El Nino is a series of changes in climate that occurs on an irregular basis. Typically, the Pacific region is most affected by this volatile weather. This year stands to be the worst El Nino in recorded history, according to The Los Angeles Times. The climate changes are set to take effect this year during December and the excessive precipitation will hit California hard January through March.
The LA Times explained that this rainfall could result in mudslides throughout the region. While some forms of extreme weather, like Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, can lose steam rapidly, the Climate Prediction Center projects a 95 percent chance that El Nino will continue at this record-breaking level through the spring, according to the source.
“In cases of extreme weather, there is major potential for business disasters.”
As with any extreme weather, preparation is key. In light of such disastrous predictions, families will undoubtedly stock up on food, bulk up on flashlights and prep their houses. Businesses should be taking similar precautions. In any cases of extreme weather, there is major potential for business disasters. Whether they come in the form of a damaged office space or lost data, all companies should prep themselves with the necessary tools and protocols. In the realm of business, this is referred to as a disaster recovery plan.
Disaster recovery plans are relatively easy to create and they can truly safeguard your business from heavy losses during times of crisis. There are a few key steps to take when creating a plan:
1. Compile: According to Ready, the first step to creating a disaster recovery plan should be a compilation of inventory. Make a point to seek out all of your servers, desktops and other wireless devices. This will help your company begin the next step of the process.
2. Identify: From there, businesses should identify the data and hardware that needs to be preserved. High level or low, anything that needs to be saved should be recognized and put aside for backup. An efficient way to ensure secure online backup is to hire a service provider. Hiring professionals for your backup needs can be monumentally useful in times of crisis. They can provide a business with secure offsite backup as well as local options for quick recovery. As such, a key part of the identifying process should involve seeking out the correct provider.
3. Prioritize: Not all data is created equal. Companies should make a point to prioritize all their information. High level data should be protected to the highest degree, middle level information needs protection to a lesser extent and low level data can afford to be protected even less. This is when you will need to start asking yourself key questions about business continuity. What information is crucial to survival? Leading cloud service providers offer the option to protect data at varying levels, ensuring disaster recovery without having to pay extra for unnecessary levels of protection.
“Businesses should document any disaster recovery protocol they create.”
3. Document: CIO interviewed a company named Dubus that was hit by Hurricane Wilma without a disaster recovery plan in place. After enduring the ensuing chaos, the company’s main advice was to have a clear strategy for dealing with these scenarios. Businesses should document any disaster recovery protocol they create. Reach out to IT staff members and make sure to define key roles in the event of an emergency. Specify what to do when staffers need to access files from offsite backup centers. The more information you include, the less likely it is there will be confusion. That way, if power goes down and normal methods of communication are unavailable, the relevant parties will be well-versed in the protocol.
4. Distribute: Communication is key. After creating your document, make sure to distribute it to the entire company. Disaster scenarios are obviously chaotic; familiarizing your staff with these protocols is a great way to prepare for times of crisis. Provide the relevant numbers for all disaster functions, whether it be IT employees, your backup service provider or your own personal cell phone. The more prepared, the better.
Disaster recovery plans can be a make-or-break tool for companies during times of crisis. Equipping your company with the right provider and the right information can help ensure a quick recovery from any chaos. Sit down with your staff and map out a clear and effective plan that fits your business needs. You know they saying: better safe than sorry.