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Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 

Short for disaster recovery plan, a plan for business continuity in the event of a disaster that destroys part or all of a business's resources, including IT equipment, data records and the physical space of an organization. The goal of a DRP is to resume normal computing capabilities in as little time as possible. A typical DRP has several stages:
  • understanding an organization's activities and how all of its resources are interconnected
  • assessing an organization's vulnerability in all areas, including operating procedures, physical space and equipment, data integrity and contingency planning
  • understanding how all levels of the organization would be affected in the event of a disaster
  • developing a short-term recovery plan
  • developing a long-term recovery plan, including how to return to normal business operations and prioritizing the order of functions that are resumed
  • testing and consistently maintaining and updating the plan as the business changes.
A key to a successful DRP is taking steps to preventing the likelihood of disasters from occurring, such as using a hot site or cold site to back up data archives.

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DRP: A Project Plan Outline 
This page from the University of Toronto details what is involved in creating a disaster recovery plan for a business.

MIT Business Continuity Plan 
MIT’s sample disaster recovery plan.

The Disaster Recovery Guide 
A launch pad for those seeking help with the business continuity planning process. It offers information, guidance, tips, and links to a range of resources.

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