A useful Disaster Recovery Guide produced by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, and circulated for reference by Kent Heritage Watch.
Download a copy of the Disaster Recovery Guide
Insuring historic property and valuable contents, from fine art to antique furniture, delicate fabrics and furnishings
to rare and precious collections, is a highly specialised area of insurance that requires expert assessment and
professional guidance. The possibility of disaster, whether natural or man-made, clearly has a disproportionate
impact on buildings and items that are by their nature irreplaceable. Many of these disasters remain out of our
control; however we do have control over how we react to a disaster, and how we react can help to minimise
This guide and its associated notes are designed to assist you in creating a disaster recovery plan which can be
put into action should an incident occur. Disaster recovery plans do not come ‘off the shelf’. If you are a homeowner
with a valuable collection your needs will be very different from those who are running a museum or cultural
heritage site. In either instance your plan will be solely applicable to your own circumstances. This guide is
designed to give you a quick yet comprehensive overview of the sorts of issues that you will need to consider
when putting your plan together.
- What is a disaster?
- Prevention is better than cure
- Preparing the plan
- Tasks: roles and responsibilities
- Emergency plan
- Communications plan
- Recovery plan
- Review, reassess and refresh
- Further advice
- Useful contacts
For further information please visit the risk management hub on the Ecclesiastical website.