- Unplug your hardware during an electrical storm — Make sure that your laptops, hard drives, gaming consoles, and other electronic equipment are unplugged during severe weather. If lightning does strike, you could experience a power surge that could knock out and/or fry your gadgets from the inside out.
- Use surge protectors, and replace them every few years — Don't just plug your expensive equipment into any ol' power brick! Make sure your extension cords and power adapters have surge protection to ensure that any power spikes won't destroy your machines.
- Back up your data! — It should totally be in your head by now that routinely backing up your data is the best way to ensure you don't lose any important information or documents in the event that your laptops and computers suffer water damage, power surges, fire, or any other disaster. Keeping your backup hard drive in an airtight fireproof safe is probably your safest bet, but storing it in a waterproof container can help it stay dry in case of flooding.