As a small business owner, you might have worried about all of the what-ifs that come into play if a disaster were to occur. What does it mean whenever we talk about a disaster? It may mean a natural disaster destroying all your data, a simple download of a virus that corrupts your systems, or an employee innocently deleting something they shouldn’t have. Whatever happens it can be hard and time consuming to recover from. Establish a disaster recovery plan so that if the time ever comes, you’ve got a plan set up so that you can get back on your feet as fast as possible.

Decide What’s Important

The first step is to decide what data is crucial to your business. What data has 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 contemplate what steps you should take if something happens. Start with the worst possible scenario and make a plan for that. What technology do you need if everything is destroyed, what data, and what systems have to be back up ASAP? Write down these in order of importance.

Know Your Workflows

I’m sure you have an overall understanding of the way your company is run, but knowing each and every process is nearly impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can perform the tasks in case of an emergency.

Decide Who is in Charge

Depending on the type of disaster you experience, your employees could panic.  Before this happens, select one levelheaded person in the organization to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They ought to know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you create it. This will be the person 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.

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