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The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and persons interested in preserving the cultural heritage of Texas from the effects of catastrophic events. TX-CERA combines the efforts of the Dallas Alliance for Response network – the State of Texas Alliance for Response Team (START) – with the Galveston–Houston Alliance for Response network to create an effective statewide organization. Through education and advocacy TX-CERA serves as a resource for cultural institutions in order to mitigate loss of cultural and heritage collections due to disaster. The organization will develop a roster of heritage and collections professionals in Texas to create a network of ready support in the event of an emergency or disaster.


Steve Pine

Resources developed by TX-CERA

TX-CERA Mission Statement (PDF)
TX-CERA Strategic Directions (PDF)


With Tropical Storm Don threatening the Gulf Coast, leaders from the cultural and emergency management communities in southeastern Texas met at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for the Galveston–Houston Alliance for Response Forum on July 29, 2011. Speakers from FEMA Region VII, AIC-CERT, and local emergency management, among others, spoke of the importance of emergency preparedness for cultural institutions in this historically hurricane prone region.

Galveston–Houston Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

July 29, 2011
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Agenda (PDF)
Planning Committee  (PDF)
Participant list (PDF)
Forum summary (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations

Whole Community Self Reliance Planning and Response, Kevin Jaynes, FEMA Region VI
The Power of Partnerships, Lori Foley, Heritage Preservation
Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Larry Mosseau, Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program, Kristine Barbier, FEMA Region VI
Recovery Planning – Organizing your Disaster Recovery,Teresa Carter, Louis Berger and Associates
Pre-Positioned Contracts, Steve Rock, Louis Berger and Associates
Practical Tips from the National Archives, Preston Huff, National Archives at Fort Worth

PowerPoint presentations are not for publication.

Summary (PDF)
Full Meeting Notes PDF)
Planning Committee (PDF)
Participant List (PDF)


The first Alliance for Response forum was held in Dallas on November 14, 2003. The network that grew out of the kick-off forum, the State of Texas Alliance for Response Team (START), aimed to raise awareness of partnerships that exist between cultural heritage, emergency management, and first responder communities in order to increase safety and mitigate effects from disaster.

Resources Developed by START

START Brochure

Dallas Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

November 14, 2003
Dallas Museum of Art

Agenda (PDF)
Summary (PDF)
Planning Committee (PDF)
Participant List (PDF)