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Written by  JAN PERSSON, CDP, CBCP Thursday, 08 April 2010 12:19

A frequent part of my disaster recovery/business continuity practice involves reviewing the status, accuracy, and completeness of recovery documentation. In addition to the usual check points, one of my focus questions is how quickly each member of the recovery team can access the complete BCP documentation. In other words, if people need to respond to a disaster situation instantly, will the documents support the effort and can they get at them with no delay? Just picture the call coming at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. Without being too wordy what I frequently find when I go through the review process includes some of the following: Team members that can’t find the current version. I have the current document but it is at the office in my desk. Finding various (as in more than a few) versions of the same documents. Contact lists with names of people no longer employed. Missing or out-of-date vendor lists. One vendor phone number