Preservation Quick Tips:
Test your Disaster Plan
Annie Peterson, LYRASIS Preservation Services Librarian
lyrasis.org
Testing your disaster plan
So you wrote your disaster plan, now what? Test your
plan!
Try these exercises for ...
lyrasis.org
Phone tree drill
• Activate the phone tree in your disaster plan
• Communicate a test message through the whol...
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Fire drill
• Conduct a fire drill while staff, researchers, visitors are in
your institution to get the most r...
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Tabletop exercise
• Gather stakeholders in disaster plan
• Administration
• Emergency responders (or someone t...
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Tabletop exercise
• Walk through the first event of the emergency situation
• i.e. tornado watch is issued for...
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Tabletop exercise
• Sample exercises from National Network Libraries of
Medicine (NN/LM)
• http://nnlm.gov/ep/...
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Hands-on disaster recovery
• Participate in or organize a hands-on disaster recovery
workshop
• Hands-on works...
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Hands-on disaster recovery
• Use your disaster plan to guide your hands-on recovery in
the exercise
• Discover...
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Conclusion
• Debrief with key players after training exercises or real
disaster event
• Revisit your plan afte...
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Resources
• LYRASIS Disaster Resources
• https://www.lyrasis.org/LYRASIS%20Digital/Pages/Preservation%20Servic...
Questions?
ContactAnnie Peterson, LYRASIS
Preservation Services Librarian
Phone 678 235 2923
Email annie.peterson@lyrasis....
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Preservation quick tips: Test your Disaster Plan

Try one of these exercises for testing your disaster plan and improving your institution's ability to respond to an emergency situation.
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  • 1. Preservation Quick Tips: Test your Disaster Plan Annie Peterson, LYRASIS Preservation Services Librarian
  • 2. lyrasis.org Testing your disaster plan So you wrote your disaster plan, now what? Test your plan! Try these exercises for testing your disaster plan: Phone tree drill Fire drill Tabletop exercise Hands-on recovery
  • 3. lyrasis.org Phone tree drill • Activate the phone tree in your disaster plan • Communicate a test message through the whole tree • Check with staff after the drill to ensure the message was received • Update your communications plan to include anyone who did not receive the message • Consider including text messaging into your communication, it can be more reliable than voice communication in regional disasters
  • 4. lyrasis.org Fire drill • Conduct a fire drill while staff, researchers, visitors are in your institution to get the most realistic sense of an actual fire or evacuation that could happen at any time • Practice before the real thing • Improve procedures for evacuation for any reason, not just fire • Ensure that all procedures for accounting for all staff in an evacuation are in place and followed
  • 5. lyrasis.org Tabletop exercise • Gather stakeholders in disaster plan • Administration • Emergency responders (or someone to represent emergency responders like police, fire) • Facilities • Staff from all levels • Others that have a role in your disaster plan • Create an imaginary disaster scenario • Hurricane • Earthquake • Tornado • Whatever is most likely regional event in your area • Or focus on local event such as sprinkler malfunction, or plumbing leak
  • 6. lyrasis.org Tabletop exercise • Walk through the first event of the emergency situation • i.e. tornado watch is issued for your area • Ask everyone around the table to respond with what they are doing at that point • i.e. communicating to patrons where to seek shelter • Walk through all the subsequent steps of the incident, asking participants how they are responding throughout, following the disaster plan • Tornado hits, building damaged, collections affected, recovery process
  • 7. lyrasis.org Tabletop exercise • Sample exercises from National Network Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) • http://nnlm.gov/ep/table-top-exercises/ • FEMA Emergency Planning Exercises • https://www.fema.gov/emergency-planning-exercises • PrepareAthon! Flood exercise, FEMA • http://www.fema.gov/media-library/resources- documents/collections/372
  • 8. lyrasis.org Hands-on disaster recovery • Participate in or organize a hands-on disaster recovery workshop • Hands-on workshops allow participants to work with wet materials to understand how books, papers, photographs, objects, or other cultural heritage collections behave when they are wet • Materials what will be discarded anyways are used, and participants can practice recovery before using any techniques on important collections in a real emergency
  • 9. lyrasis.org Hands-on disaster recovery • Use your disaster plan to guide your hands-on recovery in the exercise • Discover what’s missing from your plan, what additional information you needed in the recovery process • Determine what supplies would improve the recovery process and improve your disaster supplies • Look for a workshop in your area, or get in touch with LYRASIS at preservation@lyrasis.org to talk about organizing a workshop
  • 10. lyrasis.org Conclusion • Debrief with key players after training exercises or real disaster event • Revisit your plan after training or a real event to ensure it has been updated according to what you learned • These are just some of the ways that you might prepare your institution to respond to an emergency situation. Drills for other types of incidents beyond fire, instruction sessions, hands-on training, and coordinating and learning fro local emergency managers are all additional approaches to consider.
  • 11. lyrasis.org Resources • LYRASIS Disaster Resources • https://www.lyrasis.org/LYRASIS%20Digital/Pages/Preservation%20Services/Disaster- Resources.aspx • Disaster plan templates, Society of American Archivists • http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/mayday-saving-our-archives/annotated- resources#templates • Developing a Disaster Preparedness / Emergency Response Plan, American Alliance of Museums • http://www.aam-us.org/docs/default-source/continuum/developing-a-disaster- plan-final.pdf?sfvrsn=4 • “Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions” • https://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/pdf_publications/pdf/emergen cy_plan.pdf • Sample disaster plans, Conservation online • http://cool.conservation-us.org/bytopic/disasters/plans/
  • 12. Questions? ContactAnnie Peterson, LYRASIS Preservation Services Librarian Phone 678 235 2923 Email annie.peterson@lyrasis.org lyrdigpres lyrasis