Small and Medium size Businesses (SMBs) are severely affected by natural disasters like hurricanes. Having a plan in place could help mitigate the consequences. The impact of a hurricane on SMBs could range from a required shut down in operations due to an evacuation order, temporary loss of workforce and damage to headquarters, production sites or systems that could stop the business from producing or delivering their services for some time. The four tips to protect your Systems during Hurricane Season listed below by our Support Department could help you restart operations sooner after the storm.
SMBs and the Hurricane Season in Florida
Floridians know that we live in a hurricane-prone state. The State’s location makes Florida one of the most exposed places in the world to tropical windstorms and hurricanes. Because of its location, and according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, of the 180 hurricanes that have made landfall in the continental United States since 1900, 65 have landed in Florida (the most of any state in the nation).
As a result, there is a lot of information online about how to prepare for Hurricane Season in Florida. Small and Medium size businesses should do their research and craft a Continuity Plan that adapts to their specific needs.
FEMA Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit and other resources for SMBs
A good place to start crafting your plan is the FEMA Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit .
The Ready Business Toolkit series includes hazard-specific versions for earthquake, hurricane, inland flooding, power outage, and severe wind/tornado. Toolkits offer business leaders a step-by-step guide to build preparedness within an organization. Each toolkit contains the following sections:
- Identify Your Risk
- Develop A Plan
- Take Action
- Be Recognized and Inspire Others
Other useful links are
Hurricane Survival Guide for Small Businesses by the South Florida Regional Planning Council
SAP Business One users in Florida: 4 Tips to Protect your Systems in Hurricane Season
- Backup your data offsite. Include the databases or HANA Instance, the shared folders, attachments, bitmaps, etc., using as a reference the folders of Administration→System Initialization→General Settings→Path
- Document the version of SAP Business One you are running. Take a screen shot of the Help→About SAP Business One
- Consider shutting down, disconnecting and wrapping in plastic servers and computers, to protect them from leaks. Also, place them in a high area if possible.
- VERY IMPORTANT: For SQL and HANA Servers, you must shut down manually your servers before a shut down occurs due to possible power outages. Therefore, consider doing it before you leave your work place today (Friday). For HANA Servers, please find a detailed step by step procedure on how to do this here.