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dPlan™: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool

A Free Template for Writing Disaster Plans


hurricane-katrinaFunded 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 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 plan that includes:

  • disaster response procedures
  • salvage priorities
  • preventive maintenance schedules
  • current contact information for staff and emergency personnel
  • sources of emergency supplies and services
  • insurance checklists
  • electronic data backup and restoration procedure


dPlan can serve the needs of small institutions without in-house preservation staff, 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. An automatic e-mail is sent every six months with a reminder to update the plan.

Visit dPlan to use or view the introductory demo.

For more information and for technical assistance, contact

NEDCC – (978) 470-1010