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2024 Southern California Storms

In late January/early February 2024, southern California experienced several days of heavy precipitation, causing widespread flooding and hundreds of mudslides. Power outages affected over 70,000 residents. Nearly a foot of rain fell in some parts of Los Angeles, an area which typically only receives 12-14″ of rainfall annually. Heavy snow also impeded travel in several mountain communities.

CERF+ has already begun to hear from artists whose studios were damaged by the flooding, and we have 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. For any inquiries regarding the application process, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

In addition to our Emergency Relief grant, CERF+’s Studio Protector also has resources to 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.