The devastation of recent hurricanes and floods dramatizes the need for a coordinated response by the cultural community to area-wide disasters.

One of the most important lessons we learn from such events is that cooperation and communication both within and outside the cultural community is of vital importance to saving cultural resources.

The Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness (COSTEP) Framework is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural institutions and emergency management agencies.

It provides a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies.

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