Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Disaster Preparedness

Remember the Girl Scout credo? Always be prepared.

With global warming, the rise in superstorms like Hurricane Sandy and June 2012 derecho, now more than ever the arts and humanities community needs to channel their inner Girl Scout! Montgomery County is the first county in Maryland to develop a Preparedness and Recovery Plan and this plan includes recommendations for arts and humanities organizations. As a member of the County’s planning team, AHCMC has assembled resources and scheduled workshops with specialists in the field. On this page, you’ll find resources and strategies for preparation and recovery. Check out our blog for a more in depth discussion or see the presentation above.

If you have questions about Montgomery County’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan, click here or contact or call 301-565-3805.  



Preparedness includes backing up computer files to the cloud to digitizing key documents, keeping insurance information to developing a staff disaster protocol, and so much more. Check out these online resources as you think about preparedness.

Before Disaster Strikes: What you need to know - Ten Things Handout

Hurricane Preparedness Tips - English

Hurricane Preparedness Tips - Spanish



After a disaster there is a Response (short-term, immediate activities) and Recovery (long term rebuilding).  If there is significant damage to cultural facilities and sites there are sometimes emergency aid and grants available to help.  See these resources: 

Arts Ready Advice and Financial Aid

For Artists: Funding for emergency relief  

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