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FEMA Forum for Cultural Community this Saturday in NJ

Cultural organizations and facilities that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy have until December 30, 2012, to apply for disaster aid from FEMA through the Public Assistance program. This Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 1-4pm at Monmouth University, FEMA will be holding a forum to provide assistance specifically for cultural organizations applying for federal disaster aid.

FEMA representatives will explain how to apply to FEMA for repairs to structures and the recovery of collections among other topics, followed by a Q&A session. This forum is sponsored by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force in cooperation with the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Council for the Humanities, the Historic Preservation Office, the Historical Commission, the State Library, the State Archives, and the NJ Association of Museums. For more details, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/state/historical/dos_his_fema-forum_2012-1215.html.

As a reminder, the League maintains a hub of resources related to disaster preparation and relief that you can access online. Also, as we work to improve federal policies for disaster relief, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your experience in seeking FEMA assistance.

Help for Organizations Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

To our members who may have experienced physical damages to facilities due to Hurricane Sandy, we are wishing you well and want to pass on the following information regarding disaster relief assistance, which may be available to nonprofit organizations.

As of July 2007, FEMA officially issued guidance clarifying that “performing arts facilities” are eligible for disaster relief.  The League was a lead advocate for this policy improvement.  Please see the resources posted on our website, including a copy of the FEMA policy and links to further background information about accessing disaster relief funds.  

And if you have not already let us know how you are doing, please contact your liaison or Member Services. We have been asked to report back to foundations and others on how orchestras have been affected. Also, please feel welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. team for general questions related to FEMA eligibility, or to report on your experience in seeking disaster relief funds.

New York City has announced briefing sessions for potential disaster relief applicants (see below).  To find out the first steps for potential applicants in your area, please consider contacting your member of Congress.

New York City Applicant Briefing

President Obama has signed a Major Disaster Declaration authorizing FEMA to provide Public Assistance to government and eligible Private Not for Profit (PNP) groups.

FEMA is offering four application briefing sessions for organizations that wish to apply for Public Assistance.  

There are four upcoming briefings scheduled at 49 - 51 Chambers Street in Manhattan, as follows:  

Friday, November 16
Session I: 10am - 12pm
Session II: 2pm - 4pm

Monday, November 19
Session I: 10am - 12pm
Session II: 2pm - 4pm

At the Applicant Briefing, a FEMA representative will provide an overview of its Public Assistance program and eligibility criteria.  If you have not already done so, you will also have an opportunity to complete a one-page Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form that will register your organization as a FEMA applicant.  

After the Applicant Briefing, and once you are registered, a FEMA representative will contact you directly to schedule a Kick-Off meeting.  This is when you will discuss damages and costs specific to your organization.

To RSVP for a FEMA Applicant Briefing, please complete the RSVP form here >>. (Limit two attendees per organization.)

Please note:  FEMA determines whether a Private Non-Profit (PNP) is eligible.  This is an evolving process, and categories of eligibility may change as the specifics of Hurricane Sandy's impact become clearer.  We strongly encourage you to attend an Applicant Briefing regardless of whether or not your organization type is listed as eligible in FEMA guidelines.

NEA Guide to Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources

Post-Storm Update

Due to the hurricane, the League’s offices were closed Monday and Tuesday. Due to technical difficulties we are still operating at less than full capacity. The good news is that we've all checked in with each other, and everyone at the League is fine. Several staff members are without electrical power but are doing well otherwise. Others are unable to get to the League offices due to public transportation shutdown but may be reachable by email.

The League’s internet service is up and running, but the phone system is experiencing some post-Sandy problems. Those of us who were able to get to the office can call out, but there are no incoming calls at this time. We’re working on getting this problem resolved, but in the meantime, please use email to communicate with us.

Daily updates may be posted on the Hub sporadically, if at all, but we hope to resume full service early next week.

Please note: Several orchestras and concert halls in the region have cancelled performances this week; please check with those organizations for the latest news of concert cancellations and schedules.

Thank you for your patience as we get our operations back to normal. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered as a result of the storm.