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Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness: Massachusetts
Inspired by the November 2003 Alliance for Response Forum in Boston, Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness: Massachusetts (COSTEP MA) consists of representatives from numerous state agencies, museums, libraries, historical societies, and local, state, and federal emergency management agencies. Its ultimate goal is to develop and maintain a statewide disaster preparedness plan for cultural resources.
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On June 16, 2011, COSTEP:MA hosted a conference call to address recovery issues related to historic properties damaged in the recent Massachusetts tornadoes. Click here to read the call summary.

COSTEP: MA is now online! Click here to visit their website or click here to follow on Facebook.

Efforts in Boston have led to a new Annex for cultural heritage in the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Memorandum of Understanding among supporting agencies is being signed in April.

Click here to find useful materials from Boston’s 2003 Kick-off Forum.

News from Alliance for Response Communities
  • For the latest on AFR networks view our most recent News Brief for Spring 2013.
  • Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce there will be three new forums in 2013 thanks to generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you would like to get involved, contact us.
  • AFR networks have been keeping busy this winter. To find a summary of their activity please read our latest quarterly news brief.
  • Throughout the country, members of Alliance for Response have been representing cultural institutions at stakeholder events for the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit FEMA’s Web site to attend the next stakeholder event.
  • The final 2011 Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum was held in Salt Lake City, Utah with more than 80 cultural managers and emergency managers. Click here for more information about this forum.  
  • The Galveston-Houston Area Alliance for Response Forum was held on July 29, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Click here for more information about this exciting summer Forum.
  • The second Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute was held on July 20, 2011 in Denver, CO. Click here for a meeting summary.