NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network

Context

The NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network (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.

Mission

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. Noncitizens
  8. Eastern NC
  9. People with cognitive needs
  10. Veterans

Key Strategies

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.

Action Teams

After Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, the NCIDR Alliance formed “action teams” to specialize and address specific issues and opportunities related to disaster recovery in NC. A listing of the action teams and their conveners follows. To be added to the contact list, email rfncinfo@foundationhli.org at the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, Rural Forward NC.

  1. Health Action Team, Convener: NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance
  2. Housing Action Team, Convener: Lea Henry, NC Initiative
  3. Latinx Services Action Team, Convener: To be determined.
  4. Legal Action Team, Convener: Lesley Albritton, NC Legal Aid
  5. Local-State-Federal Connection Action Team, Convener: Hillary Sherman, Economic Development Administration
  6. Outreach and Navigation Action Team, Conveners: 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

Disaster Recovery Resources

    1. NC Rural Center: Resources listed by individuals, nonprofits, local governments, small businesses, and  agriculture/farming.
    2. ReadyNC.org: Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild.
    3.  NC211.org: 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

For more information about the NCIDR Network, contact the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation at rfncinfo@foundationhli.org or call 877.407.2885.