After Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, AASLH, with support of the Watson-Brown Foundation and The History Channel, deployed mobile assessment (HEART-History Emergency Assistance Recovery Teams) to Louisiana and Mississippi.

These teams worked with cultural institutions to prepare status reports and needs assessments at the time of their visits, support site officials in providing immediate assistance, and provide recommendations for near-term and intermediate recovery in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

HEART helped to identify ways in which it could easily manage the recovery activities that were already underway and prioritize its continuing responses.