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Disaster Recovery Plan

First and foremost I would like to say I am keeping all families, friends, bystanders, runners and all others affected by yesterday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, in my thoughts. I am deeply saddened by these events. This tragedy really hit home, as I’m sure it did for many others.

My sister works on Boylston street, about a block down from the first explosion. After finally getting a hold of her, I found out she decided to work from home on Marathon day (huge sigh of relief). She was upset as some of her co-workers were unaccounted for. This is normally a bustling area of the city, so you can imagine what it was like yesterday. Luckily she found out all her co-workers were safe and in lock-down at the office.

I would like to stress the importance of having a disaster recovery plan. This is important for the sustainability of your business, but much more importantly to confirm the safety of your employees. Invest your time and money in a disaster recovery plan, create an action plan and update it often.

ACTION PLAN CHECKLIST

  • Make sure you have up-to-date contact information for all employees as well as their emergency contacts – keep copies at work and home.
  • Create a plan so that you and your employees can get a hold of each other if phone lines and cell phones are down
  • Do you have a meeting place in case of an emergency in your building or surrounding areas and you cannot get back to the office?
  • Are your computer systems backed up – make sure you have an experienced IT person or a system to backup all your information offsite
  • All hard copy documents should be saved as soft copies both at work and offsite
  • Important questions to ask yourself
    1. Can I work from home in an emergency and for how long?
    2. Can some or all of my employees work from home?
    3. Do we need an alternate work site or storage facility in case of an emergency?

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