Exercising Your Disaster Response Plan


Even the best written disaster response plan can be greatly compromised if staff members have not been trained on how to carry it out. Conducting drills and exercises of your institution’s response plan is critical for testing procedures, identifying problems, and discussing solutions. Tabletop exercises, which are dedicated to discussion, and functional exercises, which are focused on hands-on activity, are two especially effective training approaches.

In this 90-minute webinar, we discussed techniques for testing your institution’s plan and training  staff. Lead by Julie Page, this webinar was a follow-up to the course Protecting Your Collections: Writing a Disaster Response Plan taught by Julie in March. If you’d like to learn more about the March course, archived webinar recordings can be found here.

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Recorded: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

Guest Expert: Julie Page, co-coordinator of both the California Preservation Program and the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

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Photo: In honor of MayDay 2013, the Snowden Library, at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reviewed its disaster response procedures and held a drill to practice recovering wet books.