Community foundations have proven themselves to be cornerstones of support to the community, especially in times of need and disaster. When emergencies or disasters strike, the Foundation must be well-prepared to quickly and effectively help itself in order to be able to help others.
The Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan (hereafter referred to as Disaster Plan) outlines the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc.'s strategy for responding to an emergency or disaster, provides information essential to continuity of critical business functions and identifies the resources needed to:
- ensure safety of staff and visitors
- protect assets and vital records (electronic data and hardcopy)
- protect the physical structures on Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. property
- communicate effectively with staff, board members and the Noble County community
- maintain continuity of mission-critical services and support operations
- provide timely emergency support and grant making service to the community
In planning for an emergency and its potential aftermath, the process is organized as follows:
- Emergency planning includes procedures and steps done prior to a disaster and immediately after to protect staff, property and assess damage.
- Disaster recovery is the steps taken to restore some functions so that some level of services can be offered.
- Business continuity is restoration planning, completing the full circle to get our organization back to where it was before an interruption.
Please note that no two emergencies are identical. Therefore, no single plan of action can anticipate and address every possible circumstance. The instructions contained in this plan are intended to serve as guidelines only. They may not be appropriate in all cases. At no time should staff risk personal safety in complying with any of its provisions.