Statewide Heritage Emergency Partnership

Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the state level – where coordination of major disaster response occurs – is the purpose of the State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP) initiative. Launched in 2012, SHEP is a national program that addresses the roles and responsibilities of state cultural agencies, working with their state emergency management agency, to protect and preserve their state’s cultural and historic resources.

The State Heritage Emergency Partnership aims to provide strategies to cultivate close working relationships among state agencies, heighten their commitment to protect cultural and historic resources, and increase the sustainability of statewide initiatives that preserve these resources. By encouraging an ongoing dialogue between state cultural stewards and emergency managers, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership initiative is increasing organizational agility at the state level to prepare for and respond to disasters affecting our nation’s cultural heritage.

The State Heritage Emergency Partnership program was developed by Heritage Preservation in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). In June 2015, administration of the SHEP program was transferred from Heritage Preservation to the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC). SHEP was made possible by two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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