The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) has put together a helpful white paper to guide you through assessing risks at your museum and brainstorming risk management techniques. In “Are You Adequately Protecting Your Museum? Risk management questions every museum should ask” by Mike Harding, checklists and key questions are designed to help you discover hidden risks and plan for emergencies and the unexpected. A solid risk management plan starts with these five questions:

1. What can go wrong?
2. Why are you concerned about it?
3. What will you do to prevent harm from occurring?
4. What will you do to lessen the worry?
5. How will you finance that?