On May 20, 2022, a powerful ESF3 tornado tore through Gaylord, Michigan. Multiple injuries and two confirmed fatalities have been reported. Widespread damage occurred to homes and businesses, and downed trees and power lines blocked several roads.
“My heart goes out to the families and small businesses impacted by the tornado and severe weather in Gaylord,” said Governor Whitmer. “I have declared a state of emergency for Otsego County to rush resources to the affected areas, and the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate our state’s response. Our state is grateful for the first responders and utility workers who are working hard to keep everyone safe. Michiganders are tough. We are resilient. And there’s no challenge we can’t get through together.”
CERF+ is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to any requests for emergency financial assistance from eligible artists who work in craft disciplines. If you are a materials-based artist or artisan impacted by the severe weather, 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.
This is a particularly stressful situation for all residents affected by this disaster. We encourage anyone personally affected to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.