Insurance policies for business typically ask for documentation of a disaster recovery plan in order to provide coverage for a business. But once those plans are written, what happens? Most companies file this plan and don’t look at it again until there is an actual disaster.
This is problematic because the disaster plan was crafted in the absence of an actual disaster, so there may be procedural gaps or incorrect contact information in the plan. Disaster preparedness is only valid if the plan is run through as an exercise from time to time.
Ready.gov provides some resources to help with a ‘tabletop’ review for teams to simulate the plan execution.
Resources for Exercises
- Emergency Planning Exercises for Your Organization - Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Homeland Security Exercise, and Evaluation Program - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- IS-139 Exercise Design - Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Program
- A Guide for the Conduct of Emergency Management Tabletop Activities - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
- Guide to Test, Training, and Exercise Programs for IT Plans and Capabilities - Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Special Publication 800-84
DII provides resources to help our clients enjoy business continuity in the face of any scenario. If you would like assistance with your disaster recovery plan, please reach out to your agent for help.