Disaster Planning

What is dPLAN?

Collecting and pulling together information to create a disaster plan can be overwhelming. A free online tool called dPlan simplifies the process of writing a disaster plan for your collections. It provides a comprehensive fill-in-the-blank template into which you enter information about your institution. Data entered by the user is stored on a secure server and output in a standard format, resulting in a customized disaster plan that can be regularly updated.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) prepared dPlan. The development of the template was funded by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

What is the difference between dPlan in Depth and dPlan Lite?

There are two ways to access data within dPlan, using either dPlan in Depth or dPlan Lite. The first, dPlan in Depth, displays all of the data entry forms in dPlan and creates a comprehensive disaster plan that covers disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The second, dPlan Lite, displays only those data entry forms that are most important in preparing a plan for disaster response.

“Prevention and preparedness are crucial to avoiding disasters and minimizing their effects. This is where dPlan in Depth can provide guidance.” However, institutions with limited staff and resources or institutions whose highest need is a response plan may want to begin with dPlan Lite and move on to dPlan in Depth as time and resources permit.

Any data that a user enters into dPlan Lite will also appear in dPlan in Depth; data that has been entered into dPlan in Depth is not lost if the user switches temporarily to dPlan Lite. Users choose either dPlan Lite or dPlan in Depth each time they log in.