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Current Response Efforts

Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation is not currently deploying National Heritage Responders. The National Heritage Responders can be reached 24/7 at: 202-661-8068. NHR also offers tip sheets on response and recovery:

The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available to provide free advice on the phone via a 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068. Team members are on standby to deploy on site when requested. 

Museums affected by federally-declared disaster areas may be eligible for an Emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) assessment. For more information, contact

How Can I Help?

  • Prepare your institution or practice before emergencies by participating in suggested Mayday activities.
  • Donate to a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Watch for emails from us requesting specific items or local assistance.
  • Learn more about the National Heritage Responders team, their training, and the work they do upon their deployment, which only after first responders secure the area and do the work of saving lives. While donations to the Emergency Fund fund their travel and accommodation costs, all NHR team members are volunteers who donate their time and efforts when emergencies occur.