Disasters can happen to any organization and they come in many forms and severities. They could be everything from a natural disaster, to a well-meaning employee accidently downloading a destructive virus, to something crucial getting mistakenly deleted. These what-ifs can keep you up at night, so for your own reassurance develop a disaster recovery plan.
Decide What’s Important
The first step is to decide what data is crucial to your business. What data needs to be recovered quickly for your company to run? This will tell you what you need to back up.
Make a Plan
Your next step is to contemplate what steps you need to take if something happens. Start with the worst possible scenario and create a plan for that. What technology do you require if everything is destroyed, what data, and what systems must be back up ASAP? Write down all of these in order of importance.
Know Your Workflows
I’m sure you have an overall understanding of the way your company is run, but knowing each and every process is almost impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can carry out the duties in the event of an emergency.
Decide Who is in Charge
Depending on the type of disaster you go through, your employees could panic. Before this happens, select 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 create it. This will be the person 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.