Guest Post: Disaster Recovery Plans & Terror Threat Assessments

Guest Post: Disaster Recovery Plans & Terror Threat Assessments

  The recent tragic events in Belgium, while still fresh in our minds, and sitting densely knotted in the pit of our stomachs, have woken many of us from the prosaic slumber of our daily routines. Some of us may have taken extra care to survey our surroundings during our morning commute, or taken an extra moment to reflect on life. The reality is, however, that after the shock wears off, and the media coverage all but disappears, many of us will fall back into the false security of thinking that this type of tragedy is a distant, remote threat. Unfortunately, it is this mindset that leaves many unprepared in the event of a disaster; be it natural or human caused. Creating and maintaining a disaster recovery plan can prove critical to the well-being of your employees, customers, (and business). By planning ahead, you will be compelled to think through the best course of action for a variety of emergencies from the pre-event stage, through post- event stage, with a clarity of mind not present in the midst of chaos. Disaster Recovery Plan Some basics for creating a disaster recovery plan include: Determine conditions under which the plan would be implemented, or the disasters that could potentially occur in your area. Identify backups for essential operations, supply chains, personnel, business functions, data processes, and communication channels. Outline the steps that individuals will take in the event of different types of events (fire, severe weather, hazardous chemical spill, workplace violence etc). For example, during a severe weather or fire emergency, a headcount will take place in a previously agreed upon...