|Course:||4: Housing Your Collections|
|Lesson:||Lesson 3: Disasters--When Bad Things Happen to Good Records|
|Topic:||Disaster Response: What Do We Do?|
Disaster Response: What do we do?
The first priority in an emergency is the safety of the staff and patrons. Staff needs simple, straightforward information when disasters and emergencies occur. Your disaster plan should clearly and simply state what steps staff should take when responding to a disaster, including how to evacuate people from the facility.
The template disaster plan includes several emergency procedures sheets. These sheets donít focus on how to salvage collections; they cover how to immediately respond to ensure the safety of the people involved.
These sheets can be used as part of your overall disaster plan. They can also be used as stand alone documents--to be distributed to staff or posted as appropriate. (Note the overlap between security planning and disaster planning in these procedures.)