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Lincoln County Maine Emergency Management
Thursday August 26th, 2010 :: 01:31 p.m. EDT

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LCEMA coordinates protection of Historical and Cultural Artifacts

LCEMA coordinates protection of Historical and Cultural Artifacts

Workshop designed to assist historic and cultural venues prepare for disaster

In a disaster, what’s worth saving? The most important–people and property. But then what? On a personal level, we are driven to save our history: photographs, children’s artwork, our grandmother’s wedding ring. On the community level, saving our natural, cultural, and historic resources is just as important; they document who we are and what we have done, and they provide inspiration for what we will become. In recent years, following a series of large-scale disasters, stewards of cultural heritage have begun to broaden their thinking about disaster preparedness.



Three years ago, the Northeast Documentation Conservation Center in Massachusetts received a grant to develop a program that is now referred to as Coordinated Statewide Emergency Planning (or COSTEP). This program brings together the cultural communities with the emergency management and first responder agencies in an effort to mutually plan for disasters.



The Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management proudly announces the expansion of the COSTEP program to Maine. Lincoln County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Maine Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a free workshop on Monday, September 27th at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m... This workshop is designed for administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and decision-making in any size cultural institution



At the workshop we will explore ways to identify and assess risks to your valuable collections and discuss mitigation strategies to prevent damage historic and cultural collections. Learn how to use the COSTEP framework to integrate cultural resources into the state’s emergency planning efforts. The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) created the dPlan Lite™ tool, a free online customizable template that makes it easy to develop a comprehensive plan by simply filling in the blanks.



This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other cultural organizations, county and local emergency management directors and first responders who support a joint effort to help protect Maine’s cultural heritage for the future.



Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Reserve your spot by signing up online at www.LincolnCountyEMA.net (COSTEP), or by email to LCEMAplanner@ymail.com or by contacting Heidi Leinonen at the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management at 882-7559 x172.

Address/Location
Lincoln County Maine Emergency Management
34 Bath Rd
Wiscasset, ME 04578

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 207-882-7559

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