Disaster Recovery Plan Considerations

 

All companies, regardless of what type of company it is, should have an outline of processes to follow during and after a disaster. Some DR plans will be very extensive, others may be very simple but it all depends on your individual business needs. Please take some time to do your research and put together a process for your company. Hopefully, this information will lead you in the right direction. Of course, you may always call our office for assistance 281.651.2254 or click on the Contact tab and send us a message.

Thank you and good luck!

 

Please note: This information is not all inclusive and the suggestions are NOT specific to your business. Each business must determine on their own which elements are necessary and crucial for them during an emergency event.

 

Components of a DR Plan

  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Objectives
  • Assumptions
  • Team/Team Responsibilities
  • Data Backup Plan (including retention policy)
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Alternate Work Locations
  • The Plan
  • Notifications
  • Contacts

 

Sample DR Plan

 

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Other Things to Consider During an Emergency:

Does my business need to function during a hurricane?

If you do, you need to consider how you will do that. A great option is having your data offsite.

How long can I operate without email, applications, files? If you happen to have your email, applications and files local to your office, do you have functional redundancy? Has it been tested?

What is the most important asset to my business? What software/hardware do you absolutely need to be available during a disaster? Is it just email or is there a special software?

Consider putting those items in the cloud.

Where would we work if our office was unavailable?

Most cloud solutions will allow you to work from home or another location if needed. Many data centers offer disaster recovery office locations that you can work from during a disaster.

Am I protected from physical theft or other damage like flooding?

It’s important to consider whether physical security is going to be an issue. In the event an area is evacuated or inaccessible, will your physical hardware be protected?

Another thing to consider is power availability. Many people think that a backup UPS will last the length of an extended power outage. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A standard backup UPS will generally not last more than 30 minutes, although it can vary based on type and use. The main function of a UPS is to give you time to shut down your hardware after a power outage.