Assistance for Cultural Institutions

Do you work for an archive, historic site, library, museum, or other cultural institution in North Carolina? We have several resources to help you.

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Federation of North Carolina Historical SocietiesConsider joining the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies . If you are interested in being a part of our statewide network of history organizations, please contact Adrienne Berney by email or at (919) 814-6641.


Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team

Dozens of collections experts from the Coastal Plain to the Urban Crescent to the Mountains are prepared to help public and private cultural heritage collections recover from disasters. DNCR Statewide Responders join forces with Area Cultural Resources Emergency Network leaders and conservators to provide tangible assistance to collecting institutions across N.C

CREST Provides

  •  technical assistance for North Carolina’s museum and archival collections in the aftermath of flood, fire, mold, and more
  • training for staff and volunteers
  • guidance in navigating disaster preparedness and recovery processes

CREST Members

To provide as much statewide support for artifact recovery as possible, our team includes members at three levels.

are DNCR collections experts who have agreed to help museum and archival collections in public and private institutions across the state with technical assistance for disaster recovery.
Requirements: 3 FEMA trainings + leadership roles in disaster recovery workshop series
In addition to the collections preservation experience members have gained as librarians, curators, registrars, archivists, and administrators, each CREST statewide responder is required to complete 3 Federal Emergency Management Agency courses successfully:

  1. Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100), an online half-day course to introduce the principles of the system, the roles of the commander and the various chiefs and their divisions of labor within the command
  2. National Incident Management System Introduction (ICS 700), an online half-day course outlining the ways that multiple commands can work together for large incidents
  3. Community Emergency Response Training, (CERT) a 3-day in-person training on topics such as building safety, first aid and triage, structural stabilization, and response workflow and transitions

 Regional Support Members

Leaders of Area Cultural Resources Emergency Networks (ACREN), including both DNCR staff and those from public and private partner institutions, will provide assessments of collections damages and needs as a first step in a CREST response. After initial communications, these members work in conjunction with statewide responders to stabilize collections in their areas.


Conservation Support Members

DNCR conservators and those in private practice will provide recovery advice and assistance with materials in their areas of expertise. 


Contact Us

With members spread out across North Carolina, our team’s headquarters are in Raleigh.  
Coordinator: Adrienne Berney
Phone: 919-814-6641
mail: MSC 4610, RALEIGH NC  27699-4610