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Before and After Disasters Now Available in Print

A new resource from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force can help you find funding to make an emergency plan, buy disasters supplies, or train your staff to be prepared for next year’s hurricane season. Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions provides information on 15 federal grant and loan programs to help cultural institutions and historic sites prepare for and recover from disasters large and small.

This new publication from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force was made possible by support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. After Hurricane Katrina, Heritage Preservation made the publication available electronically while it was being printed. It was downloaded over 3,700 times in the month of September.

Before and After Disasters is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery, last issued in 2000. The booklet covers programs for both mitigation and recovery. Each program section includes information on eligibility and funding levels and helpful examples. A selection of on-line preservation resources is also included.

The programs in Before and After Disasters are designed to help nonprofit arts centers, archives, conservation and historic preservation organizations, historical societies, historic sites, libraries, museums, and theaters, among others. The information resources offer professional conservation expertise for institutions as well as the communities they serve.

The publication is available from the FEMA publications office (phone 800-480-2520) and can also be downloaded free as a PDF (3 MB).