Heritage Resources for Arts and Culture Organizations in response to Ida


FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 62 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Task Force provides resources to help the public salvage cherished photographs, letters, and other irreplaceable objects:

Save Your Family Treasures

Fact sheet: Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Treasures (fema.gov)

Fact sheet: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures (fema.gov)

The above two fact sheets are also available in additional languages at Heritage Emergency National Task Force | FEMA.gov.

Please help disseminate this important information before disaster survivors throw their precious, irreplaceable objects away.

Following an event, the Task Force (or HENTF) also helps coordinate response and recovery efforts for arts and culture organizations. Please reach out to your members and constituents to find out whether they are safe and whether their facility and/or collections have suffered damage. They can report back to you (and then please report back to me!) or they can email hentf@si.edu with any reports of damage (and we will report that back to you).

The Heritage Response Team of the Alliance for Response New York City (AFR NYC) is poised to assist cultural institutions and arts organizations in NYC that have been affected by flooding and/or other impacts. Please contact AFR NYC at allianceforresponsenyc@gmail.com.


Additional post-storm safety tips can be found on Ready.gov and Listo.gov. For more information on federal Hurricane Ida preparedness and response visit Hurricane Ida | FEMA.gov.

FEMA Region 2 serves NY, NJ, PR, the USVI and eight federally recognized tribal nations. For emergencies, call your local fire/EMS/police or 9-1-1.fema.gov/region-ii

Follow FEMA Region 2 on Twitter https://twitter.com/femaregion2

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Follow FEMA Region 3 on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3




The National Heritage Responders (NHR) respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors, and the public.

If your collections have been affected by an emergency, contact:


Not urgent? Email emergencies@culturalheritage.org.

Resources Developed by the National Heritage Responders

Explore a series of Tip Sheets developed by team members based on past deployment experience. 


Alliance for Response NYC was established in 2004 as a local volunteer organization focused on connecting emergency responders with representatives of the cultural heritage community. Our goal is to strengthen mitigation and response capabilities of the NYC cultural heritage and arts communities through training opportunities, fostering of local planning efforts, and improved dialogue and partnerships. AFR NYC comprises a cross-section of public and private individuals, businesses, agencies, and institutions interested in the preservation of New York City’s cultural holdings.

AFR NYC website 
AFR NYC Facebook
  | AFR NYC Twitter


Elizabeth Nunan and Derya Kovey

Resources developed by AFR NYC
Membership Application
Mission Statement
“Have You Planned for and Considered the Cost of Implementing Your Emergency Plan?” (PDF)
Heritage Response Team


The D.C. Alliance for Response network aims to bring together cultural institutions in the nation’s capital–including Federal institutions, individual non-profits, and District agencies–to boost emergency preparedness efforts.

Rebecca Kennedy 
Steering Committee (PDF)


D.C. Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum
October 15, 2018 
Agenda (PDF)D.C. Alliance for Response Collections Emergency Planning Workshop
June 4, 2019 
Agenda (PDF)
Resource List

When Disasters Happen: Practical Steps to Rescuing Collections 
D.C. AFR at the D.C. History Conference
November 24, 2019
Workshop Description (PDF)
Conference Program

Emergency Preparedness for Small Arts & Humanities Organizations
April 21, 2021
Resources for Small Institutions (PDF)

Fire Preparedness for Cultural Institutions
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop has been postponed until further notice.

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response

Please visit on new website at: http://njculturalalliance.wix.com/njcar

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR) is a network of organization associations, agencies, and persons dedicated to safeguarding the cultural heritage of New Jersey. Through communication and training, the Alliance empowers New Jersey’s cultural community to preserve assets and sustain operations before, during, and after disasters.


Network-building and preparedness for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN) is a series of initiatives to strengthen emergency preparedness at institutions throughout Pennsylvania through training and network-building. The program was launched with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and continues with support from the William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Pennsylvania Cultural Response Team

PaCRN recruited approximately 50 emergency management and cultural professionals from across Pennsylvania to volunteer for the Pennsylvania Cultural Response Team (PaCRT). They received intensive training on emergency response and recovery, health and safety protocols, and best practices for response to an emergency at a cultural institution. The team is deployed as needed to regional institutions experiencing emergencies. The team can be reached at 215.545.0613 and paculturalresponseteam@gmail.comClick here to learn more about the members of the PaCRT Team. 

Alliance for Response networks

The Alliance for Response (AFR) program connects cultural heritage and emergency response communities. A program of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), AFR creates networks so institutions are ready when disaster strikes.

The PaCRN project established AFR networks in Northeastern Pennsylvania, suburban Philadelphia, Lancaster County, and Berks/Lehigh Counties, and supported existing networks in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Central Pennsylvania. CCAHA continues to serve as head of AFR Philadelphia.

PA Alliance for Response Networks

Alliance for Response Philadelphia (contact Samantha Forsko for more information)

Counties serviced: Philadelphia

Berks Alliance (BLV AFR) (contact AFR Philly for more information)

Counties Serviced: Berks, Lehigh, Northampton

Central Pennsylvania (CPA AFR)

Counties Serviced: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Union

Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA AFR) (contact AFR Philly for more information)

Counties Serviced: Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan

Northwestern Pennsylvania (NWPA AFR)

Counties Serviced: Erie, Crawford, Forest, Warren, Venango

Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania (AFR PGH)

Counties Serviced: Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland

South Central Pennsylvania (SCPA AFR) (contact AFR Philly for more information)

Counties Serviced: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York

Suburban Philadelphia (SPAR)

Counties Serviced: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery

PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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