The Northeast suffered multiple rounds of heavy rainfall, causing flash flooding, power outages, and tragic fatalities. Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut were all affected. Vermont was hit especially hard by these storms, which dumped up to nine inches of rain over two days. In some areas, the flooding was worse than 2011 when Hurricane Irene hit. For decades, The Craft Emergency Relief Fund operated out of Vermont, where many of our staff still reside, so this disaster is especially distressing. The floods inundated homes and businesses, washed out roads, and caused major crop loss. We are already hearing from several craft artists who have been impacted by the flooding.
CERF+ has connected with local partners on the ground to learn more about the needs of local artists and offer resources to craft artists that were impacted by the flooding. If you are a materials-based artist or artisan impacted 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.
Reporting Damage and Finding Additional Resources in Vermont
If you are in Vermont, please call 211 or visit Vermont 211 to report damage or find additional resources. It is very important that all impacts are reported on this page because this is data that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to determine what resources the state of Vermont receives.
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 through their most difficult times.