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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Operational resumption, continuity and recovery

Abstract

When primary disaster circumstances – the actual event and its immediate effects – come to an end, a plan to deal with the aftermath is needed. Most planners develop resumption plans that will allow library operations to recommence, although those plans might be referred to as continuity or recovery plans. Resumption plan components can include disaster declaration and damage assessment procedures, a crisis management plan, post-disaster communications and transportation plans, and normalization programmes. Continuity and recovery plans include related components, but focus respectively on ongoing operations in all conditions and the restoration and rebuilding of library assets. Managers ...

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