Like doctor's checkups, disaster recovery plan updates need to be completed at least twice a year, experts say.

Performing regular disaster recovery plan check ups in 2012

Every business owner understands the benefits of ensuring that both they and their workers receive regular medical check-ups. By allowing workers access to health insurance and other benefits, company owners and decision makers are doing their best to ensure that any sicknesses or ailments are mitigated, and that they do not spread to other staff members, thereby decreasing productivity.

Just as with regular doctor's visits, business owners should also be performing regular check-ups for the company's disaster recovery plan, as this can help ensure business continuity in the event of a natural disaster or serious data breach. Most experts suggest this revision process should occur at least twice a year. But, while business owners may know they need to perform this kind of regular assessment and how often, they may not be aware of the best ways to go about its implementation.

While every business continuity expert provides their own personal touch to this routine, most recommend the same steps. For starters, business owners are generally instructed to keep their disaster recovery plans current, meaning that information such as conference bridges, vendor contact information and backup generators should be reviewed and altered when necessary.

Business owners should also book test dates so that they can conduct exercises and improve these files regularly. That's because in the event of any challenge, the chain of command needs to be strong throughout the company. As such, every player needs to know how to access, reference and execute the details of the plan, and familiarity may be the key.

Still, exact exercises may be difficult to design during the course of a normal workday, as every business owner and employee feels the stress of daily deadlines. As a result, employers who want to ensure that their business is prepared for any challenge should contact a disaster recovery consulting firm that can provide hands-on assistance.