Los Angeles is aiming to prepare for the next big earthquake, yet some companies may already be prepared. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti outlined a proposed preparedness plan that would give the city a layer of resiliency when the “Big One” hits, according to NBC, but not every company necessarily needs to craft a fresh resiliency plan if they already have solid network and resource protection in place.

The Proposed Plan

The earthquake plan outlined by Garcetti involves billions in infrastructure improvements, specifically targeting three key areas: buildings, water supply and telecommunications. Certain types of at-risk buildings erected prior to a specific date would require retrofitting to add strength.

A backup water system would be created, while the existing one would undergo an earthquake-resistant upgrade to pipes and materials. Measures would also be taken to protect the San Andreas fault, pegged as the most likely epicenter of the next big quake.

The mayor’s telecommunications proposal involves improving cellphone and Internet networks to protect against quake-related breakdown. His ideas also include designing a solar-powered wireless Internet network and strengthening cellphone towers.

The Protection

Some companies, those that have implemented cloud backup and disaster recovery solutuons, already have the fortification they need in the event of the next big Los Angeles quake. Others may find themselves in the same situation as the New York Stock Exchange after Hurricane Sandy. The NYSE went dark due to the failure of several trading firms to test the recovery and backup systems.

Protection can come from two main strategies. The first is to ensure a backup data and real-time data recovery solution is in place – and regular testing to ensure the solution works. The cloud-based disaster recovery solution offered by Global Data Vault is a prime example, particularly because GDV conducts quarterly testing of customer systems to ensure systems would be operable when they’re needed most.

The second strategy involves location. All companies, but especially those with resources along the West Coast, would be wise to maintain a cloud backup and disaster recovery solution in a risk-free environment. Redundancy is a must, and opting for redundancy in a data center located in a low to risk-free area of the country can best preserve continuity of business operations.

While the mayor’s plans may be beneficial for protecting Los Angeles as a whole, companies need to ensure they have their own strategies to protect their individual businesses. A no-fail, cloud-based recovery solution is definitely one of them.