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What’s the Difference Between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
– Alexander Graham Bell

Let’s face it. Most of us weren’t prepared for this pandemic. Who could be? Short answer, those who planned ahead. Businesses didn’t necessarily plan for a pandemic, but some did have a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan in place.

So what’s really the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery? I’m glad you asked! Disaster Recovery is actually a subset of Business Continuity. Disaster Recovery Plans are set up to restore your business after a disaster. Business Continuity includes how your business will continue to run during the disaster; until your Disaster Recovery Plan can be executed.

The first step in implementing a Business Continuity Plan is to commit to getting it done. It’s not hard, but it is time-consuming and will take discipline. If we’ve learned nothing else from this pandemic, planning is a worthwhile investment.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the most common disaster to affect businesses is fire. This is a great place to start when thinking about planning for a disaster. Fires are sudden, they are personal (not everyone is in it with you like a pandemic), and they need to be dealt with quickly. If you start with the question “How would I continue to operate and recover from a fire?”, the answer to this can be easily transferred to other disasters.

The Department of Homeland Security has put together a great resource for guiding businesses through the process. Here is a link to get you started.

In the plan, DHS includes a link to a FREE Open For Business Toolkit.

You could of course hire another company to do this for you, but while you have some time, why not take a look at doing it yourself. No one knows your business as YOU do!


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