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Disaster Recovery Planning
In the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation every company or business needs to have a Business Recovery Plan in place with policies and procedures ensuring employee safety and minimal losses. Your staff and co-workers well being and safety is of utmost importance and it is essential that they are protected before, during and after a disaster to the best of your ability.
Recovering after a disaster will be helped by a thorough disaster recovery plan, enabling people to re-establish routines as soon as possible and get back to normal. Good communication is extremely important and ensuring everyone within your organisation is aware of the disaster recovery plan and procedures will put their minds at rest and prepare them in the event of a disaster. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
Your disaster recovery plan should be set in place and updated when needed, with each member of your organisation briefed regularly. Emergency preparedness information should be available on your company’s intranet, provided in company newsletters and in information packs in key areas. Emergency drills should also be arranged on a regular basis.
A telephone calling tree should be set up to alert staff in an emergency, along with a number for people to leave a message saying they are safe and well. A card containing emergency information and telephone numbers could be supplied to each person. Designated staff members should be given detailed information and allocated tasks to ensure your disaster recovery plan is handled as well as it can possible be.
In the event of disaster members of staff with a disability, special needs or pregnant women may be more vulnerable and you should consult them when setting up your disaster recovery plan. It is essential that their needs are catered to and identified. If they require assistance you could allocate a co-worker to help them in the event of an emergency or ensure special equipment is available.
Once you are sure everyone is safe and accounted for, the next step would be to implement your disaster recovery plan to aid business continuity.