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2023 December Tornadoes in the South

Severe storms and several tornadoes swept through the South over the weekend of December 9-10 affecting several states, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina. Tennessee was the most severely affected state, and the greater Clarksville and Nashville communities suffered the worst effects. Unfortunately, several lives were lost and many homes were destroyed. Up to 17,000 people are still without power, exacerbating an already difficult situation as winter temperatures have already set it.

CERF+ has connected with local partners on the ground to learn more about the needs of local artists and offer resources to craft artists who were affected by the storms. If you are an artist working in craft or materials-based folk/traditional disciplines affected by the storms, please visit our recovery resources and submit an inquiry for our Emergency Relief program. We are here for you and can help guide you through the application process.

Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

In addition to our Emergency Relief grant, CERF+’s Studio Protector also has resourcesto support artists as they begin to assess and re-enter their damaged studios, including:

Protect Your Art Studio from Hurricane/High Wind

Protect your Art Studio from Power Outages

Assessing Potential Hazards

Unsafe Building Conditions to Look Out For

Salvage DOs + DON’Ts

Save Your Family Treasures from FEMA

Staying Safe During Cleanup

NCAPER Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief

Stopping a Mold Outbreak After Water Damage

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides confidential, multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S./territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including COVID-19. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach a trained counselor 24/7, 365-days-a-year.

Please be safe, and let us know if we can do anything to help.

Finally, for those who are able to, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support directly helps craft artists in the aftermath of emergencies and disasters.