Emergency Planning Resources

The time to prepare for a disaster is before one ever happens. Then, if disaster does strike, you'll have a clear plan. Use these helpful resources to put plans in place...in case the worst does happen.

This website from American Alliance of Museums covers topics such as, where to begin, what to do, what is important, the anatomy of a disaster plan, emergency planning, salvage and cleanup.


American Association of Community Colleges offers tips on determining your readiness level, developing a response plan, communicating the plan, and defining the role of the CEO. http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/Pages/crisis_management_resources.aspx

American Health Lawyers Association is intended to be a useful and practical tool in identifying the key legal and operational issues arising in the event of a public health crisis, terrorist threat, environmental disaster or other emergency situation.  http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/AHLAEmergency_Preparedness_Checklist.pdf

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: provides multiple links to help with recovery of damaged cultural and historic artifacts, such as salvaging water damaged textiles and photographs.


American Museum of Natural History provides basic information on Emergency Planning, Mitigation, Emergency Response and Collections Salvage and Recovery.


The Museum’s SOS website focuses on emergency response and recovery for institutions responsible for natural history, ethnographic and archaeological collections of artifacts and archives. Links include: Dealing with Hazardous Materials, Mold, recording keeping, Insurance Checklists, and Salvage procedures.


A quick and easy planning checklist from FedEx and American Red Cross.


The Hanover Group’s “Fire Protection Impairment Management.”


Traveler’ “Why is Business Continuity Important?”


United States Department of Labor’s “Emergency Action Plan Checklist.”


Use this form to designate your ‘Continuity Team’ and designate team member responsibilities.


This Business Continuity Resource Requirements form allows you to determine the resources required to restore business operations to various departments within your organization following a disaster.


A list of the essential emergency supplies you should have on hand at your organization:


This 10-page document from Ready.gov provides worksheets to help you create emergency response plans for evacuation, shelter-in-place, severe weather, lockdowns, and fire, medical, and threat-specific emergencies.


This quick worksheet creates an outline of your disaster program committee as well as key contact information for external representatives, such as the fire department, public health departments, and public works departments.


FEMA’s 12-page collection of emergency preparedness steps, checklists of emergency supplies, and evacuation guidelines.


A quick look at your options in developing a disaster protection or business continuity plan.


FEMA’s quick checklist of all the necessary supplies you need on-hand in case of an emergency.


Use this quick and easy form to document all of the computer hardware in your office space.


Emergency Planning Resources