An initial announcement regarding the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) 2010 program is now available on the Government Records Branch website under the “what’s new” section.
To quote the announcement:
The North Carolina State Archives (Department of Cultural Resources), Division of Emergency Management (Department of Crime Control and Public Safety), and the Office of Information Technology Services are working together on the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) program. Led on a national level by The Council of State Archivists (CoSA), IPER will develop and deliver training to state and local governments about how to protect records before, during, and after disasters and other emergencies. The three-year project (2008-2010) project is supported by $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A special focus of this training will be on those records that are essential for the resumption of government operations. These essential records are a critical part of continuity of operations (COOP) planning and response.
The current plans for IPER 2010 include three classes: an online course and two interactive webinars; see the IPER 2010 announcement (PDF) for further details.