Further Reading

The following reports and articles represent a wide cross-section of experiences, knowledge and opinions compiled from the national philanthropic field in order to harness some of the best learning on disaster philanthropy.

Each strategy section of this site contains additional further reading materials. Reports for inclusion in this section may be sent to playbook@disasterplaybook.org.


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Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy

Mapping Tool: Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy

Disaster-Specific Reports

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report of the Foundation and Corporate Response

Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning & Response

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons from the Gulf

In The Eye of the Storm: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Response to the 2005 Gulf States Disasters

Resilience in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Making New Orleans a Just and Resilient City

National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Sandy Federal Task Force Fact Sheet

Connecting the Last Mile: The Role of Communications

Weathering the Storm: the Role of Local Nonprofits in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund: The Launch, Learnings and Impact of a Local Disaster Response Organization

Issue-Specific Reports

Advocacy, Legal Aid & Public Policy

Power Amidst Renewal: Foundation Support for Sustaining Advocacy after Disasters

Monmouth University Superstorm Sandy Survey Results

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate-Resilient Coastal Regions

Hurricane Sandy Still A Threat — To New Jersey Elections

Aging, Disabled & Vulnerable Populations

Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life

CDC’s Disaster Planning Tips for Older Adults and their Families

CDC: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

CDC: Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities

From Katrina to the “Next Sandy”: Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Recovery for Older Adults

AARP Oklahoma Disaster Preparation Information

Administration for Community Living: Keeping Older Americans and People with Disabilities Safe and Healthy during Emergencies

Disasters in an Ageing World: International Federation on Ageing Conference

Animal Welfare

Uniting for Animals: New Initiative to Fund Disaster Response Efforts

Caring for Animals – a wealth of information provided by Ready.gov

FEMA: Animals in Disasters—Awareness and Preparedness

CDC’s Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets

Arts & Culture

CERF+ and South Arts: Cultural Placekeeping Guide

CERF + Disaster Relief Assistance

Grantmakers in the Arts—Building a Culture of Resilience in the Arts: A Funders’ Call to Action

Studio Protector: The Artists Guide to Emergencies

Envisioning a National System of Disaster Aid for Artists

Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders: Organizing in the Aftermath of Disaster

New York City Culture AID Briefing

Grantmakers in the Arts: Emergency Readiness, Response, and Recovery

Building Resiliency in the Arts Sector

New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Resources

Americans for the Arts: Disaster Preparedness

South Arts: ArtsReady resources and materials for preparedness and response

Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections

Preparation and Response for Cultural Institutions

American Institute for Conservation: Disaster Response & Recovery


Communication Networks

CERT+ Emergency Communications Module

FEMA: Disaster Emergency Communications

Ready.Gov—Crisis Communications Plan

Google Crisis Response—How your information can be quickly & widely distributed in a crisis

Connecting the Last Mile: The Role of Communications in the Great East Japan Earthquake


UNICEF’s Education and Resilience

UNESCO’s Comprehensive School Safety

Children’s Television Workshop



Achieving a Climate for Health


Health & Mental Health

Reducing Post-Hurricane Distress in Baton Rouge, LA

Hurricane Sandy Survivor Mental Health


Housing & Community Planning

Housing NOLA: Preliminary Report

Hurricane Irene: Mobile Home Project Summary Report

Hurricane Sandy: Federal Task Force Rebuilding Strategy

FEMA: Community Planning & Capacity Building