5 Essential Disaster Risk Management Tips

Knowing that there’s a risk to every business is important. To some, this may already even sound like cliché. These risks do not only pertain to financial and creditability risks but also to disasters. What just happens to a business when disaster enters the scene?

There are the likes of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy which are quite unforgettable in all of history. These really impacted operations as many people and properties were sabotaged by the “dark forces of nature” which could not be escaped from. In this article, we will highlight the importance of disaster recovery services and give tips on how to manage risks of disaster occurrences.

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1. Understanding Connections

Every department and group in an organization or company is somehow linked and interconnected. Therefore, to manage the risk, the management should be prepared to arrange how these groups will function when some members cannot make it to work, for instance.

Each activity may be a prerequisite to finish another’s task. So these resources should be prepared to know who to communicate with and which information to access in order to continue working even when everything else is falling apart.

2. Assess Vulnerability

This can sound plain but every company, no matter how big its size is, has vulnerabilities that make it weak somehow. This includes the physical space or proximity to the event of the disaster and operating procedures at stake.

For example, a building near the earthquake zone is suggested to have its relocation area and make sure for all residents to evaluate quickly when there are signs of an earthquake.

All equipment must be ready for movement and transfer, as well as safekeeping of data, files and records which may be too confidential for the company to misplace or worse, loss. The management hence should be aware of all these and plan ahead to counter risks.

3. Know the Impact

There must be a one-is-to-one or one-is-to-many analysis of stakeholders who may be affected in the disaster in every level of the company. Business disaster services can help to determine which would be largely affected and which would not be impacted.

Those resources that might be harmed should be given extra caution and prepare backups in case one can’t continue to respond to responsibilities.

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4. Develop Recovery Plans

Both short-term and long-term recovery plans can help to master a certain level of readiness for everyone. It is essential to note how to recover and return back to normal business operations when disaster occurs.

Names of important people who should be involved in making this happen should be noted down and there must be prioritization of activities to prevent risks and then go about the risks to resume the business functions. This is to improve preparedness for adverse events to mitigate disasters when they strike.

5. Test the Plan

Creating the plan is not an end to itself but testing it is what really counts. From time to time, it will also be helpful if the management and all levels in the organization can review and update the disaster recovery plan to ease risk management.

This is to ascertain everyone to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards through an ethic of prevention. Practicing the plan through systematic efforts can also lessen the vulnerability of people and properties.


Disaster risk management is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks and for the business to be able to recover from such unfortunate catastrophes. Besides natural threats that cannot be hindered, there are other reasons why disaster risk management planning should be observed and practiced as terrorism attacks grow each year as well.

Author Bio:

Vanessa Parks is a Freelance Systems Analyst and Cloud Storage Consultant. She has been an advocate of Desktop virtualisation and unified computing for improved work efficiency and performance. She also has a passion in dancing, cooking and playing golf.

About vanessapark

Vanessa Parks is a Freelance Systems Analyst with 5 Years of solid experience. She has been an advocate of cloud  computing and collaboration for improved work efficiency and performance. She also has a passion in dancing, cooking and playing golf.

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