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Welcome to the final blog in our technology planning series. You now know how to develop a well-thought-out plan and how to conduct a technology assessment. Now let’s look at technology disaster preparedness.
We don’t mean the power-surge-ate-my-blog-post kind of disaster, though frequent backups can help there. We’re thinking more along the lines of surviving Mother Nature’s wrath: tornado, hurricane, flood, fire. How do you keep your technology and your organization running and meeting constituents’’ needs when your primary location is destroyed or inaccessible?
Big companies and universities have detailed Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) outlining the off-site locations of backup servers, roles and responsibilities, emergency contacts, etc. You should too, even if on a smaller scale. By having a plan in place, you can deepen ensure continuity and respond faster.
In addition, TechSoup offers a free detailed e-book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery that covers these strategies in detail and much more on disaster planning, from preparation through recovery. It’s well worth downloading.
Finally, as a nonprofit dedicated to making affordable, reliable Internet access available to other nonprofits, here are a couple of ways that our service can help provide continuity for your business in the event of a disaster.
1. Many organizations use Mobile Beacon’s 4G service as a low-cost fail-safe for their network. If their primary Internet connection fails, they can ensure service continuity for short term disruptions of service. 2. In response to the natural disasters that areas of the U.S. have suffered recently, we have partnered with TechSoup.org to donate up to 26 devices to nonprofits in affected states who are now without Internet access. We have a companion donation program with DigitalWish.org for schools.
This post was authored by Mobile Beacon, a past TechSoup donor partner. You can read more posts like this on their new blog, 4 Your Mission.