Resources for Disaster Recovery and Preparation

The recent tornadoes in Western Massachusetts underscore the need for law firms to back up their systems, and to prepare for disaster.  For those attorneys affected by the tornadoes and related weather events, the task now is to recover their livelihoods.  

Below appear resources for lawyers respecting both disaster recovery and disaster planning:

Nerino Petro, the practice management advisor for the Law Office Management Assistance Program of the State Bar of Wisconsin, discusses disaster recovery and disaster preparation at the latest episode of the Legal Toolkit podcast. Listen here.

Nerino also offers, through his blog, Compujurist, a number of disaster recovery resources, available here, here, here and here.

The American Bar Association checks in with substantial resources for disaster planning and recovery for law firms. (Scroll to the second heading on the page.)

Dan Pinnington, director of practicePRO at the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) in Toronto, offers much information for managing practice interruptions.

Laura Calloway, director of the Practice Management Assistance Program at the Alabama State Bar, points to Alabama's P-MAP Disaster Recovery Kit.

Beverly Michaelis, practice management advisor at the Professional Liability Fund of the Oregon State Bar, provides a post-disaster checklist, and an article respecting methods for protecting your firm from disaster.

The Oregon resources, as well as a more generic listing of resources, including some of the above-mentioned, are available at this drop site.

If you have been fortunate enough to have been left unaffected by the recent tornadoes, consider donating to those who have not been so lucky, via the Red Cross.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Practice Management Advisor, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published June 30, 2011


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