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Five Tips for Business Continuity Planning: Part I- Getting Started

You probably have a disaster recovery plan in place today. But in the event of a disaster, do you have a business continuity plan for your small business?

While most companies have a disaster recovery plan in place, "few have a business continuity plan," says Tom Williams, Business Recovery Consulting Manager, Centurion Disaster Recovery.

Before exploring tips for small business continuity planning best practices, you have a couple of questions to answer:

Have You Reviewed Current Industry Disaster Recovery Plan Guidelines?

Review current guidelines from regulatory agencies to ensure compliance. After 9/11, many trade associations revised disaster recovery plan standards and released updated guidelines. These documents highlight the need for a small business continuity plan.

Do You Have Clear Direction for Designing a Small Business Continuity Plan?

Assign management with the task of classifying areas for planning participation and identifying key planning leaders. Establish directives and educate employees to clearly explain responsibilities and roles in the planning process. "Employees look for leadership during a catastrophe," says Williams. Emphasize maintaining service levels instead of systems. And, make small business continuity planning a priority to ensure cooperation from all levels of the credit union.

In my next blog I’ll talk about small business continuity planning tips – some lessons learned by top disaster recovery experts and their clients.

Reprinted from an article I wrote for Credit Union Business magazine.

Post your favorite tips for small business disaster recovery planning.


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