“There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a disaster.” The phrase is not far from the truth (however one cannot long for a disaster because it will turn into a blessing eventually). Among all of the disasters that strike, just some are preventable, especially in case of natural disasters (floods, earthquakes or storms); the best we can do is to minimize the damage. Disaster recovery plan is all about minimizing the damage; it is a plan/guide/process that lays down the course of action in case some disaster has struck the business, and it is equally important for both large corporations and small businesses. For example, if you are earning good income from a Blog or forum, you must prepare yourself for a cyber attack sooner or later; it may never happen but at least you won’t be caught off guard, if it happens. Disaster recovery plan has become imminent in today’s world where most businesses rely on databases, computer networks and internet services. Customers are becoming increasingly demanding and a brief outage can easily result in considerable losses. Disaster recovery plan is not meant only for natural disasters because a computer virus or hackers attack can cause much bigger damage to a business as compared to a thunder storm or floods. Therefore, if your business is in anyway related, or relying upon information technology, communication or electronic databases, than you must come up with a disaster recovery plan. Some disaster recovery plans focus more on protective steps, while others may put in place corrective measures. You can start from brainstorming and writing all kinds of possible threats and risks associated with your business. One of the most important things is to make regular backups of all of your necessary data (the backup should ideally be made at off-site location). You can also arrange an alternate place to carry on with your business in case the real workplace has been affected by some calamity. Large corporations often outsource the disaster recovery task to an outside company, companies that provide disaster recovery services offers data backups and alternate offices on temporary basis. Safety of your staff is more important than the data itself; therefore you should plan for the safety of the workers, in case some disaster struck. Once prepared, the disaster recovery plan must be put to test to see if it’s effective or not. The plan must contain the names or designations of the persons who will be calling the shots at the time of disaster.
William King is the director of UK Wholesale Suppliers & Free Trade Wholesalers Directory: http://www.wholesalepages.co.uk/ , Wholesale Trade Suppliers Manufacturers & Wholesale Dropshippers: http://www.dailytrader.com/ , Australia Wholesalers & Australian Suppliers Directory: http://www.australiawholesalers.com/ and Marketing, Advertising and Branding Directory: http://www.pmarketing.com/ . He has 18 years of experience in the marketing and trading industries and has been helping retailers, entrepreneurs and startups with their product sourcing, promotion, marketing and supply chain requirements.