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Winter storm in the Midwest highlights need for disaster recovery planning

Miles Franz  |  January 28, 2016

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Although it came a little later than usual, winter is finally here for much of the United States. Many parts of the U.S. have been blanketed in snow recently, but it would appear the Midwest has received an extra helping. Winter storm Ilias has made its presence known, with its icy fingers reaching from Kansas all the way to Tennessee and beyond.

Thankfully, no deaths have been reported yet as a result of Ilias. That being said, the occurrence of yet another cold and icy winter certainly isn’t welcome, especially for companies trying to maintain business continuity. Heavy storms like Ilias are incredibly threatening toward the livelihood of a business, and organizations should take steps to prepare a disaster recovery plan for them.

“Snow can very easily cause a roof collapse.”

What happens when your facility is damaged?

Although winter storms may not be as flashy or as obviously disruptive as other natural events like tornados, they can still cause some heavy damage to your company’s building. Snow may not seem heavy to you, but that’s only because you’ve only ever picked up enough to make a snowball. When it begins to pile high on your facility, snow can very easily cause a roof collapse if left unchecked.

What’s more, extremely heavy winter storms have been known to cause power outages. Nemo, a massive blizzard that ravaged the Northeast in 2013, caused the outage of more than 650,000 businesses and homes in the area, according to USA Today. The massive power of this particular blizzard shows that your business is completely open to the elements. The building housing your company simply cannot be 100 percent protected against the weather, and as such you’ll need a disaster recovery plan for when things go wrong.

What about when people can’t get to the office?

While damage to your office building would be terrible, everything contained there is just stuff. The part of your organization that really matters is the people working every day to further your business. Your employees should be your first concern when thinking of a disaster recovery solution for winter storms, as commuting to work in snowy conditions is incredibly dangerous.

Winter ice can result in car wrecks. The road can be a dangerous place in the winter.

Ilias emphasized this point recently when the roads near Kansas City froze over, causing multiple car accidents in the metropolitan area, according to KMBC. When storms get this bad and having your people come into the office becomes a liability, will your business be able to function? You obviously don’t want your employees to be in harm’s way, but how can you keep up business continuity if none of your employees have access to work-related resources?

You need a disaster recovery plan now

Waiting until tragedy strikes your business to make a disaster recovery plan is like putting your seatbelt on after a car accident: The damage has already been done. Anyone who doesn’t have protection against events like winter storms should absolutely be looking into disaster recovery solutions. Thankfully, ISG Technology can help you on your journey toward a more prepared workplace.

Check out ISG Technology’s page on disaster recovery planning and contact a DR expert today!

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Miles Franz

Vice President of Sales - East Region at ISG Technology
Miles brings IT management and leadership experience to ISG Technology, and currently leads the sales teams and initiatives across eight locations. He joined ISG in 2005 and co-led the expansion of ISG Technology into the Kansas City market - building ISG’s Kansas City presence from the ground up. Prior to joining ISG, he held various business development and sales management roles at TEKsystems. Miles holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Information Technology emphasis from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in Leawood, KS with his wife and their three children.
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Miles brings IT management and leadership experience to ISG Technology, and currently leads the sales teams and initiatives across eight locations. He joined ISG in 2005 and co-led the expansion of ISG Technology into the Kansas City market - building ISG’s Kansas City presence from the ground up. Prior to joining ISG, he held various business development and sales management roles at TEKsystems. Miles holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Information Technology emphasis from the University of Kansas. He currently resides in Leawood, KS with his wife and their three children.

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