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Heritage Emergency National Task Force


FEMA Seeks Preservation Expertise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes conservation and preservation professionals for post-disaster assistance teams and mitigation research.

In the event of a major disaster, FEMA can “mission-assign” employees from other Federal agencies to assess damage and participate in technical assistance teams. FEMA can also contract with individuals from the private sector to assist with mitigation inspection and evalution projects. Both Federal and private sector recruits are included in a database called the Heritage Emergency Roster.

Expertise is needed in a wide range of conservation and historic preservation specialties. Training and/or experience in damage assessment, on-site technical assistance, disaster response and salvage techniques, or disaster recovery practice are preferred. Candidates must be available for temporary field assignments on short notice.

The Heritage Emergency Roster is being maintained by FEMA. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Heritage Emergency Roster, please request an application packet from:

John Ketchum
Federal Preservation Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
John.Ketchum@dhs.gov