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Prepare for Office Disasters

What would you lose if your computer crashed? If your office was destroyed by fire, tornado or flood? A few simple preparedness steps can make recovery much easier.

Computer Backup

The NDSU Campus Ready Initiative reminds NDSU faculty and staff to backup data regularly. External hard drives are fairly inexpensive now and a good investment. They're large enough that several people can backup on one drive.

Backup your computer on a regular schedule. If you'd have a lot of rework if your computer crashed since the last backup, it's time to do it again. Let the backup run while you're at a meeting, in class or eating lunch.

Store a backup offsite. If a fire, tornado or flood hit your office and both your computer and backup hard drive are in the office, you're out of luck.

If you have important papers, consider scanning them for electronic backup.

Communication

Have a weather radio in your office and at home. If the National Weather Service sends a warning, the radio will go off to alert you.

Sign up for CodeRed if your community has it. This system will provide warnings by phone.

Create a document that has each office member's office, home, cell and contact person's phone number. Even though you may have many of these in your cell phone, cell service often is one of the first things to go down in a disaster.

Becky Koch, (701) 231-7875

 

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