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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2, 2011

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: NHCulture

Disaster planning help available for cultural organizations

New Hampshire winters present many possible hazards: ice storms, damage caused by snow buildup, burst pipes, extended power outages and more. For art galleries, historical societies, libraries and other cultural organizations, damage caused by these disasters often can be difficult to overcome, and knowing where to turn for help can be overwhelming.

The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources has developed a web-based resource for cultural organizations needing disaster-related assistance: www.nh.gov/nhculture/disaster_planning.htm. It lists resources that cultural organizations can use help them plan for disasters as well as to recover from them.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)’s “dPlan” (www.dplan.org)—a free online tool that can be used to create plans for both disaster prevention and response—is just one way that organizations can ready themselves. Other tools include ReadyNH (www.nh.gov/readynh), the State of New Hampshire’s emergency preparedness website; the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ “Guide to Online Resources” (www.imls.gov/collections/resources/prepare_prep.htm); the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website  (www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm) and others.

“Everyone’s primary concern in the event of a disaster should be their own personal safety, along with the well-being of their families and others they care about,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “Cultural organizations, no matter how small, should have a solid plan in place that can minimize the impact of both manmade and natural disasters. Doing so can make a difference in their survival.

“The Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to be able to offer this resource.”

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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