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How to Ensure Your Arizona Business is Storm Ready

How to Ensure Your Arizona Business is Storm Ready

As headlines shout about Hurricane Florence approaching the East Coast, with Helene and Isaac also stirring in the Atlantic Ocean, it is as good a time as any to discuss preparing your business for storms and any adverse weather effects that could negatively influence your business. Preparing your business for events like these is key to its survival, making it crucial that you know what your responsibilities are when awaiting a potentially devastating event such as a hurricane or a monsoon. 

If you do have not build a Phoenix small business IT plan that addresses business-disrupting events, now is a great time to involve your Phoenix network administrator and management team to create it. In this article you'll get some helpful tips on creating the plan and learn how engaging a local Phoenix IT support company in the creation of the plan might be easier than making a 911 call to them after a disaster.

 

Have a Plan
First and foremost, you need to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the processes and procedures that will ensure the survival of your data. While you are at it, you should implement a procedure to protect your business’ other crucial resource: your employees. This plan needs to cover a variety of scenarios and how each should be addressed, along with general emergency policies, like:

  • The conditions under which the plan will be activated.
  • The chain of command.
  • The locations of emergency equipment around the office.
  • Evacuation routes and meeting areas.
  • Who is responsible for what procedures (including those that pertain to external visitors to the office).

Your Phoenix small business IT disaster plan should also contain a detailed outline of other matters, including a strategy by which to communicate with your customers and clients to keep them informed about how you are handling the situation. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a copy of your company’s insurance policies with you as well. You also want to make sure that your employees are familiar with your emergency procedures so that they know what they need to do and where they need to go if some weather disaster strikes and causes the business to close for any length of time.

Preparing Your Business Itself

Once you’ve ensured that you are prepared to get any human personnel out of the building and to safety, you need to consider how you can ensure that your business is protected. Ideally, you may be able to continue operations despite the storm, but if situations arise that make that impossible, you have to have a plan for continuity in place. As a local Phoenix IT support company, we recommend a few different technologies to assist you with this that are well-suited to business continuity needs.


Do you need Phoenix IT Support? We offer 30 Days of Phoenix Small Business IT Services at No Cost.

 

We genuinely care about helping your business succeed, and we put our money where our mouth is to prove it. MyTek is so certain that we can help make your business more effective that we offer the opportunity to try our services for 30 days at NO COST. This includes consultation, onboarding, and servicing for 30 days at no cost. Our Phoenix network administrator will evaluate your system so your can be prepared for any unexpected weather disruptions as part of a complete IT security health-check. We will evaluate your employees' computing needs and make recommendations that could not only increase productivity, but also save you money. Our business is built on our clients’ satisfaction, so we also don’t require contracts going forward. We partner with you to make your business better. Interested? E-mail or call us at / 623-312-2444 to take advantage of our complimentary IT assessment and 30-day trial of Phoenix IT support.

Cloud
The cloud is one of the most effective ways to protect your data and enable your business’ continuity. The cloud makes it possible for you to store your organization’s crucial data off-site, away from the risks that a given disaster presents to it. Traditionally, a business’ data is often stored in more than one place, but with a cloud-based backup system, it is redundantly backed up in data centers far from your business. Make sure your employees know how to access software-as-a-service platforms remotely.  This ensures that a disaster doesn’t destroy both your in-house data and the backup you have in the cloud. With your data backed up in the cloud, it is not only safely protected, you can continue to work with it from wherever you can establish a secure connection. A Phoenix IT support company, like MyTek, can ensure that each employee knows how to connect securely to your business cloud. In order to get a backup solution that you know will work for your business continuity needs, you will want to routinely test your cloud-based backups.

Mobile
The opportunity to do so much computing with a device that can be easily moved around makes mobile devices an essential component to your business continuity plan.  Not every employee may have a laptop, and even if your data is safe in the cloud, you need a device in order to access it and those devices should be setup in accordance to policies created by a Phoenix network administrator. Having an established Bring Your Own Device policy in action with or without the help of a Phoenix IT support company, or distributing work devices to your employees could both help to meet this need; and, as a result, put your organization back in operation much more quickly. Your mobile device is also a useful way to keep your clients apprised of your situation, which they will be sure to appreciate. Your remote connectivity should also be confirmed through proactive testing.

Of course, there is far more that needs to be addressed in any preparedness strategy, and a storm like a hurricane can be a real test for any continuity strategy you’ve created.

MyTek provides Phoenix IT support to leverage the benefits of mobile devices and provides secure document management solutions that are accessible anywhere. We can take you through the process of implementing MDM (mobile device management), and help you come up with a Bring Your Own Device Policy for your employees to follow. E-mail or call us at  / 623-312-2444 to take advantage of our complimentary IT assessment and 30-day trial of outsourced IT services. You will discover our Phoenix IT support services are proactive, solution focused and driven to ensure that technology is a competitive advantage for your Arizona business.

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