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Natural Disaster Resources

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). For current information about disaster assistance for individuals, links to helpful resources, and related information on recovering from and coping with flood damaged property. Emergency & disaster preparedness information is also available at

Pennsylvania Department of Health. For information and resources to help with flood recovery, including information about food and water safety, preventing flood-related injuries and illnesses, cleaning-up homes and buildings, working with insurance companies, available state and federal assistance, where to find housing and avoiding scams, please view PA Post-Flooding Information and Resources fact sheet under Public Health Preparedness.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) . The Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program (HIP). HIP provides access to money and services to people in a disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed. This guide explains the types of assistance available, eligibility information and how to apply.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)is the national membership organization of conservation professionals. Its members include conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world. In response to record flooding, advice is available regarding issues with collections and saving family treasures. AIC has a hotline at 202-661-8068.

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CEFF) was founded on a single simple premise: people caring for one another during tough times. Building upon the grassroots gesture of passing the hat at craft shows for artists dealing with emergency situations, CERF created an ongoing pool of funds that are available to professional craft artists when they suffer career-threatining emergencies.

If you have experienced any kind of flooding or other losses in your studio, check out the Clean up and Salvage sections of the Studio Protector Online Guide, our web-based guide to emergencies. CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. Contact:

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters that have affected a community, such as the spring 2011 tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, and the Texas wildfires.  Artists who have suffered losses due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding.  Please contact the Joan Mitchell Foundation for additional information at

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