Texas Heritage Responders

January 25 - June 22

In-Person Training:

January 25 & 26
June 21 & 22   
Houston, TX

February - May

Apply Here
(Due December 15th)

*Training available to residents of Texas 


The Texas Heritage Responders training is organized by FAIC in collaboration with TX-CERA, the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, and is available free of charge thanks to funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program will equip participants with the skills to respond to emergency situations in cultural centers, museums, libraries, special collections, archives, and historic sites in the greater Houston area and throughout Texas. 

FAIC established the National Heritage Responders in 2007, and in the past 10 years over 100 volunteers have provided vital disaster services by phone, email, and in person. Recognizing that locally-based expertise is vital for longer-term response and recovery, FAIC is offering regional response team training in disaster-prone areas. The Texas Heritage Responders training will be based on curriculum used for the National Heritage Responders team, including damage assessment exercises and a disaster response scenario.

On completion of the workshop and proof of compliance with the additional requirements, participants will receive a Texas Heritage Responders ID badge and a team safety vest. Participants will be asked to make an effort to respond, when requested, to disasters that jeopardize Texas's art and cultural community.

The training will educate participants on a variety of topics, including:

•  Hazards present in Texas

•  Incident Command System

•  Health and safety issues during and after a disaster

•  Emergency conservation techniques

•  Conducting facility damage assessments

•  Disaster record keeping

Program Dates

The course will begin with two days of in-person training on Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Museum of Fine Art Houston's Bayou Bend

Participants will be asked to tune in for an 8-part webinar series from the months of February - May, where additional information will be shared on funding, health and safety, disaster psychology, and material-specific salvage techniques. 

The course will conclude with two days of in-person training on Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 22nd from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, including an on-site scenario at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Apply for the program by filling out an online application. New users will need to create an
account. The portal closes on Friday, December 15th; decisions will be sent out by Friday, December 22nd.

Thirty applicants will be selected for the training, based on background and interests. A small number of travel stipends are available for those traveling to Houston from other parts of the state.

Questions? Contact Emergency Programs Coordinator Jessica Unger at junger@conservation-us.org or 202.661.8069



Training made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.