Flooding incidents are not limited to natural disasters and can occur at any time,with little to no notice, and I have to wonder- are we prepared to handle a disaster that may knock out our data center, or even just our ability to get to our offices for any length of time? Is there a plan in place to allow us to recover mission critical applications with minimal loss of data and service?

Wikipedia defines Disaster Recovery as the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural
or human-induced disaster.

So the question is, “Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place?” If you don’t, or even if you do, some key items to consider are:

– Is it well documented?

  • Where are the response and handling documents stored?
  • When were they last reviewed and updated?
  • Does it include communication to your suppliers, customers and the media?
  • Does it prioritize employee safety?
  • Does it include all facilities such as warehouses and stores?

– Are systems and databases backed-up on a regular / frequent basis?

– Are the back-ups stored off-site? (no – the car trunk is not considered “Off-Site”)

– Is there a recovery plan in place for use of a facility which includes:

  • Servers able to handle the current capacity
  • Communication Links
  • Facilities for staff members

– Has the offsite recovery been tested recently?

With our ever increasing reliance on technology to run our business and allow us to communicate both internally and externally, are we really prepared?