Disaster Recovery

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014

To assist businesses in preparation and recovery for natural catastrophes and disasters, typical exposures and hazards need to be evaluated so an appropriate Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Program can be formalized and implemented.

Typical exposures can include the following:

  • Employee/Public Sabotage
  • Flood
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Explosion/Building Collapse
  • Earthquake
  • Hurricane
  • Power Outage

Typical hazards can include the following:

  • Building collapse resulting in loss of life, property damage, utilities, and business interruption
  • Sabotage causing business and operating systems loss of revenue, customers, suppliers, and company “good will/reputation”
  • Flood and hurricane resulting in environmental contamination, mold, loss of buildings, vehicles, contents, vital records, operations, etc.
  • Terrorist attack causing economic loss, increased legal liability and insurance premiums, loss of key personnel and customers, etc.

Once your business exposures and hazards have been evaluated, your Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Program needs to be developed and implemented and include at least the following key elements:

  • Top management commitment
  • Formalized safety policy supported by top management
  • Established planning committee
  • Assignment of job duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct comprehensive risk assessment
  • Determine priorities for continued operations
  • Establish recovery strategies
  • Execute data collection
  • Formalize and implement written plan

By evaluating your company’s exposures and hazards and implementing a formalized Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Program BEFORE an unplanned natural catastrophe or disaster should occur, significantly increases your business’s probability of continued operations and survival.

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