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/

Save the date! COSTEP MA Virtual Tabletop Exercise on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 10am-12pm

Image credit: AIC/FAIC It's never too late to create, update, and rehearse a disaster plan. Whether it's facing a prolonged building closure, water in the reading room, or storm damage, having a disaster plan in place that is readily accessible and easy to follow will enable your institution to more effectively respond to disaster. COSTEP MA … Continue reading Save the date! COSTEP MA Virtual Tabletop Exercise on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 10am-12pm

MayDay webinars from C2CC: three actions you can take today to safeguard collections

Image credit: AIC/FAIC Today (May 1, 2020) is MayDay, an annual tradition started by the Society of American Archivists and Heritage Preservation that encourages actions your institution can take to safeguard your collections. Learn more about MayDay from SAA and from AIC/FAIC. And in the spirit of MayDay, below is information on two recorded webinars … Continue reading MayDay webinars from C2CC: three actions you can take today to safeguard collections

Disaster Diaries: A Collections Emergency and Recovery recap from the Massachusetts Archives

This is the first post in the COSTEP MA blog series Disaster Diaries. Disaster Diaries will share stories from institutions across Massachusetts that have recently experienced a collections emergency or disaster. To contribute a post, email costepma@gmail.com. “Thunderstorms wreak havoc across Massachusetts, microburst halts Logan flights” Boston Herald, July 31, 2019 “Thousands without power as … Continue reading Disaster Diaries: A Collections Emergency and Recovery recap from the Massachusetts Archives

Free webinar: Non-Traditional Facilities and Emergencies

FEMA is hosting a webinar on August 27th at 12pm EDT that will cover how non-traditional facilities serve communities during disasters: Join FEMA Region II this month to learn about the role non-traditional facilities like libraries and senior centers play in emergencies. These public facilities in our communities can be powerful resources during disasters and … Continue reading Free webinar: Non-Traditional Facilities and Emergencies

The Emergency Management Community

The lessons learned in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005 serve as evidence that it is crucial to align the emergency preparedness and response needs of cultural resources with those of the local, state, and federal emergency management communities. Although institution-level preparedness is essential, it may be insufficient for area-wide disasters. … Continue reading The Emergency Management Community