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Join the National Heritage Responders (NHR)

How can I become a responder?

  • Complete a training through one of FAIC's Alliance for Response networks or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART)
  • After attending a training, pass an exam which covers emergency response and recovery fundamentals. 
In addition to the core requirements, we consider geographic location and specialty when onboarding new responders.

Our Upcoming Trainings 

2024: We will host a training in conjunction with the New Orleans Preservation Coalition in October 2024. If you live and work in Louisiana, email for more information. 

Cyclical Onboarding 

  • Already complete a training? Access the exam by emailing
  • We will place those who pass the exam in a pool of eligible members. 
  • Each May, we identify any gaps (geographic, expertise, etc...) on the team and onboard eligible members who will contribute to the team's diversity.