The key to surviving such an event is a business continuity strategy, a set of policies and procedures for reacting to and recovering from an IT-disabling disaster, and the main component of a business continuity strategy is to create a disaster recovery plan (DRP).
The first step in drafting a disaster recovery plan is conducting a thorough risk analysis of your computer systems.
For example, a small Internet company (less than 50 employees) located in California could rate an earthquake threat as medium probability and high impact, while the threat of utility failure due to a power outage could rate high probability and high impact. The results of Step 1 should be a comprehensive list of possible threats, each with its corresponding solution and cost. Disaster recovery budgets vary from company to company but they typically run between 2 and 8 percent of the overall IT budget. Few scholars and analysts today believe that this simple framework is sufficient to obtain a full understanding of risk management. Because there are so many dimensions to supply chain risk management, there are also a number of strategies that are required to deal with those risks.
Later in his presentation, Husdal presents other strategic possibilities (as depicted in the following graphic). Dumke concludes, "The framework combines several important aspects of risk management in general and specifically supply chain management.
These risks are related to actions and events that are inside and outside of the supply chain.
Supply Chain Risk Analysis seeks to identify these risks, their sources and drivers, and their impact on the supply chain. Supply Chain Risk Management seeks to establish mitigative and contingent strategies for how to deal with the identified risks and their potential impact on the supply chain. Each of these five processes can help your small business in creating or improving disaster response plans. This is a great way to test out your preps without the added weight of an emergency situation. Setting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. Activities With and For Kids Getting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. The Waiting List: Ideally we would all love to join the best prepping group out there, but they are the best because they don’t just accept anyone.
This might be the most feasible option for anyone wanting to have a prepping group, and because of this we talked quite a bit about forming prepper groups in the podcast. Finding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, Like this article?I get this question all the time, and these questions have seemed to increase in the last couple of weeks, so I decided to tackle the subject of forming or joining prepper groups. When you are prepping, you will focus on many different areas, with the main area of focus being food, water, shelter, and weapons. This is actually taken from the five steps of grieving, but grieving does not only have to be about losing someone you love. On the evening of 23rd of March we will be doing a live webinar with Paul the CEO of Sun Oven International.
There are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. If things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Although it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. List all the possible risks that threaten system up time and evaluate how imminent they are in your particular IT shop.
So in this company’s risk analysis, a power outage would be a higher risk than an earthquake and would therefore be a higher priority when you create a disaster recovery plan. How long can your business afford to be without its computer systems should one of your threats occur?
Companies for which system availability is crucial usually are on the higher end of the scale, while companies that can function without it are on the lower end. If, for example, they determine that the company must be up within 48 hours of an incident to stay viable, then you can calculate the amount of time it would take to execute the recovery plan and have the business back up in that time frame.
The script will also outline priorities for the recovery: What needs to be recovered first? Eventually you’ll need to perform a component-level restoration of your largest databases to get a realistic assessment of your recovery procedure, but a periodic walk-through of the procedure with the Recovery Team will assure that everyone knows their roles. Some analysts argue, with good reason, that the time element needs to be accounted for when assessing risk.
Yet it's clear that whenever you address things like business continuity that time is a critical factor. The greatest impact you can make, however, is getting started today.What are you doing to safeguard your data? We still have about 4 weeks before we can start planting outside, but that doesn’t mean I can be ready to go once all danger of frost has passed us.
It’s also a great way to open the conversation about prepping with family members that might not be completely on board.Be careful how you approach this though. It’s actually easier to get small children interested than older children because older children have already formed some opinions.Doing things like the boy scouts and girl scouts do are fun ways to open the dialog with children about how there is more to life than cell phones and video games.
Like the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind”Don’t make these goals too extreme, make them attainable.
Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place. I have been a little hesitant about this because there isn’t really a perfect solution, and quite a bit that goes into prepper groups other than what skills people have.If you have never given this a second thought, you might want to read this article that Lisa wrote about what to look for with prepper groups.
The grieving process can be related to everything, because it is how you grieve no matter the situation. None of us ever know what is going to happen or when, so being flexible in an emergency situation is a vital part of being prepared. In the show we talked about how this is a double edged sward because you need people on your side, but giving out too much information could make you vulnerable.With operational security comes situational awareness.
You never know who was using your stuff when you were away, so have wipes stored at your desk that you can wipe down everything before you get to work. How would you recover your data and keep the business running after an unforeseen disaster? Anything that can cause a system outage is a threat, from relatively common man made threats like virus attacks and accidental data deletions to more rare natural threats like floods and fires.
The management of our small Internet company, for example, may decide they can supply the budget only for the emergency generators and the company will have to assume the risk of an earthquake. Emerson suggests that you have the recovery systems tested, configured, and retested 24 hours prior to launching them. Test the systems you’re going to use in recovery regularly to validate that all the pieces work. The focus of these studies has ranged from basic definitions to very complex mathematical explanations about how to improve risk management.
