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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2011

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

Flooding, other disaster information available for cultural organizations

This week’s spring floods are a reminder of how important it is to have a disaster plan in place, as well as to know where to turn for assistance afterwards.

The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources has developed a web-based resource for cultural organizations needing disaster-related assistance. The site lists resources that can be used both to help minimize the damage caused by disasters and to recover from them. It can be accessed by visiting the Department of Cultural Resources’ homepage, www.nh.gov/nhculture, and clicking on “Disaster Planning and Recovery Resources” in the “Quick Links” box on the right.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center’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.

“Being pro-active and working to minimize damage that disasters may cause can make the difference in the survival of cultural organizations, including libraries, art galleries, theatres, historical societies, museums and more,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “Knowing where to go for help afterwards is equally important.”

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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