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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Basic tabletop exercises

Abstract

No disaster plan is complete until library employees are familiar with it and prepared to carry out its guidelines and instructions. Orientation and training can be conducted through tabletop exercises, which include realistic disaster scenarios followed by tasks for library personnel who could be involved in response measures and operational resumption. Tabletop exercises are brief, and are intended to lead participants to useful conclusions about their library’s level of preparedness for disasters and their ability to resume operations after different kinds of events. Scenarios should be based on a library’s risk profile. All levels of staff should participate in exercises, and should be encouraged to contribute ...

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