Alliance for Response Network Alliance for Response (AFR)
Floods, hurricanes, fires, and other disasters can harm or destroy irreplaceable cultural and historical treasures. The FAIC Alliance for Response (AFR) initiative brings cultural heritage and emergency management professionals together at the place where virtually all initial disaster response occurs-the local level. One of the keys to preparedness is a relationship with first responders and emergency managers. They are first on the scene at any event that threatens life or safety, and they represent a local system for planning, response, and recovery that has often overlooked a community’s cultural and historic assets. The Alliance for Response initiative remains effective by:
encouraging institutions to complete disaster plans and train for emergencies;
creating cooperative disaster assistance networks among museums, libraries, archives, and historical properties and sites;
raising awareness of the importance of cultural heritage in communities;
influencing official emergency policies and plans.
Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA)
As a member of the Alliance for Response Network, the Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and professionals that support and advocate for the preservation of Texas cultural heritage. TX-CERA promotes emergency planning followed by training in response and recovery efforts and techniques. TX-CERA helps to mitigate the loss of collections due to disaster by offering professional development workshops, consultations, and institutional networking statewide. TX-CERA is classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Texas Heritage Responders (THR)
The title of Texas Heritage Responder recognizes professionals with the ability to work within an Incident Command System and lead volunteers in collections recovery response efforts. Our goal for this program is to create a Statewide network of volunteers which are able to rapidly respond to an event, incident, or threatened venue with an effective and coordinated response in support of a local Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or Disaster District (DSC).