General Resources

Call 2-1-1 to be connected with community services in your area, providing services like food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance and physical and mental health resources.
American Institute for Conservation Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT)
The mission of AIC-CERT is to respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. AIC, the national association of conservation professionals is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations.
Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by phone.
Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.
American Red Cross
American Red Cross is an emergency response organization.
To find information on your local American Red Cross, enter your zip code in the field at this url:
Official twitter account for the American Red Cross. Follow them for disaster and preparedness updates.
Find a Red Cross Shelter
The Red Cross “Find Shelter” tool pulls information from the National Shelter System and allows people to view a Google map of open Red Cross shelter locations and search for shelters closest to their location. Shelters that are currently open will be displayed on the map or in the search results. The National Shelter System is owned and operated by the Red Cross and used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local governments, and other community agencies to track and report shelter information.
American Red Cross Safe and Well List
The American Red Cross has provided a way for those affected by a disaster to register as safe and well, and for concerned family and friends to search for the status of their loved ones.
——————————————————————————————————————————————— After a Disaster
The American Red Cross’s website on preparedness is intended to help seniors, children and people with disabilities in particular prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. This page has instructions on how to perform many tasks involved in recovery from disaster.
A web-based tool designed to help arts organizations be more resilient following a minor disruption to business or a major crisis. It is an initiative by South Arts ( who also manages a blog on the ArtsReady site, which is used to deliver status reports, requests for information, and help on behalf of organizations that may be affected.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities’ relief and recovery services are provided on a regional level, and respond to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support. Other Catholic Charities services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care, and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.
CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources)
CERF+ emergency relief assistance, provides small grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment, to professional craft artists who have experienced a recent, career-threatening emergency.
For more information about CERF+’s emergency relief assistance for professional craft artists, please contact:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Information on disaster unemployment assistance, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.
Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program
The Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program provides replacement benefits for regular food stamp recipients who lose food in a disaster and extends benefits to many households which would not ordinarily be eligible but suddenly need food assistance. The benefits are delivered via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which can expedite and mainstream the relief process for victims.
Disaster Recovery and Assistance
The LSU AgCenter has an array of information about recovering from the multiple problems caused by a hurricanes, floods, storms, extended power outages and other stressful, dangerous events. Dangers include disease from insects and other pests, and illness from contaminated flood waters.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Mailing Address:
500 C Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20472
Telephone: 202-646-2500
FEMA: The Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program
The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides money and services to people in a disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed. This guide explains the types of assistance available, eligibility information, and how to apply.
FEMA Emergency Response Action Steps
This guide from FEMA helps safeguard collections damaged by water, whether from flood, fire, earthquakes, severe storms or broken pipes. The first 48 hours after an emergency are the most critical, and this site explains the proper salvage techniques and steps to use in this time period.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
LSA’s emergency and disaster services include clothing, emergency housing, financial assistance, food programs, legal aid, telephone crisis support and referrals, and support services. This site can be searched for services regionally or by type of assistance needed.
National Park Service: Conserve O Grams
The National Park Service’s Museum Management Program publishes this series of short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects. Included are extensive instructions for salvaging a variety of objects from water damage, fire, exposure and other hazards, and creating an emergency operation plan.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
National VOAD is a leader and voice for the nonprofit organizations and volunteers that work in all phases of disaster—preparedness, response, relief, recovery, and mitigation. National VOAD is the primary point of contact for voluntary organization in the National Response Coordination Center (at FEMA headquarters) and is a signatory to the National Response Plan.
Safety Tips
Residents beginning clean-up work should exercise great caution when entering damaged buildings. Never re-enter until the structure has been inspected and deemed safe by a qualified person. Be sure electric and gas have been shut off or disconnected.
These and other safety tips on returning to your damaged home can be found at:
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. Increasingly the Army’s policy and its indigenous membership allow it to cooperate with international relief agencies and governments alike.
Telephone: 800-SAL-ARMY
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Among the many services provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Society are emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation and disaster relief and victim services. This website allows users to search for local councils offering assistance.
Studio Protector
The Studio Protector is an information toolkit to help artists be disaster ready and disaster resilient. It is a self-help resource, geared for artists at all career levels–from students to emerging and established professionals. Working artists have been involved in every step of the design and testing of this toolkit. While there are many other resources for emergency preparedness, the Studio Protector focuses on information that is relevant to artists and the realities of the studio environment.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Disasters & Emergencies
HHS has a page of links to information and resources for all types of disasters and emergencies. Click on ‘Disaster Relief’ to find organizations offering aid in times of emergency.
United Way
The United Way provides assistance in every step of recovery from disaster.
posted on Tuesday, November 13th 2012

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