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Disaster planning and recovery

Disasters are part of Queensland’s life and can pose a significant threat to your agency's records. So it’s a good idea to be prepared and know what to do if a disaster impacts your agency.
Disaster preparedness is approached in three stagesbefore, during and after an incident.

These three stages include:

  • planning – identifying and prioritising your physical and digital records

  • prevention – establishing a disaster preparedness and response plan to protect and recover your records

  • response – initiating your disaster preparedness and response plan and deploying resources to protect and secure your records from significant impact

  • recovery salvage and restore any of your affected records to allow business operations to resume as usual

If an incident occurs in your workplace remember:

  • people safety is always priority

  • emergency services will be in control so follow their directions and wait for their approval to enter the site

  • contact our Preservation Services team for advice and assistance at any stage.

Read through our advice below for what to do in each stage of the process. Further detailed information is available in our Disaster preparedness and response for public records guideline.








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Last updated 15 July 2016