As one component of a statewide program focusing on disaster preparedness, this annotated website created by the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) of North Carolina provides the tools to create a disaster preparedness plan for cultural institutions whose collections are primarily archive, record, or library related. It also serves as a portal to other related online resources.
During 2008, the SHRAB supported a series of workshops to assist organizations in creating disaster preparedness plans. View the workshop materials or consult the SHRAB pages for additional resources.
The first steps in creating a disaster preparedness plan are determining your needs and evaluating your resources. The tools below will help guide you through the assessment process, identifying the strengths and weakness of your institutionís disaster response readiness.
In the planning stages of developing an overall plan, it is important to secure agency commitment to the process, identify all partners, and determine the extent of what your plan will address. These links will help identify all the parameters to be included in a plan.
North Carolina Preservation Consortium Workshop - The materials at this link were created by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium for a series of statewide workshops sponsored by the North Carolina SHRAB. This document guides the planning process, provides scenarios, and lists helpful links and a bibliography.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center developed this extensive online disaster plan, (95 pages), a series of Web pages that require an investment of time to complete. A benefit to using the dPlan is its online accessibility at anytime; the plan is stored on NEDCCís server.
Heritage Preservation Bookstore - An online catalog of publications offered by Heritage Preservation, this website also offers downloadable online resources about disaster preparedness planning and recovery.
Northern States Conservation Center- The NSCC offers classes focusing primarily on museums and offers onsite and online classes in emergency response. Their site provides a list of online resources including some publications.
SOLINET Classes and Events - The Southeast Library Network hosts classes on several archive and library related topics including those on how to create a disaster preparedness plan. Many of these classes are Web-based and can be completed online.