About DRNC’s Disaster Recovery Project
The Disaster Recovery Project is made up of a team of two advocates and one full time attorney. We help people with disabilities who have been impacted by a disaster, such as a hurricane or flood. We help them in many ways. We help with finding housing. We can connect them with organizations that provide services and resources they need. When people have urgent disaster-related needs, we can help immediately and in real-time. Our team also monitors shelters during a disaster to make sure people with disabilities have what they need.
How we help during a disaster
- Monitoring shelters to make sure people with disabilities have what they need for their disability, including accommodations, food, and medical supplies.
- Making sure shelters and temporary housing is accessible.
- Advocating for people who are denied accommodations, such as special food or service animals.
- Providing assistance quickly to meet urgent needs.
We can help you recover from a past disaster. We can help you prepare for the next storm. Contact us if you need more information or assistance.
Fact Sheets and Resources
Preparing your Assistance Animal for a Hurricane – (Easy Read Fact Sheet)
Quick Access – Assistance Animals in Emergency Shelters – (Easy Read Fact Sheet)
Assistance Animals in Emergency Shelter Settings – (Fact Sheet)
Community resources and organizations to contact after a disaster
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.
Port Light Strategies Hotline for people with disabilities and people with functional and access needs
Contact your local emergency management first to find out about emergency transportation during evacuation.
Report Disaster Related Scams/Price Gouging/:
Other Community Resources
North Carolina Emergency Management (updates and maps)
Ready NC (where to find information on shelters)
Hurricane Updates with Ready.Gov
National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (promoting independence for people with disabilities through access to technology)
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)
Use these resources to help you organize and make sure you have all important documents and supplies gathered in a safe place.
Housing and Shelters
Fact Sheets in Spanish
Our Disaster Project Work:
Hurricane Florence Report:
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.
Sponsors and Funding
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. DRNC is helping North Carolinians prepare for future storms with Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at rebuild.nc.gov.
This critical work is sponsored by…
We thank them for their incredible support of our Disaster Recovery Project.