Creating & Implementing a Disaster Plan - Part 1

by Yehuda Cagen 25. June 2010 10:57



A Disaster Preparedness plan is a critical part of preparing for disaster. Over the next few weeks we will outline a few basic steps on how to develop and implement a plan.


Appointing an Emergency Response Leader

The first step is to appoint a leader who will be responsible for creating and implementing the plan. This individual should have the authority to:  

·         Declare the emergency (and implementation of plan)

·         Classify the nature of the emergency

o        Natural (hurricanes may set off tornadoes, flood, illnesses, etc.)

o        Human (hurricanes have spawned physical and computer intrusions)

o        Environmental (hurricanes have caused power, telephone, Internet and transportation failure)

·         Relocate employees (if necessary)

Create an Emergency Response Team

Next, the team leader should appoint a team that will be responsible for:

·         Compiling, updating and verify contact lists for communication

o        Employees

o        Clients

o        Vendors

o        Distribution channel

·         Verify data is backed up and accessible throughout the disaster period

o        Data backup

o        Data restoration

o        Data accessibility (before, during, after hurricane)


 (*IsUtility® clients: All data on the system is automatically backed up and secured. This underscores the importance of a comprehensive plan  to provide safety and Internet access to employees in advance of a disaster)

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