HR Support on Effective Disaster Recovery Plans

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

Melissa BoyceOverview: 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 numerous 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: Blame climate change or a natural cycle in the earth's atmosphere, but the weather can be unpredictable and extreme, from earthquakes in the East, tornadoes in the Midwest, blizzards and flooding in the South and record temperatures everywhere. It is therefore increasingly important to have a general disaster recovery plan that can be adapted for various weather events.

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor

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HR guidance on recovery planning in the event of natural and manmade disasters.