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When disaster strikes, the first thing we should be worried about is the well-being of our loved ones and the people around us. In the moment, there isn’t always time to be concerned about our business and the bottom line. That is why it is so vital to plan ahead to protect the continuity of your company. Making sure you don’t close your doors and go out of business protects your employee’s livelihood, and once the danger passes from whatever incident has occurred, they will be happy their jobs are still secure.

Disaster Can Come From Many Directions

There are a multitude of hazards and natural disasters that can negatively impact your business. There are tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, blizzards, targeted cyberattacks, and even more. It is impossible to predict when all of these might take place or how severe the consequences could be. This is why when we talk about a backup disaster recovery plan, we create a plan that can adapt to different circumstances and solutions that apply to multiple scenarios.

When Was The Last Time You Updated Your Plan?

You might be thinking that you already have a disaster recovery plan in place. You created it years ago, and all the preparations are secure. The hard truth is that planning for bouncing back from a disaster requires routine upkeep and continual testing. The world is always changing, and there are new technologies to take advantage of every day. If your plan is not up-to-date, you could be missing out new tech or services that could make it much easier to recover.

The threats we face are also always growing and changing. Your old backup services could be obsolete and ineffectual against the next upcoming incident. It is crucial that you know the difference between a business continuity plan and a disaster recovery strategy as well. Business continuity is more focused on the future of your company and how you can ensure your operations continue for years to come. Disaster recovery is about the immediate response to crises and incidents as they arise.

A Guide To Disaster Recovery Preparations

There are many steps to building an effective disaster recovery strategy. We are providing this checklist on the broad strokes of building your own plans and strategies.

Assess Your Situation

Perform a business impact analysis (BIA) of the most likely disasters to strike your company and how your mission-critical functions will respond to them.
Establish recovery time objectives (RTO) of how long it should take to get the functions of your business up and running again.

Assign Responsibilities

People need to know who to look towards for direction in an emergency. Create a list of key personnel who will take charge during a disaster.

  • Who will make decisions on relocation?
  • Who will monitor the impact on your budget?
  • What tasks are most essential to perform first?

Put Your Team Members First

In the case of disasters or incidents that risk bodily harm to your customers or employees, the first priority is their safety.

  • How you reach urgent medical care?
  • What emergency supplies do you have?

You’ll need more than a first-aid kit to maintain the well-being of your people.

Look At Backup Locations

We’re not saying you need to invest in a secondary location, but you should have some idea of where people could work if your current location is damaged or inaccessible.

  • Can your people work remotely or from home on a short-term basis?
  • Look into rental space that is able to accommodate your needs quickly.

Figure Out Your Equipment Needs

Let’s say you’ve lost your current location and have no access to everything inside. You’re running a skeleton crew and running mission-critical operations.

  • How many computers will you need?
  • What other equipment will you need?
  • Where will you get it?

Backup Your Data

Every company needs to have a solution in place for their own data backups. Data loss can be impossible to come back from, you can’t just replace it like a computer.

Your backup solution could be off-site drives or a cloud-connected data center.

You need to know where your data backups are, and the amount of time it will take to restore them.

Make Communication A Priority

Be sure that you and your employees have access to emergency service contact information.

Set up a plan for communicating your own workforce whether they are on or off-site.

  • What devices will you need?
  • What if cell-phones are not working and the internet is down?

Reevaluate Your Plans Regularly

Being prepared is a work in progress. Your job is never truly done in this area.

Make sure that your plans are not out of date and update anything that has become obsolete.

You don’t want to find out some crucial piece no longer works at the moment you need it most.

To get the most step-by-step advice and assistance, reach out to Be Structured today. We are prepared to be your partner in securing the operations of your business and making sure your IT is ready to respond.

18 thoughts on “Do You Have A Disaster Recovery Plan?

  1. A disaster recovery plan is imperative for any business to have – especially with all the hacking and cyber threats going on these days. I see that I definitely need to consider more backup locations. This is one area that I will admit that my company needs definite improvement in.

  2. Disasters can strike anytime..we have no control over them..but we can plan ahead of time..disaster recovery plan wouldn’t hurt..Nice write up..companies will gain a lot from this

  3. Having plans in case of disaster is really a must since we will never know when it will strike and affect us. Prevention is always better than cure. It’s a must to be prepared at all times.

  4. A disaster can come any time without advice, It makes me think that I ever thought of having a disaster recovery plan and I have to change that.

  5. It is always better to have a back up plan. Anything can go wrong and having a fallback gives an assurance that everything will be okay.

  6. This was well put together and it will management team know what to do when they find themselves in a situation like this. They should be a backup plan both for the premises and data of the company

  7. A business that runs without a disaster recovery plan is a business that is setting itself up for failure. A disaster recovery plan is a must have for any modern company.

  8. In my opinion the best way to backup data against a disaster is by doing a cloud backup. That way even if all the infrastructure is destroyed you still have access to the data.

  9. Your article is very informative and does a good job of pointing out how to best go about developing a disaster recovery plan. I have learnt a lot.

  10. Data is the most vital thing that can be lost during a disaster. It’s always important to have a good backup plan.

  11. Yes I do have although it is mostly for my finances sort of sinking fund for emergencies. It is a good practice to do.

  12. It’s good that you’ve pointed out that the members should be put first. Human life must be valued above all else.

  13. Some companies overlook the importance of a disaster recovery plan. I think that this thing is a serious matter that needs attention so that your business will still continue even when a disaster strikes.

  14. We try to review our disaster plan at least once every year. Then if we find something that is no longer relevant then we change it.

  15. I love this concept of Business Analysis Impact, because its not only for IT business but for any other business. You need to know how you can respond unforeseen disaster.

  16. Disaster anywhere is imminent and as such plans must be put in place to cushion the effect. I think having a backup to be able to recover what was loss should be the way out.

  17. I’ve always found that having a back up plan does help a lot when dealing with large and important data. You never know what might happen with technology.

  18. I agree with you that having a back up plan is very vital in case of a disaster. But one should be ready to part with a bit more cash because the expenses of all this is not cheap.

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