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SCAC survey about Hurricane Ian impacts

Official Statement from the S.C. Arts Commission

As Hurricane Ian began making its way to our coastline, the South Carolina Arts Commission prioritized being ready to assist members of the creative community who might be affected.

Our communications channels provided resources for readiness, and our team started preparing for what might come after the storm. Now that the winds and rain are gone, their effects linger. Our team is ready to assist artists and arts organizations who suffered because of storm-related:
  • Closures or cancellations
  • Damage to facilities
  • Damage to artwork or equipment
Our professionals can connect you with recovery resources. If you are in need of assistance, will you please take a brief survey to help our team know your needs? The SCAC might share this information with legislators and other funders. While we do not currently have relief funding available, having information on hand is helpful if that changes. Appropriate staff are ready to help connect you with resources from other funders. All of us at the SCAC are certainly thinking of those who are victims of Ian, and it is our goal to do all we can to restore strength and vitality to South Carolina’s creative community. David Platts Executive Director PS: Hurricane season is not over, and earthquakes are oddly regular nowadays in South Carolina. If 2022 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared. Visit the SCAC’s emergency preparedness page for resources to get yourself and your organization ready for whatever comes next.    

David Platts

Time to dust off that readiness plan

dPlan | ArtsReady from South Arts can help

It took us a while this year, South Carolina, but there's potential for tropical weather later this week.

Are you #ArtsReady? The Hub has promoted readiness in the past, so you might be familiar with ArtsReady, which was an initiative of our regional partners at South Arts. Rebuilt in partnership with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, the new dPlan|ArtsReady tool combines the original ArtsReady tool with NEDCC's dPlan service—to guide arts and cultural organizations through the process of developing an emergency preparedness plan.

What is a readiness plan?

A readiness plan is a combination of documents, processes, and training that formulates what your organization will do should the unexpected occur. It follows an “all-hazards” approach because anything can and may happen to your organization. Creating a readiness plan means making decisions about how you will respond and collecting all the information and documents that you will need—before a crisis hits—so you can respond and get your organization back up and running smoothly. A readiness plan is critical to preserve precious time and energy when seconds matter. dPlan|ArtsReady takes an "all hazards" approach to planning: focusing on your essential business needs so you will be prepared for any crisis. The tool walks you through a series of modules—Risk Assessment, Action Items, Critical Stuff, Reports, and Guides and Resources—that explore the critical business functions most arts and cultural organizations rely on every day. By working through the tool with your staff and leadership, dPlan|ArtsReady is your one-stop shop to creating a plan and repository of vital information that you can turn to at any time before, during, or after a crisis. Want to learn more? Performing arts organizations can request a free year of access to begin building readiness plans today!
Please monitor local weather outlets for the latest on potential effects from Ian, and check out SCEMD for additional preparedness tips on their website or social media: @SCEMD.  

Jason Rapp