The Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN) helps archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other heritage organizations in Seattle to respond to emergencies and disasters affecting cultural resources and collections. Members help each other by providing advice, support and/or actual recovery assistance. Membership in the Network constitutes a commitment by an organization to make disaster preparedness and staff training an administrative priority.


SHERN organized in 2010 and had its beginnings in the 2006 Seattle Alliance for Response Forum and WESTPAS workshops. SHERN has adapted the model mutual aid agreement and model mission statement developed by Washington’s Connecting to Collections Work Group on Collaborative Disaster Planning in 2009.


SHERN website



Gary Menges


Resources Developed by SHERN

Mission Statement (PDF)

Mutual Aid Agreement (PDF)

By-Laws (PDF)


Seattle Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

June 15, 2006

Museum of History and Industry


Summary (PDF)

Agenda (PDF)

Planning Committee (PDF)

SHERN Meeting

October 30, 2015

Meeting at the Seattle Municipal Archives, also included a tour of MIPOPS facility (Moving Image Project of Puget Sound). The following topics were discussed: Bank […]

SHERN Meeting

September 11, 2015

Meeting at NARA, we discussed the following: 4Culture grant and where to place the storage container. Dues and the membership survey on dues levels; using […]

SHERN Meeting

June 19, 2015

Met at the MOHAI Resource Center in Georgetown and got a tour of the facilities. Topics covered in the business meeting included: 4Culture grant, container, […]

SHERN Meeting

April 24, 2015

Met at the Seattle Art Museum and got a tour of the facility. Topics covered in the business meeting included: Supply Cache Grant Committee reported […]

SHERN Meeting

February 27, 2015

We heard updates on current projects. The meeting was held at the Burke Museum and following the meeting we toured the facility.

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