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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Preparedness

Abstract

Disaster planners must take into account library staff hierarchies and must regularly update senior management regarding planning projects. There are advantages and disadvantages in allowing a committee to develop a disaster plan. Planning should begin with a risk assessment, which includes reviewing the history of a particular site, inspecting it, interviewing people who work at the site, discussing risks to the site with various external experts, and documenting all observations. A risk assessment will conduce to a risk analysis. Following the analysis, planners should seek to mitigate risks through measures such as preventative maintenance programmes, the gradual replacement of older facilities, insurance, and data ...

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