Welcome To Our New Site

We have a new name and a new site! Previously US Culture Network, we are now officially The Heritage Emergency Partnership. Below is a brief description of our project. To learn more, visit our About page.

Heritage Preservation Received IMLS Grant to Support the Development of Statewide Cultural Heritage Emergency Networks

Heritage Preservation received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in August 2012. The IMLS grant supports the development of statewide cultural heritage emergency networks by strengthening the relationships among state libraries, state archives, state museum associations, state historic preservation agencies, and state and federal emergency management agencies to more effectively prepare for and respond to disasters.

The project began with an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of six existing statewide preparedness and response initiatives – the Alliance for Response, the Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness (COSTEP) initiative, the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) project, the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT), the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) project, and the Regional Emergency Response Networks (RERN) program. The findings of this assessment will form the basis of three national forums attended by state delegates from each of the five communities of interest. The conclusions and recommendations that emerge from the forums will inform an action plan that will empower states, territories, and tribal nations to establish emergency networks.

The overall goal of this project embodies Heritage Preservation’s mission- to preserve and protect our nation’s cultural heritage for future generations through innovative leadership, education, and programs.