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Category: emergency preparedness

How Museums Respond

by editor Phillippa Pitts

Museums talk a lot about being members of their communities, meeting niche needs and providing unique third spaces. Today, some of the museums in Boston stepped up beautifully. Below is just a rough screen capture snapshot of how our community responded to the Marathon Monday bombings.

Starting with the Boston Children’s Museum fantastic and speedy response to their visitors’ needs:










Thoughts and comments on these responses are welcome below. Also if you have other screenshots from museums in Boston or around the country email us (tuftsmuseumblog AT and we’ll share them!


Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Summit

Something about the idea of emergency preparedness appeals to the obsessively organized part of me. Do you feel the same? If so, you might want to check out this upcoming meeting.

New England Regional Summit

Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions

COSTEP MA is pleased to announce a second summit meeting for the New England statewide emergency preparedness organizations representing cultural organizations. These organizations include Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness (COSTEPs) and Alliance for Response groups in the region.

This meeting is open to the public and anyone interesting in learning more about emergency and disaster preparedness in their state is encouraged to attend.

·       Date: Friday, March 23, 2012

·       Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

·       Location: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Room 136, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

·       RSVP: By March 9, 2012 to Veronica Martzahl at

Current Agenda:

  • Local Reports from statewide groups
  • Update on HMGP grant (awarded and upcoming opportunities)
  • Outreach to regional professional organizations (NEMA, NEA, NELA)
  • New England Regional IPER roll-out
  • FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework Stakeholder Forum review

Additional agenda items should be sent to Veronica Martzahl at

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