California Preservation Program

Helping preserve heritage collections

Generic Disaster Plan Workbook

Outline of Generic Disaster Plan

The Generic Disaster Plan Workbook is based on the IELDRN Generic Disaster plan and provides a framework to assist institutions in writing their own disaster plan. The document presented here is optimized for Web presentation. It is also available for printing. A final version is available for download as a Rich Text Format file (.rtf) and can be modified using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.



  1. Disaster Preparedness and Prevention
    1. Guidelines
    2. Collection Salvage Priorities
    3. Insurance Coverage
    4. Security, Public Relations, Psychology
    5. General Housekeeping Guidelines
    6. Hazards Survey
    7. Building Safety Checklists
  2. Disaster Response
    1. Contact Lists for Initial Response to an Emergency
    2. Disaster Response Activities
    3. Preliminary Disaster Recovery Planning
    4. Assessment of Damage
    5. Planning the Recovery
    6. Appendices
  3. Disaster Recovery: Restoration Methods
    1. Freezing
    2. Drying
    3. Smoke, Soot and Char Damage
    4. Broken Books
    5. Biopredation
  4. Disaster Recovery: Recovery and Completion
    1. Housekeeping
    2. Reshelving
    3. Assessment and Revision of the Plan

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