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5 Important Ways GIS Enhances Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Allison Oliverius on Sep 17, 2016 6:57:54 AM

Disaster-Recovery_GettyImages.jpgSometimes, disaster is inevitable. In weather emergencies, loss of data and vital information can threaten the life and long-term viability of your company. It is important that your business gets back to normal as quickly as possible, and what greatly aids in that goal is having a disaster recovery plan. Implementing a plan isn’t always easy. There are a lot of moving parts, and key members of your recovery team need to be up-to-date on the most relevant information. To that end GIS, like those produced by ROK Tech can offer a huge advantage.


GIS has already proven itself to be an invaluable asset in disaster recovery. It has been shown to benefit firefighters during wildfires. Using GIS helps these men and women to prepare better for emergencies, locate critical resources and plan routes while tracking the spread of the flames. Just like GIS can aid rescue responders in saving human lives, it can also aid you in preserving the data you need to keep your business running.


Small companies may not have the personnel or the time to dedicate to developing a disaster recovery plan. They may not see the value. They may think that since their business is small, it shouldn’t take long to recover information or fill customer orders. This line of thinking could result in days, weeks or months spent trying to recover. Companies like IBM recommend taking a careful look at how well your company can succeed without your data. When it comes to your plan, GIS can provide a number of benefits:

  1. You can predict which disasters are most relevant to your location. Sometimes, working in an area areas just lends itself to certain realities, like tornados or blizzards. GIS can help accurately predict when a disaster will strike and how frequently it is to be expected.
  2. You can prevent damage even before it happens. GIS can overlay multiple layers of data to ensure maximum security before the disaster even strikes. For example, when preparing a hot site or other mobile location, GIS could be used to help you determine the safest area that is closest to your original business site.
  3. You can assess the weather to determine if it will become a threat. GIS can aid in accurately predicting if a weather situation is a threat to your business, allowing you to take appropriate action for your recovery plan quicker.
  4. You can communicate visually with your team. It can be difficult making sure everyone is on the same page in regards to location. You want to ensure that no one loses their way to any hot sites or mobile locations, especially in a weather emergency. With GIS, the visual component makes understanding the details of the plan easier.
  5. You can increase efficiency by reducing unnecessary delays. The phrase “Time is money” carries more weight in an emergency. The longer a company can’t access its systems, the more money is lost! GIS can help minimize other unfortunate disaster-related delays, such as travel hazards.

Weather disasters are always unfortunate. They affect thousands of people, sometimes growing so severe that they displace people from homes and uproot lives. Not to mention the heavy cost of repair to buildings and infrastructure in the aftermath. In these times, your business can’t afford to lose money from critical data loss. ROK Tech can aid you in your disaster recovery efforts and will help to ensure that your business continues to run smoothly, even in the worst of times.


Photo Credit: Credit: Olivier Le Moal

Topics: Disaster Recovery, GIS

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