More than a half-century ago, the US Federal Civil Defense Administration conducted a test called Operation Teapot to gauge the effects of a nuclear explosion on a variety of business records and records storage equipment. The focus in that era was how to protect vital records -- those that are fundamental to an organization's functioning and needed to continue operations without delay under abnormal conditions -- in the nuclear age. The conclusions drawn from that test are still valid today , including the recommendations that vital records be identified and segregated from other records and that organizations implement a vital records protection program that meets their specific needs. Implementing an effective program requires preparation in three major areas -- staff procedures, and physical location -- and a measure of common sense. Developing and implementing vital records and disaster recovery programs are no longer a luxury that organizations have the option to omit.