Once again we have witnessed the awesome power of nature and our own frailties. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of the victims of Hurricane Sandra and mega-storm Sandy. If you’ve watched any of the news reports, you’ve seen the destruction and chaos these storms bring with them.

You’ve also seen the resilience of the victims in dealing with this catastrophe. And you’ve been awed by the throngs of willing volunteers, putting their own life in harm’s way to assist in the recovery.

Recent footage of the devastation and destruction in New York and other coastal cities and towns reminds us that we need to be prepared for natural emergencies, both in our personal lives and in our businesses. Sometimes, rebuilding is possible over time. However, much has been destroyed that cannot be replaced.

Here at The Data Rescue Center, we want to remind all of our friends to safeguard their businesses by backing up their critical data with a routine, effective backup plan. Should you suffer a data disaster, we are ready to help you get up and running as soon as possible. Our data recovery lab is ready to retrieve your lost files and perform server data recovery when needed.

Again, our thoughts go out to the victims of this horrific natural disaster. We are looking for ways that we, ourselves, can help our fellow citizens and we know that     you are doing the same as well.

The Data Rescue Center is offering a 10% discount for victims of Hurricane Sandy (in addition to our pricing that is typically 30 to 40% cheaper than our competitors).

It is vital that you take immediate steps to prevent further damage to your data. When water damage is suspected or visibly apparent:

· Do not attempt to power up or use the equipment.

· Do not try to dry out the machine, hard drive or any other data storage media; this can further damage the data through excessive heat exposure.

· Carefully remove the hard drive from the computer and place it in a sealed, airtight bag. Do this with other media as well, such as digital cameras and smartphone cards.

If you have experienced power loss, especially a long-term outage, unplug all of your equipment from electrical outlets, surge protectors and battery backup systems. Power surges are possible when service is restored, which can cause physical damage and potential data loss.

After power is restored and you are able to power up your equipment, carefully observe its operation. Hard drives that will not spin up or that make unusual grinding or clicking noises might be damaged. Shut down, unplug the computer immediately, and prepare your drive for recovery. Contact The Data Rescue Center for program details and recovery instructions at 1-877-501-4949. We perform Windows and Mac data recovery, both personal and business, and RAID recovery for servers.