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Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan

Business Technology | January 13, 2012

Disasters can happen to any business and they come in many forms and severities. They could be everything from a natural disaster, to a well-meaning employee accidently downloading a dangerous virus, to something crucial getting mistakenly deleted. These what-ifs can keep you up at night, so for your own reassurance develop a disaster recovery plan.

Decide What’s Important

The first step is knowing what you have and what’s essential. Take an inventory of all the data that is critical for your business to run. This will lead you to the data that should be backed up. Using an online provider or the cloud to store all of your data is one method to ensure data recovery if your hard drive crashes and burns.

Make a Plan

Your next step is to contemplate what steps you should take if something happens. Begin with the worst possible scenario and create a plan for that. What technology do you require if everything is destroyed, what data, and what systems need to be back up ASAP? Write down these in order of importance.

Know Your Workflows

I’m sure you have an overall understanding of the way your company is run, but knowing each and every process is nearly impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can perform the duties in the event of an emergency.

Decide Who is in Charge

Depending on the type of disaster you go through, your employees could panic.  Before this happens, select one levelheaded person in the company to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They should know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you create it. This is the person you turn to for execution of the plan, so that you can be the strong leader your employees need at a time like this.

When we hear of disaster people often think it can’t happen to them, but we never know what is around the corner. It’s important to be prepared. Having a strong disaster recovery plan will not only make you feel more secure, but will comfort your employees as well.


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