An Emergency Response Plan is made up of a number of different documents - ranging from contact lists and log sheets, to site plans and flow charts.
Every building of historic significance should have an Emergency Response Plan, but how complicated that plan is depends on the complexity of the building.
Visit Historic England's Writing an Emergency Response Plan page for detailed guidance and templates to help you get started.
For a quick summary of the different areas you'll need to consider when writing your Emergency Response Plan take a look at:
A Salvage Plan is one of the documents that forms the Emergency Response Plan. If your organisation has items that would need to be salvaged in the event of a fire, you need a Salvage Plan.
A salvage plan explains what actions need to be taken in the event of an emergency in order to protect a heritage building and its contents. A salvage plan helps our firefighters to:
Every museum, gallery and historic building should have a nominated person responsible for the salvage plan. This person would ideally know which items are of most importance, and how best to remove them.
The nominated person is responsible for ensuring a salvage plan exists, and is kept up-to-date.
For advice on what should be included in your salvage plan visit:How to write a salvage plan
If you need further help our expert Heritage Team offers support and advice to organisations developing their salvage plans: