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This Year’s Tornadoes Prove that Disasters Aren’t Seasonal, So Your Preparations Can’t Be Either

This Year’s Tornadoes Prove that Disasters Aren’t Seasonal, So Your Preparations Can’t Be Either

South Dakota sees a significant number of tornadoes - our state has seen as many as 30 storms over a season. The majority of these storms generally strike during June, but sometimes can appear later on, like this year’s sudden tornadoes that struck on September 8th. Storms like these can serve as a reminder of how crucial it is to be prepared for potential disasters year-round… not just when they are most likely to strike.

South Dakota’s History With Tornadoes

South Dakota is no stranger to tornadoes, as our state overlaps the area known as ‘Tornado Alley.’ Tornadoes are created when rising air is whipped around by conflicting air currents at various heights. As this spinning air moves across the ground, it rises and sinks as it heats up and cools. Fortunately, most storms don’t feature air warm enough or fast enough to form the recognizable funnel.

However, those that do can create a highly destructive storm system, capable of traveling for miles and causing considerable damage. On average, this happens primarily during the summer months, as you can see:

However, this year proved to be an outlier, as not one, not two, but three tornadoes touched down on September 8. This marked the first time in 20 years that there had been any tornado activity during September.

These storms caused some pretty significant damage to populated areas, causing power outages and damage to city structures. As a technology company, my team and I can’t help but wonder how much data was lost in this event as well.

Is Your Business Continuity Prepared for Tornadoes and Other Data Risks?

How does your organization ensure that it can continue to stay in business in the event of a catastrophic disaster, whether it is a tornado, or a fire, or some other event? Maybe you weren’t in the tornado’s path, but you may have been affected by the power outages that it caused. Extended amounts of downtime can really put a strain on a business, and even though you can insure your property, that insurance isn’t going to guarantee that your doors stay open.

If a business exclusively keeps its data in-house, those files are made susceptible to whatever disaster strikes the business. By only keeping them on a local network (or worse, on a single device), a business is effectively gambling its crucial data against the likelihood of a disaster. This, to be frank, is no way to operate a business if you have any hope of it succeeding for any considerable length of time.

My team has a better option to offer you.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

If you’ve read our blog before, you’re probably familiar with our BDR - if not, you can get a more in-depth explanation here, or in another one of our blogs.

For now, we can sum up the parts of a BDR solution as follows:

  • A backup ensures that you have more than one copy of your data available. A good backup will be kept up-to-date and processed often (typically several times a day), and may be maintained in more than one location - at least one remotely, a safe distance away from whatever disaster could strike your business, and an in-house copy for the small, “didn’t mean to delete that” moments that we all have.

  • Disaster recovery is a strategy that you need to plan out to ensure - if a disaster were to strike - your business could come out on the other end, and return to operations efficiently. Many businesses that are unprepared for a disaster event don’t last long after one impacts them. Having a strategy in place that spells out how a business is to get back on their feet (with the technology in place to support their goals) is crucial if a business is to continue its successful operations in the long term.

We understand how significant your data is to your success, which is why we actively fight against the influence of tornadoes and other threats to ensure your data will be preserved. To learn more about what we offer, reach out to KT Connections by calling 888-891-4201, or fill out the form here!

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