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Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) Project

Introduction

The Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) Project is a nationwide effort to develop and deliver training to state and local governments about how to protect essential records during emergencies. The project is supported by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and conducted by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA).

 

Training Curriculum

The IPER curriculum is based on existing National Archives training with adaptations designed to address the requirements and circumstance unique to state and local governments. The curriculum consists of three courses: Introduction to Records and Information Management, Essential Records, and Records Emergency Planning and Response.

The first class is a 90-minute narrated online presentation available on demand. The other two courses are live, instructor-led web-based courses taught by trained instructors who work with government records in Minnesota.

Introduction to Records and Information Management Course

The Introduction to Records and Information Management course is a 90-minute narrated presentation available on demand. It is an optional prerequisite to the other two courses, and recommended for students without a background in Records and Information Management. This course explains the basic concepts and processes of records and information management (RIM), including:

  • Why records and information management is so important
  • Who is responsible for records and information management
  • What are the key tools and processes used in records and information management
  • How does records and information management support disaster preparedness and continuity of operations

Click here to view the Intro to Records and Information Management course. (Please be patient, this is a large file and may take a few minutes to load. Adobe Flash is required for viewing and is available here free of charge.)

 

Essential Records Course

The Essential Records course teaches participants to:

  • identify and prioritize critical business needs and records;
  • assess risks to their records and identify protection strategies;
  • outline an essential records plan;
  • and understand applicable federal, state, and local COOP regulations and procedures.

Click here to register for the Essential Records course.

Records Emergency Planning and Response Course

The Records Emergency Planning and Response course prepares participants to:

  • relate records emergency planning to COOP plans and procedures;
  • plan, develop, analyze, and test a Records Emergency Action Plan;
  • assess the damage to records after an emergency and implement a response;
  • and identify federal, state, and local resources and the availability of intergovernmental personnel and support to assist when a disaster occurs.

Click here to register for the Records Emergency Planning and Response course.

 

 

March 21, 2011; links verified March 21, 2011.