Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Cultural adn Heritage Commission is a division of The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation
Super Storm Sandy and Historic Preservation

Super Storm Sandy & Historic Preservation

On October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy struck Ocean County, damaging more than 40,000 residences and 20,000 businesses, causing a loss of $3.5 Billion in tax ratable, tax revenue and tax funded services, the most in NJ. Many all-volunteer nonprofits suffered from direct physical damages, loss of earned income, and loss of traditional donations redirected to human services after the storm. The Commission sought to provide aid in the following areas:

Post Sandy Aid to Individual Artists: The Commission worked closely with NJSCA, FEMA & CERF+ to connect artists to emergency funding to replace lost workspaces and supplies. The Commission offered two workshops focused specifically on the needs of individual artists after the storm. The workshops were held at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild and Pine Shores Art Association. See the Artist Workshop Flyer Here!

Post Sandy Aid to Arts Organizations: The Commission worked with a large slate of partners including the Essex, Morris and Monmouth Arts Councils, NJSCA, NJTA and the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response to present a disaster planning workshop in Ocean County in the hopes of avoiding future catastrophic losses.

FEMA-for-Nonprofits: In the days and weeks following Sandy, it became clear that there was a substantial disconnect between FEMA and area nonprofits. The nonprofit community occupies a small and very hard to locate corner of the FEMA assistance structure. In an effort to educate FEMA personnel on the importance of the nonprofit community, the Commission fought to house recovery centers in local arts & history venues. The Commission has and continues to work to educate area nonprofits on how to navigate the FEMA process.