Disaster Recovery As A Service Is Something To Prepare For | DRaaS Experts
Disaster recovery as a service is something that not too many people think about until they have suffered through a devastating circumstance. Natural and man-made emergencies happen across this nation and are something that everyone is familiar with. Most people have seen the videos of people in the middle of an emergency, but often, the only people who think about what happens next are the people who have suffered the loss.
Recovering can be a disaster in and of itself if the tragedy strikes someone who is unprepared. Having a plan that you can put into action at a moment's notice is often the difference between a quick recovery and one that drags on, often dragging the victim along with it. Without a plan, you are often left to the mercy of both the event itself and the persons who step in to assist.
While there are many organizations that exist strictly to help individuals and their communities in a disaster, it will be beneficial to you if you have a plan to help yourself. It will also help to protect you from those persons or groups who do not have your best interest at heart. Considering your options prior to an emergency will ensure that your recovery will be a swift and complete one, and will often prevent yet another crisis when you are least prepared for it.
The first thing you will want to do is prepare a list of your belongings in the event of a loss. Having a safe and secure place to put the items you will need is foremost. Often, people will have a fire and waterproof box in which to place important documents, photos and other sentimental belongings. Items that you will want to include may be: insurance policies, pictures or video of your personal and home furnishings, important legal documents such as birth certificates, baptism records, and custody or divorce papers.
One option to you is scanning these papers and pictures and saving them to an online file storage site or burning them onto a compact disc. Perhaps the biggest benefit of this is that you will not have to remember to physically take the box with you. This could be difficult if you are having to flee a disaster with little time to prepare, or if space in which to put it is an issue.
Another thing to consider is communication. That is much easier in today's society given that almost everyone has a cell phone, enabling family members to stay in touch. Depending on the disaster, however, that can be difficult to impossible if cell phone towers are down or you are in an area of the country that does not have good cell phone reception. You will want to consider this lack of communication in case your loved ones are not together when a crisis strikes. Having a prearranged site where you can meet is one option that may spare you from worry when you're separated.
Knowing what organizations, whether local, state or federal, nonprofit or governmental, can assist you in the event of a disaster will also help prepare you. Some states have departments that exist only to help in recovery while others will assist both during the emergency and afterwards. Knowing who can help you with what will help lessen the impact.
There are many things to consider when choosing whether or not to help yourself, or if disaster recovery as a service by someone else is something that you need. Remember, the most important thing is that you prepare and plan. Whether or not you do it yourself is up to you!