‘Boston, MA’ Headline Archives

MEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

Work continues on the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grant awarded through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). One component of the project, a short video to introduce COSTEP MA, was recently completed. Protecting our Cultural Heritage includes commentary by the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Director of MEMA. The seven-minute video is being shared at community meetings across the Commonwealth and is available to view here.

With direction from and guidance by MEMA, work also continues on the creation of Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines (SOP/SOG) that will be used by COSTEP MA personnel for disaster response and/or recovery when damage to cultural institutions is anticipated or has occurred. A draft of the document will be reviewed by a COSTEP MA sub-committee in October. When the document is completed, COSTEP MA will gladly share it with other AFR networks.

Tornado Conference Call

Posted on: June 18th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

Several historic properties were severely damaged in the tornadoes that swept across western Massachusetts. On June 16, 2011, COSTEP MA hosted a conference call to address damage assessments, available funding, and other recovery issues for these structures. Click here to read the call summary.

Development of First-Ever Annex for the Protection of Cultural Resources

Posted on: December 31st, 2009 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

The Protection of Cultural and Historical Resources Annex to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) was approved by MEMA in December 2009. This annex coordinates federal, state, local, voluntary, and private resources to assist, preserve, and protect cultural and historic institutions and resources before, during, and after natural or man-made disasters. This annex joins others, such as the Disaster Resource and Logistics Annex and the Debris Management Plan, to address a need heretofore never met.

Alliance for Response Forum Update

Posted on: December 16th, 2005 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

Have We Learned Anything from Katrina? Presented by the Cultural Emergency Management Team (CEMT)


CEMT Proposal

Posted on: March 23rd, 2005 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

Proposal to Establish, Train, and Manage a Disaster Cultural Assistance Team (DCAT)


Cultural Heritage Protection: Next Steps, Meeting Minutes

Posted on: February 9th, 2004 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

A follow-up meeting to the Boston Alliance for Response Forum was held on February 9, 2004, at the Boston Public Library.

Meeting Minutes