When the rains come, the best defense is a good offense. Comprehensive flood planning allows you to calmly protect your organization, and quickly move towards business continuity.
In every region in the country susceptible to the heavy rains, there’s a flood risk season. Being aware of the times of year your organization is at its greatest risk and knowing when heavy rains are expected can be invaluable. When heavy rains are predicted, or are already upon you, your heightened readiness can mean the difference between proactively handling the situation and reactively trying to recover from water damage. To find out the level of risk in your area, FEMA (U.S. site) offers many resources and maps, including Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best
A few initial steps to prepare your organization’s physical assets:
- Flood Insurance. Make sure you’re protected, and that you’ve prioritized what you’re protecting
- Assess the strengths or weaknesses of your facility and safeguard your information with off-site storage and backup
- Be sure to know what your vendors and suppliers’ contingency plans are, so you can count on minimizing interruption
- Plan for an alternate facility in the event that you cannot remain at yours, or cannot reoccupy in a timely manner
- Make sure that your plan will protect your critical business information, and confidential information of your customers
No matter how prepared you may be to deal with a flood when you know it’s coming, it’s important to remember that not all floods are the same. Most floods develop over a period of days due to heavy rain and rising water. However, flash floods can happen in moments, leaving no time for last minute preparations, further underscoring the importance of protecting your assets in advance.
Given the potential for flash floods that are preceded by little or no warning, it’s important that you put a plan in place now, and that everyone in your organization is empowered to act swiftly in its implementation. Choosing a trusted partner to help secure your critical business assets can help put you ahead of the curve when it comes to recovery, and achieving continuity.
Put a plan in place, and choose the right partner to help implement it
Iron Mountain has supported more than 250 recovery efforts and 25,000 disaster recovery tests. The companies that use Iron Mountain have a distinct advantage when preparing for natural events such as floods, hurricanes or severe weather. In addition to potential damage to your business records and information, if kept onsite, severe flooding can also prevent reoccupation of your facility, even after the water has subsided. With information stored off-site, yet still easily accessible, you may be able to maintain business continuity. Our customers are able to leverage our extensive experience to:
- Reduce the risk that vital data will be lost
- Promote timely recovery of important data
- Prepare your employees to respond quickly when disaster hits
- Implement best practices across multiple locations
- Support compliance requirements for safeguarding sensitive data
- Protect vital information assets
- Access critical information such as, blueprints, original contracts and land plots