Artists & cultural heritage organizations, please report if the July 2024 storm has impacted you

  • When it is safe to do so, VACDaRN would like to know if you sustained any damages during this event, especially to your collections or building, or need any assistance with recovery. You can report the details & let us know what you need via THIS FORM. We’ll be using this information to assess needs for on-site/direct help, as well as share the impact of this event on cultural organizations with state agencies and others.
  • Steps to take NOW if you or your private non-profit organization experienced damage from the severe weather:
  • Contact your insurance company.
  • Report damage to, using the Residential form or Business Form, or call 211, option 5.
  • DOCUMENT the damage with photographs; video could also be helpful.
  • If the damage is to a road, driveway, or trail, also capture the GPS starting and ending point of each damaged section. Measure the “Length x Width x Depth” measurements in feet for each damaged section.
  • If you start to repair any damage, document all time and materials and keep receipts for any expenditures.
  • Then wait and see if Vermont requests disaster assistance and if it is approved for your county.
  • If your county is approved for Individual Assistance (IA) and insurance will not cover the repair costs, you can apply for FEMA IA if this is your private property.
  • If your county is approved for Public Assistance (PA), insurance will not cover the repair costs, and the impacted property is a private non-profit (PNP), the PNP can apply for FEMA PA. You should go ahead and register for FEMA PA and at the same time, you must also apply for a loan from the Small Business Association; you will likely be denied but FEMA will need to see the denial letter.

Stay informed

Call for advice about your damaged creative work or collections!

  • NEDCC Collections Emergency Hotline: 855-245-8303 (24/7)
  • National Heritage Responders: 202-661-8068 (24/7)
  • VACDaRN: 802-622-4092 (7am-9pm)

Written guidance for salvaging water-damaged materials


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Emergency Managers 


“When cultural organizations and emergency management agencies form partnerships, successful planning for emergency preparedness is more likely to occur.” – The COSTEP Starter Kit


Cultural Heritage


Our cultural heritage institutions – archives, libraries, historical societies, historic sites, museums – preserve the history of communities for future generations.

 View of audience seating area from stage at Paramount Theatre, Rutland 

Arts Organizations


Arts organizations such as theaters, art galleries, performing arts groups, and artist collectives help build community resilience in times of disaster through expression and storytelling.


Individual Artists


Artists shed light on the issues of the world, sharing their unique perspective and helping us to understand ourselves better.