Portland Alliance for Response works with local cultural institutions, first responders, and emergency managers in the Portland, Oregon, metro area to develop relationships that foster mutual understanding. Our goal is to create a cooperative network to safeguard our cultural heritage through effective communication and coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.



Kristen Kern

Shawna Gandy

Resources developed by Portland Alliance for Response

“Water, Wind, Weather:  Preparing for the Next Catastrophic Storm”


Portland Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

“Building Bridges: Emergency Preparedness for Libraries, Archives, Cultural Institutions, and First Responders”

February 11, 2011

Performing Arts Center, Portland Community College


Summary (PDF)

Agenda (PDF)

Planning Committee (PDF)

Portland Alliance for Response Receives Performing Arts Readiness Grant

December 4, 2018

Portland Alliance for Response, a local network of arts and culture institutions, including Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Symphony, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Portland Art […]

Portland AFR Meets with Oregon DEM

April 15, 2014

Representatives from Portland AFR met with staff from the Oregon Department of Emergency Management this winter to maintain and strengthen relationship between the two groups. […]

Portland Follow-up Activity

October 12, 2012

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Portland Alliance for Response, with generous support from Heritage Preservation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, held an all-day […]

Portland Archives