Disaster Preparedness and Response (on the AICCM website)

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Disaster Planning also known as Disaster Preparedness, is a long established and well-researched approach to reducing the impact of disasters.

Major natural disasters are a significant threat to collections. Over the last few years Australia has experienced floods, fires, and cyclones that have devastated communities throughout our states and affected the heritage held within institutions as well as those in the private sector, family memorabilia amongst them.


Be Prepared, by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), is Australia’s primary resource for Disaster Planning. Its practical guidelines have been produced to coordinate a national approach to caring for, and promoting access to Australia’s heritage collections. These guidelines enable the museum sector to write useful Disaster Preparedness Plans. It is specifically written for museums that have few trained or paid staff and operate without conservators.

Be Prepared contains invaluable information for smaller institutions on assessing and planning for disasters such as training needs, assessment considerations, safety and damage checklists and templates based on established disaster management plans.

Learn more about disaster planning on the AICCM website.