Similarities Between Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery

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Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fire can destroy a business in an instance. This past year alone there have been 44 disaster declarations, 6 emergency declarations, and 33 fire management assistance declarations across the United States. (Disaster Declarations by Year) Natural disasters like these can impact whole towns, destroying both homes and businesses alike. “Forty percent of businesses never reopen after a natural disaster strikes”. (Program Management) Emergency Preparedness and disaster recovery plans are a critical aspect of businesses “comeback” from the disaster. Business continuity and disaster recovery plans are for companies both large and small, designed to perfectly tailor the individual business’s survival needs. …show more content…
(Simpkin 2012) This is putting the business continuity plan to use. “Business Continuity Planning is often regarded as the IT organization’s Disaster Recovery plans. This assumes that business continuity can be simply guaranteed by having a good backup system for the computer network.” The first step in the disaster recovery process is to appoint one person in command and one person next in command, usually the business owner and …show more content…
“An SMB 's failure to prepare for a disaster is the business equivalent of playing Texas Hold 'Em—an all-in decision with the future of the SMB riding on the outcome” (Nicoll 2014) A business owner not having a plan to save their business, their livelihood, is more risky that a game of Texas Hold’Em. A Business Continuity Plan and a Disaster Recovery plan are far more important than just phone numbers, insurance documents, and addresses to another location. When a disaster hits, a business owner will naturally be in a state of shock. They’ll be in a panic mode and be so confused and worried that they won’t even know where to begin. That is where these plans come into play. Forty percent of business doesn’t recover after a disaster and only thirty-five percent of SMB’s have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. Statistically, if there were more small businesses that have business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place, there would be more businesses survive a

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