Hurricane Florence Resources
It’s been a somewhat harried and stressful week as we all work to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Florence, even as predictions for the path of the storm continue to evolve. While the projected impact on Virginia seems to have lessened for now, we remain vigilant in planning and preparation, and encourage everyone to take necessary and appropriate precautions, and develop and review your emergency plans. We also keep our colleagues in the arts communities of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and beyond in our hearts and minds as we all wait to see what unfolds. We hope you all will be safe and secure, and look out for your neighbors.


Janet Starke
Executive Director
Special instructions for Virginia businesses (including arts organizations, galleries, etc.)
Per Lori Foley, of the Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation, any business that would like to reenter an evacuation area in Virginia needs to register with the following links. This applies to businesses in the evacuated area and businesses (i.e. insurances, etc.) that need to access the area for recovery.

Re-entry registration applies to businesses ONLY. Organizations will register through

Additional resources for arts organizations, businesses and artists:
Americans for the Arts
Visit Americans for the Arts’ Disaster Preparedness  page  to learn more about preparation and disaster relief in collaboration with the  National Coalition of Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response  (NCAPER).

An initiative of SouthArts, ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.