In an emergency situation it might be hard to decide which data is more important and worth saving, therefore it’s always good to be prepared for the worst. Prioritize what is considered as “high importance data” first, e.g family photos, tax and legal documents, work projects, school assignments, creative work, or maybe even an important music collection.
Keep Important Data On The Cloud
One very good strategy is to upload your data to cloud-based services, that way you will have a copy of all your data on a remote secured location. However, it’s not recommended to upload sensitive data like tax forms with social security numbers to the cloud without the data being encrypted prior to being uploaded. Google Drive, icloud, and Dropbox are today’s best free cloud services. Depending on how much data you need to backup and the value of the data it would be better to pay for it. Carbonite is an excellent automatic cloud backup solution, it offers different price plans and all their server facilities are in the United States.
Use External Hard Drives
If uploading sensitive data (even if it’s encrypted) to the cloud is not an option, external hard drives are excellent solutions. External hard drives offer great portability and big capacities for a good price. If you think you might have to deal with flooded areas, consider getting a few dry bags and use them to store the most important electronic devices like cellphones, external hard drives, etc. Dry blags will float and keep electronic devices dry during a short time underwater.