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This guide provides information and resources on the topic of disaster recovery. It includes a listing of the articles, periodicals, and manuals that will help in identifying risks, as well as the procedures that organizations need to mitigate the risks.
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Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity?

The traditional concept of "Disaster Recovery: was applied to the restoration of computer systems for business processing. As businesses have become more dependent upon technology to perform day-to-day operations there has been a need for the business users to also be prepared -- "Business Continuity" planning was born. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeable; however, Disaster Recovery is commonly used for the recovery of computer systems, networking, and telephone systems. Business Continuity refers to the procedures, which are usually manual, that business users or departments must follow to service their customers until the computer systems are back up and operating.


What's Next?


Unexpected Disaster

Building Fire


What is a Disaster?

A disaster is not just "the big one" . . . a disaster to a business or service organization is anything that can interrupt the ability to service its customers or patrons.   A disaster can be as simple as a disk failure or as devasting as a fire. A disaster can be a system failure that prevents an organization from accessing mission critical data and systems or it can be a hacker who has accessed an organization's customer/patron data.  Disasters may also affect families.  This was evident in the terrorist attacks, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, fires, and flooding.  The pages in this guide provide links to resources that diskcuss risks, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. and mitigation strategies.  


Animals in Disaster

People are victims in a disaster, but animals can be the forgotten ones.  Read the blog from the World Society for the Protection of Animals about how animals have been affected by various worldwide disasters.


Get updates of disaster news from the following resources.


  • Continuity Central
    Provides updated one-stop resource of business continuity management news, jobs and information
  • Disaster Updates
    A disaster information portal that provides one-stop access for disaster news, weather and help for quick reference during an emergency. Disaster Updates provides the latest disaster news and activity reports on a variety of natural and man-made disasters, such as, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes, winter storms, wildfires, accidents, terrorist attacks, etc.
Contact: Joanne Hodder

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