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4 Common Disaster Recovery Planning Mistakes to Avoid

May 18, 2017

As we've emphasized in the past, disaster recovery planning is an essential step in preventing your small-to-medium business from sustaining devastating financial losses in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. And while many organization leaders do put disaster recovery planning on their to-do lists, it still isn't always as successful as it could be. In fact, in a 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey, 60% of companies indicated that their disaster recovery plans did not end up being useful following an interruption in business.

So what could possibly go wrong in the disaster recovery planning process that might render a seemingly well-made business continuity plan useless? Here are a few common mistakes our Chester County disaster recovery planning service suggests watching out for:

  1. Getting stuck on the business risk assessment – While completing a business risk assessment is an essential part of creating a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, many planners overestimate the importance of such an analysis to the rest of the planning process. They tend to think that they should not do any planning until the business risk assessment results are in, but this isn't wise since these analyses often take months to complete. In the meantime, a temporary disaster preparedness strategy should be structured. After all, having some sort of plan – even if it's not a complete one – is much better than having no plan at all.
  2. Prioritizing too many things – Another mistake that often leads to faulty disaster recovery plans is listing every system as a priority. It's only natural to want to put every part of your company at the forefront of the recovery efforts, but the truth is that doing so is counterproductive. To ensure that the plan will be effective, prioritize only the systems that are truly the most vital.
  3. Failing to share the plan with employees – When it comes to disaster preparedness, communication is key. Still, companies often fail to make their employees aware of what their duties are in the event of a catastrophe. Make sure this doesn't happen at your business by giving workers a detailed description of the plan and where they fit into it.
  4. Not updating the plan on a regular basis – Unfortunately, it's not enough to create a single version of your business continuity plan. To make sure the plan remains effective, you'll need to revise it as your business grows and changes. For tips on updating your disaster recovery plan, check out our blog post on this topic.

Needless to say, effective disaster recovery planning is trickier than many businesses realize. Thankfully, Alura Business Solutions is here to take some of the pressure off. As an experienced disaster recovery planning service in Chester County, we assist businesses of all sizes in preparing for the unexpected. Furthermore, in the event that a disaster affects your company, we'll be there to help you get back to full functionality ASAP.

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