Conduct risk assessment

  • Identify the hazards
  • Assess the risks
  • Implement appropriate mitigation measures
  • Monitor and reassess risks

More information and checklists:

FEMA’s  Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process

Risk assessment  from

Heritage Preservation’s Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (REPP)


Create or update emergency plan

  • Council of State Archivists’ Pocket Response Plan, “PReP” templates
  • Vermont-specific simple plan template
  • dPlan, online disaster-planning template (long-awaited update forthcoming)
  • Take the Department of Libraries introductory or intermediate disaster plan training for libraries, presented in conjunction with the Vermont Historical Records Program and VACDaRN


Build relationships with local emergency managers