Nothing Like a Temblor
As I rode the brief sway of the 15-story building that houses Ziff Davis West Coast offices, I automatically started ticking through the contingency plans I've made for just such an event. Food and water--check, boots--check, flashlight--check. I've even explored the emergency exit stairs. I highly recommend this...you might be surprised at the rather long and winding path these exits often have once you reach the ground floor.
Whenever there is an earthquake I can feel, I make a point of reviewing my emergency plan. So today, I'll pass that practice on to you. I wrote Updating Disaster-Recovery Plans after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March in Japan.
Take this time to make locate your existing plan and make sure it is up-to-date. If you don't have a disaster plan, mark some time to start working on one. Take a walk through the data center and kick the tires on your UPS systems. If you're living in the cloud, take a minute to look over the commitments they made to keep you up and running in the case of a natural disaster.