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Alliance for Response NYC was established in 2004 as a local volunteer organization focused on connecting emergency responders with representatives of the cultural heritage community. Our goal is to strengthen mitigation and response capabilities of the NYC cultural heritage and arts communities through training opportunities, fostering of local planning efforts, and improved dialogue and partnerships.  AFR NYC comprises a cross-section of public and private individuals, businesses, agencies, and institutions interested in the preservation of New York City’s cultural holdings.

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Join Alliance for Response NYC in becoming a 2014 Partner in Preparedness!

With generous funding from the New York Community Trust, Heritage Preservation the Alliance for Response NYC is launching a two-year initiative to develop key tools for improved emergency communication within the New York cultural community, and train a local Heritage Response Team to respond to disasters at New York City institutions.

Before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy, AfR-NYC was a key player in the creation of partnerships to assist in recovery. Our participation in outreach projects, needs assessment, and establishment of the AIC-CERT Cultural Recovery Center led to creative and effective support for affected institutions and artists. Through these efforts we attained a better understanding of how we can strengthen our assistance to the NYC cultural community as we prepare for subsequent disasters.

Over 200 New York area museums, libraries, archives, and approximately 500 performing arts organizations and nonprofit galleries will benefit in future emergencies by our better understanding their needs in advance, and training responders to assist them following a disaster. But the impact of this project will be wider still: Heritage Preservation's Alliance for Response program grows stronger through the efforts of each of its chapters. As a model for other regions and states, the outcomes of this project will benefit cultural communities not only in New York City, but across the nation.

To kick off this initiative, AfR-NYC has launched a new Facebook page for announcements, useful links, tips, and articles. Please visit, "like", and share!

News from Alliance for Response Communities
  • For the latest on all of the AFR networks, view our Archive.
  • Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce there will be three new forums in 2013 thanks to generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you would like to get involved, contact us
  • AFR networks have been keeping busy this winter. To find a summary of their activity please read our latest quarterly news brief.
  • Throughout the country, members of Alliance for Response have been representing cultural institutions at stakeholder events for the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit FEMA’s Web site to attend the next stakeholder event.
  • The final 2011 Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum was held in Salt Lake City, Utah with more than 80 cultural managers and emergency managers. Click here for more information about this forum.  
  • The Galveston-Houston Area Alliance for Response Forum was held on July 29, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Click here for more information about this exciting summer Forum.
  • The second Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute was held on July 20, 2011 in Denver, CO. Click here for a meeting summary.