Museum Receives Grant Funding for Statewide Disaster Planning

The Maine State Museum has recently learned of a successful grant application to Jane's Trust to continue disaster planning efforts among Maine's cultural institutions.

The upcoming grant-funded project grew out of the museum's organization of a collaborative effort, known as CERC (Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition), involving several of Maine's emergency management and cultural agencies. The project will allow CERC to conduct a complete disaster planning process for at least 30 of Maine's vulnerable cultural institutions. The project's key element is that CERC will train members of FEMA Corps as travelling facilitators, sending them to work directly with cultural organizations on their own sites to guide them through the diaster planning process.

For more information about CERC and the upcoming project, contact Ellen Dyer by phone (207-287-6696) or e-mail