Current Disaster Resources
This page features information related to current disasters within the United States and its territories on the top of the page when available. Below those Current Disaster Resources, we have listed information for national and state-specific general disaster/emergency resources.
NOTE: FOR INFORMATION ABOUT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, VISIT THE “EMERGENCY GRANTS” PAGE. FOR ARTISTS AFFECTED BY RECENT DISASTERS, PLEASE SEE THE STATE-BY-STATE AND TERRITORY DISASTER RESOURCES BELOW, AS WELL AS THE DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC CURRENT DISASTER RESOURCES.
2023 WEATHER DISASTERS:
For artists who have been impacted by recent weather disasters:
You/your organization may be eligible for FEMA assistance if you are located in an area designated under a presidentially-declared disaster. NCAPER has published An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief, available free online (and by mail) in English and Spanish. The Field Guide was created to help demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time.
Artists who’ve been affected may find assistance through a number of discipline-specific organizations, including the Entertainment Community Fund, MusiCares, and CERF+/Craft Emergency Relief Fund for craft artists.
Additional emergency resources for artists can be found at www.ncaper.org; in particular, if you are in an area affected by a widespread emergency, Response Information is available here.
You can find contact information for your State Arts Agency here.
NATIONAL DISASTER RESOURCES & INFORMATION
Call 2-1-1 to be connected with health and human services in your area, providing services like food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance and physical and mental health resources.
- Shelter – The Red Cross “Find Shelter” tool pulls information from the National Shelter System and allows people to view a Google map of open Red Cross shelter locations and search for shelters closest to their location. Shelters that are currently open will be displayed on the map or in the search results.
- Safe and Well List – The American Red Cross has provided a way for those affected by a disaster to register as safe and well, and for concerned family and friends to search for the status of their loved ones.
- Disaster and Safety Library – a variety of safety guides for different types of disasters.
- @RedCross – Official twitter account for the American Red Cross. Follow them for disaster and preparedness updates.
An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief, for Arts Organizations and Businesses, Artists, and Cultural Workers – Published by the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER), this field guide was created to help demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time. The top programs of use to artists and arts organizations have been selected for inclusion.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities’ relief and recovery services are provided on a regional level, and respond to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support. Other Catholic Charities services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care, and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program
The Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program provides replacement benefits for regular food stamp recipients who lose food in a disaster and extends benefits to many households which would not ordinarily be eligible but suddenly need food assistance. The benefits are delivered via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which can expedite and mainstream the relief process for victims. Contact your state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to apply.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Information on disaster unemployment assistance, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
- DisasterAssistance.gov has compiled disaster resources and services from several U.S. government agencies in a simple website where you can apply for numerous programs through a single application.
- Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) provides money and services to people in a disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed. The best way to register online is at DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA Mobile App.
- Text Message Assistance To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). To search for open Disaster Recovery Centers, text: DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
- FEMA Interim Housing Resources lists relevant programs that provide housing assistance.
Ready.gov – Detailed guides on what to do before, during, and after specific emergency situations, compiled by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.
Recovers.org – A website with local hubs for emergency recovery, including resource, assistance requests, and volunteer/donation opportunities.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services provides food and shelter in times of disaster. Contact information for local branches on the website.
Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and most private nonprofit organizations. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Among the services provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Society are emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation and disaster relief and victim services. This website allows users to search for local councils offering assistance.
STATE RESOURCE DIRECTORIES
- State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management (list hosted by FEMA)
- State Government Insurance Departments (list hosted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners)
- State Departments of Transportation
- Homeless Shelter Directory (listed by state)
- Food Pantry Directory (listed by state)
- Community Emergency Response Teams Directory (for local CERT programs, volunteer opportunities)
- County Office Directory (listed by state)
STATE-BY-STATE AND TERRITORY DISASTER RESOURCES
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Fort Richardson, Alaska
American Samoa Territorial Emergency Management Coordination (TEMCO)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Arizona Division of Emergency Management
(800) 411-2336 | (602) 244-0504
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
North Little Rock, Arkansas
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Connecticut Office of Emergency Management
District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency
Georgia Emergency Management Agency & Homeland Security Agency
Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense
Agana Heights, Guam
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Office: (217) 782-2700 or (217) 782-2700
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division
Kentucky Emergency Management
(502) 607-1682 or (800) 255-2587
Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Maine Emergency Management Agency
CNMI Emergency Management Office
Saipan, Mariana Islands
National Disaster Management Office
Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
(877) 636-2872 Toll-Free
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Michigan State Police, Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division
Department of Environment, Climate Change & Emergency Management
Secretary: The Honorable Andrew Yatilman
Palikir Station, Pohnpei State
Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division
St. Paul, MN
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
(800) 519-6362 Toll Free
Missouri Emergency Management Agency
Jefferson City, Missouri
Montana Division of Disaster & Emergency Services
Fort Harrison, Montana
Nevada Division of Emergency Management
Carson City, Nevada
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
West Trenton, New Jersey
(609) 882-2000 ext 2700 Monday to Friday
(609) 963-6900 Emergency
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
Emergency Management 24-Hour Operations 1-800-858-0368
North Dakota Department of Emergency Services
Bismarck, North Dakota
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oregon Emergency Management
National Emergency Management Office
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ayuda Legal Hurácan María:
FEMA Appeals Model in Spanish / Apelaciones a FEMA: Modelo
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
West Columbia, South Carolina
South Dakota Division of Emergency Management
Pierre, South Dakota
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Salt Lake City, Utah
Vermont Emergency Management Agency
Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management – VITEMA
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
State of Washington Emergency Management Division
Camp Murray, Washington
Wisconsin Emergency Management
Phone: (608) 242-3232
Wyoming Homeland Security Training Program
Image: Gabe Brown (Fellow in Painting ’18), Hi Fi, 2017, Image Courtesy: Novado Gallery