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Hurricane Prep: Don’t lose your data

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The most important thing to remember in the event of a serious storm is to keep yourself and your people safe. Make sure you have a plan that keeps you and others out of danger. 

As you make that plan, before a disaster strikes, consider what will happen to all of your data if it is destroyed. With Harvey dying down and Irma picking up speed near Florida it is important to know what you will do if you’re caught in the path of a serious storm.

When it comes to data and documents remember the 3-2-1 rule. Make sure you have three copies of data, on at least two different kinds of media, with at least one copy offsite.

Keep those copies separate. Standard practice is having a copy at least 10 miles away, however Team Lewis says with mega storms like Harvey and Irma keeping copies at least 100 miles apart is a better practice. Thanks to Icloud this is a viable option.

Double-check all your backups and make sure you’re able to recover your information quickly and easily. If your backup isn’t working correctly you could lose information.

Check with your service provider to make sure their technologies adhere to the 3-2-1 rules.

Again, most importantly is keeping yourself safe. No piece of data or machinery is worth losing your life over.

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