No power? No Problem!

BMS was literally left in the dark with two consecutive, midweek power outages. The most recent lasted only a few minutes and served as a minor but exciting inconvenience, whereas the previous outage lasted quite a few hours after a frog tripped a breaker and shut down the entire county in a single leap. Absurd? Absolutely. Catastrophic? Not at all, but it easily could’ve been.

Fortunately, our office and network infrastructure are equipped for dealing with emergencies. Yet the event served as a teaching moment, a testament to precisely why planning for the worst is the best way to confront the unexpected when it rears its ugly head. Accordingly, we
thought it best to pass on a couple tips to help protect your entity and your
data from disaster.

  1. Safety should be first and foremost. It’s crucial to have an emergency plan in place to help keep everyone calm. This includes knowing where emergency items (flashlights, first aid, fire extinguishers, etc.) are kept and being familiar with evacuation protocols. It is also a good idea to include instructions for distributing information in your emergency plan—one or two representatives should be chosen to deliver information as it develops.
  2. Second is to establish what sorts of backups and fail-safes will best protect your employees, customers, and entity against possible data loss. Battery backups and surge protectors should be standard and are well-complemented by cellular hotspots, all of which can help ensure critical tasks are completed once things go dark. Cloud services, such as the BMS Cloud, are also a worthwhile investment to not only thwart disaster with nightly backups and offsite storage, but minimize its impact with remote apps that allow you to pickup where you left off once the power comes back on.

You won’t get left in the dark if you’re prepared for the worst. Establish a solid plan to deal with emergencies before they happen and make sure your fail-safes are set up to keep you, your employees, customers—and everyone’s data—safe.

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