Multiple Hurricanes Hit The Pacific. Disaster Recovery Efforts
Alexis Scott Posted on September 1, 2015
As 3 category 4 hurricanes sweep through the Pacific Ocean, it is fair to discuss the impact this may have on the disaster recovery efforts of businesses throughout the region. Luckily for the state of Hawaii, none of the hurricanes are expected to hit their shores. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the citizens of the Cape Verde Islands.
Disaster recovery efforts of business owners tend to be haphazard and complacent at best. Almost every area in the world is prone to some sort of natural disaster. Your area might be earthquakes or wildfires, hurricanes or tornadoes, floods or volcanoes……while the disaster may differ the result is the same. There are steps that you as a business owner should be taking to protect your business, employees and customers from the fallout of a disaster.
While Disaster recovery plans are much more common place today than they were yesteryear, research shows that over 80% of current disaster recovery plans are inefficient and virtually useless. Where is your disaster recovery plan? Could you get to it during a disaster? Does your team know what they should be doing during a disaster? If you answered no to any of these questions, then you should take a good hard look at your disaster recovery planning.
A cloud based disaster recovery plan is one sure fire way to ensure that your plan stays current, remains efficient and is actually effective during a disaster. It can be accessed from anywhere, triggered at a moment’s notice and automates most of the initial communications needed to get recovery efforts underway immediately.
There are 3 very simple variables that apply during a disaster that separate successful recovery from business failure.
- Immediacy – How fast does your team go to work on recovery? Does it take days for everyone to get into motion or minutes? There are a lot of things that need to happen RIGHT NOW during a crisis and the first ones to move are the first ones back in business.
- Communication – Things shift quickly during a disaster. Priorities change on a dime. Customers want to know what’s going on. Vendors need to know what is needed or not needed. Does your plan allow for instant communication between employees, management, customers and vendors?
- Effectiveness – The entire point of disaster planning is so that there is an effective plan in place during a time where emotions are high and critical thinking skills are challenged. You don’t want your team trying to make every decision on the fly. The majority of decisions and responses should already have been made before hand with calm minds.
Ask yourself if your current disaster recovery plan allots for these 3 critical functions. If it is not an optimal arena for these variables, then you may seriously want to consider revising your plan.
Categories: Disaster Recovery Planning, DR Plans, Natural Disasters