You’ve heard about it again and again. Businesses struck with disaster, never able to recover, shutter their doors. Unfortunately, often a backup and disaster recovery plan could’ve prevented the ultimate shutdown of some businesses who could not afford even a few days without productivity.
So, what needs to be in your disaster recovery plan?
A List of Equipment
The first thing you want to nail down is your equipment. What hardware keeps your business running? This is a full list of monitors and printers, routers and servers. What software programs are essential to your business? Do you use Microsoft Office 365? Quicken? Salesforce?
This inventory (which should be a living list as you grow your business) will act as your shopping list after a disaster that affects any individual workstation or the office as a whole.
A List of Disasters
It’s time to use your imagination. When you think about disasters, you need to think big and small. Hurricanes, earthquakes, plagues: What kind of natural disasters affect your area? Think total destruction of your office and everything inside.
Then there’s temporarily inaccessible office space. Floods could keep you out of the building for several days. Fires, too.
Likewise, you need to be aware of the local, human hazards. Coffee spilled on a monitor or hard drive, for example, could put an employee out of work for several hours.
A List of Actions
Here is your cause-and-effect list. For each potential disaster, you make a course of action. This emergency workflow puts you in the best position for recovery as quickly as possible from everything in your list of disasters.
Your actions determine how effectively you can retrieve information on your backup system. If you’re in the medical industry, for example, you need to ensure immediate access to patient records. Your plan of action determines how this vital data is revived after a disaster.
An Assignment of Tasks
A key element to disaster recovery is your people. In the case of natural disasters, you want a plan to contact your employees so that everyone first knows that the team is safe, and who’s running point. But once concern for safety is alleviated, your team needs to hit the ground running.
An assignment of tasks gives employees a post-disaster to-do list, so they know the steps they need to take to get the business back up and running. This also delegates responsibility to the team members with specific organizational processes for mobility, in case your team is working out of the office temporarily.
Ultimately, a good backup and disaster recovery plan is an essential tool that should be tested frequently. At AdRem, we’re experts at helping you create your plan and testing it periodically so if and when disaster strikes, you are prepared to keep moving forward.