5 Keys To Creating A Disaster Recovery Plan

by Wally Moore

on June 21, 2017

in blog

Disaster Recovery is something most people do not think about until they read an article about it, or see something in the news about a disaster. There are numerous types of disasters, but there is only one way to survive them. Only one. Preparation. You must prepare before a disaster visits your business.

To begin, let’s test how ready you are for a disaster and we’ll start by asking you to define it.

How do you define a disaster? Are these on your list?

Power outages
Employee mistakes
Mechanical failure

Next let’s take a few minutes to see how ready we are to deal with these disasters by asking some questions. This will test your readiness:

Question 1
In any given year, how many businesses will experience a disruption lasting more than a day?
About one-third of small and mid-sized businesses will experience a disruption to their operations lasting 24 hours or more. When the National Federation of Independent Business surveyed its members, 30% reported that in the past year, they had experienced a disruption to their operations lasting at least 24 hours. The disruptions arose from a range of causes, such as storms, power outages and the like.

Question 2
How many businesses will not re-open following a disaster?
According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), 43% of businesses will not re-open following a major disaster. This alarming figure does not take into consideration the consequences of disasters that were not designated “major” disasters by the federal government, such as fires and power outages, which can be devastating to small and mid-sized businesses.

Question 3
If you cannot get your business back online within 5 days of a disruption, what are the odds that your business will survive?
About 10%. A survey of small businesses in the immediate vicinity of the World Trade Center at the time of the 1993 bombing found that of those businesses that could not resume their operations within five days, 90% were out of business a year later.

Question 4
How many businesses worry about the loss of unrecoverable stored data and information?
According to the 2015 Travelers Business Risk Index, 50% worry a “great deal” about the risks of losing stored data and not being able to recover it, according to the 2015 Travelers Business Risk Index.

Question 5
How many businesses have a written business continuity plan?
Only 50%, according to the 2015 Traveler Business Risk Index which surveyed 1200 businesses to gather this information.

Question 6
What are the most common reasons that small and medium-sized businesses fail to take measures for business continuity planning?
Lack of knowledge, lack of time and lack of resources are the three top reasons cited by small and medium sized business owners to explain why they don’t have business continuity plans. This information was gathered in surveys conducted by local chapters of the American Red Cross.

Question 7
How many work-hours does the typical small business lose each year when IT systems fail and employees cannot access their files?
According to information published in “IT Pulse”, 552 employee work-hours are lost annually, that is more than one-quarter of the year for a single employee of a typical small business!

Question 8
What is the average cost of hourly downtime when employees cannot access their computer data?
Survey results show that a small business that has an hour of “down time” will lose money. We will not publish an average cost because small businesses are so unique. It is safe to say that at the very least downtime will cost your business money.

Question 9
There are additional costs when small businesses lose access to their data, costs that are more difficult to quantify. What are they?
The costs include damage to the company’s reputation, customer loyalty and staff morale. These issues were specifically cited by small businesses that had sustained data loss and were surveyed to better understand their experiences.

Question 10
How many outages does the average small business experience each year?

Whew! That was tiring, so let’s call it a post. Part TWO will be posted next week.

Take me back to Disaster Recovery.

DTS InfoTech Can Help

We’re really good at this disaster recover thing. Seriously, we are. On the other hand, most small businesses do not have the technical resources to understand all this geek stuff. If this describes you, we can help.

Just saying.

If you would like more information please give us a call, we’re always happy to chat and the call is free!

Dedicated to your success,
Wally Moore
General Manager and Compliance Officer
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