In most recent press release, Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency In Preparation For Hurricane Joaquin, as a result of severe weather conditions expected in the coming days. The National Weather Service is forecasting a dangerous nor’easter weather pattern impacting New Jersey beginning on October 1, 2015, including high winds, very heavy rain, inland river flooding, as well as major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion.

There are two concerns for New Jersey coming out of the next four days of weather. The immediate threat is for severe flooding on Friday and Saturday, the second is tracking the path of Hurricane Joaquin as those forecasts become clearer over the next 24 to 72 hours. Whether or not Joaquin is a direct issue for New Jersey by Monday, we know that there is definitely going to be moderate and likely to be major flooding events in South Jersey on Friday and Saturday, with 5-6 inches of rainfall expected to come over those two days,” said Governor Christie. “At particular risk are communities along the Delaware Bay in Salem and Cumberland counties and the coastal communities in Atlantic and Cape May counties. So as a result I’ve signed an executive order declaring a State Of Emergency in New Jersey as of this morning, giving our emergency management folks the tools they’re going to need to ensure a speedy and an orderly response.”

It has already intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center stated.

New Jersey businesses an residents have experience with major hurricanes: Hurrican Sandy is still fresh on everyone’s minds. Lives and homes were lost, some businesses have never recovered. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) estimates that Sandy caused $5 billion dollars in losses: $4.75 billion in infrastructure damage and a further $246 million in lost revenue and increased operating costs.

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A while ago we ran a three part series on data backup procedures, different backup methodologies, and disaster recover and business continuity concepts.

Read “Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?”:

A data backup can mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors.

In recent years  there has been a significant development in backup methodologies and disaster recovery / business continuity solutions (DR/BC). There are even new regulations that require a DR/BC solution to ensure data accessibility, such as the recent HIPAA rulings that went into effect September 23, 2013.

Does your business have a disaster preparedness plan?

Of course, in any disaster, make sure that your family, friends and colleagues are safe, then, take care of business.

The first thing to do even if a backup solution is not utilized is to create an emergency operations plan, a downtime operations plan, and a disaster recovery plan. In each plan, it should state what your Organization will do to continue working when each scenario occurs.

An example emergency operations plan is as follows:

  • Call 911 and sound the appropriate alarms if necessary
  • Evacuate if necessary
  • If appropriate engage manual fire extinguishers or fire suppression systems
  • Take manufacturer recommended precautions if automated systems engage
  • If safe, close all doors as you leave
  • Notify other departments and staff of situation and emergency protocols
  • Initiate orderly shut-down of computers and networks, if possible
  • If a fire or flood is imminent or just starting, disconnect power if possible
  • If a fire or flood occurs, try to prevent further damage from water by covering areas with plastic and ensure adequate ventilation and drainage
  • Move records/equipment/storage media away from area being flooded; Organize and label information logically and clearly for continued access
  • Invoke business continuity procedures and downtime processes as appropriate

Disaster Recover / Business Continuity Solutions

With the cost of DR/BC solutions decreasing dramatically, DR/BC image based backups are becoming the choice of preference for backing up your business infrastructure. Through  our Intelligent Business Continuity solutions, utilizing a DR/BC backup can provide your business almost uninterrupted access to continuous services, even when your servers are physically unavailable. Your business can “spin up” the backed up server or servers and access them locally or from the cloud and key team members can continue to work. This is especially important in industries where data accessibility in mandated such as in the health care field., especially with consideration to HIPAA rulings regulations that require medical professionals and associates to secure a DR/BC solution to ensure data accessibility, September 23, 2013

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