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July 8, 2014

Ready for Mother Nature?

by fnbrinc

Being a Florida based company, we try to be prepared for Mother Nature; from hurricanes to lightning strikes, or even extended power outages.  While we review our own preparedness status, we thought others may want to as well.FNBR is prepared?  Is your business?

We all remember how Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard. Sandy’s wrath impacted areas of the Northeast that rarely see a hurricane that strong. One lesson that Sandy should have taught everyone is that no matter where we live and work, Mother Nature can turn our lives upside down in an instant. At this time of the year, the Southeast prepares for hurricane season, while the Midwest worries about tornadoes. In between fighting wildfires, the West Coast never knows when the next earthquake may hit.

Imagine what it would be like if you walked into your office one day and all of your computers and servers were gone. All of your customer contact information vanished! All of your accounts receivable information is missing! All of the orders that you have already fulfilled and were ready to be billed are gone too! One act of nature can do just that to your business.

Recovering from a natural or man-made disaster is never easy, but without having remote or off-site back-ups and a recovery plan, getting your business up and running again can become impossible. The following are some tips that can help you get on the road to recovery from a disaster:

  • If a hard drive has been exposed to a flood, especially if it was in salt water, keep it wet in distilled water and take it to a recovery expert. If allowed to dry, salt deposits can become impossible to remove.
  • Data that has been accidentally deleted can still be recovered as long as the data has not been written over. Do not continue to use the computer until you have recovered the lost data.
  • Having an off-site list of the factory model numbers of your hard drives will help if any parts need to be replaced and the label with the model information has become illegible.
  • If you turn on your computer and the hard drive is making unusual noises, this may be a physical problem with the hard drive. Do not continue to turn on the computer as this can permanently scrape data off of the hard drive.

Recovering from a disaster is never easy, but if you are able to recover the vital data that is the lifeblood of your company, then you will at least have a fighting chance.

The following are just some of the things that we do at FNBR to protect both our data and the data you send us:
  • Data is stored on multiple and redundant hard drives on our servers
  • Image data is backed up hourly to a separate server
  • Data is backed up daily to an external offsite hard drive

About FNBR Incorporated

FNBR is a marketing company located in Tampa, Florida.  We provide printing, direct mail, mailing lists, database management, graphic design, web design, and email marketing services to companies throughout the U.S.

FNBR can be reached at info@fnbr.com or toll free 1-888-988-8148.

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