We talk to clients all the time about the need to back up data and to plan for how you will continue to operate in the event of a disaster. Many of the folks we deal with may back up their server off-site (we insist on it), but generally take a 'it can't happen to me' attitude. Well. . .it most certainly CAN happen to you! At about 5:30pm on April 4, 2018, an EF1 tornado touched down in my back yard. Literally. My. Back. Yard.
We were very lucky. We got to the basement and no one was hurt. We had some siding blown off the house, some shingles pulled up, and our garage door caved in. We even had a tree branch sticking out of the side of our house. And we were without power - for 48 hours. As some of you know, my office is in my house. So this affected not just my personal life but my business too.
But it didn't all come down to luck. Our data was backed up off-site. We had beefy battery backups (UPS) that allowed me to shut our servers down without risk of corrupting data. We had previously coordinated for coworking space, so I had access to power and internet while these services were being restored. And while we weren't quite fully operational, it was for the most part business as usual.
Again, we were very lucky. Things could have been a lot worse. But it brought very close to home the same things we discuss with our clients. Backups are crucial - both local and off-site. Battery backups on servers can save your bacon. And contingency plans for shelter, power, and internet should these be down for a period of time. Because if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.