What would happen to your business in the event of a flood, fire or other disruptive event? Having an effective plan to cope with this sort of thing can make all the difference.
Getting your business back on its feet after major interruption is critical. Here’s some pointers to a good Disaster Recovery Plan
Whether it’s flooding, lightning, or just your main computer taking a trip into the dark abyss, it’s critical that you have a plan in place to bring you back into operation should the worst happen to your business.
A disaster recovery plan needn’t be the most complicated twenty step manual you can type out (in fact just writing out a document might only take you twenty minutes) but it should highlight the main points for what everyone in your business needs to do should the usual resources become unavailable, and should be given to everybody should the need to use it arise.
The number one thing is to make sure that everyone knows how to get a hold of the relevant individuals. This can be a simple list of employees and their phone numbers but should also include contact information for suppliers of critical hardware and software, information for getting in touch with your neighbours, and a method of informing your clients that there may be a disruption.
Do I get a day off?
Have a plan in place for if your workplace becomes unavailable. A day off might indeed be on the table, but there may be resources you can access online, out of work or a backup location with some of the usual resources available. Prepare for the worst, and hope you never need to bring it into action.
A list of responsibilities for your staff is paramount, detailing exactly what is expected of individual staff members, who needs to call who and organise what. The last thing you need is inaction because everybody assumes somebody else is already doing it.
Getting back to 100%
Make sure you have copies of any critical data required to get your business back up and running. Regular backups of software, files and databases to an external device is a must, but make sure they’re up to date, and every few months schedule a test to make sure that you can get your backed up data running on a backup device to ensure you’re not going to be spending any extra time than is required to restore your information should the need arise in a real emergency.
It’s also important to have a plan in place for a temporary workplace, whether it’s a hall or conference room at a local community centre, or a dining room at your parent’s house – it’s important to have options available.
For more information on backing up your data, check out our previous blog article. If you'd like to know more about disaster recovery planning in general, or find out how we can help you develop a plan for your business, contact us today.