The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and is well underway; for the first time in recorded history, nine named tropical storms formed before August and thirteen formed before September. Out of those storms, Hanna developed into the first hurricane of the summer as a category 1 event, striking South Texas in July and leaving behind an estimated $485 million USD in damage. That’s one heck of an opener to the season!
The escalating frequency and severity of these natural disasters is posing an urgent and critical threat to businesses and organizations located along the Gulf of Mexico, the North American Eastern Coast from Florida all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Caribbean. Already struck by economic hardships from the pandemic, these regions simply cannot afford another catastrophe on their shores – and yet they are barreling towards them at an alarming pace with many organizations unprepared and without hurricane disaster recovery in place.
While the season typically peaks by September 10, the second half of the 2020 season is projected to be just as volatile. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that in total, we may see between 19 – 25 named storms between June and November 30 – the first time that the agency has ever predicted that we may have to start using the Greek alphabet to name our storms.
Out of those 19 – 25 named storms, NOAA forecast that 7 – 11 will become hurricanes, with 3 – 6 of those becoming major hurricane events with extreme damage and potential loss of life. As of this writing in early September, we have already seen 15 named tropical storms. Out of those, 5 became hurricanes with one developing into a major 3+ category storm. The 15th tropical storm was named Omar on September 1, breaking the previous record held by Ophelia in 2005 for earliest named 15th storm of the season.
Enabling Effective Hurricane Disaster Recovery
While early preparation is the best way to mitigate risks to businesses from a wide range of threats, given the early onset, rapid succession and severity of these storms, many organizations have been caught flat-footed. Most have had little time to check that their hurricane disaster recovery plans are in place and updated after only recently activating pandemic planning processes. Many are looking for help to address IT business continuity with their already stretched resources and expanded demands for DR.
An experienced cloud backup and disaster recovery service provider can address many of those business needs by lending their specialized expertise for effective hurricane disaster recovery planning and best practices while also recommending the best and most cost-effective Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions. DRaaS providers can support your team with on-demand services such as managing your offsite data replication to a secure datacenter and ensuring that data is stored geographically distant from threatening storm systems.
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