Disaster Recovery Center

What Does Disaster Recovery Center Mean?

A disaster recovery center is a place that serves disaster recovery efforts. It may be a place where individuals and assets are gathered after a disaster, or a place where people can go to get information about disaster recovery.


In business, an enterprise may set up their own disaster recovery center in order to move people and equipment following a crisis.

Techopedia Explains Disaster Recovery Center

The most common use of the term "disaster recovery center" refers to facilities managed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). These centers around the country are places people can go for consultation and information about disaster recovery. Other disaster recovery centers are set up by private parties to offer hosting for people or companies.

When a business sets up its own disaster recovery center, it is often preparing to move central assets related to data centers, server equipment that facilitates communications, and/or key management people who can build, monitor or assess disaster recovery operations.

Businesses use various disaster recovery strategies for seamless operations when a location is compromised: for example, data migration can allow for effective data backup in a remote location such as a disaster recovery center. Application recovery can ensure the operation of specific business processes after a crisis. A disaster recovery center can be a place to administrate all of this recovery effort, a physical location that is temporary, given an emergency that has compromised normal business operations.


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