An emergency plan should be prepared and in place before a hazard occurs. The plan should be practiced and reviewed to insure the effectiveness of the plan. The plan should include the following elements:
• IT and data recovery: Implement a data backup program to protect and recover important and sensitive information. Create a technology policy that assists in preventing data leaks in the case of telecommuting employees.
• Contracts: Pre-arrange written contracts with other businesses and external suppliers in order to continue fulfilling commitments to customers.
• Resources: Prepare an inventory of resources that are essential to regaining the ability to operate as a business.
• Test: Run a test of the plan to ensure the plan’s success.