Disaster Response Initiative Task Group (DRI)

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.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

July 14 & 15, 2021 CalOES Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Training

2021 APT Conference October 25-29 Washington DC - Post Conference Symposium, Protecting the Irreplaceable:  Sensitive Measures to Cultural Heritage

Major Current Initiatives

Database of FEMA/ATC trained disaster responders (click here to volunteer as an APT Disaster Responder and be added the database).


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

DRI Task Group:
Brad Cross
John Dumsick
Nick Floyd
Rachel Palisin
Adam Rush
Trish Lowe Smith
Will Teron

Cultural Heritage Disaster Response Resources


Past Seminars and Workshops

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