Planning & Coordination

Disaster Planning

dPlan: Online Disater Planning Tool
This online disaster planning tool is intended for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff, but is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches. Entering data into an online template allows you to create a customized disaster plan for your institution.

Illinois State Library Disaster Plan
Information on disaster response and salvage of materials including water and fire damaged books, and non-book materials.

Trial by Tornado
One records facility's response to a devastating tornado demonstrates the necessity of a solid disaster recovery plan.

Master of Disaster Workshop
Web sites, resources and sample stories related to disaster planning and recovery.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Heritage Preservation, Inc., in partnership with 34 national organizations and federal agencies.

Disaster preparedness and response
A page of disaster preparedness and response links found at the Conservation Online web site.

Commercial Services, Suppliers, etc.
A page of links to commercial disaster recovery companies and suppliers, found at the Conservation Online web site.

Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Web site
Provides sample disaster plans, information on recovery techniques as well as a database of experts, services, and supplies for disaster recovery searchable by state.
U.S. government site devoted to information to help your business prepare for any type of emergency or disaster, either natural or manmade.

Disaster Planning: What Organizations Need to Know to Protect Their Tech
This online seminar from TechSoup discusses the ins and outs of getting your organization in tip-top shape before a disaster or crisis happens. Review best practices, tips, and resources for developing and implementing a disaster-preparedness plan at your organization that will help you not only when a crisis hits, but every day.

Disaster Planning: Backup, Backup, Backup!
This online seminar from TechSoup reviews various approaches to backup and help you implement a solution that readies your organization for any disaster — however big or small — that might come your way.

TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit
A set of guides, articles, and other resources collected by TechSoup, with particular emphasis on technology protection,

Other Organizations:

California Preservation Program

Cornell University

Harvard University

Library and Archives of Canada

Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC)

National Archives and Records Administration

National Park Service

Smithsonian Institution


Shaping Outcomes
Shaping Outcomes is an online course for library and museum professionals based upon Outcomes Based Planning and Evaluation (OBPE), preparing staff to plan internal projects and to produce robust design and evaluation plans for grant proposals. It was developed as a cooperative project between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).