DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN
The purpose of this Disaster Plan is to prepare for both natural and human disasters. This is an action plan, meant to focus energy in the most effective ways possible. It is not the ultimate dissertation on disaster preparedness; instead it is meant to guide staff so that emergency recovery efforts are focused on minimizing damage and protecting the Museum’s assets.
The best way to be prepared for an emergency is by creating a safe working environment and removing potential dangers. It is never possible to eliminate the danger of spontaneous emergency situations, but by planning and training for emergencies, the risk of damage to life and collections is greatly reduced. In the event of an emergency one should remember four basic instructions:
Protect Human Life
Get Recovery Team to the Scene
Contain or Minimize Damage
Salvage the Collections
In the intensity of an emergency, people often lose sight of the fact that the most important part of any emergency is to protect human life. (Refer to the Safety and Security Handbook for evacuation and other procedures.) The first people to respond to the scene of a disaster must take steps to ensure that the Recovery Team is never in danger as they begin to contain or minimize the damage. Once the area is secure, the Recovery Team can begin to salvage the collections.
This plan and regular training will allow staff to respond safely and effectively to disasters most likely to occur within the Museum.