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The Smithsonian Institution publishes research and practical materials to help those in the U.S. and abroad be fully prepared in the planning and response before, during, and after a disaster occurs.


A must-read list of resources and scholarship on preserving cultural heritage during a crisis.

Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections
Developed by ICCROM, click here for a self-help publication that illustrates a simple work-flow for documenting and moving threatened collections to temporary safe havens. The multi-purpose handbook can be of use to heritage institutions and emergency responders such as military or civil defense personnel for training others or for rescuing heritage collections during crises.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)

FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. HENTF aims to disseminate valuable resources to help cultural institutions prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters.

Response and Recovery Resources

Valuable resources on salvaging collections and family possessions, getting professional help, health and safety, and locating funding.