Emergency Preparedness and Recovery
Unexpected events happen. Make a plan for disaster preparedness and be ready for unforeseen circumstances like hurricanes and break-ins. The Division has compiled preparedness tools and recovery resources for individuals and organizations. Visit the links below for more information and to begin making your disaster preparedness plan.
Arts Preparedness Resources
- Arts Ready
ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.
- South Carolina Arts Commission
Emergency Preparedness Tips compiled by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
- Emergency Preparedness Plan
A customizable plan developed by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
- National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response Fact Sheet
- National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response's Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders Organizing in the Aftermath of Disaster
Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness
- Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit from the US Department of Homeland Security
- FEMA Mobile App
Includes information on open shelters, recovery centers, disaster survival tips, weather alerts, and more.
- National Hurricane Center
- SCORE Disaster Preparedness Website
- CERF+ Studio Protector
- Sheltering Collections in Place
- Evacuating Collections
- The Actors Fund
Has emergency financial assistance and resources available to everyone who works in performing arts (actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights, tech crew, and many more). Contact: 323-933-9244, ext. 455 or [email protected]
- Alliance for Artists Communities – Emergency Relief Programs
In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.
- Artists’ Fellowship Financial Assistance
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of natural disaster or unexpected extreme hardship. Here is the application form.
- CERF+ Emergency Relief for Artists Working In Craft Disciplines
Contact CERF+ at [email protected] to see if you are eligible for grants up to $6,000, no-interest loans upt to $9,000, and other assistance.
- Change, Inc. – Emergency Grants
Emergency grants of up to $1,000 for artists in all disciplines in need of emergency aid. Evidence of established professional status is required. For detail on how to apply, call 212-473-3742 for recorded instructions. Send applications to: PO Box 1818, Sanibel, Florida 33957
- Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grants
The Foundation provides grants to tenured professional visual artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
- Haven Foundation Grants
The Foundation grants to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities during times of difficulty.
- Hero Initiative – Helping Comic Creators in Need
Applicants must have been working as a comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years to be eligible.
- Jazz Foundation of America
The Foundation’s Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance, including financial assistance. Contact: [email protected] or 212-245-3999
- Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Support to Artists
The Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to artists impacted by natural and man-made disasters. Here is the emergency grant application.
- PEN America
The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000.
Note: If you are a member of a professional service organization or guild, reach out to those organizations to see if they offer any type of support.
Disaster Recovery Resources
- FEMA Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet
- US Small Business Administration Emergency Bridge Loan Program Basic Information
- Florida Small Business Development Center Disaster Loan Assistance directory
- Tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane
- Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App
Based on the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. Created by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in partnership with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
- After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures
- National Heritage Responders Hotline: 202-661-8068
Trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice.
A federal resource for disaster assistance.