3 Things You Can’t Skip On A Disaster Recovery Plan Checklist

by | Jun 7, 2016 | Business Continuity | 0 comments

Do you know what needs to be on your disaster recovery plan checklist?

If you are looking to achieve business continuity, a disaster recovery (DR) plan is essential.While there are many deviations to DR plans, there are three things that absolutely must be part of any plan and included on a disaster recovery plan checklist:

1) A simple grid: First thing is first, for any DR plan, you will need to conduct a thorough risk assessment in order to identify the business’ critical systems. Once complete, the outcome of that analysis must be recorded in an easy-to-read format. We suggest a simple grid that lists the critical systems as well as plan to respond, with necessary steps outlined for both the short and long-term recovery. When you need to implement a DR plan, you will want to be able to find key information quickly. 

 2) A detailed appendix: Since the goal is to keep the “meat” of the DR plan easy-to-digest, an appendix is imperative. This would include items such as: contact details on all employees as well as primary and alternate vendors, emergency teams, alternate work space locations and insurance information. Make sure the all information is labeled and organized so time is not wasted in the event of an emergency.

3) A plan to disseminate information: In order for a DR plan to work, employees need to know a “disaster” has occurred. That said, it should be documented who can (or the process to) declare an emergency as well as map out a line of communication to ensure all employees are kept abreast of the situation and informed as to plan to move forward. Make sure contact information is thorough  as work email and landlines may not be operational in a disaster.

Please contact us today for help with developing your business’ disaster recovery plan.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.