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Disaster Resources

Following a disaster, a state Governor may declare an official emergency which releases state resources for response and recovery; a Presidential emergency declaration releases federal resources which typically flow from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the State and Counties. 

A current list of federally Declared Disasters is available here>> 
Those impacted should check their state emergency office website to learn about emergency declarations and schedules to apply for assistance. Through FEMA, private non-profit cultural institutions and arts organizations in designated counties/parishes may apply for repair of their facility as well as of any damaged collections materials. Artists and arts workers may also be eligible for Individual Assistance.  

Download our Arts Disaster Recovery Resources Postcard here>>





Additional emergency resources for artists:
The Entertainment Community Fund - Find out more here>>
MusiCares - Find out more here>>
CERF+/The Artists Safety Net - Find out more here>>
NYFA/New York Foundation for the Arts - FInd out more here>>

Additional emergency resources for organizations:
Cultural institutions and arts organizations can call the National Heritage Responders hotline: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide phone advice and guidance.


Museums with damage to their collections may be eligible for FAIC funding/assistance for an assessment: For more information>>.


Emergency resources for funders:
Funders and service organizations can learn ways to streamline and expedite assistance to artists and organizations through two NCAPER resources:

  • Guiding Principles for arts disaster philanthropy Available here>>

  • The Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders Organizing in the Aftermath of Disaster - Available here>>

Emergency Resources for Everyone:
For questions about salvaging heirlooms and other objects/artifacts can email the National Heritage Responders at, and HENTF’s (the Heritage Emergency National Task Force) Save Your Family Treasures guidance is available here>>. Here you can find the downloadable FEMA fact sheets After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures and Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms, available in multiple languages.
You and/or your organization may be eligible for FEMA assistance if you are in an area designated under a presidentially-declared disaster. To help demystify federal disaster relief, read An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief, available free online in English and Spanish: 


If you have not been affected, we encourage you to take some time to begin or update your Readiness Plan for your own organization or practice; resources include and for organizations, and for artists.


Emergency & preparedness resources for seniors:

Many Americans have emergency plans, but these often overlook the unique needs of older adults, including those with limited mobility or sensory impairments. Recognizing this gap, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) offers a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Guide tailored specifically for older adults to ensure they're well-prepared for any disaster.


Key Features of the Guide:

  • Special Considerations for Sensory Impairments: Tailored advice for older adults with hearing and visual challenges, ensuring their emergency preparedness plans are inclusive and effective.

  • Custom Emergency Planning: Step-by-step guidance to develop a robust emergency plan that considers the specific needs of older adults, enhancing their safety and peace of mind.

  • Tailored Emergency Kit Instructions: Detailed recommendations for creating an emergency kit that addresses the unique requirements of older adults, including medication management, mobility aids, and more.

  • State-Specific Resources: An easily downloadable PDF guide offering state-by-state emergency preparedness resources, making it simple for older adults and their caregivers to find relevant information and support in their area.

This guide is an essential resource for older adults and their families, providing the tools and information to navigate emergencies confidently. Visit our website to access the NCOA's Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults guide and ensure you're prepared for whatever comes your way.

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