Sharing at the request of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF).
On February 19, 2021, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas to provide:
- Individual Assistance to disaster survivors in 108 counties. This assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
- Public Assistance to eligible private nonprofits in all 254 counties to help these organizations recover from the effects of this storm.
For cultural institutions that have suffered damage, such as burst pipes:
- Contact the cultural heritage emergency network TX-CERA (Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance) for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org or 669.237.2243; OR
- Call the National Heritage Responders hotline, 202.661.8068. NHR will connect with TX-CERA.
- National Heritage Responders have developed brief Tip Sheets to help collecting institutions respond to and recover from events.
Fact sheets for members of the public whose family treasures have been affected by burst pipes:
- Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms
- After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures. This fact sheet is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Chinese, and Haitian Creole here.
For more resources, see the recent blog post: Responding to Water Damage in Libraries.