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Plan, Prepare, Protect, Respond: Essential Records and Records Emergency Planning

Do you work with emergency management, business continuity, records, or information technology in state or local government?  Would you like to learn more about how you can protect essential information in two free FEMA-sponsored courses? 

If so, we encourage you to watch the  “Essential Records” and “Records Emergency Planning and Response courses available below.  These were initially offered as part of the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records” (IPER) Project, and have been adapted for use on the AMC website. 

Audience: State and local government officials involved in emergency management, records management, and information technology.

Instructors: Sally Anderson, CRM (Dakota County) and Cathy Beil (State of Minnesota Department of Human Services)

Webinar: Essential Records

Or watch individual videos using the links below:

The Essential Records course will prepare participants to:

  • Identify an agency’s essential records;
  • Analyze potential risks to records;
  • Identify and prioritize protection strategies;
  • Develop procedures to ensure access to essential records.

Webinar Slides:

Additional Resources:

Webinar: Records Emergency Planning and Response

Or watch individual videos using the links below:

The Records Emergency Planning and Response course will prepare participants to:

  • Prepare and maintain a Records Emergency Action Plan (REAP).
  • Respond to and recover from records emergencies. 

Webinar Slides:

Additional Resources:

Sally-Anderson-Photo-2011Sally Anderson, CRM, CDIA+, has more than 25 years of experience in the field of records and information management.  Currently, she is the Records Management Analyst for Dakota County, Minnesota.  She is a system administrator and developer for the county’s OnBase Electronic Document Management System, and is also responsible for records management and data practices compliance.   In 2010-2011, Sally was one of two instructors representing the State of Minnesota for the FEMA-sponsored “Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records” (IPER) program.  This team presented on-line training classes on essential records and records emergency planning for Minnesota state and local government personnel. 


Cathy Beil holds an MLIS and certifications in Electronic Records Management, Information Organization and Access, and eDiscovery as well as a Continuous Improvement “Green Belt.” She revitalized a lagging records program at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where was Records Manager 2009-2014. She helped to lead the Minnesota Government Records and Information Network (MN-GRIN), encouraging knowledge-sharing among records and information professionals across the public sector. After finding a new passion in continuous improvement, Beil has accepted a position with the Enterprise Lean Office in the Department of Administration, where she will coordinate and track performance measurement efforts across state government starting in April, 2014.