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Museum Disaster Planning

In the wake of recent events, museums have learned that museum disaster planning is required to be able to respond in the case of emergencies, natural and man-made. The process is known as “emergency preparedness” or “disaster planning”. The word “disaster” describes major events, such as floods, fires, or earthquakes. Although, most collection disasters are much smaller in scale such as flooding from a burst pipe. Below are several resources for museums to create Museum Disaster Plans.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
Developing a Disaster Preparedness / Emergency Response Plan

International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Guidelines for Disaster Preparedness in Museums

The Heritage Collections Council
Guidelines for Small Museums for Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan

The American Museum of Natural History
Emergency Preparedness

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Active Shooter: How to Respond

About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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