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SiLK - Guidelines for the protection of cultural property

1. General security management


The general security management section covers all the issues and measures relating to the overarching organizational framework for a cultural institution's preparedness for and response to a wide range of damage and emergency scenarios.

The key tool here is the emergency plan which is tailored to the particular institution and sets out the individual methodologies to be used and organizational arrangements such as, for example, responsibilities and deputies, emergency contact details, evacuation plans, priority lists, as well as cooperation and contractual partners.

All emergency planning is based on an individual risk assessment which looks at both the general picture and individual threats.
It is vital that all the specifications and documents are regularly reviewed and updated and that the information and training provided for internal and external stakeholders are kept up to date.
Structured collections management based on a complete inventory is an essential prerequisite for effective preventive measures.


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