In February, states across the United States saw extreme cold, snow, and ice in many areas unaccustomed to this type of weather. Southern states have seen the largest impact with large-scale power outages, boil water advisories, food shortages, extensive road closures, and deaths. A comprehensive overview is provided by Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) on their 2021 Winter Storms page.
- CDP Issue Insights:
- Council Disaster Grantmaking: Foundations can access our Disaster Grantmaking Resources to understand how to effectively respond to a disaster.
As various local, state and regional community foundations and philanthropic institutions establish response funds for disaster recovery, we will keep this information up to date.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Disaster Recovery Fund
- Communities Foundation of Texas: North Texas Winter Weather Crisis Relief Fund
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters. For more information, see their 2021 Winter Storms page
- FEMA is a critical federal partner of the Council that often relies on community foundations and place-based funders before, during, and after a disaster hits. Visit FEMA's Sever Winter Weather in the Southeast press release for addiitonal news, information, and links to specific states to apply for assistance and impacts of COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The Council's Senior Advisor for Public Policy and Partnerships, Stephanie Powers, remains a vital resource and connection between communities and FEMA.