On Wednesday Gordon Library was host to a Risk Assessment and Mitigation Training workshop presented by COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness). “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.”
MBLC Preservation Specialist Gregor Trinkaus-Randall and COSTEP Project Coordinator Andy Grilz provided background on COSTEP. The training session, led by consultant Arthur Dutil, discussed evaluating historic sites and collections for risk in a disaster and how to improve preparedness, mitigation and resilience. Using Heritage Preservation’s Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (REPP) tools, participants learned how to mitigate potential damage from various threats, actions to reduce the potential loss of cultural property, and how to improve communication and response for when (not if) the next disaster strikes.
The workshop was attended by librarians, archivists, museum curators, historical property managers, emergency personnel, and town administrators from across Massachusetts.
The main messages from the workshop was to plan ahead (don’t wait until disaster strikes!) and learn from each other (you don’t have to do it alone!).