If you live in Florida, then you know all that goes into preparing for hurricane season – you can never be too prepared! You may be thinking of storm-proofing your home or formulating an escape plan, but have you considered backing up and securing your electronic devices? The best part is, you don’t need an electrician to do it!
It’s more than just inconvenient to have to replace a ruined electric appliance like a cell phone or laptop; these machines store a great deal of valuable data that could be difficult or impossible to retrieve. But more than that, these devices have life-saving purposes; they keep us up to date with local news, stay in touch with loved ones, and enable us to call for help if needed.
It’s far easier to replace a ruined couch than a ruined electronic device with important data stored on it. Having that information protected and stored can make returning to normal after a storm much smoother. So don’t leave that data to chance; read on for tips and advice from our electrician to save that digital information before the storm gets to your area.
Even during calmer seasons, it’s important to regularly back up your personal and workplace data (you never know when a wayward cup of coffee might ruin something!). You can schedule this on your computer or cell phone, so these backups happen regularly, particularly at night when you don’t need them. Let hurricane season remind you to make sure that software is working properly. This is critical for anyone who owns their own business or relies on information stored on an electronic device in order to operate that business.
All-important paperwork should be scanned and saved in digital format. If you don’t have a scanner, you can use the camera on your phone, or an app called TurboScan. Then back up those files to an external hard drive or flash drive, and store it in a safe place, like a fireproof and waterproof safe (just don’t forget to grab that safe in the event of an evacuation!). Some documents you’ll want to include are birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, and any irreplaceable keepsakes, such as photo albums.
Take pictures of every room in your home and business, including furniture and expensive valuables. Additionally, take pictures of any damage accrued during the hurricane as well. These will be helpful to you when making any insurance claims after the storm passes.
Quite obviously, water is the worst enemy of anything electronic. It doesn’t take much of it to ruin a phone or a computer. Make sure all devices are unplugged during the storm, and ideally, stored in a high and dry place. Prepare for power outages and lightning strikes, which can damage your server or television. To avoid needing power outlets, charge up some portable battery packs.
As tempting as it may be to use your devices to check on the status of the storm or connect with loved ones, try your best not to give in. You’ll want to conserve as much energy as possible. Save your phone’s battery life by using it for emergency calls only.
Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is South Florida’s best place for cooling, plumbing, electric, and other commercial plumbing and residential plumbing services. Whether you need routine repairs or maintenance on your appliances, or emergency electric services, we’re here to help. Our knowledgeable, experienced electricians are always up to date on current building codes. Moreover, they always treat your home with the respect it deserves. For questions or to get a quote from an electrician, call us today at 561-391-1048.