Recovery from 2012 Hurricane Storm Damage
For more information on "Sandy," see: http://www.fema.gov/sandy
For more information on the FEMA Public Assistance process:
There are several resources in New York to assist your organization recover from Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Emergency Management provides assistance, including access to products and recovery services.
The State Library and State Archives have resources to assist you. Contacts, services, and resources are listed below by your organization type. The State Library and State Archives are also responsible for gathering information about the extent of damage to your building and/or collections as well as recovery costs. Contact Barbara Lilley (518-486-4864) or Maria Holden to report the impact of the storm on your organization.
From the NEDCC:
State Library staff are available to provide advice on recovering collections. Contact the State Library at (518) 486-4864. Additional resources
Archives staff are available to provide advice on recovering damaged records. When agency records are believed to constitute a hazard to human safety or health or to property, the agency records management officer may request authorization from the State Archives to destroy or dispose of such records immediately. Contact the Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254. Complete listing of State Archives disaster services and resources
The State Archives Regional Advisory Officers are available by phone/email to provide advice on recovering archives and records and to assist you in applying for a recovery grant. Local governments may be eligible for up to $20,000 in disaster recovery funding for damaged records. Contact your Regional Advisory Officer or call the Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254. Complete listing of State Archives disaster services and resources
Other Cultural Institutions (museums, historical societies, non-government archives):
State Archives and State Library staff are available to provide advice on recovering collections. Contact the State Library at (518) 486-4864 or the State Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254.
- Public Libraries in, and within 1 mile of, Sandy Surge
- Disaster Assistance
- Hurricane Sandy Press Material, from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force
- A list of resources to help or get help with NYC's recovery; from The New York Public Library
- Middletown Thrall Library: Hurricane Sandy News & Emergency Resources
- In New York State, 2-1-1 services are currently available to residents of the Adirondack, Greater Capital, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, New York City, Susquehanna and Western New York regions.
- Earthquake Spectral Acceleration Value, Storm Surge Zone, Flood Zone Data; for Library buildings, by county
Any repository that holds archival records or special collections is eligible to apply for a grant. The repository need not be a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) or the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
Grant monies may be used for the direct recovery of damaged or at-risk archival materials; such services as freeze drying, storage, transportation of materials, and rental facilities; supplies, including acid-free boxes and folders, storage cartons, cleaning materials, plastic milk crates, and protective gear; and to defray the costs for volunteers or other laborers who assist with the recovery.
New York Council for the Humanities
100% of funds collected will be distributed to libraries in need.
Preparing your Institution for Hurricane Sandy (from NYLINE, 10/26/12)
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers the following advice to museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies for protecting collections and records from wind and water damage.
Before the Storm
Here are some basic precautions to take if there is time and you can undertake them safely. These are excerpted from the Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel (© 1997, Heritage Preservation):
- Move vital records and high priority items away from windows and below-ground storage into water-resistant areas. Avoid areas under roofs.
- Screw plywood over windows or use tape to reduce shattering.
- Verify location and procedures for shutting off water, gas, and electricity.
- Wrap shelves, cabinets, other storage units in heavy plastic sealed with waterproof tape.
- Move outdoor objects indoors or secure in place.
- Take with you lists of staff, institutional and public officials, insurance and financial data, inventory, emergency plan and supplies.
- Make preliminary contact with service providers for generators, freezers, drying or freeze-drying services, and refrigerated trucking.
- Appoint a staff contact to give instructions on returning to work.
We hope you are not in the path of this terrible storm. But in light of the potential for destruction, you should be asking:
- Have we established a telephone tree for staff contacts?
- Do we know the first responders in our community?
- Is our disaster plan up to date? Our insurance coverage? Our inventory?
- Have we established priorities for salvaging our collections?
- Do we have contacts at salvage firms? Have we stocked emergency supplies?
- Do we know what preservation resources are available in our area?
Since 1995, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force has been working to help cultural institutions safeguard their collections. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Heritage Preservation, Inc., the Task Force is a partnership of 34 national organizations and federal agencies. For more hurricane resources, please