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.

The Bigger Picture as a Disaster Volunteer

Bridge City, TX, September 18, 2008 - Volunteers from the faith based agency ACTS prepare and distribute food to residents affected by Hurricane Ike. The Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA) works with volunteer organizations to provide immediate aid to victims of major disasters. Leif Skoogfors/FEMAThe Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA) works closely with volunteer agencies to provide much needed help in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

Bridge City, TX – volunteers distribute food to residents affected by Hurricane Ike.

Organizations that respond to disasters are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in being part of an organized response when disaster strikes, consider getting in touch with one or more of these organizations

Citizen Corps – Coordinated by FEMA, Citizen Corps helps coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation

American Red Cross – The American Red Cross is often the first to a disaster area, providing food, shelter and comfort. Volunteers constitute about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce.

VOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of national emergency response organizations and statewide VOAD organizations. It helps insure disaster response efforts from volunteer organizations are coordinated and is the primary volunteer organization point of contact with FEMA

Social Media Campaigns in Community Recovery – While not an organization, a growing number of state, county and municipal governments have established plans for using social media as an information gathering and outreach tool in the event of a disaster. If disaster strikes your area, join one of these online disaster recovery communities, and if none are evident, consider working with others to create one. Here are some lessons learned while doing so after the 2011 Joplin, MO tornado and other recent central U.S. natural disasters.

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