Disaster Recovery Plan

4 tips for keeping disaster stories in the movies, where they belong

It seems like every other year another one hits the big screen.  Whether they center around tornadoes, tsunamis or erupting volcanoes, the plot always boils down to the same essential theme: how will people cope when the unthinkable happens?

We’re talking, of course, about disaster movies. And one of the other biggest themes they contain is the chaos that comes when people aren’t prepared for natural disasters.

Such disasters make for a thrilling time when it comes to movie plots. But when it comes to your business, they can bring serious chaos. You’ll need a solid disaster recovery plan if your business hopes to survive the fallout.

Waiting until the unthinkable happens to react probably won’t result in a crowd-pleasing Hollywood movie ending.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are four essential tips to get you started developing your business’s disaster recovery plan.

Focus on Minimizing Disruption

You can’t put the lava back into the volcano. But you can back up your data and set the scene in advance for working remotely. One of the best strategies for disaster recovery starts with having the right technology up front.

By utilizing data backup services with cloud technology, you can make restoration and recovery a whole lot easier to achieve.

Given that 98% of organizations in one survey said that 1 hour of downtime cost them $100,000, getting back to work fast after a disaster can be a huge financial advantage.   

Plan Ahead for Alternate Ways to Operate

Be prepared for employees to work from home or other off-site locations if your facility is inaccessible or unsafe. The right technology is a huge step in this direction, as mentioned above.

Updated approaches like VoIP phone service, unified communications and managed security solutions give you flexibility and peace of mind for responding to the unexpected.

However, it also means more than just planning for them to work remotely. It takes communication and practice in advance to succeed in the moment.

Some companies allow employees to work from home once a week or a few times a month in order to gain familiarity before it becomes the only option.

So much better if you have them practice working from their own devices and collaborating from different locations effectively.

Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan, Procedures and Protocols

Every disaster movie has its hero. Your disaster response should be the same way. Any advance, regular preparation you’ve done with scheduled backup and multi-layered security will make the technology piece simple to activate with your team or service provider.

Identify and communicate who will initiate the restoration process, as well as what that process will look like. Decide in advance what methods of communication will be used, as well in what order to use them (in the event some methods are lost while others remain online).

Go over these procedures periodically to be sure employees are both familiar with and confident in them.

Plan for Multiple Scenarios and Challenges

Disaster movies run the gamut of possible problems, from earthquakes and asteroids to fires and floods. Even unnatural disasters like a massive, network-crippling cyberattack are showing up in on-screen thrillers.

By taking into account the various disasters that could affect your company, as well as the unique challenges each might present, you can craft a more complete and effective disaster recovery plan.

Preparing for a snowstorm won’t help if a fire hits instead. Take the time to go over the possibilities up front and save a lot of trouble when the disaster plays out.

Revise Your Script for Best Performance

A lot goes into creating an effective disaster recovery plan. But most of all it requires adjustment over time to create the best outcomes.

While the above are all helpful strategies, they’re just the beginning. A good plan takes time and structure and focus to achieve. Sometimes it helps to get expert input.

Getting the details right can be the difference in your company being the star of the movie or one of the side characters who doesn’t survive the first few scenes. Act accordingly!  

If we can assist you in reviewing or preparing a plan to be ready for anything, please get in touch when you are ready.