Emergency Preparedness

We would like to revisit important information so that you are able to refer to some agencies that may be of assistance to you in an emergency.  The following list is not inclusive of every emergency response and preparedness resource available, however, we believe that you will find those included valuable in terms of future disaster readiness and preparedness. 

For information on FEMA 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) eligibility requirements for private nonprofit organizations see The Guide to Navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutionsat the following:

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has established two funds, one that will support relief and restoration to those in the Davidson County area, and a second to aid those in areas of Middle Tennessee affected by the floods in May 2010. For information about these funds and to donate, visit online at www.cfmt.org, or call 615-321-4939.

The Craft Emergency Relief
In addition, donations are being accepted by the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) to assist any craft artist who has suffered losses in a disaster (Tennessee floods included). You may direct your contribution to members of TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists) by making your check out to the TACA Fund at CERF+.  Mail donations to:  CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists Emergency Resources), PO Box 838, Montpelier VT, 05601-0838.  More information about CERF+ may be found at www.craftemergency.org.

Craig Nutt, director of programs for CERF has stated that the new Studio Protector website has information and resources to help artists and art organizations in this effort.  You may find Studio Protector at:

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville has some copies available in the museum shop if they are needed by individual artists.  Pull-out guides on Getting Help, Cleanup, Salvage, and e-Salvage contain useful information on the first steps to recovery.

South Arts/ArtsReady
South Arts (www.southarts.org) in Atlanta manages through their Web site, ArtsReady, a service providing preparation and recovery information. Recent updates about preparation and recovery information and tools may be found at www.ArtsReady.org. South Arts also manages a blog on the ArtsReady site which is used to deliver status reports, requests for information, and help on behalf of organizations that may be affected. You may want to look at the blog archive (the News box on the lower right) to see if any information there can be helpful.

The American Institute for Conservation
Additionally, the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations. In the wake of historic flooding in the Nashville area, staff members of collecting institutions are encouraged to contact AIC-CERT if the flooding has damaged collections.

  • Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202-661-8068 for advice by phone.
  • Call 202-661-8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.

In 2007, AIC received funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support an advanced training program for conservators and other museum professionals that resulted in a force of 64 “rapid responders” trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster has occurred. They are ready to assist. Resources and information on disaster recovery and salvage can be found on the AIC website at www.conservation-us.org/cert.  The public can also call AIC-CERT at 202.661.8068.

Hal Partlow, director of performing arts, will continue to field your questions and collect information. He can be reached at hal.partlow@tn.gov or (615) 532-9801.