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How Often Should I Revise My Business' Disaster Planning?

Originally posted on 11/08/2016

A sheet of paper sits on an office desk with the words emergency response plan written on it.Disasters and damaging weather events always come when you least expect them.

Every organization must decide for itself when is the appropriate time to review and revise the business’ disaster plan. However, there are some guidelines that organizations can follow. Here are four times when you should review or revise your organization’s disaster planning.

1. After a Disaster Strikes

There are many times when an organization may undergo a minor or major disaster. Of course, they can be devastating, but they are also extraordinary learning opportunities. Consider all the actions taken after the disaster, and evaluate whether the actions helped solve the disaster, made it worse or impeded recovery. You can then adjust your disaster recovery plan accordingly.

2. After New Equipment or Protocols are Introduced

If the organization changes in a meaningful way – new equipment, new systems, or if new protocols are introduced – the disaster recovery plan has to be reviewed and revised. It makes sense because the recovery plan will be protecting a different set of factors when the organization has changed.

3. When Global Trends Change

One of the most detrimental disasters for a business is a data hack. Hackers from around the world are constantly showing their hands with new and evolving hacking trends. When you start to notice in the media that hackers are getting into business systems using new methods, it’s time to evaluate your own business’ disaster plan with an emphasis on protecting against the latest hacking trends.

4. On an Annual Basis

Assuming nothing has changed in the business and everything is humming along smoothly, you should still review and revise your business’ disaster recovery plan on an annual basis at a minimum. This will ensure that everyone in the company is fully up to date on the plan and remembers what to do should disaster strike.

Get Needed Protection for Your Business 

These four instances represent the times when your organization should take a look at what you will do to protect your business from disaster.

If you have any questions or need help with business disaster planning, contact Jarvis Property Restoration today. From property restoration services to emergency planning services, we have a solution for you. 

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