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The Resilient Organization – A Guide to Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness

by TechSoup

Published | December 2020

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"The Resilient Organization“ guides non-profit organisations towards comprehensive disaster preparedness, focusing on IT resiliency and guidance for staff.

Why read

This guide outlines tactical and actionable steps for civil society organisations to respond effectively to IT disasters and recover from them quickly.


The guide, which was developed with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, aims for IT disaster planning and recovery for ICSOs in three sections:

1. Preparing for a disaster

  • Principles of IT resiliency
  • Centralizing information
  • Training staff
  • Files and Databases
  • Backup systems
  • Equipment and devices

2. Recovering from a disaster

  • Restoring from backups
  • Hardware recovery
  • General safety tips
  • Proving your identity
  • Restoring communications
  • Network recovery

3. Helping your staff and volunteers prepare

  • Developing a family plan
  • Building a family emergency supply kit


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