Disaster Recovery Project

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 are accessible.
  • Advocating for people who are denied accommodations, such as special food or service animals.
  • Providing assistance quickly to meet urgent needs.

Self-Help Tools

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

Community resources and organizations to contact after a disaster

Disaster Assistance:

Disaster Assistance Form

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


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

Report Disaster Related Scams/Price Gouging/:

NC DOJ – Consumer Safety

Other Community 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)

Our Disaster Project Work:

Florence Report Cover: The Storm After the Storm

Hurricane Florence Report:

DRNC Report: The Storm after the Storm


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 publiccomments@rebuild.nc.gov. Learn more at rebuild.nc.gov. 

This critical work is sponsored by…

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We thank them for their incredible support of our Disaster Recovery Project.