Planning Ahead: Sample Disaster Recovery Plan Outline

by | May 2, 2014 | Business Continuity

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Small and large businesses alike must plan for the inevitable. Natural disasters, severe network and physical security breach, and local emergencies can cause devastating disruption to you vital business processes. In some cases, businesses simply don’t know where to start when devising their DR plan. This sample disaster recovery plan outline can help you get started in preserving your business data and processes in the event of disaster.

Organization’s Definition of Disaster

In this section, your organization should clearly define disaster. It should also include the purpose for the DR plan and different levels of the scope of damage related to disaster. For instance, when defining a natural disaster, be sure to include sections on how to deal with various types of loss related to network, data, and personnel; from minor network communication loss to total network collapse.

Establish the Disaster Recovery Team

These key individuals should include management executives, representatives from different departments, IT experts, and other vital staff. A Team Leader for Recovery should be assigned to each group and should report to the Disaster Recovery Lead who will keep each group organized and on task.

DR Call Tree

This should include a list of contact information for each team leader. To increase chances of communication, be sure to include mobile and home phone numbers, addresses information, email, and social media contact information such as Facebook and Twitter addresses.

Name Off-Site Facilities for Recovery Efforts

In the event of an emergency, your main facility may be inaccessible; therefore alternative “mini” hubs should be established. This could be virtually anywhere from a bunker to a warehouse off-site of your main facility. Plan for transportation for key staff to and from these satellite facilities and also have these facilities outfitted with the capability to access networks and data remotely.

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Communications with Outside Entities

The importance of establishing communications with authorities, stakeholders, board members, vendors, and international or remote employees is imperative. As a rule of thumb, be sure to include means of communication other than phones or email. Social media is quickly gaining popularity as a way to communicate when disaster strikes.

Data Backup & Recovery

Having your data backed up and ready for your sample disaster recovery plan is extremely important to keep your business functioning and productive after disaster. To keep your bottom line above the red, and keep vital processes in motion, be sure to have an effective back up and recovery plan designed by an IT company who specializes in DR.

Practice, Adapt, Adjust

As your business grows and changes, be sure to adapt your sample disaster recovery plan accordingly. Practice scenarios with staff and continue to train employees on their responsibilities during and after an emergency.

For more information of designing a DR plan that includes crucial system and data backup and recovery, please contact the experts with Invenio IT.

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.