Computing best practices for severe weather conditions

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Please refer to the following recommended best practices for ensuring safety and security of computing devices when preparing for a severe weather event, such as a hurricane or a major storm.

Back up your data

Among the potential for other risks, such as disk failure or theft, severe weather events may threaten your computing equipment with either electrical or water damage.

To protect against the risk of data loss, please always back up your data using Google Drive or some other method of keeping your files in a secure secondary location.

For specific recommendations, please refer to the following article: Backing up your data

Charge your devices

You should attempt to charge all of your battery-powered devices in the event that power is lost so that you can continue to send and receive communications for as long as possible. You should keep these devices turned off whenever possible to preserve your battery charge and to allow for use when making emergency calls or messages.

Unplug your devices from power

ITS recommends temporarily unplugging the following devices from power outlets in preparation of severe weather:

  • Desktop computer
  • Laptop computer
  • Tablet
  • Printer

ITS does not recommend unplugging any devices from the wired network:


Please note that these recommendations apply if you take any NCSSM computing equipment home with you. In the event of flooding risk, please keep this equipment off of floors.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns about your own device and data security, please Send ITS a Ticket.