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AFR/AIC-CERT Response at Martha Graham Dance Company - Hurricane Sandy

Prepared by Faye Rosenbaum (General Manager, Martha Graham Dance Company)

The morning after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York I received the text, “Basement under water.” I inhaled deeply, “What do you mean by under water.” Six excruciatingly long hours later I received the response, “Six feet.”

My heart sank, my stomach flipped, and head spun. Eighty-six years…eighty-six years of costumes, sets, props, theatrical equipment and a large number of paper archives. Costumes worn and designed Martha Graham herself and by fashion luminaries such as Halston, Oscar de la Renta, and Donna Karan. Original sets and jewelry by sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The worst was not knowing. Not knowing whether everything was washed away, damaged beyond repair, or simply sitting in the noxious stew of solvents and chemicals that usually reside in basements along with water from the Hudson overflowing its banks.

Publication Date: 
May 12, 2014

Alliance for Response at The Noguchi Museum - Hurricane Sandy

Prepared by Amy Hau (Director of Administration and External Affairs, The Noguchi Museum)

On the night of October 29, 2012, I received a call from the Museum’s facilities manager at 10:30pm alerting me that he was in need of help. Water was rising in the basement rapidly! Decisions, decisions…stay and monitor; or try to shut down all systems and bug out. Safety first, facilities crew must get out of harm’s way. After a string of calls with our facilities manager and our Director; my first outside call was to our insurance broker and first email was to the Alliance for Response New York City (AFR). Aside from building mechanical systems, the basement was where the Museum had two sculpture storage areas with holdings of over 400 works in stone, ceramic, mixed media and metal. By midnight, we had arranged for two Alliance for Response members, both museum conservators and trained in disaster response to come in the next day to help. Fortunately, water did recede that Monday night and by Tuesday morning, the Noguchi team was able to assess storm damage.

Publication Date: 
May 12, 2014

2014 Update

AFR has been focusing on grant activities for 2014. We will be continuing our regular programming beginning in Spring 2015.

Publication Date: 
May 12, 2014