For more on that aspect of risk management, read my post entitled Assessing the Time Element of Supply Chain Risk Management. Nevertheless, the framework is useful because it adds depth to the traditional 2 x 2 matrix.
In his slide show, Husdal depicted several general strategies for dealing with risks depicted in the traditional 2 x 2 matrix. You can categorize each list, or just make a huge list of what you would like to accomplish over the summer.
If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.


Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work.
Like this article?When it comes to prepping, the old adage two is one and one is none comes to mind. Facing confrontation, having enough supplies for a multitude of different scenarios, and always having a plan B, and a backup plan to that plan, is what makes you a prepper.Critical thinking means that when you hit that road block you don’t just give up, you need to have the survival attitude and figure out an alternative option.
The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety. There is already a law in place that allows the government to take your stuff “for the greater good” in the event of a national disaster.If the SHTF, you can bet that the government will rationalize coming for your preps. When disasters strike unprepared companies the consequences range from prolonged system downtime and the resulting revenue loss to the companies going out of business completely, yet many IT shops are not prepared to deal with such scenarios. Determine which of your threats are the most likely to occur and prioritize them using a simple system: rank each threat in two important categories, probability and impact. For example, our small California Internet company could employ an emergency power supply to mitigate its power outage threat and have all its data backed up daily on RAID tapes, which are stored at a remote site in case of an earthquake.
To complement the script, create a checklist or test procedure to verify that everything is back to normal once repairs and data recovery have taken place.
Another slide presented by Husdal demonstrates that one part of the time element that needs to be considered is when to act. A good supply chain risk management process does not prepare a company for every possible risk, but it does permit the company to respond quicker and more flexibly to any contingency. So during the winter I was plotting and planning my garden beds, and how I will use them this year.
By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months. This is extremely accurate, with maybe one exception when it comes to first aid supplies that you should have when preparing for the unknown.When you think you have enough medical and first aid supplies, multiply that by about 10 and you should be good for an unexpected emergency.
Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that. Even is a situation where the government seems nonexistent, they can come back in the picture and say “we’re back, and we’re here to help”Do what you can to plan for this.
As applications, hardware, and software are added to your network, they must be brought into the plan.
Supply chain risk management does not involve a plan that is drawn up and placed on a shelf only to be pulled down and dusted off when a crisis arrives. Like this article?When the time changes, I start to get antsy for the longer sunny days that will be coming.
If you think you have everything you could possible need, and have never had an emergency to use it for, trust me, you will need more.Unfortunately for me, I actually had a medical emergency recently that I had to put my emergency medical kit into use. And about a week ago he got into the worst trouble yet.I am not sure what happened, he got spooked somehow and put his back leg through the back of his stall. Or, what if you have to move, or life happens, and what do you do when your prepping plans hit a road block and get derailed?Even if we have tried to think about every hypothetical disaster scenario the we could possibly face, the odds are the situation won’t go as we planned.
After being cooped up in the house all winter long, there is just something so satisfying about being able to stay outside without a coat on that motivates me to get busy.For those of us that live in cold weather states we get a little cabin fever this time of year, and also a little anxious to get out and get things done. In an SHTF event everything going according to plan will be the exception, not the rule.This is why it’s important to have a plan A, plan, B and plan C. If this means you have extra food and supplies in case the government men come knocking on your door, do it. New threats to business seem to pop up every week and a sound DRP takes all of them into account.
That formula results in simple 2 x 2 framework for assessing and managing risk, where on one dimension is the likelihood of occurrence (high or low) and the other the level of impact (high or low). Even if you live in one of the warmer states, these tips will be useful to keep your preparedness plans on track.This week we talked about springtime prepping and planning, and how to stay motivated throughout the summer months. This even applies today if we need to bandage them up until medical help is available.SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses.
And to make it more complicated, these plans need to intertwine so you can change course at a moment’s notice. Occasionally, this 2 x 2 matrix is fancied up a bit (such as the one shown below that was used in a slide show on risk management by Jan Husdal); but, the underlying concept remains the same. There are some things you just can’t do in the winter months, so it’s important to take advantage of the good weather while you can.SPP145 Springtime Prepping and PlanningGet Outside and ExerciseThis is really easy to do in April because we are all chomping at the bit to get outside. I quickly grabbed my headlamp and went outside to investigate what was happening.I pointed the light at the horses, and Ethan (aka Dennis) had blood gushing down his back leg.
