Disaster Recovery Planning: Preparation is the Key to Surviving Disasters

If your answers to these questions leave you with any degree of uncertainty, you need to improve your preparedness and limit your vulnerability to future disasters. A commitment to developing and regularly updating your disaster recovery plan is vital to a full recovery.

How is a Disaster Recovery Plan Developed?

Because every organization needs a unique plan, the planning process can vary greatly. However, the following brief outline developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is included in their Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry , provides an understanding of the fundamentals. For more detailed information you may wish to obtain a copy of the guide by visiting FEMA’s Web site at www.fema.gov.

Step One — Establish a Planning Team

If a major disaster were to occur, how prepared would your organization be?