Learn with COSTEP: A study group to apply the Incident Command System (ICS) to your cultural institution

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized approach to emergency response that has been in place at the local, state, and national levels since the 1970s. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ICS is “the combination of procedures, personnel, facilities, equipment, and communications operating within a common organizational structure, designed to aid … Continue reading Learn with COSTEP: A study group to apply the Incident Command System (ICS) to your cultural institution

TTX Tuesdays: Drafting your Disaster Plan

Last week, we covered two important steps to take before you begin putting together your disaster plan: conducting an institutional risk assessment and gathering information and resources on emergency preparedness. We also highlighted two free disaster plan templates: dPlan and the NEDCC Worksheet for Outlining an Emergency Response Plan. An additional template we’d like to … Continue reading TTX Tuesdays: Drafting your Disaster Plan

Disaster Diaries: Water Leak at the Massachusetts Historical Society

This is the second post in the COSTEP MA blog series Disaster Diaries. Disaster Diaries shares stories from institutions across Massachusetts that have recently experienced a collections emergency or disaster. To contribute a post, email costepma@gmail.com. Written by Kathy Griffin, Nora Saltonstall Preservation Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society. Water Leaks in the Time of Coronavirus As the … Continue reading Disaster Diaries: Water Leak at the Massachusetts Historical Society

COSTEP MA COVID-19 Resources page

Find out more about resources related to collections care, cleaning and isolation strategies for collections, lending procedures, disaster and emergency planning in the event of a building closure, financial assistance, and institutional responses during the current public health crisis: https://mblc.state.ma.us/costepma/index.php/cultural-institutions/mitigation/public-health-emergencies/