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Disaster Planning for Nonprofits gives you tools to help you prepare for bad events. We outline the 3 main steps to disaster planning– document, gather, and problem solve – and then we give you a place to document your plan.

Our Continuation of Operations (COOP) worksheets are provided in Microsoft Word, so you can fill them in with your own information. We have two versions that you can use to get started:

  • Continuation of Operations (COOP) template by task
  • Continuation of Operations (COOP) template by disaster

The document and gather steps can be challenging because they involve taking inventories. We give you the tools to do that in the form of lists of what to inventory and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to contain your information. These include:

  • Inventory spreadsheets
  • Resource spreadsheets
  • People/Contact spreadsheets

If you want to compile your inventories in a different format, we’ve also put together a simple, comprehensive list of all the fields that you can use to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything.

These tools are designed for all nonprofits, no matter what kind of disaster or emergency you are planning for. They can be used to get started for small nonprofits, and for larger entities, they can be used to review and update your existing materials.

How to get the tools

Tools and templates are bundled with the Disaster Planning for Nonprofits program. Please visit the Nonprofit Disaster Planning Guide page for more information.