SHERN helps archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other heritage organizations in Seattle to respond to emergencies and disasters affecting cultural resources and collections.
SHERN members help each other by providing advice, support and/or actual recovery assistance. Membership in the Network constitutes a commitment by an organization to make disaster preparedness and staff training an administrative priority.
SHERN organized in 2010 and had its beginnings in the 2006 Seattle Alliance for Response Forum and WESTPAS workshops. SHERN has adapted the model mutual aid agreement and model mission statement developed by Washington’s Connecting to Collections Work Group on Collaborative Disaster Planning in 2009.
Chairperson: Peter Schmid, Providence Archives, 2020-2021
Vice-Chairperson/Treasurer: Jennifer Martin, City of Lake Forest Park, 2020-2021
Secretary: Geneva Griswold, Seattle Art Museum, 2020-2021