Defining Disaster Recovery

During the 1980s, the term disaster recovery (DR) became popular as a definition for rebuilding and recovery following a natural disaster. The entire focus of disaster recovery could be summed up with a one-word definition: rebuilding.

In 1988, the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI International) was founded using information gathered from FEMA to produce a list of professional practices for disaster recovery planning. Its objective was to help organizations with their planning efforts to ensure that they could rebuild and recover their facilities and equipment following a natural disaster. Even after efforts to rebrand itself, DRI remains focused on disasters—and just like FEMA today, it ignores the actual ...

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