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Commercial Restoration Services: What Is a Disaster Recovery Plan

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison, Texas' premier damage restoration company, explains what a disaster recovery plan is and why every business should have one.

What Is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

An organization's disaster recovery plan provides detailed instructions on what to do when unexpected events such as natural disasters or power outages occur. These disruptive events may reduce brand authority, damage customer trust, or result in financial losses. SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison recommends having a disaster recovery plan to minimize the effects of the disaster and resume operations with little to no disruption. 

Why Is a Disaster Recovery Plan Important?

Disasters pose a severe threat to people and businesses alike. It's not uncommon for companies to never recover from disasters that significantly impact operations. A business's survival depends on how well it responds to emergencies.

Disaster recovery plans can be the difference between recovery and ruin. About 90% of small businesses fail within a year if they cannot resume operations five days after a disaster. Companies can recover far more quickly if they remain prepared and know exactly how to react when disaster does strike.

Some essential questions to ask include:

  • Who in the organization will monitor disaster updates?
  • How can the organization ensure it is ready to manage disasters?

A successful disaster recovery plan should include knowing which commercial restoration company to hire. Choose a qualified first-responder company with trained and experienced personnel. 

How To Create a Disaster Recovery Plan

Businesses should actively take part in preventative planning. The basic framework for disaster recovery plans includes four components:

  1. Prevention
  2. Response
  3. Restoration
  4. Recovery 

Businesses should plan for a disaster at all stages: before, during, and after. A proactive disaster recovery plan that includes commercial restoration services can ensure continuity of operations after physical damage. Use the four components above to identify the steps and systems necessary to prevent disruptions. 


Planning for a disaster should begin before one hits. Board the windows and install flood detectors, fire alarms, and fire suppression systems to protect the building and equipment. A well-prepared organization will suffer less damage from a disaster.


A disaster recovery plan should outline safety protocols to reduce the risk of harm. Teach employees to evacuate safely, including not driving, walking, or swimming through flood waters. Provide the staff with contact information and names of recovery teams who can assist. 


After the disaster, the business must have a plan for restoring essential operations and systems. The longer a company waits to call for help, the more damage its property sustains. Join forces with a commercial restoration company like SERVPRO that keeps disaster teams on standby to respond quickly. 


If a business sustains damage by water, fire, mold, or other disasters, work with a company that can restore the building. A commercial restoration company can handle all aspects of recovery. Key services include:

  • Board up services
  • Security systems
  • Building HVAC
  • Roof replacement
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Debris removal
  • Reconstruction

Commercial Restoration Services From SERVPRO

Get the business back online with SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison's 24/7 restoration services. The company has the workforce and resources to work on disasters of any size. Professional response teams act quickly to reduce business disruptions.

Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 to schedule commercial restoration services.

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