"MIR3's web based solution provides multiple, redundant access points to business continuity notification systems i.e. In central command, a mobile unit, or a remote command back up location...more

TAMP's BCP software


Some Free packages:

- For US businesses
- VMWare "Trial" Software
Or use the search function here and here.

A Disaster recovery plan covers the data, hardware and software critical for a business to restart operations in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster. It should also include plans for coping with the unexpected or sudden loss of key personnel....more

 Contingency planners: Contingency planners act as a focal point for their companies in any situation involving contingency planning or emergency response - more about the planning role and responsibilities ...more

Testing your contingency plans: Exercising your teams/doing an audit. .. the Institute for Business & Home Safety offers a variety of tools for small business owners to reduce their potential for loss and to reopen quickly should they be forced to close..more

Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery Planning

Definition: Disaster prevention and recovery is a coordinated (and documented) activity to install measures to facilitate a business's continued operation during a natural or man-made disaster or, if that operation is interrupted, to facilitate a restoration of normal operation with minimum loss. It includes planning for off-site backups, redundant hardware at alternate locations, and a clear process for protecting and restoring critical information. Disaster planning is also called Contingency Planning or Business Continuity Planning and is used largely to refer to preventing data loss and recovering critical data. It overlaps with risk management.

Business Continuity PlanningNatural disasters, sabotage, equipment failure, fires, terrorist attacks, human or equipment error/failures, worker strikes, power failures, criminal attacks, computer malware etc., are all things that you are best advised to insure against. However, minimising employees injuries/deaths, reducing property damage and hastening return to normal business operations is best done by planning ahead.

A pre-preparedness plan should include pre-disaster actions to protect people, business property - including data - and facilities; a pre-defined emergency shutdown and evacuation procedure; and off-site storage of backed up information.

- Analyse your risk

- Create a disaster recovery plan

- Provide your staff with disaster recovery training

- Regularly audit your disaster recovery systems and procedures

- Get certified to standards like ISO 17799

- Disaster Recovery


Phoenix for Recovery Planning, ContingenZ Corporation's IMCD, Linus' Revive Online etc., are some of the many commercial Business Continuity Planning software packages available. More available here.