Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness

Live Webinar and Chat

Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management

As representatives of cultural agencies, you’re keenly aware that cultural institutions are vulnerable to a variety of threats and hazards that – when left unmitigated and unplanned for – may result in disaster.

During this 90-minute webinar, attendees will learn about the link between disaster response and continuity of operations plans, with a focus on continuity planning. Attendees will learn how to identify and plan to recover their essential functions, supported by the four core pillars of continuity planning: leadership, staff, communications, and facilities. The planning process will be described, including who to involve, when to bring stakeholder groups together, and how to develop useful and used plans. Tools and resources will be presented and discussed, so that all attendees may leave the webinar empowered to take the next steps for their continuity planning.


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Kiran Dhanji is a Preparedness Section Administrator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Department of Public Safety. In this role, she leads the State and Federal Plans (SFP), Continuity of Operations (COOP), Plans Management, and Local and Regional Plans units. During her time at TDEM she has restructured the agency’s emergency preparedness planning teams and process, redesigned the State of Texas Emergency Management Plan, and overseen the design and near completion of the agency’s new COOP plan.

Kiran previously worked for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, where she served as the Regional Logistics Program Manager and Senior Project Manager for Regional Emergency Planning. In these roles she developed one of the nation’s first pedestrian-based commodity distribution plans and initiated a regional emergency planning program, leading over 600 stakeholders to define doctrine and develop plans, field guides, and training for 30 counties in four states touching three FEMA regions.

Kiran has also worked for the American Red Cross – Cape Cod Chapter managing volunteers and developing emergency preparedness plans and exercises. She has a BA in economics and philosophy from the University of Nottingham, UK, an MS in international relations from the University of Bristol, UK, is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).



8 thoughts on “Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness

  1. Emergency plans are so important. There have been so many natural disasters where states just weren’t ready. Thanks for posting. I’ve also started writing about how to be prepared for disasters and how to go about the cleanup process. If it’s okay may I reference your article here: http://blackmoldcleanuputah.com/disaster-cleanup/ thanks,

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