As I write, a potentially devastating storm may be heading towards the Northeast coast of the United States. While it has the rather friendly sounding name of “Sandy,” it is also being dubbed “The Frankenstorm” by forecasters because of the way it may end up combining multiple weather elements into one furious package.
Since I live in Long Island, New York, I’m potentially right in the cross-hairs of The Frankenstorm. As it happens, I’m not very good at preparing for such events. I tend to take a “Que Sera, Sera” attitude, and I don’t go out and buy milk and batteries and a generator or whatever it is people buy to prepare for such things.
Foolish of me, I know, because sometimes “Que Sera, Sera” can be a lot spookier than the famous Doris Day version linked earlier.
But my data’s protected!
Both my work and personal data are backed up to outside storage, so whatever happens here, my data is safe….. over there someplace. If I lose power, which seems likely, I won’t be able to use my data anyway (once my battery runs out). But the possibility of greater damage exists. I’m not in a flood area, but I’m surrounded by a lot of trees. If one crashes through the window I could suffer a lot of water damage, and if my laptop gets soaked then I’m going to need that offsite data once things get back to normal.
Events like The Frankenstorm really concentrate the mind on backup and disaster recovery. With any luck, Sandy will drift out to sea and we’ll all be spared the impact. I sure preferred it when “Sandy” was just one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs.