When Disaster Strikes: Crisis Planning and Disaster Recovery


$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Maybe you have a crisis plan (written, communicated, and practiced) integrating all of your school’s stakeholders and local first responders, and your plan addresses the three phases of a crisis—prevention, response, and recovery. Maybe you even have a business continuation plan that will help you get your school “back up and running” ASAP following an untoward event, e.g., damage to your classrooms. Congratulations, you’re in better shape than many schools. If not, consider joining us for this presentation.

We’ll discuss constructing your plan, outlining topics you’ll want to cover, forming the necessary team(s), and the three critical phases of your plan—prevention, response, and recovery.


  • Overview of crisis planning
  • Three critical portions of your plan
  • Forming your teams
  • Building a “crisis kit”
  • First responders and other resources

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:

School Heads, CFOs, Business Managers, Facility Directors, School Risk Managers

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Martin Kelly

President of ISM Insurance Inc.


Martin has worked to serve private-independent schools with the most comprehensive and mission-appropriate insurance coverages for over 25 years. He’s been the President of ISM Insurance Inc. since 1996 and has worked with 1,200 schools, insuring in excess of 30,000 staff and 200,000 students.

Current Role

Among other initiatives, he has developed a private-independent school-specific risk management assessment service for ISM, including review of crisis response plans, facilities safety, employment practices, bullying and harassment, reporting and investigation protocols, trips and travel, contracts, and insurance.

Martin writes for Ideas & Perspectives, ISM's flagship advisory letter, in his areas of expertise. He has presented on risk management to numerous school associations over the past several years and has conducted numerous on-site assessments.

Prior Experience

Martin began his insurance career as a large case underwriter. He was then asked to assume the position of director of a multimillion-dollar, multiple-employer trust division for a large national insurance company, to improve performance and profitability. After successfully meeting that challenge, Martin helped start up a group division for another national insurance company and in five years, grew the business to over $100 million in premiums.

Martin then moved to "the other side" of insurance, becoming a third-party administrator specializing in medical associations. He worked with over 1,000 physicians, including the College of American Pathologists, in the areas of employee benefits and medical malpractice.


Martin holds an MBA from Widener University (PA), a BS in economics from Villanova University (PA), and a Certified Risk Managers (CRM) degree.

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