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Disaster Planning

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So, to get us officially started, and hopefully everybody is back on the line: Disaster Planning, Backup, Backup, Backup. I'm Becky Wiegand, from Tech Soup. I'm a staff writer here and also help with the Webinars. We'll be joined today by Anna Marie Jones(AJ), from Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), Zac Mutrux (ZM), from Serai, a consulting company, Chris Shipley (CS), who is also from a consulting company, Nutmeg, and we will h Lo and Kami Griffiths, both from Tech Soup, helping to respond to Chat questions throughout the Webinar. We will also have them fielding questions t us during the Q&A. So, if you ask a question and it's not answered immediately, know that we will try to address it during that section toward the end . So, today the agenda that we're going to be looking at is talking about why backup is important, especially for non-profits and libraries. We'll discuss some best practices, including policies and processes that you can adopt in your office. We'll give an overview of various types of backup options, then some examples and resources, and then we'll go to Q&A. So, to get the ball rolling on why backup is so important, especially for non-profits, let me turn it over to Anna Marie, to get us started. Great. Thank you, Becky. Hello, everyone. My passion in the world is certainly preparedness for non-profits and when it comes to backing up systems, second only to protecting and saving lives, backing up your tech can mean everything to your ability to function in the middle of a disaster and, certainly, moving forward. I would also argue that having appropriate backups and that level of resilience in your technology directly supports life safety; meaning keeping yourself, your volunteers, the people you server alive, healthy and well. There is simply no way for non-profits to function these days without varying levels of technology, whether it's just your telephones and your capacity to communicate with each other, much less access all of your documentation. I know in the world of prioritizing it's very hard some times for non-profits, particularly the smaller ones, to prioritize disaster planning at all; and then sometimes backing up your systems gets buried even deeper in that conversation. But I hope that by the end of this presentation we can really see that backing up is absolutely critical to your ability to fullful on your mission, serve your community, keep people alive healthy and well, and position yourself to actually prosper in the face of a disaster. That's great, Anna Marie. In the planning of this we talked a little bit about why non-profits and libraries are a little bit different from a company or a corporation, and I think that you gave some good examples that are listed here on the screen about non-profits often offering direct services to sometimes the most vulnerable members of our population (Absolutely); the critical needs for services that are provided largely by non-profits. Not having a system in place can really cause havoc in a community as a whole. (AM) Those are just some of the bullet points. The reality that non-profits operate on an entirely different business model. It's not just about did we profit did we not. This is going to be about whether people get fed, whether they have the medical support they need, whether the advocacy issues that are changing the world move forward or not, and absolutely about whether you remain a fundable organization now and in the future. And the sprit of our model, which is Prepare to Prosper: if you have you data backed up in such a way that you have that immediate capacity to move forward, you're also in the position of being able to jump on an opportunity, to be able to pull and mobilize those assets immediately, leaves you in a better place for receiving funding, leveraging funding, and moving forward. (BW) That's great. Well, and I know that there are lots of organizations in the world that still use this kind of system for backup, or might not have any system, and they're relying on whatever disks happen to be in their drawer that were used from years ago.

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Duration: 55 minutes and 28 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: techsoupglobal on Sep 9, 2009

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