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dPlan: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool

A Free Template for Writing Disaster Plans


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 or call (978) 470-1010


dPlan will be upgraded in fall 2018 with 21st-century usability and even more features, including: 

      • An intuitive and customized interface that maximizes the usability and functionality of the tool, regardless of the institution size
      • Customized plan elements for each organization’s specific needs, collections, and size
      • Guided planning for risk assessment, continuity of operations, public safety, event planning, and response and recovery in disasters large and small
      • Tools for incident management
      • Expert resources vetted by NEDCC
      • A companion mobile app
      • Printable version of your disaster plan for when technology is down, including the ability to print only selected sections 

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