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IT-related emergencies can strike at any time whether it’s a malware attack, flood, fire, system crash or human error. That’s why it’s vital to have a plan in place to make sure your business can get back up and running, continue to accomplish work and keep unproductive downtime at a minimum.
Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas residents hard, with gale-force winds, monsoon-worthy rains and serious flooding. It’s events like this that show why it’s so important to have the right plan and support in place in order to avoid serious damage to your business.
Without effective Disaster Recovery planning, your business can suffer devastating consequences during an emergency. Data loss can affect your company’s reputation, leading to loss of business and lower return on investment for the time your employees spend on the lost work in the first place.
So what does effective Disaster Recovery planning really mean for a business like yours? Key steps include:
Developing a Plan
As with most endeavors, the first step is to create a workable plan. Your business’ hurricane or disaster plan should be carefully constructed and written down for reference and review. Remember, many companies are required to maintain an Emergency Action Plan by OSHA, so this can be considered part of that process.
Your plan should put forth policies and procedures regarding employee safety, business continuity and contingencies that can be activated if your business’ facilities are damaged.
Defining Procedures and Assigning Roles
Determine the critical staff that will need to be on-site or on-call during an emergency. It’s important to define who will be needed to keep your business running, and who should be responsible for any emergency response tasks. Remember that safety comes first, and that your plan must focus on keeping your employees out of danger.
A comprehensive plan should prepare your business to coordinate with others during an emergency. How are nearby businesses going to operate during a hurricane? How will police, fire and medical response be affected? These questions are best answered before the storm hits.
Briefing Your Employees
Your hurricane plan should not be written and then left on a shelf. Every employee should be familiar with your procedures and plans to handle any future emergencies. Hold a meeting where your plan is reviewed, roles are assigned and your staff can ask questions.
Reviewing and Updating Your Plans Annually
Changes in your business or the community in which you operate can have a major effect on your disaster plan. Be sure to review your plan at least once a year and make any necessary revisions to keep it current and effective.
Effective Disaster Recovery services keep you safe no matter the emergency, simple as that. Proper business continuity planning should assess your individual requirements by estimating your current data retention needs and expected growth. You can then determine what systems are critical to your business and assess what recovery mechanisms are currently in place. Based on this comprehensive analysis, you’re then able to build a business continuity plan with solutions that work best for your organization.
Remember – without comprehensive disaster recovery planning, you’re left vulnerable to any and all emergency situations, whether it’s a major meteorological event like Hurricane Harvey, or common — and still unpredictable — power outages. Consequences include:
The good news is that you don’t have to handle Disaster Recovery on your own. CloudJumper is here to help. As a key part of your Disaster Recovery plan, CloudJumper can achieve the following for you in the event of an emergency like Hurricane Harvey:
So, the question is: will you wait until after you get hit with an onsite disaster like Hurricane Harvey to start thinking about how you’ll recover? Or will you do what’s right for your business, and start planning for the worst-case scenario today?
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