If Hurricane Katrina proved just one thing, it proved that we are more vulnerable than we think. Putting aside our personal safety for a moment, have you thought about the safety of your data, whether it is source code or customer data or even hard copy data, such as contracts? Where do you keep it? Where do you keep backups?
Aside: If you don't keep backups, you are just asking for disaster, so sit placidly on your porch and wait. It'll find you sooner or later.
Most companies have backups, but many smaller ones do not have "off-site" backups, so a single building disaster would be all that it would take to end their business. But even those who have off-site backups might think about just where that off-site is. It may be on CD's or DVD's stored in a bank vault at your local bank. Not terribly useful if your bank is 20 feet under water, even if the vault is waterproof. But even if you don't live in New Orleans (and I am terribly sorry if you did until recently and don't anymore), have you considered other ways your bank or off-site storage could become inaccessible? What about a dirty bomb that left the area radioactive and inaccessible for years? That could happen to any of us.
So, what do I suggest? You can't keep everything in Outer Mongolia, because the cost of getting it back and forth would be prohibitive, but if there is truly important information, you might want to consider sending a copy to your mother in Moline or your cousin in Kansas City or your aunt in Albuquerque. Just in case.
You never know when disaster might strike.
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