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Friday, 15 February 2019 15:10

Have We Prepared Our Most Valuable Resources For Disasters?

What does a business continuity or disaster recovery plan consist of? In a nutshell, it’s what needs to happen in case you can’t continue normal operations or business due to an “activity” that may have affected your organization. I am not trying to minimize this in the least. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We NEED plans. We need to know what to do so that when we have to make critical decisions, the information is as our finger tips (especially when it’s an automated tool). Building these plans is vital to the survival of the business, should something occur. Most of our organizations are regulated and required to have plans. It’s not only a type of insurance policy, but it makes us feel better knowing it’s in place…but what happens when you need to activate that plan? Just as critical as the plan itself are the people needed to respond and assist in the recovery efforts. People execute the plan. Someone needs to flip the switch. Without people, your effort, time and planning will not be much help.

With that said, we need to make sure we prepare our employees, so they know what to expect and what is expected. How do we do that? We teach them. We exercise the plans and involve those people.

Most organizations don’t do full-scale exercises with their entire staff. It costs a lot of money, resources and takes up a lot of time from the work day. This would be the most desirable type of exercise and something we should all aim to achieve. If you can conduct something like this, that’s fantastic! If not, consider starting by setting up a table top exercise to walk through what’s currently in place in your plans.