10 Elements of an Interim IT Disaster Recovery Plan

By Peter H. Gregory, Philip Jan Rothstein

Part of IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you don’t have a fully detailed IT disaster recovery plan (DRP) right now, then implement an interim disaster recovery plan (IDRP) as you develop your long-term safety net. Sequester two or three experts for one day to develop an interim disaster-recovery plan that contains:

  • A list of people on the emergency response team

  • Procedures for declaring a disaster

  • Procedures for invoking the DR plan

  • Emergency communications

  • How to carry out basic recovery plans

  • Viable processing center alternatives

  • How to enact preventive measures

  • A documented interim DR plan

  • Wallet-sized emergency contact lists

  • Training methods for emergency response team members