Hurricane readiness: NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season for 2021

The month of June is fast approaching, and that means we are entering this year's hurricane season for New England and the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a press release on May 20th outlining everything we need to know about the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Be sure to read NOAA's … Continue reading Hurricane readiness: NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season for 2021

Pandemic Preparedness and Emergency Planning

By Kathy Griffin, Massachusetts Historical Society A couple of weeks ago I “attended” a webinar broadcast under the auspices of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia (their website is ccaha.org) on “incorporating pandemic preparedness into your emergency plan.” As the person responsible for developing and maintaining our emergency management plan … Continue reading Pandemic Preparedness and Emergency Planning

Cultural Heritage Spaces and the Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

In the wake of the pandemic, cultural heritage organizations began researching its effect on collections, our ability to care for them, and the potential for surface contact transmission. The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) research project launched in May 2020 to test the survival period of active SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces found in library, … Continue reading Cultural Heritage Spaces and the Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

Upcoming Webinar, March 10th: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans”

The Conservation Center for Art & Historical Artifacts (CCAHA) is hosting a webinar titled: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans,” on March 10, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speaker, Dyani Feige, is the Director of Preservation Services at CCAHA and works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and … Continue reading Upcoming Webinar, March 10th: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans”

Incident Command System (ICS) study group: Applying ICS to your cultural institution

Recap from December's training COSTEP MA is currently hosting an informal, self-paced study group on learning the Incident Command System (ICS). To recap, in December we enrolled and completed ICS 100 training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our study group encourages participation at your own pace, so if you have not yet taken the … Continue reading Incident Command System (ICS) study group: Applying ICS to your cultural institution

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