Emergency Plan - A Living Document

The completion of your emergency plan can be considered the beginning of an entirely new process. Now your plan is ready for inclusion into the everyday work culture of your organization. By becoming a living document, your emergency plan will take its place as one of the guiding documents of your institution. In this module you will learn how to avoid complacency in long-term emergency planning, and discover ways to address the plan in budget and strategic planning.  

Emergency Plans as Living, Dynamic Documents webinar is presented by Anne McCudden, former Director, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

Webinar Length:  21 min. 50 sec.
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Discussion Question: Does your organization treat institutional level documents (for example a strategic plan) as a “living document?” If so, think about how to implement your emergency plan so it too becomes a “living document” for your organization. If not, focus on a strategy to bring attention to your emergency plan and reach all staff. What few small steps might get you started?

Manatee County Historical Records Library - Living Document Sample (.pdf)

University of Miami Libraries - Living Document Sample (.pdf)
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Online Resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning
See Consideration 4: Evaluating and Updating Your Plan

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Recommended Plan Review Criteria (questions to strengthen general planning process)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Organizational Self-Assessment Checklist

Speaker Biography
Anne McCudden served as Director of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation from 2002 to 2013. During her tenure as Director, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum was awarded full accreditation by the American Association of Museums. Anne also serves on the boards of the Florida Association of Museum Foundation and the American Association of State and Local History. She previously worked as Lab Director for the FAU Anthropology lab, as well as an adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Miami. She earned an MA in History from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2002. She attended Loyola University and graduated cum laude in 1992 with a BA in History.

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