Who We Work With

FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), 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. To reach the administrator of the HENTF team, please email hentf@si.edu.

A larger list of resources can be found at our Response and Recovery Resources Page

Editor's Note: This webpage is subject to change as we continue to compile more information for our users.


Recovering Family Treasures Workshops are happening this weekend!

Saturday, December 10
Beaufort County
Town Hall
Town/Council Chambers
1 Town Center Court
Hilton Head, SC 29928
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday, December 12
Marion County
Mullins City Hall
151 NE Front Street
Mullins, SC 29574
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

When homes are flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as photos, artwork, quilts, family heirlooms, and other keepsakes become more cherished. These valued objects may be salvageable. Conservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution will be on hand at two Disaster Recovery Centers to demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects. The discussion will include personal safety, setting priorities, and options for treatment.

SI demo table Baton Rouge
Smithsonian demonstration table during a workshop in Baton Rouge, LA, September 2016

Top Response Resources:

FEMA Fact Sheets

Download FEMA’s “After the Flood" and "After the Fire" fact sheets – advice for salvaging damaged family treasures, with tips and resources for both individuals and institutions.

Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App

Download the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app, based on the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.

The National Heritage Responders

Keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide salvage advice to cultural institutions.


To contact the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, please email hentf@si.edu.

For more information about the Cultural Rescue Initiative, please contact us at culturalrescue@si.edu.