Does Your Disaster Recovery Plan Take All of These Human-Made and Natural Disasters Into Account?

Disaster types Overview

For businesses across healthcare, financial services and educational industries, where highly sensitive data is regulated, the need to maintain the availability and integrity of data is critical in order to meet stringent compliance requirements. However, one of the primary culprits for data availability and integrity issues comes in the form of disasters.

Natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, can instantaneously disable the transmission of data or cause irrecoverable damage to IT systems used to maintain this function in addition to the information they store. But many times, businesses overlook other types of disasters that could affect their enterprise including man-made disasters and less-common weather-related events.

When building a Disaster Recovery plan, it’s important to consider all contingencies to create a truly effective solution for business continuity. Consider the following types of disasters that can hinder your data protection:


Arson is the deliberate, act of setting fire to a building. Acts of arson can demolish complete buildings and campuses.

Geographic location: Anywhere.

Electrical Fires

Electrical-based fires can result in destruction of property and can be caused by outlet overload or faulty circuit breakers.

Geographic location: Anywhere.

Ice Storms

Ice storms, caused by severe cold snaps can result in debilitated physical property from freezing rains. Ice storms often leave entire cities without power, and can cause lasting damage to buildings or private property.

Geographic location: Ice storms primarily affect the northern parts of the United States.

Industrial Incidents

Industrial incidents, whether intentional or accidental, can severely damage property, hardware, and software.

Geographic location: Anywhere.

Lightning Strikes

Lightning strikes the Earth roughly 100 times per second, containing up to one billion volts of electricity. In the event of a lightning strike, buildings can catch on fire, electrical and water systems can melt, and physical facilities and hardware can be destroyed.

Geographic location: Lightning occurs more frequently in the southeastern parts of the United States.

Power Outages

Power outages vary in severity, but can leave companies without power for days, weeks or months on end. Massive natural disasters, including flooding and tornadoes are often at the basis for power outages, but they can also occur due to human error.

Geographic location: Anywhere.

Riots or Civil Unrest

Riots caused by civil unrest result in damaged property at various levels, and also prevent business-as-usual due to the safety risks for workers.

Geographic location: Anywhere.


Vandalism is the deliberate destruction of private or public property. Physical vandalism can destroy hardware systems, and cyber-vandalism can include compromised online data or credentials. Vandalism can occur anywhere.

Geographic location: Anywhere, also web-based.

Preparing for Disaster

Businesses need to invest time in developing a Disaster Recovery Plan, and a systematic solution to employing that plan. A Disaster Recovery Plan is a document that outlines the process or procedure to both protect and/or recover a business’s sensitive data.

OnRamp is a leading provider of Disaster Recovery services. We adhere to rigorous compliance requirements associated with the creation, transmission and storage of sensitive data in industries including healthcare, financial services and education with highly sensitive user data.

Our geographically stable locations, and Full7Layer Support team, enables our customers to effectively run remote IT environments in Austin and Raleigh. Our data centers all feature physical, logical and technical protections so that in the unlikely event of a disaster, you can rest assured your data will remain safe. And if such a scenario were to take place at your place of business we can enable the fail over and fail back of your IT operations to our secure data center environment. Some of the features of our data centers include redundant power systems and emergency power generation, redundant cooling, fire-suppression systems, redundant bandwidth from multiple backbone providers, two-factor authentication required to access our facilities, and advanced monitoring software including intrusion detection systems and intrusion protection systems. All of these features contribute to the stability of your IT environment.

OnRamp provides computing infrastructure built with the most advanced security and critical systems for maintaining the utmost in data availability and integrity. Because of this, we are a trusted, single source solution for all of your Disaster Recovery needs and compliance objectives.