August 20th, 2021
Hurricanes, tropical storms, and severe thunderstorms can have devastating effects on unprepared rent-to-own stores. With the proper preparation, you can stay a step ahead of the storm to help ensure that your files, data, and equipment are protected from Mother Nature.
Headquartered in Tornado Alley, we’ve learned a thing or two about preparing for torrential storms. We’ve compiled some tips to help our friends in the rent-to-own industry to prepare their cynergi|suite software and IT systems when severe weather is in the forecast. Additionally, we’ll provide a list of suggested reports you should run in case you lose power and need to continue operations “the old-fashioned way.”
Above all, during a severe weather event, be sure to follow the safety warnings and recommendations of your state and local officials.
When you’re anticipating severe weather or the possibility of flooding impacting your RTO store, we recommend taking the following precautions to safeguard your systems, equipment, and customer data.
Print and save customer lists as backups if you lose power and need to operate your business manually. Review our list of recommended cynergi|suite reports below.
Store a copy of your customer lists in a safe, dry place, and take a copy with you in case of evacuation. In our experience, it’s best to print more than one customer list and have trusted employees take copies too.
Follow your routine on-site backup procedures. Verify that the backup is complete and record your system backup date and time.
Take pictures or record videos of your equipment, connections, and cabling.
Safely shut down and unplug all equipment, including:
Raise equipment off the floor and move it to a countertop or desk to help safeguard against flooding dangers.
If possible, when you’re in imminent danger of wind or flood damage, physically relocate your servers, firewalls, and modems.
Before the storm hits, we recommend running and printing the following cynergi|suite reports. We also recommend consulting your home office, owners, and operations managers for any additional reports they would like to print.
If you’re an existing cynergi|suite customer, our team can program these emergency reports to be sent to you regularly via email, so you’re always prepared. Contact us to learn more.
If you’re looking for a winning combo of industry-leading software and technology support for your RTO business, choose cynergi|suite. Contact us today to learn more cynergi|suite and schedule a demo.