Disasters can happen to any business and they come in many forms and severities. They can be everything from a natural disaster, to a well-meaning employee accidently downloading a destructive virus, to something essential getting mistakenly deleted. These what-ifs can keep you up at night, so for your own peace of mind develop a disaster recovery plan.

Decide What’s Important

The first step is to determine what data is imperative to your company. What data needs to be recovered quickly for your company to run? This will tell you what you should back up.

Make a Plan

Your next step is to think about what steps you need to take if something happens. Start with the worst possible scenario and create a plan for that. What technology do you need if everything is destroyed, what data, and what systems need to be back up ASAP? Write down all of these in order of importance.

Know Your Workflows

While you have the overall picture of how your business runs, you probably don’t know every single process everyone does. Have your staff record the processes and workflows they perform to execute tasks for the company. In the event of something tragic, anybody can read the process document and preform an important task.

Decide Who is in Charge

Depending on the type of disaster you experience, your employees could panic.  Before this happens, choose one levelheaded person in the company to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They ought to know the plan as well as you do and maybe have helped you develop it. This is the individual you turn to for execution of the plan, so that you can be the strong leader your employees need at a time like 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.