How Is Your Biobank Handling Disaster Recovery Efforts?

- Biopreservation and Biobanking
Author/s: -Baird, Philip M -Benes, Francine M -Chan, Chun-Hung -Eng, Chon Boon -Groover, Kathleen H -Prodanovic, Zdenka -Rawley-Payne, Melissa -Kizza, Rosie -Hia, Chris -Abouhamze, Amer
Journal: Biopreservation and Biobanking
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Pages: 194-201

Recent years have seen a great many natural disasters—superstorms, droughts, earthquakes, among others—as well as, in the biobanking world, the constant threat of man-made disaster with everything from freezer malfunctions to theft. To help inform the increasingly important issue of protection from, and recovery after, disasters, Biopreservation and Biobanking put forth the question to our community of experts: How is your biobank handling disaster recovery efforts? Following is a selection of responses. Additionally, please see the Supplementary Information for contingency planning recommendations for biobanks and a threats assessment checklist from Intelsius (supplementary material can be accessed from the online article at