Tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana destroy businesses
Tornadoes in Texas and the surrounding area are nothing new.
Two tornadoes damaged buildings and trees in Louisiana on Saturday. While six tornadoes were reported around Houston, leaving 44,000 customers without power in eastern Texas. While tornadoes in Texas is nothing new, what has changed in recent times is consumers’ expectations. No matter what the circumstance, Americans are looking for and have come to expect a speedy return to normalcy—especially when it comes to business. Downtime is not an option, not even in tornado season so businesses need to plan accordingly to be prepared.
Tornadoes in Texas and the surrounding area are likely to adversely affect local businesses, which can result in unplanned system downtime. For example, how many of the 44,000 customers who lost power were businesses? Unplanned downtime from a natural or technical can cost a business thousands of dollars as well as their reputation. According to a study conducted by the Gartner Group, it’s estimated that the hourly cost of downtime for computer networks is $42,000. What business can afford to lose $42,000 an hour?
So, what can businesses do to be prepare? The best way to prepare is to implement a robust backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution. It will not only ensure that your data is securely backed up, it will also allow access to data virtually immediately following a disaster so your business can stay up and running. Now, there are solutions available that even protect against loss of DSL during or following a disaster.
The goal is to minimize downtime as business continuity can be the difference between your business running after a disaster, or not. If you would like to learn more about business continuity solutions for your business, please contact us.
In the meantime, here are some weather-related resources that may help you during tornado season:
Weather Ready Nation
Severe Weather Alert map: