Hurricanes and IT Preparedness
Make sure your computers and data are ready.
Individual employee steps are to be taken when authorized by the department or supervisor. Upon notification of a HURRICANE WARNING status, all University personnel should attempt to accomplish the following on an individual basis:
- Update your disaster contact information such as email
forwarding and phone numbers prior to a disaster, please visit, FSUID (http://fsuid.fsu.edu).
Login and go to: Account Information/Emergency Contact Information/Disaster Contact Information/Update your disaster contact information.
- Remove any perishables.
- Back-up all critical files and store them in an off-site location.
- Clear desk tops completely of paper and other articles.
- Remove all items from window ledges.
- Move file cabinets, desks and equipment away from windows and off the floor; store as much equipment as possible in closets or in windowless rooms away from external walls.
- Remove all loose items (garbage cans, chairs, tables, plants, etc.) from outside the buildings.
- Protect books, valuable papers, and equipment by covering with plastic sheeting and using masking tape to secure.
- Close and latch both windows and doors.
- Lock desk drawers and file cabinets.
- Lock and secure doors.
- Turn off and then disconnect all electronic equipment including typewriters, computers, lights, window air conditioners, microwaves, etc. Refrigerators should be left on at the coldest setting and covered with a blanket, if available.
- In locations where flooding is a possibility, to the extent practical, relocate critical equipment from the ground floor to a higher floor or a higher off-site location.
- Notify your immediate supervisor whether you plan to evacuate, stay at home, or stay on campus; provide an address and telephone number where you can be reached, especially if you evacuate. Make sure you have the home/cell phone number(s) of your immediate supervisor and/or department contact with you during a disaster.
- Stay tuned for storm updates on the radio and/or television. All instructions given by the local authorities should be followed; no attempt to come to the university should be made until the "all clear" is given by local authorities.
- After the storm, call your immediate supervisor and/or department contact for your department. Again, make sure you have the home/cell phone number(s) of your immediate supervisor and/or department contact and keep the number(s) with you during a disaster.
- Learn more about OTI's server hosting plans and offsite/off campus hosting.
Hurricane Information for the University Community
- Information for All Employees
- Information for Students and Parents
- Guidelines for Computer and Data Protection
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