Category Archives: disaster recovery

FEMA Request for Public Assistance Deadline is October 31st

From the TSLAC website:

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.

Questions? Contact lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov or angela.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

From the TSLAC website:

Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants

These grants funds Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. They assist libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons.

This grant program will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the disaster.

For further information on grant amount, eligible activities, and libraries that are eligible to recieve funds, please visit this page of the TSLAC website.

TSLAC to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

From Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

On September 18 we will open applications for “Rebuilding Texas Libraries,” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will make at least $300,000 in Library Services and Technology Act Funds available to libraries in counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott.

More information on Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants in included in this press release issued today:https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/tslac_disaster_relief__grant

We appreciate the flexibility and support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services for working with us to be able to make these funds available on an emergency basis. Guidelines will be issued on September 18 and streamlined grant applications will be due by October 16.

Texas Library Recovery Connection

From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:

As the long slow process of recovery begins, we are beginning to hear about libraries facing tremendous damage and total devastation. Librarians are returning to determine their most immediate and long term needs for assistance.

The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection an online information<http://www.txla.org/library-recovery> sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x_iuLXoK79MAeQMes5cD9_viCR-j9n4h7dzWOmyjdq0/edit#gid=0>, similar to those developed by other grassroots groups, is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter pertinent information.

There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet – one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.

Please share this link with your colleagues: www.txla.org/library-recovery.  The webpage has general information and links to the Google spreadsheet.

The outpouring of support from the library community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is truly inspiring. Thank you!

Weathering the Storm

We sincerely hope that all of your libraries and communities are safe and receive little damage from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The Texas Library Association has a list of Disaster Relief Resources as well as their application to receive Disaster Relief Funds. If you would like to make a donation, you can purchase a TLA Coloring book whose proceeds benefit disaster relief or donate directly to the Disaster Relief Fund here.

If any of your libraries begin an online fundraising campaign to help with recovery, please send them to us so that we can help spread the word.

Stay safe!

 

Flood Damage Recovery in Libraries

Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.