It’s a typical Monday morning. You’re on your way to your office when an emergency announcement interrupts the local news program. An explosion has decimated a dry cleaning establishment near your business. Police have cordoned off a one-block radius and all traffic is being rerouted. As you get closer, you see that all your office windows have exploded and fire crews are spraying foam over the remains of your computer equipment.
This isn’t the time to wonder if you have a disaster recovery plan in place.
Fortunately, if you use awesomecloud, you know your data is backed up. But what about your most valuable asset, your people?
It’s easy to implement a disaster recovery plan, following these few steps:
Assign an emergency management coordinator. He or she will be the main point of contact to employees, vendors, and the media.
Make a list of employees and all phone numbers, alternate numbers, and emails. The coordinator will be responsible to notify employees of the disaster. As the coordinator, he or she should convey the following information when contacting employees:
- Brief description of the incident
- Location of an alternate site, if applicable
- Immediate actions to be taken
- Whether or not the facility can be entered
- All employees should carry photo identification with them at all times and be prepared to show it to security or local authorities
- Instruct everyone notified NOT to make any statements to the media
Keep a list of critical vendors such as delivery services, building owner, property manager, alarm company, to notify in case of disaster.
Notify key customers of the incident.
Every company should have a detailed disaster recovery plan (DRP) to follow in case of a tragic event as described above. There are no guarantees that human error, hardware failure, or natural disasters won’t affect your business. It is estimated that 80% of businesses that don’t have a DRP never open their doors after a disaster strikes.
Be prepared before disaster strikes to avoid an interruption in your business operation.