The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will host a special COSTEP MA Symposium on September 10, 2019, from 10a to 2p in the Operations Room of their Headquarters in Framingham.

Please join us for this FREE event presenting emerging best practices in Planning, Mitigation, and Response from colleagues in the Cultural Heritage and Emergency Response fields.

Logistical information and registration to follow. We are trying to confirm web streaming options for those who cannot attend in person. Be sure to sign up to our email list To receive updates about the event.


The COSTEP MA Executive Board is excited to share the following tentative sessions. (Subject to change.)

  • What’s next for COSTEP MA? Panel with discussion led by Co-Chairs Alejandra Dean (Massachusetts Archives) and Evan Knight (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners). A look into the past successes of COSTEP MA, and the potential new directions to enhance preparedness capacity, information sharing, and disaster resilience among our institutions. What are your institution’s emergency preparedness needs?
  • What to Expect in Community-Wide/Large Disasters. Panel with discussion led by Ben Hiltunen (MEMA). ¬†Responses to localized collections emergencies like water leaks are vastly different from those for community-wide disasters. Consider if your institution ever dealt with a major disaster – and what you might do if forced to evacuate the area for days or weeks? Learn tips from Massachusetts Emergency Management professionals about what you can do before, during, and after a large disaster to be better prepared.
  • Climate Change and Resilience for Cultural Institutions. Panel with discussion led by Ben Haavik (Historic New England). Impacts from climate change have major implications for historic properties, library/archive repositories, museums, and municipal planning. Hear about some current projects and efforts.