A Matter of When, not If: Preventing and Preparing for Disasters
Disaster Planning introduces participants to the foundation of writing a disaster plan: the stakeholders, the questions, the planning and available templates. The session also introduces Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), working with vendors (see COSTEP MA’s “Establishing Relationships with Disaster Recovery Vendors” (http://www.mass.gov/mblc/costepma/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Establishing-Relationships-with- Disaster-Recovery-Vendors.pdf). The afternoon introduces the cultural heritage participants in particular to the essentials of fire, what influences a burn, and how to work with their local first responders. The day ends with an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), a management system for organizing emergency response, whether the event is large or small, or affects public or private institutions.
Each participant is then encouraged to complete at least 50% of one of the disaster planning templates for their own institution as homework.
At this workshop, all participating institutions and fire departments can get a copy of FAIC’s Working with Emergency Responders poster if organizers wish to purchase.