End users and businesses in six flood affected counties have been offered a 35% discount, while registered charities will get free services from data recovery firm CBL.
For the next 60 days, UK firm CBL Data Recovery Technologies isoffering a discounted rate to businesses and end users in flood-affected areas of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire. These services will be offered free to registered charities.
It is believed that hundreds of firms across six counties could be suffering disrupted power supplies as a result of the floods. The costs of flood insurance claims could spiral into tens of millions of pounds.
Frank Priest, general manager of CBL, said the event would result in the loss of important data, for any sized business. "Once the flood waters have receded, survival for smaller organisations may depend greatly on accessing their files and customer records residing on the flood damaged hard drives of their computers."
CBL also advised those affected computer users with water-damaged hard drives and storage media not to tamper with the media or otherwise try to fix the problem themselves by heating, freezing of agitating sensitive equipment.
"Small or large organisations need to schedule regular backups and keep them on CDs or DVDs offsite, thereby reducing the risk of data loss. And business owners should review their insurance policies as the cost of data recovery may be included in their plan or covered under a business interruption clause," said Priest.
Eligible customers can contact CBL via its toll free help line at 0800 028 2069. Flood victims can send their affected digital storage media to CBL through participating retail locations in the Midlands at no charge.