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Keep electronic data safe in case of disaster

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: August 7, 2012

I received this news release from CrashPlan that has some helpful tips to make sure your electronics are protected. Here I’ll run it in full, to go with today’s Get App-y column on NewsOK about mobile applications from the American Red Cross that offer resources in case of disaster, both for when it happens and to help you prepare:

“With September National Preparedness month just around the corner, we are all checking up on some preventative steps that can be taken to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools, and communities, but what about our electronics? CrashPlan, a data backup provider, warns that electronics can be seriously damaged when severe weather strikes. With the upcoming month in mind, CrashPlan has compiled a list of tips for keeping your electronics safe before the storm hits.

Back up.  – Sometimes it is inevitable that hardware will be damaged so back-up your data and back-up often! This will prevent data loss even if the device itself is destroyed. While there are reasons to be wary of online data storage, it may make sense for people in disaster-prone locales since you’ll be storing your files on remote servers that will be safe from whatever disaster takes down your computer.

“Alternative Power Source – When the power goes out, you’ll want to have a secondary source of power to charge cell phones and other electronics. The purchase of extra phone batteries or even a small generator could be a priceless purchase.

“Unplug – As the storm begins, unplug all of your electronics to avoid a power surge. It is also smart to move computers, TV’s and any other electronics away from windows and place them on an elevated surface in the event of rising waters.”

These are just a few tips from one company. I know there are others. What have you done to make sure your electronic information is safe before anything happens to it?

~ Lillie-Beth Brinkman (lbrinkman@opubco.com)

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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