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April 16, 2019 | Brian Anderson

Can Your Business Weather the Next Disaster?

The many faces of disaster

In recent years, many regions throughout the country have experienced a disaster of some kind. Many times, these disasters are unexpected. Businesses often struggle to get back on their feet when disasters come without warning.

Even if you’re business isn’t located in a disaster-prone region, that doesn’t mean you can relax. Mother nature packs a punch in other ways as well. Here are some stats that might surprise you:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms with damaging winds hit the Central US every year. (Source:
  • In the Atlantic, there were 15 named storms and three major hurricanes in 2018. (Source: NOAA)
  • In 2018, there were more than 1,100 tornadoes confirmed in the US. (Source: NOAA)
  • There are over 169 active volcanoes in the US. More than 30 of these are within the 48 contiguous states. (Source: American Geosciences Institute)

But it’s not just weather-related incidents that cause disruption to business. The percentage of data center outages caused by cybercrime increased more than tenfold between 2010 and 2016.

Read our infographic below to see surprising disaster stats and the 7 must-haves to include in your disaster recovery plan.


You need a disaster recovery plan

No matter the cause, downtime is expensive. According to an Uptime Institute Survey, the average cost of an hour-long data center outage is $260,000. You need a disaster recovery plan.

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