From FEMA:

Business owners invest time, money and resources to get their ventures up and running, but many of them fail to properly plan for disasters. According to the Small Business Administration, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not re-open after a major incident. Having a functional disaster recovery plan will help owners keep their business operating.

Agility Recovery offers solutions on how to ensure your business remains resilient and a list of mistakes business owners commonly make when preparing for disasters. Here are a few of the items they say companies should include when planning for the unexpected:

  • Anticipate the cost of recovery. Recovering documents and data can often run tens of thousands of dollars. Before disaster strikes, determine what documents you will be required to recover and consider storing them securely off-site or digitally;
  • Properly inform and prepare employees. All employees should be familiar with the company’s disaster recovery plan and their role in it. Make the plan part of new-hire training and review it each year with all employees; and
  • Test your disaster recovery plan. Many business managers know their data is being backed up, but they have never tried to access it from a different location using hardware at that facility. Testing your recovery plan is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of preparedness programs.

Company leaders should have a general idea of how long it will take to restore data and the number of people needed to restore business functions. Before starting a disaster strategy, check out the remaining items in Agility Recovery’s “11 Common Disaster Planning Mistakes.”