Alliance for Response News Brief — November 2012
Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Post–Hurricane Sandy Resource Page
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Heritage Preservation, on behalf of the Task Force, has prepared a list of resources to help the public and collecting institutions recover from flooding. Access these resources here. We encourage you to refer colleagues to this page. As funding opportunities arise, we are adding useful links for affected cultural institutions and artists.
Heritage Preservation Awarded Grant to Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Heritage Preservation has been awarded $15,000 by the New York Community Trust to assist Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in coordination with Alliance for Response New York City (AFR NYC). Funding will aid hard-hit artists, museums, libraries, archives, and galleries by providing critical supplies to support the efforts of conservators and collections professionals deployed across the city. Heritage Preservation and AFR NYC will work with others offering assistance to coordinate the distribution of these supplies.
AFR NYC is composed of staff from cultural institutions (security, facilities, health/safety, collections/conservation, and administration), first responders (NYPD, FDNY, NYC OEM, and FEMA), and related industries (insurance/risk management and recovery companies). To date, AFR NYC has played a pivotal role in response efforts both within the cultural community and in collaboration with the NYC Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM). In anticipation of landfall, AFR NYC participated in preparatory OEM Public/Private Sector phone calls and updated its membership of over 400 professionals with notes from these meetings. Communication continued throughout the storm. Immediately following the storm, AFR NYC began contacting its members, affected institutions, and galleries to gauge the impact of the storm and determine immediate needs.
As the institutions impacted by Hurricane Sandy move toward recovery, AFR NYC will continue to link institutions that are suffering with volunteer conservators, collections professionals, and salvage contractors. Affected institutions and artists are being matched with expertise and collections salvage training via collaborations with the AIC Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Regional Association for Conservation. Both Heritage Preservation and AFR NYC continue to assist local government in estimating the impact of Hurricane Sandy on its constituents to better facilitate FEMA recovery efforts.
When the dust settles, Heritage Preservation will sit down with AFR NYC and others who provided assistance to the cultural community for a full debriefing on the actions taken by all involved. By reflecting on the activities, challenges, frustrations, and accomplishments, all AFR networks will learn more about the coordination, collaboration, and communication needed to respond to and recover from a major natural disaster.