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Hal Halo Disaster Planning Program


   Many commercial institutions often learn about the advantages of emergency preparedness through hard experience. Many hazards can often be mitigated or avoided by a comprehensive, systematic, emergency-preparedness program. These programs provide a means for recognizing and preventing risks, and for responding effectively to emergencies.
An increasing number of professionals rely on Hal Halo Disaster Planning to prepare their staff members to react quickly. With Hal Halo Disaster Planning, damage can be limited even in the face of a large-scale disaster. For example, cultural institutions in Charleston, South Carolina, formed a consortium that focused on disaster preparedness several years before they were hit by hurricane Hugo in 1989. Many of those institutions sustained only minor damage because they were able to put their early warning procedures into operation.
Disaster planning is complex; the written plan is the result of a wide range of preliminary activities. Power outages, sprinkler discharges, fuel or water supply failures, chemical spills, arson, bomb threats, or other such problems can impact your business. While all business are not vulnerable to disasters, any event that is a real possibility should be considered in your emergency plan.
Hal Halo's engineers look carefully at your building and site and check the surrounding terrain. They check vulnerability to flood, wind, fire, trees, utility poles, vehicles, gutters, drains and roof pitch.
Within the building, we check whether stock and equipment are susceptible to fire, water, breakage. Is shelving anchored to structural elements of the building? Is it stable? Are any items stored directly on the floor where they could be damaged by leaks or flooding. All items should be raised at least four inches from the floor on waterproof shelves or pallets. Are materials stored under or near water sources? We analyze your security and housekeeping procedures. We see if there is exposure to theft, vandalism, or insect infestation?
Consider administrative vulnerabilities. Are your institution's collections insured? Is there a complete and accurate inventory? Is a duplicate of the inventory located at another site? Have collection priorities been set? In other words, do you know which collections should be salvaged first in the event of fire, water, or other emergency? Do you have a back-up priority list if you cannot reach the highest-priority objects due to building damage or the nature of the disaster?
While these questions may seem overwhelming, by the time we complete your survey, you will have a good idea of the significant risks your institution faces. Although there may be a wide range of disaster scenarios, the most common are water, fire, physical or chemical damage, or some combination of these.