Business Continuity  - Disaster Planning


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Margaret Thatcher              

While fires, floods, and earthquakes pose significant threats to historic and cultural properties in California,  many other natural and man-made disasters also have the potential to damage or destroy property within the state. Knowing the potential risks, anticipating them, and being properly prepared before, during, and after a disaster could mean the difference between the total loss of a resource and limiting or eliminating the resulting damage.

Essential preparedness planning and mitigation are key factors in ensuring that historic properties are properly identified, evaluated, and treated immediately after a disaster occurs and in the recovery period afterwards. While disasters may be unpredictable, important steps can be taken before a disaster occurs to minimize the threat of damage.  Disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.

Although it is important for local governments and jurisdictions to implement planning and mitigation measures before a disaster or emergency occurs, many of these measures should also be implemented proactively by local communities or neighborhood organizations or by individual owners of historic properties.



  • Compile a list of key emergency contacts, determine which agency or what person is responsible for what activities and make the information widely available. Maintain adequate emergency supplies.



  • With proper training and knowing what to do in the event of a disaster, emergency responders will be prepared to assist their co-workers and help protect lives and property.



  • In spite of the number of resources listed in the various guides or National Registers, many of Businesses significant historic and cultural resources have yet to be identified and evaluated. Local surveys are vitally important for disaster preparedness planning.



The pre-disaster plan will streamline the process in the event of any disaster undertaking. This pre-disaster determination may be crucial in how the resources are managed when significant damage is incurred as the result of a disaster. Prior planning or organization will provide pre-disaster documentation of the qualified resources to ensure a proper evaluation in any regulatory process impacting the resource, including the factoring of potential repair costs.