Inspired by the November 2003 Alliance for Response Forum in Boston, Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts (COSTEP MA) is a collaborative of representatives of cultural and historical institutions and agencies as well as first responder and emergency management professionals from federal, state, and municipal governments. The purpose of COSTEP MA is to build and foster a statewide emergency planning process that serves the cultural and emergency management communities and addresses disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The process will ensure an ongoing dialogue that promotes mutual understanding and coordination between these communities, both of which are committed to protecting the Commonwealth’s cultural heritage.


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Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
Michael Comeau


Resources developed by COSTEP MA

COSTEP MA brochure (PDF)

COSTEP MA banner (PDF)

Emergency Response Card (PDF)

COSTEP MA: Protecting Our Cultural Heritage (video)

COSTEP MA Strategic Plan (PDF)


Mission and Vision Statement

Memorandum of Understanding Draft (PDF)

Support and Resources List (PDF)

Protection of Cultural and Historical Resources Annex to the MA State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (PDF)

For a complete list of COSTEP MA resources, click here.


Boston Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

November 17, 2003

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Agenda (PDF)

Summary (PDF)

Planning Committee (PDF)

Participant List (PDF)

MEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant

October 30, 2013

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 […]

Tornado Conference Call

June 18, 2011

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 […]

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

December 31, 2009

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 […]

Alliance for Response Forum Update

December 16, 2005

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

CEMT Proposal

March 23, 2005

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

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