Disaster Recovery Planning: Preparation is the Key to Surviving Disasters

Step Two — Analyze Capabilities and Hazards

Step Three — Establish the Plan

Step Four — Implement the Plan

Post-Disaster Considerations

You can hope that your business or organization never suffers a disaster that would interrupt or threaten its prosperity. But you can be sure that if disaster does strike, a full and timely recovery will depend on your ability to deal with the unexpected.

I hope that I have stimulated your thinking about how to be better prepared by encouraging you to give careful consideration to the importance of organized disaster planning.

You are encouraged to consider all areas, especially those unique to your organization. However, regardless of your organization’s individual needs, technology will likely play a major role in your plan development and recovery effort. Therefore, it is also important that you make a business continuity plan (BCP) dealing with technology issues a focal point of your overall strategy.

The following chart provides some Web sites that may be referred to for information to enhance any disaster planning program.