The Worried Executive's Guide: Preventing the Telephone Company's Disasters from Becoming Yours (Part 3 of 3)
- A: Where Will You Meet After a Disaster?
- B: Make Your Phone Numbers Follow You
- C: Recognize the Benefits and Pitfalls of Wireless Phones
- D: Consider Two-Way Radios
- E: Carry Pagers
- F: Large Campus? Consider a Low-Power AM Broadcast Station
- G: Who Will Clean Up the Mess?
- H: Who Rewires the Building?
- I: Consult a Commercial Disaster-Recovery Center
- J: Are Your People Willing to Leave Town in a Disaster?
- K: What If Some People Dont Show Up?
- L: Does Everyone Know How to Get to the Recovery Center?
- M: Test Your Recovery Center
- N: Do You Know How to Use the Recovery Center Phones?
- O: Whos in Charge of the Recovery?
- P: Keeping the EMT Apprised
- Q: Who Will Retrieve Data Stored Offsite?
- R: Consider Online Vaulting
- S: Where Is Your Voice Mail System?
- T: Look Carefully at Automated Call Distribution Units
- U: Dont Expect Anything to Work the First Time After a Disaster
- V: Where Will You Get Telecommunications Test Equipment?
- W: For Want of a Nail
- X: Seen Any Good Books Lately?
- Y: Could You Work at the Recovery Center for a Long Time?
- Z: What Did You Learn From Your Last Test?
- Summary: What Did You Learn from This Series?
R: Consider Online Vaulting
Issue: With more and more bandwidth available these days, the telecommunications department may be able to provide an online vaulting solution to address the archival/retrieval problem noted in item Q above. Also known as "point in time" recovery, a properly engineered vaulting system can record the very last stock trade or credit card transaction immediately up to a catastrophic failure. The other end of the online vaulting connection may in fact be your organization’s recovery center. While expensive, tele-vaulting earns you the peace of mind of knowing that all of your data is safely vaulted at the recovery center—and that you won’t have to go and get it.
Action: If appropriate, investigate setting up a tele-vaulting system for your organization. If you choose to implement such a system, your emergency plan should designate the contact persons in your organization and at the service provider, and how the system will be handled in a disaster situation.