Elements of a Plan

Emergency plans come in various formats and sizes, depending on the size of the institution, the different threats the institution could face, and the type of collection. This module presents a basic outline of typical elements found in the emergency plans of institutions across the country. A description of vital information within each section of an emergency plan is also included here. 

Elements of an Effective Emergency Response Plan webinar is presented by Burt Altman, C.A., University Librarian and Archivist, FSU Libraries, Florida State University

Webinar Length:  15 min. 14 sec.
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A separate worksheet has been developed for this activity.
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Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum - Elements of a Plan Sample (.pdf)

Florida State University Libraries - Elements of a Plan Sample (.pdf)

West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. - Flip Chart Sample (.pdf)
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Online Resources
PALMCOP, Action Plan Template

Nebraska State Historical Society, Are You Prepared? A Guide to Emergency Planning (includes sample action plans)

Library Leadership & Management, Be Prepared: Writing a Practical Disaster Manual (for libraries)

National Park Service, Conserv-O-Gram
Museum Staff Emergency Procedures: A Sample Emergency Telephone List (2005)
Museum Staff Emergency Procedures: A Sample Emergency "Flip Chart" (2005)

Northeast Document Conservation Center, Preservation Leaflets, Worksheet for Outlining a Disaster Plan

University of Utah, Emergency Flip Chart

Speaker Biography
Burt Altman is University Librarian at Florida State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, where he has worked since 1981. Among his many presentations, Burt authored and presented, Batten Down the Hatches: Protecting Your Family Records During Hurricane Season. He has an MA in History from Adelphi University, an MLS in Library Science from C.W. Post Center, and a BA in Political Science from Ithaca College. He received archivist certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of American Archivists.


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