Mitigate the Impact of Emergencies
Risk exposure can be reduced, but not eliminated. When risks are realized, the adverse impact can be mitigated by good planning and preparation, which enable an effective response.
Have a disaster plan. At a minimum:
- Know how to take the immediate measures necessary for life safety
- Keep a current list of emergency contact numbers
- Identify specific responsibilities
- Have basic emergency supplies ready
- Be familiar with available disaster services (e.g., maintain a contract for disaster services)
- Know what to do next / establish continuity of operations
Practice response procedures:
The information compiled here cover general key concepts and represent the minimum considered good practice in libraries, archives, museums, and other collection-holding institutions. These recommendations may be superseded by specific institutional requirements or by the instructions of civil defense or other emergency responders.