This primer is the abridged version of a longer, more detailed handbook to help local and state arts agencies, organizations, foundations, and other arts groups plan and administer a coordinated disaster mobilization system within their service area.

It provides a condensed set of guidelines that will help agencies implement disaster relief plans immediately. Arts organizations have unique needs in the wake of disaster and this primer explains the need for arts responders and their role in responding to emergencies.

This report provides guidelines for establishing an arts responder hub, managing communications, establishing a grant relief program, and addresses how responders should act within a larger disaster relief system. Helpful resources are also included, such as essential contacts and sample forms and applications for grants.

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