In terms of natural disasters, Atlanta seems to have them all. They regularly face hurricanes, severe storms, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes.
On average, the state of Georgia will experience 30 tornadoes a year, while in 2017 it experienced over 100 tornadoes. That’s not even to talk about the average of 8,000 wildfires a year they also have.
Undoubtedly, Atlanta is one of those areas where the next natural disaster is very much a when rather than an if. And when these incidents do happen, businesses are afforded one chance to properly recover before any irreparable damage is caused. Unfortunately for most businesses, however, recovery is dependent on an updated and well-maintained DR (disaster recovery) site, which is something many of them forgo having.
This blog will be covering what government assistance is available to Atlanta businesses after a disaster, what most companies do to prepare for disasters, and what other ways can help a business be 100% prepared for the inevitable disasters that hit Atlanta.
What Government Help is Available to Atlanta Businesses After Disaster?
Because it’s no surprise when a disaster strikes, the state of Georgia does have assistance for businesses for disaster recovery.
On government websites, there are resources to help businesses recover after a man-made or natural disaster. These include power outage toolkits, inland flooding toolkits, and earthquake and hurricane toolkits.
Additionally, some businesses may apply for grants, but because of the regularity of disasters, resources are stretched thin and many businesses may not receive the grants they apply for.
Overall, businesses are encouraged to be prepared for disasters and can find some relief, but there isn’t much. Because of how regular an occurrence disasters are in Georgia, businesses need to rely on themselves to be prepared.
Current Recovery Plan for Atlanta Businesses
Due to the overwhelming amount of natural disasters Altanta faces, businesses need to protect themselves.
As stated above, they’re encouraged to be prepared and do their own due diligence to protect their company from loss or breached data, and the possibility of going under.
Yearly DR (disaster recovery) testing is an excellent place to start, but that doesn’t prepare them for consistent disasters that could occur. So, in addition to testing, they’re encouraged to check updates and alerts regularly so they can try to prepare as much as possible before a severe disaster rolls through.
Though this is good advice, relying on state recommendations and lifelines alone to help your business recover isn’t enough. The current disaster recovery plan for businesses simply isn’t enough for most Atlanta-based companies.
A New Way for Disaster Recovery
According to FEMA, 25% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster strikes.
On top of that, most businesses have been found to not be doing much to prepare themselves for a disaster.
In fact, businesses that experienced actual disaster events found 40% average downtime was normal in the face of disaster. The reason was incompatibility between the production site and the DR site.
This happens because, while you regularly use your production site, issues are found daily and ironed out to ensure the site runs smoothly. With your DR site, however, it is rarely used and, therefore, rarely updated or maintained outside of the annual or monthly update. When incompatibilities occur as a result, malfunction and downtime is imminent.
To better prepare for disasters, there are a few steps your business can take.
To start, it is an excellent idea to secure data by moving important files to the cloud. This allows data to be accessed from anywhere, protecting your business even if equipment is permanently damaged. Not to mention, it would also allow that data to be accessed by other branches of your company when you can’t get to it.
As well, frequent DR testing ensures that a business is ready any time that disaster strikes. This is compared to testing annually, which leaves gaps in preparation that can cause significant issues when it matters most.
Your DR site should be tested by your IT team on a weekly basis to ensure it covers all the issues you will face in case of a disaster. An efficient test should include turning the DR scenario on in a bubble network and thoroughly testing the servers, the domain controller, the applications, the databases, web portals, network connections, resources, and so on.
Having data lost or breached, losing equipment, and basically having to restart after a disaster isn’t ideal for a business. In fact, it can cause your company to shut its doors for good. And while the State of Georgia tries its best to help, it doesn’t offer too much assistance to Atlanta businesses, as they’re spread thin already with the number of disasters they face.
When you take these facts, along with the consideration that most businesses currently don’t have enough resources to help them consistently battle these disasters that keep coming, it isn’t hard to understand why preparation is important.
It also isn’t worth skipping out on disaster recovery. The DR plan you have has to show evidence that your business can function in case of a disaster. Instead of hoping nothing will go wrong, you should embrace disaster simulations (DR tests) and use them to be 100% ready for any event.
If you’re an Atlanta-based business, being 100% prepared for any disaster is imperative for your long-term survival.
If you want to be 100% disaster-ready, EnsureDR is here for you. Contact one of our sales reps for a demo at 877-418-7005 or by filling out our contact form here.