Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response Resources

From National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response –

Artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions may have been affected this week when severe storms tore through parts of Tennessee, spawning damaging tornadoes and producing hail and flooding. NCAPER and its partners at FEMA and HENTF (the Heritage Emergency National Task Force) wish to share information that may be helpful if you’ve been impacted and to collect information to help focus resources and assistance.

Many NCAPER Partners offer relief and response programs, particularly for individual artists – you can find links here.

This PAR webinar gives an overview of how to be ready and respond if a storm or other disaster impacts you.

Cultural institutions, arts organizations, and artists and performing groups affected by the tornadoes 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 for advice and guidance.

Members of the public and individual artists who have questions about saving family heirlooms and personal collections can email the National Heritage Responders at HENTF’s Save Your Family Treasures guidance is available at 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.

Those impacted by natural disasters can fill out one of the following Rapid Damage Assessment Forms:

Individual Artists and Performing Groups

Arts Organizations