When disaster strikes, everyone is affected. However, businesses are most directly impacted because they provide goods and services to customers, and so they need to have a well-written and well-thought disaster recovery system in order to resume their activity as soon as possible.
This way, they are sure to resume the activities as fast as possible and offer their services. Depending on the state in which each business has its HQ, several disasters can strike. Here’s what you need to know in order to have a good & efficient disaster recovery system.
Developing a Disaster Recovery System
Your first step is to make an impact analysis of any potential disaster. This means that you have to identify what operation you must protect as a priority in the face of a natural disaster. Of course, this step is usually made by risk managers or consultants that have expertise when it comes to disaster planning.
Your next step in establishing your disaster recovery system is to train your employees to carry out an emergency response. So your first step is to make sure that your employees know whom they must contact in case that disaster strikes, and what responsibility each of them has. For example, one employee will make sure to preserve life, while another will limit property losses. You can do regular drills in order to accustom them with their responsibilities in case of an emergency.
Next off, make an inventory of your assets depending on their importance. What assets does your business need in order to resume as soon as possible its activity? Are there hardware/ software assets? Or physical assets that make your business work? If you’re a coffee shop, for example, then your most important assets are the store itself, your money, coffee makers, cashing units etc.
If you’re a call center, then your highest assets are the hardware/ software components, servers, network etc. Also, you need to make sure that, in case disaster hits your HQ or place of operations, you have a backup place where you can move or deploy, temporarily, the assets mentioned above.
Now: you have made an inventory, you have employees that know exactly what to do, and you have a backup place in case your primary place of operations is hit. It is time to make a list with all of your employees and see who can work from home and who needs to be at work.
That is, who mandatorily needs to come to the physical place of operations. In order to do so, mark each person and his/her function with an asterisk. See whose presence is critical and who can remotely commute. This will be of use for the development of your disaster recovery system.
This is the final step that you must take. After you have assessed all of the above, make a table
a detailed and all-encompassing plan. This plan of your disaster recovery system should comprise of the following: effects that disaster might have, key employees and their duties during an emergency. And, of course, who will work from where.
No disaster is easy to overcome. But, with a well-thought, simulated and established disaster recovery system, your business will resume operations fast. And in a secure way so as to not endanger any member of your staff.
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