Emergency Support for Midwest Flooding

NEH: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced it will provide $1 million in Emergency Flood Assistance Grants for museums, libraries, archives, universities and other cultural and historical institutions in federally designated disaster areas affected by the floods in the Midwest. Applicants should contact the Division of Preservation and Access by e-mail (preservation[at]neh.gov) or by telephone (202/606-8570) to describe the humanities collections at risk and the nature of the damage. The Division’s staff will guide prospective applicants in the preparation of a letter of request to NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. You can view the complete press release here.

NHPRC: The Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar announced the award of a $10,000 emergency grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to the Indiana Commission on Public Records for its Flood Disaster Assessment and Response Project in the aftermath of severe flooding from storms in late May and early June of this year. The emergency NHPRC funds will be used to help provide necessary supplies, services, personnel, and travel to carry out preliminary assessment work.

AMM: The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) has established a Flood Relief Fund to assist museums in the Midwest affected by the damaging floods. AMM will coordinate with the American Association of Museums and other national organizations to publicize this initiative and help raise funds. For further information on the AMM Flood Relief Fund, see www.midwestmuseums.org/relief_fund.html.


Other Resources:

Heritage Preservation: State Contact Information, Flooding in the Midwest, Coping with Water Damage Video

National Trust for Historic Preservation

At the Federal Level

U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Education
FEMA 2008 Federal Disaster Declarations
FEMA guidelines on collection eligibility for disaster assistance


At the State and Local Levels

State Environmental Protection Agency

Purdue University's Disaster and Emergency Management Resources

Information and Referral Database for Health and Human Services (by county, or dial 211)
Chart of various contributing organizations (pdf)
Resources for muesums
State historical society resource page
Iowa State University's resource page

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating/Southeast Library System (SELCO-SELS)



Wisconsin Emergency Management
Department of Health Services
Flood Awareness Packet


Last Updated 10/28/10