You know the saying: Expect the best but prepare for the worst. That phrase is all too relevant when it comes to data protection and natural disasters. Businesses should have secure disaster recovery plans in place in order to ensure business continuity after catastrophes.
Extreme weather was no stranger in 2015. In fact, these natural phenomena are transpiring at a increasing rate, according to a recent UN study. Natural disasters are responsible for up to $300 billion in losses every year. While these cases of extreme and volatile weather are tragic, they serve as a reminder to businesses and people alike. As 2015 comes to a close, let’s take a look at the most notable disasters of the year.
1. Earthquake in Nepal: In late April, Nepal was hit with its most devastating earthquake in nearly eight decades. The tragedy quickly accumulated a death tool of over 4,300, according to Bloomberg Business. The cost to rebuild has been estimated at over $10 billion and will likely take years to be completed. The total equates to over half of Nepal’s $20 billion economy. Businesses and homes alike suffered from the natural disaster.
2. Wildfires in western U.S.: This year’s historic drought in California paved the way for a considerable number of deadly wildfires across the western region of the United States. This summer saw over 70 sizeable fires from northern California all the way to Montana. Before the fires even ended, California Governor Jerry Brown projected losses would exceed $212 million, reported Fortune Magazine. This loss combined with the loss in revenue from closed businesses made these wildfires a devastating blow to the affected communities.
3. Flooding in South Carolina: South Carolina took a hard hit in October of 2015 with record-breaking rainfall. While not all businesses were hit directly by water damage or flooding, the hit to revenue was considerable. The total cost of damages quickly surpassed $1 billion and the death toll totaled 17, according to The Huffington Post.
Preparation is key when facing the new climate challenges brought on by global warming. Businesses should safeguard their data before these obstacles arrive. Services like offsite backup, cloud backup and online backup can serve as effective data protection methods. While disasters like these will most likely produce more pressing concerns regarding safety and loved ones, businesses need to be protected as well. Once the rubble has cleared, business continuity will likely be a major concern. High-level security measures can assure that you have more time to worry about the important things in life without adding your business to the list.