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Protecting heritage buildings with a disaster control plan

Insuring historic property and valuable contents is a highly specialised area that requires expert assessment and professional advice. The possibility of disaster, whether natural or man-made has a disproportionate impact on buildings and items that are irreplaceable and therefore never entirely insurable. Many disasters remain out of our control; however we can still plan, prevent, respond and hopefully recover from them.

What is a disaster control plan?

ticks An action plan that can be immediately implemented in any emergency situation

ticks Covers best practice for day-to-day maintenance and routine preventative care

ticks Outlines what to do in any event from a small-scale incident to a major catastrophe.

Why do I need one?

ticks Provides procedures for when disaster strikes, to ensure the most effective response where prompt and decisive action is essential

ticks Reduce the risk and potential consequences of disaster striking by using preventative measures.

The four main elements of a disaster control plan

  • Planning

    Identifying chains of responsibility, creating ‘grab lists’, establishing support networks and training staff

Disaster control plans don’t come ‘off the shelf’. If you are a private house owner with a valuable collection your needs will differ from those of the team running a museum and your plan will be applicable to your own circumstances.

These pages are designed to give you a quick overview of the sorts of issues you need to consider when putting your plan together. You can download our interactive templates here.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.