Preparing Your Computer For The Storm

How to protect your computer during a hurricane


1. Back up your data and keep the copy in a safe place.
2. Shut down your computer and turn off your monitor. You should also turn off anything connected to your computer like printers and external drives.
3. Unplug the power cords from all devices. You may lose power during a storm. Surges can happen when power is restored. Unplugging from the wall will help the computers stay protected.
4. Unplug the network cable going to your computer, as well as your printer (networked printers only). Lightning can send voltage through these lines, possibly damaging your network cards.
5. If  your computer is located near a window, you may want to cover it with a garbage bag in case water comes in. (NOTE: Be sure to unplug the power from the equipment before doing so. This will insure that the computer does not over heat when power is restored.)


What to do when you return?


1. Remove any covering you placed over your computer.
2. Plug in the power cords to all devices.
3. Turn on the equipment starting with the equipment connected to your computer first. Then turn on your computer and monitor.