if computer networks go down? Is email critical to your daily life? Are you required to remotely connect to your company’s network on a regular basis? Do you depend on computer networks for vital communication? For example, if your telephone service is provided by your cable Internet/TV company, then your telephone communications are routed over a computer network using a technology called VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). The same holds true for AT&T, in many cases. Do you have alternate ways of communicating if such networks should fail?

Are your computers protected by battery-backup surge protectors? Do you have preconfigured replacement computers standing by in case your main computers are damaged? What about spare modems, monitors, printers and routers? Do you depend on certain computer files (accounting files like QuickBooks come to mind) for the continuity of your business? Are your files backed up both onsite and remotely, in case one backup method should fail?

What if there are power failures? Do you have backup power sources, such as generators? What if disaster strikes in the dead of winter or the crushing heat of summer? Would that make a difference to your company/family survival?

Are employees expected to report for work under disastrous circumstances? Sure, maybe your computers work, but what if your workplace has no food to eat, water to drink or soap to wash with? What if there is no fuel or roads are impassable? What if employees or family members are injured, trapped or otherwise unable to travel?

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