The Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) is an affiliation of institutions and individuals interested in preserving the cultural heritage in the metro Atlanta area and serving as a resource to cultural institutions around the state.


The primary aim of HERA is to mitigate the loss of cultural heritage in the event of a disaster. We are a group of curators, archivists, librarians, preservation specialists, conservators, emergency management personnel, disaster recovery vendors, safety and security staff, and anyone with an interest in protecting cultural institutions.


HERA website | HERA facebook-icon | HERA twitter



Christine Wiseman

Tina Seetoo


Resources developed by HERA

HERA brochure (PDF)

HERA PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

HERA By-laws (PDF)

HERA Membership Application

HERA Exercise: “Fire at the Museum” (PDF)


Atlanta Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

February 8, 2007

High Museum of Art


Agenda (PDF)

Summary (PDF)

Planning Committee (PDF)

Summary of Forum Evaluations (PDF)

HERA Atlanta’s MayDay 2015 Program

May 21, 2015

In honor of MayDay, HERA (Heritage Emergency Response Alliance) in Atlanta put together an excellent program on planning and wet salvage. After hearing a talk […]

HERA Marks MayDay with a Salvage Workshop

April 8, 2015

Every year, libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. Next month, the AFR Atlanta network, HERA […]

Update on Hancock Courthouse Fire

August 27, 2014

As HERA reported in mid-August, the fire continued to burn for another week due to a deposit of coal in the basement of the courthouse. […]

Hancock Courthouse Fire

August 15, 2014

In the early morning hours of August 11, 2014, the 1881 Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, GA, caught fire. The salvage of records has not […]

HERA and SHER work on an MOA

April 15, 2014

In May the Atlanta Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) plans to participate in the statewide exercise Hurrex 2014. They are working with an ESF-11 coordinator […]

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