If all you want is a group of people to learn from and talk about prepping, don’t join a group that requires a big commitment.Your Resume: Think of this like a job interview, what do you have to offer? Use the spring and summer months to their fullest by going camping, working in the yard and even taking walks with your bug out bag on.We talk about being “farmer strong” later in the article, and we need to be physically ready to handle life without all the modern conveniences. I grabbed my equine first aid kit out of the barn, and proceeded to use EVERYTHING in the kit to create a compression dressing to stop the bleeding.I went through three rolls of vet wrap, three abd pads, and a roll of duct tape, and there was still blood coming through the dressing. Attention to detail is critical to our survival, and the time to prepare is now, because once the game starts all bets are off.SPP 141 When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1Critical ThinkingThe most important quality, in my opinion, to a life of preparedness is being flexible. If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.Activities With and For KidsGetting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. Thankfully I have a vet who is available 24-7, and about 45 minutes later, he got to us.The horse managed to gash his leg and cut through his saphenous vein, which is why there was such a large amount of blood. This article from On Point Preparedness talks about why it’s tough to keep a group together.Don’t be too hasty to make your decisions, It’s going to take time to get a feel for someone. If you’re fuzzy on how your business would restore operations after a disaster, it’s time to take action, whether you’re starting from scratch or improving a plan that hasn’t been updated in a while. This is a little gross, but the bold was actually squirting out every time his heart pumped.The good news is horses have a lot more blood than humans. Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that.Operational SecurityThere are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan.
Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important.Goal SettingSetting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it.
So, just how many supplies would I need to have on hand to deal with whatever would come our way?The answer is; much more than I have right now!The good news is emergency’s don’t happen on a daily basis. Prepping encompasses so many different areas that you are bound to find someone interested in bushcraft, First aid, gun clubs, ham radio etc. The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.The GovernmentIf things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work.Preparedness Plans List(s)For me, the best place to start is with my handy dandy notebook! And a lot of the first aid supplies that are a part of a good medical kit have very long expiration dates. This is also important because in a SHTF situation you are going to be stuck with them being next door whether you like it or not, and if they know you, they are less likely to take advantage of you.Online PreppingFinding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, but it is also the riskiest. By assessing each risk’s likelihood and consequences, you’ll gain a concrete understanding of each situation’s severity.
As with anything online we want to be careful about what information we share, and as preppers we are extra careful about it.Personally, I am more worried about people than the government. For a small business, data is one of your most important assets, so make sure you assess all potential risks of data loss.Conduct a business impact analysis: After identifying the business’ mission-critical functions, how would losing those functions affect your company?
By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months.The GardenRight know the garden is taking all of my focus. I know I’m on a few lists anyway, but a person with bad intentions, and my personal information can be more dangerous. Make a fake profile and don’t add your address or phone number.This article from the Survival Blog give a few options for finding groups (or people) online.


Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you and have a plan.Being the Lone WolfAlthough it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping.
To some this may seem like a no brainer, while others may have issues trusting other people, especially in a disaster situation.But you have to get over this aversion to others.
Cleaning out the dead and decaying plant material as well as beautifying the garden itself are things I can do now while waiting. So you can keep adding to your kit over time in order to have a lot of supplies.But once you start accumulating more and more first aid supplies, you will need a storage plan to keep it all. You never know who is on the other end of the conversation.There are two aspects of prepper groups we need to think about, the groups we can join now, and the groups we will have in an emergency situation. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.If you have livestock, you will need to incorporate their first aid supplies in to your plan as well.
Develop relationships with likeminded people, and find out how your skills and their skills can complement each other. Also, our garage gets COLD, so I don’t really like working out there when the temperature outside is below zero.
It is like anything we do, and change is inevitable.The more you work on it, the better you will become, so do it in baby steps. Keep this larger perspective in mind as you refine procedures.As you choose technology solutions, it’s important to understand the difference between automatic data backup, syncing and storage, and what you need from a disaster preparedness standpoint.
If you feel better prepping alone, do this for a while, but then begin putting yourself out there. But I have to say, giving a HUGE injection to my horse every day for 5 days proved to be too much for me and the horse, so I was left to use the powdered oral antibiotic, which is a sulfa based drug.2 tubes of silvasorb gelAnd then that made me start thinking about my ‘people’ medical supplies, and how much do I have, vs. You can do the same with family members, and continue to grow our network.The most important thing to understand is that you cannot do this alone, there really is safety in numbers, and we are a social animal. Instead of spending a lot of money to go really far, or making one vacation plan, we choose to explore the beautiful country we live in.We will plan smaller weekend trips to places we can drive.
Like it or not, you do need other people.All Tools and No KnowledgeYou have probably heard this a hundred times, but what would you do if you had nothing? But it is better to have the stuff, and never need to use it, kind of like an insurance policy. We need to have the ability to improvise, and the only way to do that is to understand the complete process.It’s great to have a good water filter, but if you don’t understand how water filtration works, you won’t be able to build your own if necessary. So now, we can go places and basically bring our hotel with us.You also don’t need to really go that far away from home.
