Course:4: Housing Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 3: Disasters--When Bad Things Happen to Good Records
Topic:Yes, It Can Happen To You


Yes, It Can Happen To You 

Disasters occur every day. A pipe ruptures, a roof leaks, a fire starts. Disasters donít have to be large cataclysmic events in order to cause significant damage to property and historical records.  

You need to prevent the disasters you can (fix a leaky roof) and you need to plan for what you canít prevent. Disaster planning includes:

  • Fixing known problems, before they become a disaster
  • Knowing how to respond when a disaster occurs
  • Knowing what to do after the disaster

Team meeting for disaster planning
Staff needs to plan to prevent, prepare for, and recover from potential disasters.