We have all heard the various clichés: “What can go wrong, will go wrong.” “The best defense is a good offense.” A disaster recovery plan can help minimize the impact when things go wrong. According to Geoffrey H. Wold, a disaster recovery plan is “a comprehensive statement of consistent actions to be taken before, during and after a disaster.” He lists the benefits of having a disaster recovery plan as:
Nothing can eliminate all risk related to a disaster. Having a plan in place to help recover is a wise investment to make. There are three basic areas to consider: preventative measures, detective measures, and corrective measures. How can proposal professionals apply these basics of a disaster recovery plan to mitigate the impact of a disaster?
There are preventative steps the proposal team can take to mitigate the odds of experiencing a disaster. These steps include:
The purpose of detective measures is to uncover any potential threats. These activities can include:
Restoring things to their original condition after a disaster occurs is why the disaster recovery plan includes corrective measures. Examples of corrective measures include actions taken after evaluating processes and events during a lessons learned debrief, such as:
Any steps you can take to avoid disaster, mitigate risk, or implement steps identified during lessons learned to restore things and ensure the issue doesn’t occur again will continually improve your processes.
 Wold, Geoffrey H. (1997). “Disaster Recovery Planning Process”. Adapted from Volume 5 #1. Disaster Recovery World.