Non-Traditional P3 to Save Cultural Heritage Sites

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Not all public-private partnerships have to relate to infrastructure. FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution recently launched a P3 to develop the Heritage Emergency National Task Force to preserve culture heritage property in the wake of natural disasters.

The task force is made up of 58 federal and national service agencies responsible for engaging actions to mitigate natural disaster damage when contacted by FEMA administrators. The partnership came to fruition following the Haiti earthquake and the Smithsonian jumped in to save the country’s cultural institutions.

Cultural heritage can be defined as monuments, buildings, books, songs, documents, and other items or locations that have sculpted the areas identity throughout history.

“Part of the goal is to really help cultural institutions but also have the institutions communicate and establish relationships with local emergency managers because that relationship is crucial before, but especially after a disaster,” said Lori Foley, the FEMA administrator for the task force.

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