Forms and Documents


The Starter Kit is a handbook that introduces the COSTEP concept to emergency managers and stewards of cultural heritage. The Framework is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural resource institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders. It provides a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies. COSTEP MA was developed using the COSTEP Framework.



If you have not yet established contracts with recovery vendors, there is no better time than the present. Written with input from vendors and individuals who have worked with recovery vendors, this overview will help you prepare for the process.

Building Community Relationships

These forms are to be filled in by cultural heritage managers and municipal offices and shared with the local emergency management director (EMD), who can incorporate the information into the local emergency plan. 

The Command and Control structure provides a model for communications flow between the cultural heritage and emergency management communities during a disaster, facilitating a more streamlined and efficient transfer of information to first responders. The exchange of information is accomplished in part through a Cultural Triage Officer, who serves as the primary contact between the two communities.

This formal addition to the state Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) includes cultural resources in existing response systems, providing coordination of federal, state, local, voluntary, and private resources to assist, preserve, and protect cultural and historical institutions and resources before, during, and after natural or man-made disasters.

These documents are used by COSTEP MA partners to detail the extent of assistance they might be able to provide in the event of a disaster. This might include facility space, staff, equipment, expertise, or other forms of support.

This document summarizes the Hazard Mitigation Grant awarded to COSTEP MA by FEMA and MEMA to increase public awareness — particularly by cultural stewards, emergency managers, municipal planners, and other town officials — of mitigation actions that could safeguard cultural collections in their municipalities. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is administering the grant.