Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Hurricane Season, Morning Drama daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

Light Show
7" x 5"
acrylic on Panel

We've had quite a bit of rain, and some of the storms have become windy and the sky very dramatic, bringing to mind that the hurricane season is upon us once more. The forecast is for a fairly mild season, but it still pays to be prepared before the eventual and inevitable hurricane disrupts routine. There is a wealth of information to help us prepare, and while I certainly wish everyone an uneventful hurricane season, if you’re an artist there are some additional considerations and preparations you can take.

Insurance is the first line of defense against any natural disaster. Make sure you have enough insurance and that it will cover what you might lose. Homeowners insurance won’t necessarily pay for your business inventory, your studio, or your art collection. You may need an additional policy, or rider to cover these. Remember that if water comes up from the ground, its flood, and you may need a separate flood insurance policy. A discussion with your insurance broker can help with your insurance decisions. .

After that, here’s a list of things you might want to take into consideration.

1. Prepare by being prepared. Document everything for insurance/tax purposes. Know what you have on hand in inventory and materials, including works on loan, at galleries, and exhibitions. Documentation may include lists and/or photos. Take photos of your studio

2. List for evacuation. Make a list of things you want to take with you should evacuation be necessary. What’s really important to you? Think light and portable. You may not be able to think of everything once a crisis occurs, and the list will be helpful.

3. Personal archival material. Articles, Prizes, Photos of art events, Postcards from solo shows, resume, bio, artist statement are all things you’ll not want to try to recreate should they be lost. I keep mine in a three ring binder, light and quick to grab should evacuation be necessary.

4. Computer files. Mine contain my valuable collector list and photos of every painting. You can take the whole computer, but that’s awkward. Back up or download onto a portable hard drive or those little plug-in things, or get a web-based backup service like Carbonite. Carbonite is reasonably priced and invaluable should your computer fail.

5. Be mentally prepared for the worst, do what you can, but don’t overdo it. You can’t save everything if the worst happens, but most evacuations and even hurricanes will leave you coming home to life unchanged.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very good advice Jo-Ann, specifically for artists needs.
I keep the same fingers crossed for you as we do for ourselves here.
Let's hope it's as they say it will be.

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