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3 Tips to Protect Your Business During a Power Outage

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

WiFi symbol on smartphone screen with button to connect to wireless internet Most cell phones can be used as Wi-Fi “hot spots”.

Protect Your Business Against A Power Outage

In Denver, CO, storms can often pop up out of nowhere, dumping rain or even hail on the city and possibly knocking out power for long periods of time. Losing power is never fun, but a power outage can be especially devastating for a business. Planning ahead and being prepared are the best ways to help your business keep running — even if the power doesn’t. Try these tips to protect your business against a sudden loss of power.

1. Invest in Some Uninterruptible Power Sources
If the power is suddenly cut to all the computers in your business, you could potentially lose a catastrophic amount of data and work progress. Worse, cutting power to a computer without shutting down properly can corrupt or otherwise damage some files and applications. An uninterruptible power source is a relatively small and inexpensive device that attaches to a computer. If the power is cut suddenly, the UPS can power the computer for several minutes, typically just long enough to save data and shut the machine down correctly.

2. Learn How To Create a Wi-Fi Hot Spot
A power outage is usually accompanied by an internet outage since modems and routers rely on electricity to operate. Loosing internet can be particularly costly to a business, especially if you rely on cloud-based data storage. Most cell phones can be used as Wi-Fi “hot spots” that broadcast the phone’s cellular data capability to other devices, similar to a router. Learn how to turn on your phone’s hot spot option in advance and remember to keep an eye on your data plan’s limits.

3. Keep a Generator on Hand
A portable generator is an excellent way to supply power to crucial machines or systems in your business during short power interruptions. Be sure to select a generator that is capable of meeting your needs, and have a fuel supply nearby.
The storm cleanup process is difficult enough without trying to recover or recreate lost data. These tips can keep your business going in the event of a power outage.

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