If you’re a business owner, you’re probably aware that disasters can happen. Disasters can come in many forms. What happens if there’s an earthquake, flood, or some other natural disaster that damages all of your data? What if a well-meaning employee accidently erases a crucial file? Suppose you download a virus that destroys important documents? These what-ifs can have you dizzy and anxious. That’s why it’s vital that you establish a strong disaster recovery plan.

Decide What’s Important
The first step is to decide what data is vital to your business. What data has to be recovered quickly for your company to run? This will tell you what you should back up.  

Make a Plan
The second step is deciding the steps that need to be taken to get your company back on its feet as quickly as possible. Consider the worst possible scenario and how to recover from that. Which systems must be restored first and what technology is going to be required to do this?

Know Your Workflows
I’m sure you have a general idea of the way your company is run, but knowing each and every process is almost impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can execute the duties in the event of an emergency.

Decide Who is in Charge
Depending on the type of disaster you experience, your employees could panic.  Before this happens, select one levelheaded person in the organization to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They should know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you create it. This is the person you turn to for execution of the plan, so that you can be the strong leader your employees need at a time such as this.

When we hear of disaster people often think it can’t happen to them, but we never know what is around the corner. It’s important to be prepared. Having a strong disaster recovery plan will not only make you feel more secure, but will comfort your employees as well