British library

Disaster response and salvage with Emma Dadson

Ref: L1D09089

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About this course

This intensive course focuses on preparing for disaster response and salvage.

Course Description

With reference to case studies, the course includes strategies for dealing with damage, an emergency decision-making exercise and a major incident desktop scenario.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• identify the key issues that a disaster plan needs to address
• give examples of the decisions to be made when responding to an incident
• source salvage equipment to build a disaster kit

Strategies covered include:

  • Emergency planning essentials - definitions, emergency teams, scope.
  • Effective incident response. Emergency plans - key contents checklist.
  • Emergency teams, disaster kit contents, priority lists, floor plans and other key documents.
  • Health and safety - risk assessments.
  • Salvage tactics and methods.
  • Managing major incidents and major incident desktop exercise

The day is led by Harwell Document Restoration Services. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or

The course is held at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world. British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.


Timetable for one day courses.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

Lunch can be purchased from the nearby British Library Terrace Restaurant.


Emma Dadson

Emma Dadson is the Priority User Service Divisional Manager of Harwell Document Restoration, the leading service provider of specialist salvage for paper in the UK and Ireland, and has twice been recognised as Business Continuity Consultant of the Year (2014 and 2007). She is also the author of Effective Emergency Planning for Libraries, Archives and Museums (Facet, 2013). Emma holds a Masters degree in Classics from Oxford University and is an accredited Disaster Recovery Specialist Restorer and Fellow of the British Damage Management Association.

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