Disaster Planning and Response for Maine Collecting Institutions

Maine Archives and Museums is pleased to be a partner in the 
Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition (CERC: Maine), f
ormed under the auspices of the Maine State Museum. CERC: Maine was formed with a grant from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, through Homeland Security, and is a partnership of key cultural organizations, conservators and emergency management personnel based on the COSTEP program developed in Massachusetts. Its mission is to create awareness among Maine's cultural institutions of the importance of disaster planning and to help connect those institutions with the resources and people they need to best respond to and recover from a disaster.

 Get Started on Disaster Planning

Building An Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions as a downloadable PDF
The Pocket Response Plan, from Council of State Archivists

dPlan, an online disaster planning tool from NEDCC and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
CoStEP Massachusetts, a model for building partnerships between emergency response professionals and cultural institutions
Section 3 deals with disaster planning and has some good information on the recovery of papers, photographs and books                                                 

I have a disaster!  What do I do?

The following organizations offer 24-hour assistance hotlines:

Call 855.245.8303
formerly American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT)
Call 202.661.8068
Or find a conservator or building expert close to you through MAM's Service Provider database.

Conservation professionals are here to help during disasters

For more information about CERC: Maine

Ellen Dyer, CERC: Maine Coordinator
Maine State Museum
83 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

CERC: Maine Steering Committee

Jon Brandon, East Point Conservation
Molly Carlson, Head Tide Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Dave Cheever, Maine State Archives
Nancy Crowell, Scarborough Public Library
Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
Dwane Hubert, Maine Emergency Management Agency
Howard Lowell, Maine Archives and Museums
Kate McBrien, Maine State Museum
Kirk Mohney, Maine Historic Preservation Commission
James Ritter, Maine State Library

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