Disaster Recovery

Will Your DR Plan Weather the Storm(s)?

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by Chris Bianco, TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach

Hey Myrtle Beach, hurricane season 2019 is here. We have endured multiple years of catastrophic weather, fires and earthquakes provide reason enough to re-evaluate your disaster recovery (DR) plan. Especially if your business operates on or near a U.S. coastline. Florence, Michael and Matthew. Add in the sad realities of escalating cyberattacks and the crushing cost of unplanned downtime, and the impetus to scrutinize your DR plan–today–becomes nearly indisputable. Ideally, the process should include consulting with an IT MSP. But before that, advises Network World, “Any serious review should begin with a kind of SWOT analysis skewed toward weaknesses and threats.”

Examples of basic questions a preliminary DR self-audit might include:

1) How long since the plan was last reviewed and tested?

2) Have any new threats surfaced since the last plan review?

3) Does the DR plan account for all business-critical systems, apps and infrastructure?

4) How will data and equipment be restored? 

Of course, these considerations barely scratch the surface. But they can serve as a reminder that, natural or man-made, unplanned outages can strike without warning, and that there’s no time like the present to prepare.

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

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Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: Are you ready?

Being prepared before a disaster strikes makes sense yet many people fail to take even simple steps to reduce the consequences of destruction produced by nature, machine failure or human error. Planning for a disaster is not an option, it’s a necessity.

A business owner can protect their company by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. The purpose, of course, is to ensure that your business won’t suffer crippling financial loss or total business collapse because of an emergency. This planning and preparation will pay out in huge dividends in the event of an actual disaster.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Interruption Planning site, offers the tools a business needs to prepare its own disaster recovery plan. The site includes the basic elements of planning for a business interruption, recovering from a business interruption and creating a crisis communications plan for your business.

With an emergency management plan, critical operational decisions can be made quickly and efficiently during a crisis. Having functioning data and back-up systems means your business will continue to operate. And business and employee documents will be available, even if the originals are destroyed.

The chamber’s Business Interruption Planning webpage also includes a Hurricane Information Center packed full of tips on preparing for a hurricane, a shelter checklist and emergency telephone numbers. During a storm, we’ll post the latest news, business openings and closures, and weather and traffic reports.

Also in this section, you will find a Post Hurricane Business Survey. After a hurricane, send this survey back to us so we can pass along the status of your business to those who inquire.

Let’s face it, at some point your business will be at risk. It could be a broken water pipe, an office fire, or a hurricane that can cripple or even shut down a business. Not having the proper precautions in place could mean losing it all. Businesses must be prepared to recover quickly and provide for their employees.

Are you ready?