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Earthquake Assistance for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Home

Assistance available to libraries, archives, and museums after the November 30 earthquake.

General Assistance

  • American Institute for Conservation (AIC), National Heritage Responders (NHR)

    Available 24/7: (202) 661-8068

    Anchorage Contact:

    • Janelle Matz, Artcare
    • 907-720-2184

    The National Heritage Responders (NHR) - formerly the American Institute for Conservation - Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) - responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Volunteers can provide advice and referrals by phone at the number above.

    Requests for onsite assistance will be forwarded by the volunteer to the NHR Coordinator and Emergency Programs Coordinator for response. Less urgent questions can also be answered by email:

  • Heritage Emergency National Task Force Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)

    The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, is a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies.

    HENTF’s mission is to protect cultural heritage in our nation’s states, tribes, territories, and local communities from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.

  • Library of Congress
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

    24/7 Collections Emergency Phone Assistance

    For emergency assistance, contact NEDCC's toll-free collections emergency hotline at: (855) 245-8303

    NEDCC staff members are available 24/7 to provide telephone advice to institutions and individuals handling collection-related disasters. Information provided includes advice on drying wet collections and dealing with damage from fire, pests, and mold. This service does not normally include on-site assistance.

  • Regional Alliance for Preservation

    Regional Alliance for Preservation

    The Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP) provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.

  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

    Smithsonian Response and Recovery Resources

    The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative’s (SCRI) mission is to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history.

  • Council of State Archivists (CoSA)

    Emergency Preparedness

    Emergency Preparedness is critical for archives and records centers. CoSA's self-directed online courses help state archives and other institutional users continue improvement of their preparedness and training programs.

Financial Assistance

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

The National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives (NDRFA), established by the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, provides grants of up to $5,000 to support the recovery of archival collections from major disasters. Any repository that holds archival records of special collections is eligible to apply for a grant; the repository need not be a member of SSA or SAA.

Emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation

Collections conservation and building professionals travel to a federally declared disaster zone to provide recommendations for recovery. This program is the same as the Collections Assessment for Preservation Program, but it is available on an expedited basis. For more information, visit the Emergency Cap website.

Federal Agencies

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution cosponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.

Department of Interior (DOI)

The Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function (NCR RSF) integrates Federal assets and capabilities to help state and tribal governments and communities address long-term environmental and cultural resource recovery needs after large-scale and catastrophic incidents.

The Federal Government’s capabilities are organized into Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) to facilitate and coordinate the Federal response.  These ESFs are designed to address the most frequent needs of States, Tribes, Territories, and local communities after a major event.  There are currently fifteen (15) ESFs. ESF #11 Agriculture and Natural Resources consists of five component areas:

  1. Provide nutritional assistance to affected areas
  2. Respond to animal and plant diseases 
  3. Ensure the safety and security of the commercial food supply 
  4. Provide for the safety and well-being of household pets 
  5. Protect natural and cultural resources, and historic properties (NCH)

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is the primary agency for the fifth component - protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties. USDA and DOI work together to ensure a coordinated and effective response to all emergencies.