Here, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation shares how it can help if disaster strikes. Bookstores that require financial assistance following Hurricane Florence, the Category One storm that hit the Carolina coast on Friday, September 14, and pummeled the region for days, are encouraged to contact Binc for more information on how to apply for disaster assistance. For a comprehensive overview of North and South Carolina bookstores’ recovery following the hurricane, check out this social media round-up from Shelf Awareness.
If a Disaster Strikes, Binc Can Help
No one can ever be sure when a disaster will strike. Floods, wildfires, and hurricanes can happen at any time with little or no warning. September is National Preparedness Month, a time for thinking about how best to protect your home, family, and business should a disaster strike. The best time to think about how a disaster may affect you is before it happens, when there is time to create a plan. Making sure your family and business are ready and informed should there be a disaster is one of the most important things you can do to protect your loved ones and investments.
The American Red Cross provides emergency support for over 70,000 disasters each year. They provide assistance to meet basic human needs (shelter, water, food, etc.) immediately after a disaster strikes. Here are some simple steps from the Red Cross you can take NOW to get ready for a disaster:
- Create an emergency preparedness kit: This kit should have a three-day supply of food and water for every member of the family (don’t forget pets!), flashlights, a radio, a blanket, a first-aid kit, etc.
- Make a plan: Plan a route to safety and make sure everyone in the household knows it. Once you have a plan, make a second plan. Often times, routes are blocked during disasters. Commit these routes to memory in case mobile service is not accessible in the area.
- Be informed: Listen to weather reports and local news for updates on the situation. You can download the Red Cross app, which feeds users real-time information on disaster situations and doesn’t require a data plan. Get this and other useful apps here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps
After a Disaster, Binc Provides a Safety Net for Booksellers
The Binc Foundation offers assistance to booksellers in times of disaster. Binc can provide immediate assistance to help with evacuation, temporary shelter, and emergency food and water expenses. After the disaster has hit and the damage has been assessed, Binc can help with post-disaster assistance for related expenses, such as essential home repair or unpaid bills due to lost wages.
In October 2012, Binc provided assistance to nine booksellers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy by providing emergency transportation and shelter to the affected bookstore employees and their families. In September 2013, Binc provided a total of $1,319 in financial assistance to six booksellers and their families to help with lost wages and home repairs related to the Colorado floods.
“My family cannot thank Binc enough for their help, as we would be in a terrible position at this point without them. I appreciate Binc being there for me in my family’s time of need.” —Grant recipient from Minnesota
Binc Provides Two Types of Disaster Assistance
Immediate Disaster Assistance
Help during an evacuation and for up to 72 hours after the disaster strikes
Foundation assistance focuses on meeting a bookseller and their family’s immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. In dire situations, we provide help with:
- Transportation costs for mandatory evacuation.
- Hotel expense assistance when free shelter or housing is not available through community or family resources.
- Emergency food and water expense assistance provided if not covered by household savings or community resources.
If your household is in the path of a natural disaster such as flood, fire, earthquake, or tornado, please follow evacuation or preparedness guidelines. You should know what your risks are and prepare to protect yourself, your family, and community.
For more information about disaster preparedness, check out these helpful sites:
- Find your local Red Cross
- NOAA National Hurricane Center preparation materials and guides
- National 2-1-1 list of local government and charitable organizations
Additional documents required for immediate disaster assistance:
- Red Cross intake form or FEMA evacuation notice
- Lodging quote or lodging expenses documentation
If you need immediate disaster assistance, apply now!
Foundation assistance focuses on meeting a bookseller and their family’s post-disaster needs in situations where there is a financial crisis not able to be alleviated by the use of household savings. If a bookseller is requesting assistance post-disaster, we may be able to help with:
- Loss of wages caused by a store being closed for an extended period of time due to the disaster
- Repairs to the employee’s home to make it habitable
Additional documents required for post-disaster assistance:
- FEMA registration (if eligible)
- Insurance claim and quote for repairs (for repairs to dwelling)
- Documentation of lost wages via letter or contact information from the bookstore owner or manager
If you need post-disaster assistance, apply here.
Please contact Binc at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get more information on how to apply for disaster assistance.