NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network

The NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery NetworkDisaster Recovery Network Meeting (NCIDR), an informal coalition, formed between October 27, 2016 and November 17, 2016 because many of our organizations knew the infrastructure for community voice that was in place during Hurricane Floyd had been decimated and that even with assistance, many communities were overlooked or not sustained. Acknowledging this history, our group has been meeting to ensure there are avenues for community voice within the recovery efforts and that resources are allocated fairly to all communities. We are currently meeting monthly to raise issues, share resources, and address policy concerns, including those related to the storms of 2018.

Program Contact:
Calvin Allen, Director



We convene, facilitate, and communicate a united, inclusive vision for NC communities of well-managed disaster recovery built upon strong community reinvestment strategies, asset based community development, and equitable opportunity.

Core Constituencies

  1. Communities of lower wealth
  2. Communities of color
  3. Mostly rural areas of NC
  4. Communities where English is not the primary language
  5. Individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and faith communities
  6. The agencies and infrastructure that typically help our communities that are also dealing with damage and lost resources
  7. Non-citizens
  8. Eastern North Carolina
  9. People with cognitive needs
  10. Veterans

Stage One

  1. Survival Basics: Ensure our disaster survivors have access to quality food, shelter, jobs and transportation.
  2. Information: ensure our disaster survivors receive accurate information and easy access to recovery services.
  3. Representation at Decision-making Tables: Ensure recovery decisions are made with inclusive community input.
  4. Policy Change: Ensure planning is strengthened, recovery service gaps are eliminated, and relevant innovations are implemented.

Stage Two

  1. Outreach: Create and maintain communication pipelines with grassroots and grasstops.
  2. Systems Change: Produce a report of best practices and lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew and other relevant disaster recovery efforts.
  3. Policy Change: Identify gaps and push for accountability.
  4. Communications: Maintain an updated record of key resources.
  5. Data: Support local municipalities to get the data they need post-disaster.
  6. Preparedness: Provide constant alert and advocacy for disaster preparedness.

After Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, the NCDIR Alliance formed “action teams” to specialize and address specific issues and opportunities relates to disaster recovery in NC. A list of the action teams and their conveners follows. To be added to the contact list, email

  1. Health Action Team, Convener: NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance
  2. Housing Action Team, Convener: Leo Henry, NC Initiative
  3. Latinx Services Action Team, Convener: TBD
  4. Legal Action Team, Convener: LesleyAlbritton, NC Legal Aid
  5. Local-State-Federal Connection Action Team, Convener: Hillary Sherman, Economic Development Administration
  6. Outreach and navigation Action Team, Convener: Earline Middleton, Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC
  7. Philanthropy Action Team, Convener: Leslie Ann Jackson, NC Community Foundation
  8. Policy Action Team, Convener: Bill Rowe, NC Justice Center
  9. Small Business Support Action Team, Convener: Leslie Lewis, Carolina Small Business
  1. NC Rural Center: Resources listed by individuals, nonprofits, local governments, small business and agriculture/farming.
  2. Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild.
  3. Community health and human services resources and services, and real-time support and communications during emergencies and disasters.
  4. FEMA Information for NC: FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources.