Emergency Response

Once you see yourself as part of a community, and that the recovering process is also on a community-wide basis... the easier it will be for you.

Russell Karkowski, Iowa City, Iowa furniture maker (studio flooded in 2009)

Superstorm Sandy Emergency Response Information

As you know, the east coast is just beginning to take count of the devastation resulting from Superstorm Sandy. CERF+ along with its partners in the National Coalition of Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response are just beginning to connect with the artists and arts organizations in the affected areas but it will be a long time before we understand the full toll on the cultural community. We do know that overall the damage is severe and widespread, as news reports show.

We have set up this page as a quick reference guide to resources on this site, our Studio Protector web site, and other more regional and local resources. We are asking everyone to utilize our Facebook page to post information about yourself, other artists, resources, and offers of assistance.  If you would like to support our efforts, please consider donating to CERF+.

CERF+ Resources for Artists Affected by Superstorm Sandy:

  • CERF+ Artists' Relief Exchange - a new online tool to connect artists' needs with offers of free assistance. If you have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and need things for your recovery, or if you have not been affected but have something to offer, please post them here!
  • Selected links to Studio Protector Artist-to-Artist Videos - artists talking about how they navigated emergencies.
    • We Had to Make Choices: New Hampshire furniture maker talks about making decisions about how to use precious time in salvaging items from a flood.
    • Russell Karkowski talks about various aspects of his flood recovery including toxicity of flood waters, managing volunteer helpers, and coping with psychological stress
    • Creating in the Midst of Disaster - stories about how artists have utilized their unique gifts and perspective to remain creative after disasters and setbacks.
If you are going out to help others, please be sure you wear the proper safety equipment. Take some extra respirators and gloves for other volunteers who may not have them. Remember, a flood is a toxic substance!
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CERF+ Artists' Relief Exchange

A new online tool to connect artists' needs with offers of free assistance. If you have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and need things for your recovery, or if you have not been affected but have something to offer, please post them here!

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