Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of life. But their impact on businesses can be reduced if they’re prepared and fully compliant with acceptable disaster recovery protocols.
Once a disaster strikes, how a business reacts within the first 24 to 48 hours largely determines whether they will fully recover or not. Statistics show that over 70% of businesses that are involved in a major disaster such as fire fail to reopen or go under within three years of the incident. Following an electrical disaster that results in a major data loss, over 70% of the companies fail within a few months.
NFPA Codes and Disaster Recovery Protocols
Developing a disaster recovery program ensure the safety of businesses and helps them continue with the least possible losses following a disaster.
It’s also the first step for complying with the NFPA 1600 (Framework For Disaster Recovery Program) which requires all businesses to have Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs in place.
The NFPA 70B code deals with Electrical Disaster Recovery and requires organizations to have a plan of action with specific and details sequence of events that should occur following a catastrophic event which affects the electrical systems.
The purpose behind NFPA 70B is to ensure that the power system is repaired and restored in a logical sequence, ensuring the safety of the company assets and the personnel.
Steps for Developing a Disaster Recovery Program:
An ideal disaster recovery program can be developed through the following steps:
- Understand the nature of the business and the assets that you have. Keep all documentation, building and equipment schematics, and system information updated and in a safe location.
- Define the areas of concern that need to be managed first in case of a disaster.
- Create a safety plan that is specific to each company site and covers the key electrical aspects of each location.
- Define the system and repair priorities and the strategy that must be followed. Make sure the company has all the necessary equipment and training to follow through with the repairs.
- Have an open line of communication with key recovery personnel and emergency electrical repair companies for quick mobilization.
- Ensure the emergency and temporary power sources are easily available and the standby systems are fully functional.
- Have enough on-site provisions in case of power disconnect which can lead to temporary lockdowns.
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning in Beaumont:
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