Last year, the American Bar Association Law Practice Division created a webpage entitled “Disaster Resources.” This page is to help law firms and lawyers navigate their way through difficult times should they ever be impacted by a natural disaster. Sensei’s Sharon Nelson co-wrote an article about this very topic with colleague Jim Calloway, which is featured on this page. This year, Jim and Sharon have made some important updates that you don’t want to miss.
Excerpt: With so many recent disasters and perhaps more ahead, the ABA Law Practice Division advises you to do some planning now.
Have a Disaster Recovery Plan which you review annually. Define who is responsible for what. It should be electronic and in the cloud as well as on paper. Several trusted members of the firm should also keep a paper copy at home.
Communications are always the number one problem. An emergency contact list should be in writing and in the cloud where it can be accessed via a computer or a phone.
In case of flooding or mass destruction, it is best to have a backup in the cloud. Test your backup regularly to make sure it is working. There are many reputable cloud providers—examples include Mozy, Carbonite, Backblaze, CrashPlan SMB, and Acronis.