Disaster Plan Checklist To Prepare for Hurricane Season

by Yehuda Cagen 29. June 2010 12:31

 Will we stay or evacuate when a hurricane threatens?


How do you communicate with clients, vendors and employees?


Will our disaster plan work when the going gets tough? 

Cheryl Smith of the IsUtility® Helpdesk answers your hurricane preparedness questions and outlines keys steps to a successful Disaster Plan:


1.       Risk Assessment & Management 

a.       Identify & categorize risk of disaster on business

                                                               i.      Impact on revenue

                                                             ii.      Impact on clients/reputation

b.       IT systems assessment

                                                               i.      How much data can the organization afford to risk?

                                                             ii.      How long can the data be inaccessible?

1.       Email

2.       Core applications

3.       Non-core applications

c.       Related preparation costs

2.       Data Backup and Accessibility (based on “Risk Assessment”)

a.       Data backup

b.       Applications backup

c.       Data accessibility & ability to work from anywhere (during disaster period)

d.       Back-up power supply

3.       Restoring Data & Applications

a.       Purchase replacement equipment (if necessary)

b.       Restore applications

c.       Restore data (Are the backups up-to-date and intact?)

d.       Sync data and applications (ensure compatibility as previously)

e.       Ensure accessibility and ability to work from anywhere

4.       Test & Re-test Disaster Preparedness Plan

a.       Test plan definition

b.       Results and analysis



For more tips and best practices on preparing for Hurricane Season, contact our Houston Disaster Recovery Specialists.


6/19/2010 4:03:28 PM #


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