Five firefighters training during disaster planning.

Disaster Planning Tips to Survive Floods, Fires, and Human Errors

Disaster planning is a process of procedures that recover and protect your organization’s mission-critical technology infrastructure in the event of a disaster. It is important that your business develops a disaster recovery plan so it is able to function in the face of catastrophic events. Successful disaster planning will help your business survive natural and manmade disasters.  

Step 1: Imagine the Worst Case Scenario.

What could possibly go wrong? Floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, or human errors. If you can’t imagine these catastrophes affecting your business, Red Cross has an entire list of Types of Emergencies for you to review and brush up on. The first step is understanding what kind of natural or not so natural disasters could impact your infrastructure.

Step 2: Prepare.

The National Incident Management System defines preparedness as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.” Educating yourself in case of an emergency will help ensure a quicker recovery for your business and employees.

Step 3: Make a Plan.

After imagining every disruptive possibility that could strike your business, you will be able to prepare for an emergency more effectively. By learning about specific threats, you will be better equipped to prepare for each disaster. FEMA has drafted three different outlines to help you create an Emergency Communication Plan. Make sure everyone in your company has access to this plan.

Step 5: Practice the Plan.

A prepared business will make make the biggest difference. Make sure you educate your employees on the disaster plan in case trouble arises. Practice makes perfect.

It is nearly impossible to form a disaster plan for all potential problems that might affect your IT department or business, but by considering them, you have taken the first step. According to the Disaster Recovery site, “Despite the number of very public disasters since 9/11, still only about 50 percent of companies report having a disaster recovery plan. Of those that do, nearly half have never tested their plan, which is tantamount to not having one at all.”

If you need help developing a disaster plan for your company’s infrastructure, allow us to help.

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