Investing in Disaster Recovery shouldn

A recent article I stumbled across on National Geographic's Web site

discusses how a long forgotten about, fully stocked bomb shelter from

the Cold War era was discovered beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

Meant to help New Yorkers survive a nuclear attack, the shelter still

contained food and water, some of which was dated 1957 and 1962. 

Over time, people forgot the shelter existed, but there it awaited set

and ready to go for a nuclear holocaust that never occurred.

When I was going to school at the University Of South Florida in Tampa,

Florida, some friends and I discovered a similarly stocked bomb shelter

under one of the dormitory buildings. It contained metal tins full of

crackers, chemical toilets, cans of water, and antibiotics that had

expired in the late 60's.  The stuff was stacked to the roof of a

10 foot ceiling and looked like it hadn't been visited by anyone other

than thousands of cockroaches for years.

Millions of dollars were probably spent for similar civil defense

shelters around the country in the hopes of protecting civilians in

case of a nuclear war. They were planned for, paid for, and created -

ultimately to be forgotten. Shelters which could have been kept

updated, modernized, and modified for other uses turn into treasure

troves of archaeology. Today we look at these shelters and wonder how

people back then ever thought they'd survive a nuclear war in them.

Long forgotten bomb shelters like these can remind IT professionals

about the importance of keeping disaster recovery plans up to date. You

can't just create a disaster planning and recovery process and set it

aside. You have to keep revisiting it on a regular basis, updating it

to meet current needs.  If you don't your plan becomes a wasted

investment and won't help you when disaster does strike. Instead years

down the road will stumble across your plan in a dusty file cabinet

drawer or somewhere on an old hard drive and marvel that you thought it

would actually work.