How should I manage disaster/emergency planning? Management
It is not possible to prevent disasters or emergencies completely. However, with careful planning and preparation, it is possible to reduce their occurrence and mitigate their impact. Each organisation should appoint a senior manager to have overall responsibility to ensure the institution or company meets its obligations for the safety of staff and collections or resources in their care.
The process of writing a disaster/emergency plan has additional benefits. It will
- Identify chains of responsibility
- Enable decision makers to act
- Demonstrate that you have carried out your duty of care for the resources or collections for which you are responsible
- Lead to closer ties with other cultural property organisations by helping to share best practice, resources and facilities
- Meet professional guidelines and legal requirements for health and safety
- Demonstrate best practice in managing risk
- Meet requirements for funding applications, registration schemes, and may have insurance benefits.