Most disaster recovery experts advocate the creation of a disaster recovery team that will plan and implement recovery activities in response to an actual emergency situation. Team members typically include key staff responsible for minimizing the impact of a crisis and ensuring that educational services to students are not interrupted. Members may be selected for their expertise in safety and security, transportation, technology, homeless services, food service, special education, assessment, facilities, communication, federal programs, counseling and mental health, emergency systems, legal services, and finance and administration. Agencies should also have strong contacts with organizations outside of education that serve children or collect data about students (e.g., immunization and free lunch programs).
Because data are a critical component of disaster recovery planning, data stewards from throughout an agency should be represented on the disaster recovery team. In fact, depending on organization and size, some agencies may choose to establish a "data team" as a subgroup of the disaster recovery team. Such a group usually includes a student information system manager, as well as data stewards from important program offices and departments. The goal of this subgroup would be to ensure that data needs are met during and following a crisis.