Disaster Preparedness

An often overlooked, but critical, area of effective collection management and collection care is the development of a disaster preparedness plan.

Kay Söderlund is the author of 'Be Prepared: Guidelines for Small Museums for Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan' and has the experience to guide and assist you in the development of your disaster preparedness plan through the following areas:

  • Risk assessment
  • Significance assessment
  • Disaster response
  • Disaster recovery
  • Salvage procedures
  • Disaster bins/disaster stores
  • Training in disaster response and recovery

Case Study

For many organisations, large and small, writing an effective Disaster Preparedness Plan is often seen as too big a task, and for this reason is often put into the 'too hard basket'. Over the years, we have assisted many different types of organizations, from community museums to large universities with several collections, in addressing this issue. By working with the organizations and guiding them through the areas of risk assessment, significance assessment, and drafting the Response and Recovery Plans, the organisations are able to effectively complete the writing of their own Disaster Preparedness Plan. This is important for effective response and recovery in the event of a disaster.
Preservation Australia also offers training in salvage procedures for these organizations, once the plan is complete.

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