The immediate and interdependent actions taken to stabilize and reduce risks to endangered cultural heritage during and after an emergency are collectively defined as cultural heritage first aid. The immediate cause of such an emergency may be a natural or man-made hazard or a combination of both. First aid includes the analysis of an emergency situation and its likely effects on cultural heritage; on-site damage and risk assessment; and security and stabilization.
To overall aim of first aid is to promote the recovery of affected cultural heritage, in turn facilitating the recovery of the communities connected to it. Within an institutional emergency or crisis response procedures. In many cases, especially in the aftermath of large-scale disasters, cultural heritage first aid is often initiated only after the officially-declared emergency phase is over. Nonetheless, prior preparation and coordination will still help to ensure quick and effective cultural heritage first aid, should an emergency arise.
2. Types of group responsible for the cultural heritage as the first aiders