Disaster Response Initiative Task Group

The Association for Preservation Technology Disaster Response Initiative (APT DRI) Task Group, which is currently being spearheaded by the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee (PETC), has been active in researching and developing strategies for education, partnership and outreach.  The APT DRI is focusing on bringing awareness to heritage structures that are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters.  This initiative was created by the request of the APT President (Dean Koga) at the 2017 Ottawa Conference in an effort to utilize APT’s technical strengths and resources in the preservation of heritage structures.  Our goals are to aid local and federal governments and like-minded organizations currently involved in disaster response.  The task group is also exploring how best to prepare at-risk communities in light of these hazards.

For more information or to get involved, please contact us at [email protected].

 DRI Program Overview Graphic

2018 Accomplishments

  • Established APT-DRI framework
  • Provided representation at Annual Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) Meeting on July 26, 2018
  • Presented at Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit on November 7, 2018
  • Developed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC)
  • Initiated partnership discussion with Florida Structural Engineers Association (FSEA)

2019 Goals & Planned Activities

  • Provide disaster training workshop at APT Miami Conference in 2019
  • Establish relationships with U.S. State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and Canadian equivalents
  • Develop marketing and branding presence
  • Identify additional partnership organizations
  • Create database of current members trained in disaster response
  • Collect disaster related educational material (articles, conference sessions, workshop material)
  • Develop educational campaign identifying need of technical resources for educating second responders


American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Applied Technology Council (ATC)
Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)


Sarah Gray
Rachel Will

Amy Woods