Hurricane season is right around the corner and the first tropical storm has already come and gone off the coast of South Carolina. Be prepared this year ahead of time. Consider your options for stand-by business operations and remote communications with customers, vendors and employees. Are you regularly backing up your critical data? Do you have a plan in place to access this data during a disaster or business-down emergency? Have you appointed key employees to manage certain aspects of your business continuity and disaster recovery plan? One critical point to consider in your planning is the ‘recovery’ phase. Think this through from end-to-end before purchasing additional hardware, software or services.