Here's what Mike Cobb, the director of engineering at DriveSavers, recommends doing in case of an impending natural disaster:
- Keep all electronics out of basements and off the floor in general. Basements are naturally cool places, but are the first to flood.
- If possible, unplug your hardware--laptops, printers, and other electronic devices--from all power sources.
- Invest in a surge protector. Surge protectors and battery backups should be checked or replaced every few years to ensure the highest level of effectiveness.
- To help protect against water damage enclose any valuable devices in plastic or place in a water-tight plastic bin.