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?
Summary: What Did You Learn from This Series?
Telecommunications disasters encompass such a broad spectrum that I’m sure I’ll need to write a few more articles on this topic in the future—perhaps even another three-part series. Although this series has barely scratched the surface, I hope you’ve gained some valuable insight that may not have been immediately apparent otherwise. These suggestions should prove to be helpful when your company activates its recovery plan, or in a test.
Just remember that, no matter how small a step or how insignificant a refinement you make to your preparations and plans, you have incrementally increased your company’s resistance to a disaster. In the process, you’re safeguarding your job as well.
It’s been fun writing for you in this series, and I wish you the best in your pursuits. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments on this series, or suggestions for other articles. See you again next month with a new disaster-recovery topic!