Supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Northeast Document Conservation Center developed the COSTEP framework in cooperation with:
The COSTEP Framework is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders. It provides a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies.
COSTEP guides states through the process of planning for a disaster and fosters collaboration among a wide range of agencies.
COSTEP builds upon existing emergency preparedness projects such as the Heritage Emergency National Task Force's Alliance for Response and the Council of State Archivists' Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) and Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER). COSTEP is designed to complement these projects and provide a mechanism for incorporating them into a larger statewide planning effort.