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Disaster recovery refers to

the services that encompass getting the organization back to a running state when a disaster — small or large — has struck.
[a]ny measures instituted to plan for and/or recover from an event that significantly interrupts normal business operations.[1]

Disaster recovery

encompasses both short-term activity intended to return vital physical and social systems to operation and longer-term activities designed to restore these systems to their pre-disaster state. The concept of recovery encompasses both objective measures, such as reconstruction and assistance efforts, and the subjective experiences of disaster victims and processes of psychological and social recovery.[2]


In the context of outsourcing, disaster recovery includes security, backup, power management and data recovery. One aspect of disaster recovery that's important in an outsourcing arrangement is whether the service provider has an alternative facility in the event of a disaster — and in how many hours or days a client will be able to recover.


  1. Newfoundland-Labrador, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Information Protection Glossary of Terms (full-text).
  2. Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, at 17.