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FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a partnership of more than 50 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.


We are currently accepting applications to our Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) program.

Application deadline is September 15, 2017. 

Interested in HEART? Click here.

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

Top Response Resources

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

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.