Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level--where virtually all initial disaster response occurs--is the purpose of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation's Alliance for Response initiative.
Launched in 2003, Alliance for Response is a series of one-day forums designed to link key cultural heritage and emergency response representatives, leading to new partnerships and local projects. Alliance for Response fosters cooperation among cultural organizations, influences local planning efforts, and enhances the protection of cultural and historic resources.
Several cooperative disaster networks have formed in the regions where Alliance for Response forums have been held. Now in its second decade, the Alliance for Response initiative has reached several thousands of individuals from more than 1,000 museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions in regions across the country. Alliance for Response is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.