If you’re a business owner, you might be aware that disasters can happen. Disasters can come in many forms. What if there’s an earthquake, flood, or some other natural disaster that destroys all your data? Imagine if a well-meaning employee mistakenly erases a crucial file? Suppose you download a virus that destroys important documents? These what-ifs can have you dizzy and anxious. That’s why it’s imperative that you establish a strong disaster recovery plan.
Decide What’s Important
First off, decide what data is the most critical to get your company back up and running. What information has to be backed up and saved and what can you afford to lose? This should help you figure out what you have to back up. Choosing an online provider or storing your data in the cloud can be the best way to make sure you can recover your data quickly.
Make a Plan
Next, decide what steps need to be taken to recover that data that is lost if a disaster strikes? What data and systems must be up and running first? Start with the worst possible scenario and determine what’s needed.
Know Your Workflows
I’m sure you have a general understanding of the way your company is run, but knowing every single process is virtually impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can perform the tasks in the event of an emergency.
Decide Who is in Charge
Depending on the kind of disaster you go through, your employees could panic. Before this happens, choose one levelheaded person in the organization to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They ought to know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you develop it. This is the individual you turn to for execution of the plan, so that you can be the strong leader your employees need at a time such as this.
When we hear of disaster people often think it can’t happen to them, but we never know what is around the corner. It’s important to be prepared. Having a strong disaster recovery plan will not only make you feel more secure, but will comfort your employees as well.
Posted on: 01.13.12