The difference between having a disaster plan in place and not having one could be your business itself. And, the recent flooding in New Orleans is just one more example of why having solid disaster recovery and business continuity planning is place is a must – not optional – for anyone doing computer-networked business today.
Major flooding in the US has devastated businesses in the digital age with costly results. Those businesses that had a disaster recovery plan or DR plan, and a comprehensive business continuity plan in place bounced back much faster than those that did not.
The cost of recovery for these small businesses and medium and large enterprises was also much lower. Is your business ready for disasters of all types? In order to reach a place of optimum readiness, you need a DR plan in place to ensure that your business survival and recovery is fast and seamless.
Some things your business continuity plan should cover are:
Creating a Winning Business Continuity Plan
It takes dedicated, qualified business IT specialists to help you create a winning business continuity plan (BC plan). If your organization doesn’t already have a BC plan in place, you’ll want to put it at the top of your to-do list. If you feel you have a substandard BC plan, you’ll also want to mark it for reevaluation and possible overhaul.
Here are the six main steps in creating a solid BC plan:
You also need to have a business continuity checklist that includes equipment and supplies, the location of all data backup sites, where the BC plan will be kept accessible, and who should guard it. You’ll also want to keep contact info for emergency responders, key personnel, and backup site service providers.
Remember, also, that your disaster recovery plan is an integral part of the larger business continuity plan, so you will want to make sure your IT department has planned accordingly for the two.
Testing Your BC Plan
After you’ve drafted your BC plan, it must be rigorously tested so you’ll know it’ll be effective in case of disaster. Generally, most BC plan testing consists of:
Floods are Just One of Many Disasters to Plan For
It isn’t news that any Louisiana business owner wants (or needs) to hear, but the recent flooding is only one example of a disaster that can befall your livelihood at any time – sometimes with little or no warning.
New Orleans Louisiana business owners and residents really don’t need reminding of how many disasters can adversely affect their homes and businesses. They are some of the most disaster-ready inhabitants of the United States, but even so, you still have to have hard and practiced disaster and BC planning established if you are to ride out the next storm unscathed as a business owner.
Statistics on Small Business Disaster Recovery
(Source: Urban League of Louisiana)
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