Lack of preparation during a data center disaster can create havoc when disaster strikes. When a crash happens, critical things have to be done under pressure. This stress factor can be relieved to a great extent by advance preparation and planning. A disaster recovery plan should be the primary objective of any enterprise making use of a data center.
Remember the time constraints:
Always have a clear idea of which tasks to perform quickly and in what order.
Select the best personnel for the task:
Go for the experts. This is not the time (or the scenario) for training freshers!
Prepare a recovery plan in advance:
Plan and prepare a step-by-step decision chart which details out the to-dos for each personnel deployed in a recovery site. This reduces communication delays and reduces overhead on supervisors.
Practice makes perfect:
Practice trial drills periodically to ensure effectiveness of recovery team. This will improve the preparedness of the team and hence allow them to act more efficiently in the event of a mishap
Above all, stay calm!