Resources for Those Affected by the TN Floods

From Anne B. Pope –

Tennesseans’ response to the devastating flooding in Middle Tennessee has been swift. Volunteers from counties across the state have come together to lend a hand. In that cooperative spirit, we offer updated resources to help grantees operate within an unknown and constantly changing environment for artists, managers/agents, funders, and arts organizations.

Please see the important information below from HENTF (Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a collaboration between FEMA and the Smithsonian) listing HENTF resources.

Save Your Family Treasures

Fact sheet: Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Treasures (

Fact sheet: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures (

The above two fact sheets are also available in additional languages at Heritage Emergency National Task Force |

Arts and cultural organizations located in impacted counties experiencing damage to their facility and/or collections can report back to Anne Pope at or they can email with any reports of damage.

Cultural institutions and arts organizations that have been affected by flooding and/or other impacts can contact the National Heritage Responders for assistance: 202.661.8068

The major disaster declaration will open up possibilities for recovery funding for eligible private, nonprofit organizations in eligible counties. Please monitor the TEMA website for information about Public Assistance, which has deadlines associated with the various steps of the program.

A useful guide has just been published by the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER), An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief. It aims to help artists and organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time.