Types of Disasters and Recovery Planning

All types of disasters can be devastating, especially if you don’t have a proper disaster recovery plan. To avoid significant losses during disasters, you need to build strategies that can help restore your business operations. Otherwise, your business can come to a halt. When preparing a good disaster recovery plan, don’t forget to be creative.

Building a recovery plan before the disaster strikes would be best when your business is at risk of failing during a disaster. But first, you must understand the types of disasters that could affect your operations most. Some of the common disasters include physical disasters, natural disasters, and technology disasters.

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Physical Disasters

Physical disasters can significantly affect your business infrastructure and operations. Such disasters include water or power loss, collapsed roofing, break-ins, and heating and cooling issues. Such problems may force your employees to work from home for some time. Also, you may have to relocate some of your technology infrastructures.

So, how will you respond to a physical disaster?

  • Determine how you will recreate your work and the duration it will take you to do so. Is the recovery long-term or short-term?
  • Identify the third parties you’ll involve during a physical disaster. For example, if your HVAC system fails, you will have to contact an HVAC vendor.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are beyond human control, calling for a well-established disaster preparedness plan. The causes of natural disasters include flooding, heavy storms, and pandemics like the Covid-19 pandemic. Notably, the impacts of natural disasters tend to vary depending on the magnitude of a disaster and your infrastructure.

So, how should you respond to natural disasters?

  • Create new and effective ways of working and communicating with your workers and customers.
  • Pick the best communication strategy that’s convenient for all your staff members and clients.

Technology Disasters 

As technology advances, technology disasters are becoming popular, putting many businesses at risk. Some technology-based disasters you should know about include data and security breaches, malware and ransomware incidents, phishing incidents, and server hardware failures. You can also experience a network infrastructure failure.

Here is how to respond to a technology disaster.

  • Create an effective response plan and contingencies for technology issues that may arise as a disaster.
  • Develop a well-optimized communication plan for your staff members and service providers.

Preparing Your Business for Disaster Recovery

Now that you know the various types of disasters, you have to prepare for each of them in advance. These disasters can halt operations in your business and even result in loss of life if not prevented in advance. Some will even cause transport accidents and industrial accidents. Thankfully, preparing against disasters can mitigate the risks.

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