10 Steps to a Winning Disaster Recovery Plan

10 Steps to a Winning Disaster Recovery Plan

Creating a disaster recovery plan is the most important step to prevent your company from being permanently halted by the effects of a natural disaster. Natural disasters can cause a business to suffer daily losses that average $3,000. With roughly 75% of businesses admitting that they lack a disaster recovery plan, the need for a focus on disaster recovery is greater than ever. Below are 10 elements to cover in your disaster recovery plan

1) Create a disaster recovery team. Employees need to know who to contact if a disaster strikes. Your disaster recovery team should have a key spokesperson who communicates instructions to team members and employees. This person will also oversee the key steps of your disaster recovery plan and communicate plan results to employees.

2) Assess your company’s key risks. This step involves identifying your most critical information and communication systems, along with the physical work requirements (remote office space, furniture, supplies, etc.) that are needed for your business to operate.

3) Make sure you have a disaster kit on hand. A disaster preparedness kit should contain some basic items that you will need to weather the initial effects of a natural disaster. Your disaster kit should include a flashlight, first aid kit, fresh batteries, water, battery-powered radio, and non-perishable food.

4) Ensure that you have an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) or generator. This will help you keep key systems operating in case your power fails. Be sure to choose a UPS or generator that is the right size for your business, using care to allow for future growth in your business.

5) Invest in safety features such as a safeguarded alarm system and smoke detectors. Other safety elements to consider include a sprinkler system with high-temperature sensors and thermal detectors. Check each system regularly to ensure that they are fully functional.

6) House your data center in a location that is higher than street level. Choose a second or third floor location if your office has multiple floors. If your offices are in a single-floor building, make sure your data racks are elevated off the floor.

7) Have a plan for call center backup. Highlight which types of calls are the most critical for your business and create a process to funnel those calls to an alternative location that possesses the phones, staff, and systems needed to respond to calls. Make sure you have a way to remotely reroute calls and transmit messages. There should also be a forwarding mechanism for key phone numbers.

8) Back up your data. Remove any back-ups of your tapes or external hard drives every day and house them in a safe but easily accessible location. Two or three people should have a key to this location. You should also back up your data remotely to the cloud.

9) Provide disaster recovery training to all employees. Training is critical to your ability to carry out your disaster recovery plan in the smoothest way possible. Employees should know who to call in the event that disaster strikes and what measures to take to ensure their safety. Once safety is covered, employees should receive instruction on how they can perform their jobs remotely if feasible.

10) Enlist the support of a proven disaster recovery specialist. The best way to approach disaster recovery is with the support of a disaster recovery specialist. Onsite Techs is owned and operated by a seasoned team of IT experts with over 30 years of combined industry experience. Whether you are reeling from the effects of malware, hackers, or a natural disaster, the Onsite Techs team has the expertise to help your company survive the most unthinkable disasters. 

While it may not be possible to prevent a disaster from occurring, you can create a plan to help prevent the harmful effects of a disaster from devastating your business. Contact us today to find out how we can help you create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.