If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, you should. It’s not always something people talk about, but in the case of a disaster, whether a tornado, a virus, or an employee’s mistake, a plan could help you maintain business continuity, and help you to keep your business open, while not having a plan could force your company to close forever. One of the most important aspects of a recover plan is to designate priorities. Here are a few suggestions.
The very first thing you should do is to make sure everyone is safe. Of course, if your recovery plan has been initiated because of a hacker attack, there probably isn’t much to do here, but the opposite is true in the case of a fire or tornado. Nothing is worth more than safety, especially when it comes to your employees.
Don’t make it worse
Once you are sure that all of the people are safe, make sure that everything else is safe. Patch any holes in the security of your network or your office. The situation is probably pretty bad, but you don’t want to take any chances of making it worse.
Open your doors
This is the hard one. As soon as everything and everyone is safe, do whatever it takes to open for business. Open as soon as you can, even if it’s only certain departments, like customer service and sales. This is when other businesses will decide if they can still count on you in the future.
Once your doors are open again, you can start to slow down. Of course, there will still be months, or even years, of tasks to take care of, but their priority is much lower, and can happen whenever there is time.
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