Resources for Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

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Resources for Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

posted on 11:48 AM, November 5, 2012
On behalf of the Glass Art Society Board of Directors and staff, our heartfelt concern and thoughts are with all of you, your families, colleagues and friends who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

We encourage all members who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and need help, to contact the Craft Emergency Relief Fund and apply for assistance from the GAS fund at CERF.

GAS members can benefit from this and other sources of funding within the CERF organization.

For information on Emergency Response resources from CERF, please visit this link: or you can contact them directly at (802)229-2306 or

From everyone at GAS, we are thinking of you and wish you a safe and rejuvenating week.


Please find below a few resources for recovery:

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

  • CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund  Artists’ Emergency Resources):
    Along with its partners in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness
    and Emergency Response are committed to providing and connected people to emergency relief.
  • CERF Artists’ Relief Exchange:
    If you know an artist who needs help and/or if you can offer help (supplies, equipment, a place to stay or work, help in clean up, etc.), join in this Exchange.
  •   CERF Emergency Response web page:
    A compilation of the most critical resources including tips on getting assistance from FEMA, a listing of arts sector emergency resources, and some of the most relevant parts of the Studio Protector Online Guide such as information about disaster assessment and salvage.


Resources and Information on Disaster Recovery and Salvage

  • American Institute for Conservation—Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT)
The American Institute for Conservation, the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations with collections. AIC-CERT is supported and managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) and consists of a force of 107 “rapid responders” trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster has occurred. AIC-CERT volunteers have provided advice to dozens of museums, libraries, and archives and they remain ready to assist.

American Institute for Conservation’s ‘Find a Conservator’ service. Get advice or make an appointment, call the 24-hour assistance line: 202.661.8068

  • New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
NJ 2-1-1 Hurricane Response and Recovery
On this page and those linked to it you will find information about FEMA assistance and how to apply; clean-up resources and local recovery efforts.

  • Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)

Residents and business owners who suffered damage due to Hurricane Sandy can begin applying for Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA).

To register go to or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday until further notice.

  • Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions
This website is meant as a general guide for cultural institutions seeking federal funding to aid in disaster response and recovery.

  • Library of Congress
Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections.

  • National Trust for Historical Preservation
Preparation & Response for Cultural Institutions.

  • ArtsReady
ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

  • Unemployment for Disaster Assistance

Other Emergency Resources for Artists

Artists, please note: if any of your work or live/work space has been damaged, take pictures and keep receipts of whatever you spend during this time.

  •  LMCC’s Emergency Grants List:

  •  NYFA’s Emergency Grants List:

  •  Joan Mitchell Foundation: sent out this message after the Hurricane:

If you are - or know of - a visual artist who has been affected by the hurricane please contact us. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters... We know that communication for many is very limited now, but our staff can be reached by email at:

  • Small Business Disaster Relief Loans:

Federal: Small Business Administration

City of New York: Department of Small Business Services has set up a Sandy recovery website: For more information about the loans, call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

  • Links to salvage / conservation / recovery information:

Conservation OnLine:

Studio Protector:

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training:

Heritage Preservation:

National Document Conservation Center: (Hotline: +1.978.470.1010)

  • Christie’s:

Christie’s is arranging space for Downtown artists to use their laptops and charge their phones, and may be able to assist galleries with storage space for their art. Those interested, please call (212) 468-7177.

  • New York City Economic Development Corporation:

For any business temporarily displaced, NYCEDC may have short-term "swing" office or storage space:

  • New York City Arts Coalition offers helpful information about FEMA:

Federal disaster resources will be dependent on your (or your arts group/business) being registered at FEMA. Go to

NOTE: Performing Arts groups:

The federal legislation that controls eligibility had some limitations after 9/11, which the Chair of NYSCA, Richard Schwartz, was able to work with the Pataki administration to have lifted. This means that Performing Arts groups may be told they are ineligible. Please let us know if this happens to you.

NOTE: Individuals:

You may want to also go to register at NYC Communities for Change They assist with tracking and follow-up with FEMA and may help individuals with the FEMA process.


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