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Disaster Recovery [Jul. 6th, 2010|03:25 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Do you have a disaster plan (or plans)?

If so, what do they cover?

If not, why not?

I finally gave up on the various different local/physical back-up solutions I'd been trying to get working and started using an offline backup system (Carbonite, if you're curious).

I haven't bought the service yet, but I just ran a restore and it was pretty damn quick, so I probably will.

Eventually, I'll figure out something local/physical to keep more permanent stuff, like my thousands of travel pictures. Probably next time I upgrade the computer, I'll get a DVD burner.

I have an "ICE" entry on my cell phone, and my home # is listed as "1 - Home," so it's the second thing you see in my phone list (my email address at Yahoo being the first as it accepts mail from my phone, so I can send myself phone pics; not sure why it shows up first).

I seem to recall discussing our ZEPs (Zombie Escape Plans) but now I can't find where.

I have a little notebook next to my bed with high priority items I'd grab if I had 20 minutes to pack & get out of the house because it might get destroyed. I know where a couple of easy-to-pack bags are (a couple are in the closet, right next door, empty & neatly folded, while my "luggage" bag is in the next room down, mostly empty).

That's pretty much it, I think. I don't have a meet-up place with my BF or anyone else, for that matter. I don't have a "house is on fire" grab bag yet. (Insurance papers, car titles, medical info, etc.) I do have a fire safe that contains a few important things.

I dunno. I feel like there's more shit I should do to be prepared so I worry about it less and can just tuck the memory away like a $50 bill in the bottom of my wallet, recalled only when I'm about to get towed.

[User Picture]From: rmd
2010-07-06 07:48 am (UTC)
for backups, I just have a big disk (you can get a terabyte for about $100, now) that I toss content onto every once in a while.

I have a USB dvd burner if you want to borrow it.

I do not have an ICE entry on my phone, but I've got a "favorites" that has a handful of people, and home is listed as 'home' among them.

Suggestion: If you're comfortable putting it on someone else's disk (be it yahoo's email, or flickr, or google), take reasonably high quality photos of important documents.
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From: frotz
2010-07-06 09:55 am (UTC)
What qualifies as important documents? I'm not really sure anymore; once upon a time title docuements meant something more than not needing to go get a new copy from the government if you lost it. I think I'm more interested in having ready access to prescriptions for drugs and eyeglasses. Passport, maybe?

If I just needed to hole up at home for a while, I'd really like to have a generator to run the well pump, but it's 220v, so that's annoying. We can at least heat with wood. That's the sort of thing I actually worry about more; I don't see the zombiepocalypse coming, but the gradual decay of shared infrastructure has been happening all around me for years, and I can very easily see ending up in a state where the sewer, gas, and electric aren't even close to 100% anymore.

For the bits, I've got a 1TB drive that I mirror everything else to and a 1TB shoebox that I sync that to in turn every once in a while. One data store of those three is pretty much guaranteed to lunch itself every once in a while, but having stuff in two other places will hopefully cover for it, and the shoebox is at least easily portable for the original "house may be destroyed" scenario.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2010-07-06 09:44 am (UTC)
I don't; I ought.
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From: i_leonardo
2010-07-06 11:58 am (UTC)
electrics: gasoline generator with patch cable to connect it to the main panel, plenty of experience siphoning out of the various tanks on premises.

heat: fireplace and usually enough fuel for a couple of days; main water drain valve is easy to get to, if we have start to worry about pipes freezing.

food: propane cooktop and two full propane bottles, about two weeks worth of dry and canned goods, a case of bottled water.

main gas shut-off is easy to reach.

fire safe with "important papers", which are also photographed and kept on a memory stick off-site.

computers backed-up both to an on-site external disk and on off-site external disk (linux: unison).

cell phone has ICE number, wallet has card with ICE info on it.

pretty extensive first-aid kit, vaccinations all up-to-date plus recent boosters for a bunch of standard childhood shots.

most obvious failure: don't have any prescription drug slack.
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