Do a weekend nature walk, learn about what is in your area as far game, plants, and resources.
But I would rather be prepared and have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Or you can take a weekend class in firearm training, or outdoor skills.Rotating PrepsAs the summer will go on, our long term food storage and home canned goods will need to be rotated as we add to it with freshly canned vegetables jams and fruits. I will continue to bulk up all of my medical kits, and will most likely add things that most people will not need, such as needles, and IV start kits, but that is because I have been trained how to use it.One thing you may have noticed I did not add to any of my first aid kits is suturing equipment. So before we start canning like fools, it is good to know what we have, what we love, and what we have plenty of.
I am of the opinion if I don’t have the training to use something, I am not going to wing it, and when it comes to suturing, I do not have the experience so at this time, it is not a part of my medical kit. This also goes into my gardening plan, so knowing what we have helps.Now there are some things we won’t have a lot of control over, such as blueberries, apples and pears, because we plant those once, and they keep producing every year. You can listen to the full podcast when Sara publishes it next week.The post When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1 appeared first on Survivalist Prepper. Going back to my horse story, the vet came out three times in attempts to suture the huge gash closed, but the horse would not cooperate, and the window of opportunity passed, so we decided to leave it open, and let it heal by secondary intention (meaning, no sutures). So learning new ways to use the prolific fruits and vegetables will add new recipes, as well as making us be able to use what we have every single year.This is also a good time to start or add to your long term food storage with items from Legacy Farms, or Augauson Farms.
Yes, it will take longer to heal, and yes, there is a risk of infection, but that just means I have to be more diligent in caring for the wound until it matures and heals. Dedicate a small amount of money each paycheck to increasing your long term food storage, just in case.Farmer StrongThis one is my favorite! This is something I am willing to do in order to have a good outcome.I feel the same way in regard to people. I don’t know about you, but I HATE working out, or I should say I hate working out just for the sake of working out. However, I do LOVE being outside, and beautifying my yard, and playing in the garden, and working with my horses. So yes it will be a more difficult task, and take longer to heal, but sometimes that is the better way, especially if there is something in the wound (like debris, or contaminants) that the body will help to push out. So instead of going to a gym, I work out while I am doing things that will benefit me, or my family.For example, my daughter bought me a Fitbit for a Christmas present. If it is sutured closed, you could potentially be trapping the contaminant inside of the body.When in doubt, don’t do it.
And I have a bunch of people that I compete with on a weekly basis to see who can get the most steps. I like it, because it makes exercising fun and adds some competition to the mix, I love it! How you choose to handle a situation like this is up to you.Another thing to think about, if you have never witnessed an emergency happen, attend some classes and get some training. But on the days where I basically only walk at work, I have to push myself harder than I do when I am doing chores around the house. No it won’t stop emergencies from happening, but you will be more prepared to handle a situation should it occur. Typically I will get around 10,000 steps a day, and I have to really work to make that happen. Then if something does happen, hopefully your training will kick in, and make it easier to handle the emergency.Get the training BEFORE something happens. But on the weekends just by working in the yard or garden, I will get around 18,000 steps a day! That is huge!And have you ever worked a piece of land for a garden, carried chicken or horse feed, or dug some fence postholes? Have drills, and run through a scenario to get your hands in there so you will have a plan of what you would do in an emergency situation.You will never be prepared for every scenario, but the more you plan and practice and learn, the better prepared you will be if something happens.The post First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?
If you make a concerted effort to do this type of work on a daily basis not only will you get in shape, but you will get strong…farmer strong!So make an effort to get your work out by doing things that have the added benefit of making you more self-reliant.
You will get in shape in a fun way, and you will be saving money, you don’t need a gym membership to get in shape, just do things to benefit your home, garden or property and use the money you would have used for the gym, and put it back into your ‘homestead’.Food Forestry, aka PermacultureInstead of planting flowers in beds, plant food! Now it was not a human medical emergency, but it was an emergency nonetheless.I know most of you don’t have horses, but the reason I am writing this is because of the lessons I learned, and how it applies to an emergency situation for humans as well. If you do plant flowers, be sure to use flowers that are beneficial to the bees, as well as having medicinal benefits such as lavender, peppermint or Echinacea.If you are planting a tree or shrub, plant fruit trees and shrubs.
Put things on your list that you don’t necessarily have to do, but would do if you had the time. It is pretty inspiring to look back through lists that I thought were pipe dreams, and they are now a part of my everyday life.
So inspire yourself, make some lists, and get planning for what you would love to be able to do this summer. You are only limited by yourself, so stop limiting yourself, and just do it!The post Springtime Prepping and Planning appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.




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