CERF+ Response to Hurricane Matthew
CERF+ would like to make sure that any professional artist working in a craft discipline seriously affected by Hurricane Matthew is aware of the emergency relief assistance available from CERF+. Also, all artists recovering from the storm can take advantage of the disaster relief and recovery resources at the CERF+ Studio Protector website - www.studioprotector.org.
If, as an artist, you have suffered loss, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of artists in the disaster areas, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information.
- Emergency Relief for Artists Working in Craft Disciplines
- Grants and Loans - grants up to $6,000 and no interest loans up to $9,000 for artists working in craft disciplines who have had career-threatening emergencies
- Brokered Assistance - CERF+ works with manufacturers, suppliers, and show promoters to secure donations and discounts for artists
- Eligibility and Guidelines
- Emergency Assistance Inquiry Form - If you have questions about CERF+ emergency relief, please complete this form and we will contact you.
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- Selected Links to agencies and organizations offering emergency relief support and resources:
- FEMA: DisasterAssistance.gov
- SBA: Disaster Loans for small businesses, homeowners and renters
- American Red Cross: Hurricane Matthew Response Information
- United States Department of Labor Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
- Mental health resource:
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress National Help Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text: TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
- State-based emergency relief support and resources:
- State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Hurricane Matthew Recovery
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated (deadline 11/11/16)
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- Selected Links to Recovery Information at StudioProtector.org - useful information for artists who are coping with emergencies
- Disaster Relief - information on getting assistance from major relief providers, arts sector resources for assistance, and other related information
- Local assistance, if your area has this service, dialing 2-1-1 will put you in touch with a trained operator and a listing of local recovery resources
- Arts Sector Relief Resources including a comprehensive listings by NYFASource and the Actors Fund (click on your state).
- Clean-up - information on how to SAFELY get started with cleaning-up
- Managing Volunteers & Volunteering After a Disaster
- Salvage - information on preventing further damage and saving what you can
- Mold-Damage DIY Video to Salvage Artwork
- First Aid for Your Art - Get started on salvaging damaged artworks. See other pages in the section for dealing with specific issues such as mold, and for resources for information and help.
- e-Salvage - information on salvaging data and electronic devices
- Rebounding - Emotional recovery and rebuilding your arts business
- Post-Disaster Legal Issues - information on dealing with legal issues particular to disaster recovery
- Insurance Resources - a list of resources for insurance information including how to get in touch with your state insurance department and claims tips from United Policyholders
- Selected links to Studio Protector Artist-to-Artist Videos - artists talking about how they navigated emergencies.
- We Had to Make Choices: New Hampshire furniture maker talks about making decisions about how to use precious time in salvaging items from a flood.
- Russell Karkowski talks about various aspects of his flood recovery including toxicity of flood waters, managing volunteer helpers, and coping with psychological stress
- Creating in the Midst of Disaster - stories about how artists have utilized their unique gifts and perspective to remain creative after disasters and setbacks.
- If you are going out to help others, please be sure you wear the proper safety equipment. Take some extra respirators and gloves for other volunteers who may not have them. Remember, a flood is a toxic substance!