This Disaster Recovery Plan Template was designed to assist you in the development of your Disaster Recovery Plan.  This Disaster Recovery Plan Template was developed using the following resources. You are free to edit the Disaster Recovery Plan Template as you see fit. The objective of a disaster recovery plan is to ensure that you can respond to a disaster or other emergency that affects information systems and minimize the effect on the operation of the business. This topic provides you with guidelines for the kind of information and procedures that you need to recover from a disaster. When you have prepared the information described in this topic, store your document in a safe, accessible location off site.

  • California Preservation Program.  Disaster Plan Template, 2005.
  • Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan, 2008.
  • Fortson, Judith. Disaster Planning and Recovery: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1992.
  • Jones, Virginia A. and Kris E. Keyes.  Emergency Management for Records and Information Programs.  Prairie Village, KS: ARMA, 2001.

The following is a preview of the Disaster Recovery plan template. 

We encourage you to download the complete 13 page plan in pdf format.


Create an organization chart including name, position, address and telephone number.

Application Profiles

Create a list of all your business applications with the following information:

  • Application name
  • Critical? Yes/No
  • Fixed Asset? Yes/No
  • Manufaturer
  • Comments
  • Runs: Daily/Weekly/Monthly

Inventory Profile

Take an inventory of all your hardware and its functions

  • Processing units
  • Disk units
  • Models
  • Workstation controllers
  • Personal computers
  • Spare workstations
  • Telephones
  • Air conditioner or heater
  • System printer
  • Tape and diskette units
  • Controllers
  • I/O processors
  • General data communication
  • Spare displays
  • Racks
  • Humidifier or dehumidifier

Information about services backup procedures

  • Server backups
  • Personal computer backups

Disaster recovery procedures

  • Emergency response procedures
  • Backup operations procedures
  • Recovery actions procedures

We encourage you to download the complete 13 page plan in pdf format.

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