Protecting heritage buildings with a disaster control plan
20 February 2019
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?
- An action plan that can be immediately implemented in any emergency situation
- Covers best practice for day-to-day maintenance and routine preventative care
- Outlines what to do in any event from a small-scale incident to a major catastrophe.
Why do I need one?
- Provides procedures for when disaster strikes, to ensure the most effective response where prompt and decisive action is essential
- Reduce the risk and potential consequences of disaster striking by using preventative measures.
The four main elements of a disaster control plan
Assessing risks and threats and attempting to reduce or remove them.
Identifying chains of responsibility, creating ‘grab lists’, establishing support networks and training staff.
Planning evacuation procedures and assessing and stabilising the situation.
Carrying out the salvage process to ensure operations return to normal quickly.