Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes, from tornados and hurricanes to fires and floods. And, disasters can strike at any time, most often when a business is least prepared. Did you know that an estimated 25% of business do not reopen following a disaster? Does your company have a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan?

On the night of September 16th, 2013, lightning struck a two-story office building along Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A security alarm immediately notified employees and triggered a call to the fire department. Cantey Technology founder, Willis Cantey, could see smoke pouring out of the windows as he arrived at the building around 7 pm.

Lightning surged through the IT companies network connections, despite surge protection devices, and started a blaze which destroyed their network closet. Even though the building didn't burn to the ground, the fire melted and burned cables,  computer hardware and networking equipment beyond repair.

When you run an IT company and hosting client servers and data is your bread and butter, the destruction of your network infrastructure is that last thing you want to happen. Despite the fact that this IT company and its staff were forced to work in a temporary location for several weeks, their clients never felt the effects of the disruption.

Five years ago, Cantey Technology began implementing a business continuity plan. This involved moving all of their clients servers to a remote data center and scheduling continual data back-ups. Before the fire, Cantey Technology's data was safely stored at their remote data center. After the fire the data was still there.

Had Cantey Technology not taken the time to develop a business continuity * disaster recovery plan, they firmly believe their story would've turned out much differently. "If we didn't take continuity of operations seriously, if we had out client servers on site, didn't back up data we wouldn't be in business right now."


A strong Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan will always consider, and answer, the following questions:

  1. What risks are most likely to affect your organization, given your geographical area?
  2. Are there at least two staff members who know how to carry out each key job?
  3. Is your organization able to operate effectively when key locations are closed?
  4. Is physical information backed up and stored off site?
  5. Does your Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan work?

Avoid being one of the businesses that never make it back when disaster strikes. Take the necessary time to develop a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan that works for your organization. For more information, please download the attached tip sheet provided by Integrity Insurance.