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Preparedness Tip of the Month

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This month’s epic snow storms in the Northeast serve as a sudden and severe reminder that winter is here, and with it, winter storms that can be powerful and unexpected. Power outages are a primary result of winter storms. It's important to prepare now for an extended period without power at your home and studio.

To begin preparing, you should have: 

  • An emergency supplies kit. Some of the basic supplies include:

    • Water: At least three days’ supply at one gallon per person per day

    • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

    • First aid kit

    • Battery backup or an alternative (solar, etc.) charger for your cell phone

 

As temperatures drop during the approaching months of winter, the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning from heating sources increases. That makes it a good time to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home and studio, and if you already have them, now is the time to make sure they are operating properly.

CERF+’s Development and Events Coordinator Carrie Cleveland can attest that an operational carbon monoxide (CO) detector is a vital safety device for one’s home and studio. A few years ago on New Year’s Eve (also, Carrie’s birthday), she and her husband, Xavier, had just arrived home with provisions for a festive dinner when they heard a loud buzz coming from the neighboring apartment below. Their neighbor was away for the holiday and Carrie was concerned that what they were hearing was a CO detector alerting them to the presence of carbon monoxide. She reached their neighbor by phone and got permission to climb through a window into the apartment. 

 

 

     

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Studio Protector

The Artist's Guide to Emergencies

 

The Studio Protector Online Guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists.

Small measures taken in advance of an emergency, and the right sequence of emergency response actions, can make a huge difference in reducing loss and in the time it takes to rebound from a setback.

Disaster Planning: How to prevent and prepare for an emergency in your studio Disaster Warning: Things to do IF you have time Disaster Relief: How and where to get help Clean-up: First steps to reclaiming your workspace Salvage: How to save your A's - Art, Assets, and Archives e-Salvage: Retreiving electronic data and recovering electronic equipment Rebounding: Moving on and getting back to work Safeguarding: Practices to help you protect your workspace and your career Studio Protector Online Guide

 

DISASTERS DON'T ALWAYS HAVE NAMES...

An electrical fire or a burst pipe can be as damaging to your business property and your career as a wildfire, a flood or a hurricane.

More artists are affected by everyday personal disasters than by those making the national news.


 

Olivia Huynh Film

Adventures Big and Small

Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

Animation

Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

 Olivia Huynh Film:  Animation

 Adventures Big and Small

 Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

Pier Glass Artists

Hurricane Sandy: Pier Glass Artists

Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

Hurricane Sandy

Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

 Pier Glass Artists:  Hurricane Sandy

 Hurricane Sandy: Pier Glass Artists

 Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

Wildfire Recovery

Jean Cornwell: San Diego Wildfire

Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

 Wildfire Recovery: 

 Jean Cornwell: San Diego Wildfire

 Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

New Artists' Relief Exchange from CERF+

CERF+ Artists' Relief Exchange - a new online tool to connect artists' needs with offers of free assistance. If you are an artist recovering from an emergency, post your needs here! Or, if you have things to donate that an artist may need, post them here!

The Studio Protector® has two complementary parts:

  • This Online Guide that provides in-depth information including articles, interviews with artists and experts, tips, and annotated resource lists

  • A Wall Guide that provides easy-to-follow checklists for emergency preparation and response (retail price $16)

    The Studio Protector® Wall Guide is an easy to use reference tool with basic checklists for emergency preparation and response. 

    It has easy-to-follow tips for last-minute preparations before an emergency and steps to take after an emergency to get you started on a productive course. It is totally low-tech - no batteries required!

    Get your copy of the Studio Protector here.

 

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Studio Protector Blog

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600

Hurricane Sandy panel discussion at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY, November 23, 2013.

 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500

The dedication of a public art work provides an occasion to reflect on the flood stories that inspired it, our vulnerability, and resilience..

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Sandy-affected artists, collectors, galleries, and cultural institutions can get free assistance in recovering damaged artworks at the Cultural Recovery Center opened in Brooklyn by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

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