Severe Weather Computer Preparedness Checklist

1. Ensure you have a BACKUP of your data
Don’t wait until the day before a hurricane to back up your files! It’s good practice to frequently back up your data files to an external drive or memory key to prevent loss of your critical data. Your external backup device should be stored in a secure, fireproof location.

2. You will only need to back up your “Data” files, (Pictures, Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, etc.) You do not need to worry about backing up your Operating System or Program Files. A quick check is to back up “My Documents”, “My Pictures”, “My Music”, and “My Videos”. This will ensure most, if not all, of your data will be backed up.

3. Protect your equipment.
Unplug your Computer, Monitor, Internet Modem, Routers and Printers from your electrical outlet. If you have them plugged into a Battery Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS), turn off the UPS and unplug it from the electrical outlet.

4. When the severe weather has past, plug in your equipment. Your Internet Modem should be turned on first, wait a minute, then plug in the rest of your network and computer equipment.

If you need more information on how to properly back up and safeguard your equipment, call Idea Solutions.