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Tips for Staying in Business Following a Disaster

Date: Jan. 16, 2001
By: Jeff Corcoran, Public Safety
Phone: (513) 556-4900

  • Make regular backup copies of all your computer data, and store a copy in a different location, preferably a different building. Don't make a backup and then store it next to the computer.

  • Avoid locating critical servers and files in locations prone to water damage. For example, a space beneath a mechanical room is more likely to experience water leaks.

  • Keep critical servers off the floor, and inside a properly designed cabinet to minimize the damage in the event of a water leak.

  • Follow the fire prevention code. Every building is inspected at least once a year. Carefully review your inspection, and make sure problems are corrected.

  • Don't plug too many items into one outlet, and only use Underwriter's Laboratories listed outlet strips that have a circuit breaker.

  • Don't leave computer monitors on overnight. The monitor is the component most likely to overheat and start a fire.

  • Close doors at the end of day to help prevent smoke from spreading. Don't prop open fire doors at any time.

  • Ask for advice. The University has a business continuity planner who can be reached at 556-4305. The Fire Prevention unit can be reached at 556-4992. Additional information is also available on the web at

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