In the wake of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquakes in Haiti, some nonprofits have recognized the need to have contingency plans in place. Our Knowledge Base article What's the difference between contingency and scenario planning? provides links and resources to understand and implement these management concepts.
Disaster recovery plans are just one type of contingency planning. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York explains disaster recovery plans in this way:
Whatever one chooses to call it — disaster planning, emergency preparedness, or business continuity (and experts note that there are differences) — the goals are ultimately the same: to get an organization back up and running in the event of an interruption. [...] A disaster recovery plan exists to preserve the organization so that it can continue to offer its services.
Selected resources below about disaster planning may be helpful.
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