disaster plan

n. an actively maintained document containing procedures and information needed to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies


In the archival literature, disaster plan, disaster recovery plan, and disaster response plan are often used interchangeably; however, there are distinctions between disaster response and disaster recovery efforts. Sometimes, contingency plan is also used synonymously with disaster plan, although the term does not necessarily relate to contingencies involving a disaster. The disaster plan is referred to before, during, and after a disaster, and it is used in conjunction with a salvage plan, which includes specific procedures for salvaging materials during disaster recovery.