Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, NEDCC and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) partnered in 2004 to create dPlan, a free online program to help institutions write comprehensive disaster plans. dPlan provides a template that allows museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions of all sizes to develop a customized disaster preparedness and response plan.
dPlan can serve the needs of small institutions without in-house preservation staff, as well as library and museum systems that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple locations, and state agencies that need to structure training programs on disaster planning.
Each institution’s password-protected plan is stored on a secure server. All data from the current dPlan version will be migrated to the upgraded dPlan in fall 2018. (Read about the upgraded features below!)
Visit dPlan to use or view the introductory demo.
For more information and for technical assistance, contact NEDCC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 470-1010.
dPlan will be upgraded in fall 2018 with 21st-century usability and even more features, including:
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Genesis: The funding for the improvements comes from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant awarded to LYRASIS for the Performing Arts Readiness project, which includes emergency preparedness workshops and consultations in addition to the online tool. LYRASIS has partnered with South Arts and NEDCC to combine and upgrade their respective disaster planning tools, ArtsReady and dPlan.
Timeline: During 2017 the project group held a leadership meeting and two community design workshops (one in-person and one web-based). These workshops, which included current dPlan users, served to identify user needs and wants for the new tool. The project team then hired a software design firm to work on product design and create wireframes for the upgraded tool. A proposal for the “build” phase was approved in January 2018, and software development has commenced.
We anticipate conducting beta testing in early fall 2018 and publicly launching the upgraded tool by the end of the year. The end-of-life (complete retirement) for old dPlan is expected fall 2019.