Emergency Response Resources
Recently, after a tornado, Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts wrote a statement on emergency response for arts and cultural organizations. Now that summer is over and we are looking at the hurricane and winter season, this topic is one arts and cultural organizations and artists should learn more about.
Quoting Bob Lynch’so exact words, “he said that ‘The Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders’ is an immediate resource to help (organizations) determine their response and work in the weeks ahead. It is an abridged version of a longer and more detailed handbook (now in development) that designed to help local and state arts agencies, organizations, foundations, and other arts groups plan and administer a coordinated disaster mobilization system within their service area.”
He also referred agencies to the National Coalition Partners : CERF+ and ArtsReady for resource links and more disaster relief information.
In addition, the Americans For the Arts website has additional information and links for emergency preparedness and disaster relief: http://www.artsusa.org/networks/laa/017.asp
I encourage arts organizations to take a minute to review these links and websites and resources so that you can be prepared when disaster strikes.