HR Support on Effective Disaster Recovery Plans

Editor's Note: Plan ahead to best salvage a workplace hit by a natural disaster.

Ashley ShawOverview: Disaster recovery and emergency planning are critically important components of a risk management plan. One of the best ways to plan ahead for a natural or manmade disaster is to perform a risk analysis that determines which disasters are likely to affect a particular workplace. For example, a building that is located near the Florida shore will benefit from a detailed hurricane plan, as well as building structures designed to withstand such weather.

There are millions of possible disasters that could hit a workplace, however, it would be unrealistic and a waste of resources to create plans for every possible contingency. Instead, having an overall plan that can be quickly adapted to various situations and individual plans for only those occurrences most likely to happen will best protect the work environment in a cost-effective manner.

Trends: Call it Global Warming or a natural cycle in the earth's atmosphere, but Mother Nature has undoubtedly gone a bit crazy lately. From earthquakes in the East, blizzards in the South and record temperatures everywhere, the trend lately is for weather to be unpredictable. It is therefore increasingly important to have a general disaster recovery plan that can be adapted to meet various weather predictions and occurrences.

Author: Ashley Shaw, JD, Legal Editor

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