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Creating Your Disaster Recovery plan

Your company's disaster recovery plan is one of the most important (if not the most important) documents you will have on file at your organization. This is the document your entire organization will turn to for instruction, guidance, and protocol in the event of a serious crisis, particularly one that could cause major disruptions to the day-to-day functions of your organization, or could have a marked affect on your company's ability to maintain productivity. This document will help your organization recover faster and can even help you avoid loss of revenue.

Even in the face if its importance, many organizations are tempted to procrastinate creating their disaster recovery plan because the process can feel a bit overwhelming. It is for this very reason that we have provided a free template to assist you in the creation of your disaster recovery plan. Our template covers a range of important topics that your organization will need to consider when creating your disaster recovery plan (also sometimes call a business continuity plan).

Our template is designed to cover everything form the initial impact a catastrophe can have on a business to the steps that will need to be taken to return your organization to its normal state of operation. We have provided places for you to take inventories of your personnel, your software, and your equipment. We have also provided space for you to plan how you will back-up your systems, select back-up locations, and plan for problems should something happen to the structure of your building. Finally we have sheet for you to make clear the chain of command that should be followed in the event of a disaster. Each of these elements has been included to help ensure a rapid recovery of your business and the quickest possible return to normalcy.

The step-by-step process outlined in the template will take you through the necessary elements of disaster recovery planning. It can help you create not only a recovery plan, but also a chain of accountability among the people of your organization that participate in the disaster recovery and emergency planning.

Each business and its specific needs are unique. No "one size all" disaster recovery plan would be adequate. That is why this template has been created with a sufficiently flexible format. There is enough structure to keep you focused and grounded, while still maintaining enough malleability to allow you to modify the plan and fit it to your organization's particular needs. Using this easy and manageable template, you will be able to harness information from some of the industry's most experienced IT experts and integrate it with the expertise and insights of your own staff.