Do You Know Where Your Disaster Recovery Plan Is
Do You Know Where Your Disaster Recovery Plan Is?
By: J. Glenn Ebersole, Jr., Chief Executive of J. G. Ebersole Associates and The Renaissance Group™
Disasters of major magnitude are major news again after the Gulf coast region of the United States was hit by 2 major hurricanes. So it is very timely for me to ask each of you: “Do you know where your disaster recovery plan is?” “Do you even have a disaster recovery plan or crisis management plan?” “What business contingency plans do you have?” I am very concerned that in too many cases the answers would be “No” “No” and “None!”
The plain hard truth is that if your business is going to continue to perform at a profitable or administratively adequate level when a crisis occurs, crisis/emergency planning is imperative. You must have a properly prepared disaster recovery plan in place and have the appropriate staff fully briefed on their responsibilities.
Businesses need to focus on demonstrating a capacity to effectively manage and weather a crisis. This can be done by employing effective security measures to prevent crisis incidents arising and by designing adequate contingency plans to invoke when crises occur. A successful business approach to crisis management and recovery must be flexible, feasible, and practical.
The basic steps to develop an effective crisis management plan include
1. Identify a crisis management team
2. Assess the most likely crisis scenarios
3. Develop a crisis management plan document
4. Conduct periodic crisis training exercises
5. Develop guidelines for crisis communications – internal & external
6. Continuously review and refine the plan. ??
My challenge to you is to start developing your own disaster recovery/crisis management plans NOW! You do not have to do this alone. In fact, I do recommend outside assistance. If you would like to learn how I could assist, facilitate and guide you through this plan development process, please contact Glenn Ebersole at email@example.com today.