Writing a disaster recovery plan

This White Paper, the second in our three-part set on disaster recovery planning, describes specific methods for organising and writing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. The first and third papers deal with the planning process itself and with data collection methods, respectively.

A well written plan is crucial to disaster recovery

A well organised disaster recovery plan will directly affect the recovery capabilities of the organisation. The contents of the plan should follow a logical sequence and be written in a standard and understandable format.

Effective documentation and procedures are extremely important in a disaster recovery plan. Considerable effort and time are necessary to develop a plan. However, most plans are difficult to use and become outdated quickly.

Poorly written procedures can be extremely frustrating. Well written plans reduce the time required to read and understand the procedures, resulting in a better chance of success if the plan has to be used. Well written plans are also brief and to the point.

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