In today's information intensive and networked world, Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) is a critical and significant activity. Yet, it does not always receive the attention it deserves. Therefore, it is critical to examine the factors that influence the undertaking of disaster recovery planning under the lens of the Protection Motivation Theory (PMT). Additionally, it is important to note that even if there is enough motivation to undertake disaster recovery planning, whether it is actually undertaken or not is largely dependent on the influence the Information Technology (IT) Professional is able to exert as an opinion leader within the organization. A model on disaster recovery planning is proposed suggesting threat and coping appraisals as the determinants and opinion leadership of the IT Professional as the moderator variable.