NASCIO today announced the release of its publication,  "IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Tool-kit: Planning for the Next Disaster." A product of NASCIO's Disaster Recovery Working Group, this toolkit is designed to assist state CIOs and their staff in IT disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

This toolkit represents an updated and expanded version of business continuity and disaster preparedness checklists utilized for a brainstorming exercise at the "CIO-CLC Business Continuity/ Disaster Recovery Forum" at NASCIO's 2006 Midyear Conference. Along with NASCIO's DVD on disaster recovery, "Government at Risk: Protecting Your IT Infrastructure," these checklists and accompanying group brainstorming worksheet will serve as a resource for state CIOs and other state leaders to not only better position themselves to cope with an IT crisis, but also to help make the business case for disaster recovery and business continuity activities in their states.

"Disasters that shut down a state's mission critical applications for any length of time could have devastating direct and indirect costs to the state and its economy that make considering a disaster recovery and business continuity plan essential," said David Taylor, CIO for Florida's Department of Health, and chair of NASCIO's Disaster Recovery Working Group. Taylor further stated, "We are pleased to offer this very timely and critically important toolkit as a resource for state CIOs and other state leaders to help plan for disaster recovery and business continuity activities in their states. My hope is that it begins a dialog about where we are at, what needs to be done next, the opportunities that we have, and the challenges of the future."