We hope everyone is doing okay and staying safe during this severe flooding!
A note from Vermont Arts Council:
We hope you and your loved ones are safe during this major weather event. It’s clear that dangers are not over. Remember, if you’re in immediate danger call 911. Here are some key resources to help you stay informed and get help:
- To receive alerts on changing conditions in your area, sign up for VT-Alert.
- Check the National Weather Service for weather updates.
- View the 511 road closure map to see where you can travel safely.
- If you are currently in a situation that needs immediate support, please reach out to https://vermont211.org/ as that is the most direct way to reach state emergency management officials.
Connecting with us: As you may know, downtown Montpelier has been heavily damaged. Our office is closed and inaccessible, but the team is all working from home and available.
As recovery begins:
- Note the resources available via VACDaRN (Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Resilience Network). Time is of the essence for preserving collections. You can reach out for assistance or to join the VACDaRN email list by contacting Rachel Onuf at [email protected] or 802-622-4092.
- Vermont State Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) is a major coordinating body in Vermont that will be a key resource in the days ahead as we approach cleanup of infrastructure, businesses, and homes. In our experience, getting on their email list is a great way to stay in touch about the resources that will likely be available.
- In the coming days, the state will document the storm damage in local towns. You can help by documenting (photos, writing, etc.) the damage to your property/business. Our friends at the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) offer a workbook to help you document and move through planning and recovery stages after a disaster.
After we move from emergency response into community and economic recovery efforts, we will work diligently to ensure that the creative sector is well informed and connected to state and federal resources.
Please stay safe and stay in touch.