Your first step should be identifying which information and systems are essential. Few small- to medium-sized businesses have the resources to expend to make everything they have redundant. Identifying mission-critical data and systems allows you to make sure they are protected.
Where you store your backup data is a detail that should be carefully considered. Because natural disasters can cover large areas, your secondary data center should not be closely located to your primary center. Obviously, your backup data center should be located outside of flood zones and away fault lines.
Regular testing of your emergency preparedness through live exercises at least annually is key to expose any flaws, inconsistencies, and areas of improvement. Not to mention, making sure it actually works.
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