1. Proactively fail over to your disaster recovery site.
If you have a disaster recovery site, make it active before your main site fails. This will ensure a smooth transition and give time to troubleshoot any issues.
2. Test Your Offsite Backups
Whether you have a DR site or not, it’s imperative to check your backups and store them someplace safe, off-site (typically the cloud).
3. Create a remote plan and checklist
Unless your company plans to cease operation in the event of a catastrophe, you need a remote working plan, which may include accessing a remote desktop, connection to a VPN, or leveraging cloud platforms like Office 365 and SharePoint.
Sample checklist items:
- remote access
- company communication
- emergency contacts
4. Document your DR plan
This is vital in the event your environment needs to be rebuilt and restored.
5. Secure equipment
Physically lock/secure any equipment left behind
6. Monitor status of network and weather
Immediate awareness of any issues as they come up is key to maximizing uptime.
7. Shutdown and unplug any equipment left behind
Avoid the risk of physically damaging equipment