NC Disability & Disaster Hotline Training

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lawyers, paralegals, social workers, and law and social work students are needed to provide legal information, emergency disaster services and supports, and make appropriate referrals to eligible callers. Volunteers can work at flexible times and locations. The work may be accomplished in any setting and does not require physical presence at a call center.

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC), the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, and the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, are working together to create a hotline that provides 24-hour assistance to people with disabilities impacted by disasters in our state.

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Questions? Contact Cas Shearin with Disability Rights North Carolina at  919-856-2195, ext. 220 or

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About DRNC's Disaster Recovery Project:

How does Disability Rights NC help survivors with disabilities?

Disability Rights Disaster Recovery Project has a team of two people who provide advocacy, information and referrals, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities and their families who have been impacted by a disaster, such as a hurricane or flood. We work with allies, and other organizations to assist disaster-impacted individuals with disabilities.  We provide real-time assistance to people with disabilities seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs during a federally declared disaster. We also monitor shelters during a disaster to check on people with disabilities to advocate for them and protect their rights.

Helping North Carolinians prepare for future storms with Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds

In 2018, the US Congress created Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to help states impacted by disasters that happened form 2015 - 2017.

Local governments, businesses, residents, and other community members are encouraged to share feedback on how CDBG-MIT funds can help the most people and protect the most at-risk areas. Submit your comments to Learn more at

Gather your important documents and prepare an emergency kit.

Use these resources to help you organize and make sure you have all important documents and supplies gathered in a safe place.

Emergency Disaster Supply List for People with Functional and Access Needs

Are your documents secure?

Emergency Disaster Supply List for People with Functional and Access Needs - Spanish

Are your documents secure? - Spanish

Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition - Disaster Preparedness Plan

Create your family emergency plan

Disaster Assistance Form

North Carolina Fair Housing for Tenants with Disabilities


Disaster Management planner book with post it that says "?"

Know who to contact.

NC Emergency Management:

The local emergency manager has the responsibility for coordinating emergency management programs and activities, including managing resources before, during, and after a major emergency or disaster. They can assist with transportation if a person needs transportation to a shelter or let them know where the local shelter is for that area.  If the area is instructed to “shelter in place” people can call them if they need resources, food, supplies.

County Emergency Management Agencies

Local Emergency Manager Contact List

Portlight Strategies:

Port Light Strategies Hotline for people with disabilities and people with functional and access needs

Resource highlighted in green with definition: source of aid

Disaster Preparation and Recovery Resources:

North Carolina Emergency Management (updates and maps)

Ready NC (where to find information on shelters)

American Red Cross

Hurricane Updates with Ready.Gov

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)


Legal Aid of North Carolina

National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center

NC Centers For Independent Living

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (promoting independence for people with disabilities through access to technology)

ReBuild NC

Rx Open - Rx Open helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. Combining multiple data feeds from the pharmaceutical industry, Rx Open displays the precise location on Google Maps of open pharmacies, closed pharmacies, and those whose status is unknown. This critical information assists government officials in assessing an emergency's impact on public health in a disaster area.

United Way 211 (resources)


Contact your local emergency management first to find out about emergency transportation during evacuation.

Report Disaster Related Scams/Price Gouging/:

NC DOJ - Consumer Safety



Our Disaster Project Work:

Florence Report Cover: The Storm After the Storm

Hurricane Florence Report:

DRNC Report_The Storm after the Storm 2.5.19


NC Disability Rights Interview with North Carolina Reading Service - Senior Attorney, Disaster Relief Project Supervisor Iris Green and Disaster Relief Advocate Curtis Hill discuss storm and disaster preparation.