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National Heritage Responders

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. Volunteers provide advice and referrals by phone at:

202.661.8068

Volunteers forward requests for onsite assistance to the NHR Coordinator and Emergency Programs Coordinator for response. Ask less urgent questions by emailing emergencies@culturalheritage.org.

Who Are the National Heritage Responders?

The National Heritage Responders come from all corners of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and American Samoa. They are conservators, archivists, collection managers, and other professionals. Together, they have a diverse skill set and experience in handling a wide range of materials, from paper to textiles to paintings and more.

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Where Have the National Heritage Responders Deployed?

The group provides assistance by phone and email to collecting institutions affected by everything from leaking pipes to roof damage. NHR has deployed experts to assist with major floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and more in sites across the country.

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How Can I Become a Member?

Learn about upcoming opportunities for heritage responder training and how to become an advocate for emergency preparedness in cultural institutions.

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Resources Developed by the National Heritage Responders

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

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