Best Practices: Responding to Artist's Disaster


Be prepared to be of greatest use to any disaster affected person, and know what might be especially helpful to an artist. Whether you are helping out for an afternoon or in it for the long haul, the Studio Protector can be your resource for making a big difference for someone in need.

Dig In: How to Be a Helpful Volunteer in Disaster Recovery

Glass Artist + Beneficiary Ricky Bernstein work with friends to rebuild his studio after a 2008 fire.

The Clean Up and Salvage sections include vital resources to prepare you for helping at a disaster site

Arrive with useful supplies and protective gear that you might have on hand

Be aware of health and safety risks you may encounter at the site

Be self-contained. Bring your own water and food, and if possible, bring extra to share if it is needed.

If you have special skills, come with what you need to perform them, and tell the people you are helping that you are prepared to do that if desired. However, be ready to do whatever needs to be done.

Be patient and remember that the person you are assisting is under great stress, and may not know exactly what to do, or what to tell you to do.

Remember that your first responsibility as a volunteer is to Do No Harm.

Use your skills as an artist to help salvage tools, artworks, photographs

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