The disaster recovery and business continuity planning may prove to be detrimental when a small business needs to overcome a disaster. Businesses may also feel the brunt of lighter events, not considered a national disaster, but still a major impact to your company, such as burglary, an electrical fire or a one person bookkeeper is out ill for six months.
The idea is to resume business as quickly and effectively as possible with as little financial loss as possible.
Humana, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, requested Kerr-Greulich’s support in the design of a 22,000 square foot data center to provide for a full capacity back-up to the existing data center. The back-up system is supported by two utility services from two separate substation feeders, plus diesel generators.
Consider how much your company is able to tolerate and when is it more effective to outsourcing the contingency measures. At minimum key personnel of every small and medium size business should keep a few documents in multiple locations:
- Production schedule
- Insurance policies
- Planning permission documents
- Site plans
- Network diagrams
- Data back-up procedures
- Means of identification
- Length of time that back-ups are kept
- Frequency of back-ups
- Emergency procedures
Kentucky ranked eighth out of the top 20 states with 45 disasters over the last 50 years. Small to medium-sized businesses are the most vulnerable in the event of an emergency. Fifty-two percent of the insurance claims for hurricane Katrina were for commercial losses, 40% were small businesses.