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Disaster Recovery

The NC Rural Center has played a central role in the state’s disaster recovery for many years and continues to do so now. Through their partnerships with Thread Capital, Golden LEAF Foundation, SBTDC, BLNC, and SBCN, the NC Rural Center has been able to gather financial resources, help disseminate information, host disaster recovery centers for the SBA, and as recently as Hurricane Florence provide disaster recovery bridge loans to small businesses as they wait for more permanent financing to come through.

Now, with the partnership of, Thread Capital, the Rural Center has moved its focus from direct recovery lending to being a critical facilitator of all things disaster recovery in North Carolina. The team works with other organizations across the state to centralize resources for disaster recovery, making them more manageable and far-reaching for those affected by the storms. 
 
The Thread Capital team is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Dorian, for more information, check out their website here
 
For more information and disaster recovery resources, please see the Disaster Recovery Toolkit below. The page will be updated as more information about resources becomes available.

 

Disaster Recovery Resources

Individuals
Ready NC

Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild. For more information, click here.

 
Duke Energy

Power outages and outage status updates. For more information, click here.

 
NC State Extension

Factsheets that have been prepared to help people dealing with a disaster begin the process of recovery. For more information, click here.

 
Picking Up the Pieces: HAC’s Natural Disaster Guide

Intended to help survivors and local organizations identify resources to rebuild their homes and communities. This report emphasizes housing assistance. For more information, click here.

 
DisasterAssistance.Gov

An online portal to help users access and apply for disaster assistance from federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners. For more information, click here.

 
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Hurricane Dorian coverage, including an overview of the storm’s impact, critical needs, and a contact to learn more and share about recovery efforts happening after the storm. For more information, click here

 
FEMA: Hurricane Dorian Recovery in NC

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here.

 
FEMA: Resources for People with Disabilities, Access, & Functional Needs

Instructional videos relating to preparedness during a disaster, post disaster, and individual assistance. For more information, click here.

 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers and business owners who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Dorian may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

 
North Carolina 2-1-1

Community health and human services resources and services, and real-time support and communications during emergencies and disasters. For more information, click here.

 
Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Resources to help children and their caregivers cope with the trauma of the events of the past week.  For more information, click here.

 
NC DHHS Disaster Preparedness: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse

Resources on how to help those with emotional or physical disabilities, and children plan for and recover from natural disasters. For more information, click here.

 

NC Department of Health and Human Services 

NC DHHS has launched a Dorian-specific webpage with additional information about available resources. For information, click here

 

Shelter for medically fragile patients

A 50-bed State Medical Support Shelter (SMSS) for medically fragile patients is now open in Clayton, NC. Individuals who need active monitoring, management or intervention from a medical professional to maintain their health must contact their county emergency management office to request placement in the SMSS. For a list of county emergency management agencies, click here.

 

NC Department of Public Safety Shelters 

Accessibility and support for those with behavioral illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities: DHHS is working with its partners so that shelters have, for example, calming rooms to support individuals with autism or other disabilities, when a congregant setting may not be conducive for their wellbeing. Click here for a list of storm shelters. 

 

Medicaid and Prescriptions

Effective September 3, Medicaid is allowing for early refills of prescriptions. NC Medicaid-enrolled pharmacy providers have been approved to fill these prescriptions early and will follow applicable copay requirements. This early refill is being allowed while the Governor’s State of Emergency order remains in place to ensure that all Medicaid beneficiaries have access to necessary medications. For information, click here

 

Medication-assisted treatment is available

Individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment from an opioid treatment program may take home additional doses for treatment or receive guest-dosing at another licensed opioid treatment program. Other locations can be found in the Central Registry

 
Legal Aid of NC (Disaster Relief Rack Card)

Website included on the card will permit users to view videos on tenant rights, benefits, FEMA, and other immediate issues. For more information, click here.

Small Business
Thread Capital

Thread Capital’s Hurricane Dorian Rapid Recovery Loan supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Dorian. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses close the gap between when the disaster strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other disaster relief funds are approved. For more information, click here.

 
E4E Relief

Deliver expert counsel and an objective, streamlined process for providing cash grant awards to employees during times of unanticipated hardship. For more information, click here.

 
FEMA: Hurricane Dorian Disaster Recovery in NC

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here.

 
SBTDC

Find out which counties FEMA and SBA declare as federal disaster areas. The declaration process can take several days. SBA has two types of loans; physical damage and economic impact. You can learn more about these loans at our website. For more information, click here.

 
SBA Office of Disaster Recovery

Low interest disaster loans for businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair property that have been damaged in a declared disaster. For more information, click here.

 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers and business owners who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of hurricane Dorian may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

When a disaster occurs, businesses must take care of their employees’ needs, communicate the impact, address financial matters (e.g., insurance, disaster assistance), restore operations, and organize recovery. Review resources to help reopen your business and make progress through long-term recovery. For more information, click here.

Agriculture & Farming
USDA Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Easily find USDA disaster assistance programs that fit your farm or agricultural needs. For more information, click here.

 
USDA Disaster Recovery Programs

Reference guide to USDA disaster resources for farmers, ranchers, and communities. For more information, click here.

 
Picking Up After the Storm on Pasture-Based Livestock Farms

Pasture-based beef, dairy, sheep and goat farmers need to be diligent in checking livestock, repairing damaged infrastructure, and looking for possible hazards in pastures caused by storm damage. Whether the storm was a severe thunderstorm, a hurricane, or a tornado, storm damage can cause acute injury and further damage to livestock if tending to animals and pastures is made a low priority in the recovery process. For more information, click here.

 
How to Handle Flooded Fields

Depending on your location in the state and proximity to water channels, you might also be dealing with flooded fields. The following information is adapted from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption and NCSU’s Food Safety Info sheet: Recovering From a Storm. For more information, click here

 
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has activated its hotline to connect farmers with resources that can assist with agricultural emergencies. and operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (866) 645-9403

 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency

Programs and information to help farmers and livestock producers recover from the events related to Hurricane Dorian. For more information, click here.

 
RAFI Disaster Recovery Videos

Informational videos that explain what to do during disaster recovery. For more information, click here.

Nonprofits
International Economic Development Council

IEDC’s clearinghouse of disaster preparedness, recovery, and resiliency information. Restore Your Economy is a one-stop shop for all things economic development and disaster recovery, with reports, webinars, presentations, and case studies that can help economic developers apply for federal funding, establish a business recovery center, create a post-disaster strategic plan, and more. For more information, click here.

 

SBTDC

Find out which counties FEMA and SBA declare as federal disaster areas. The declaration process can take several days. SBA has two types of loans; physical damage and economic impact. You can learn more about these loans at our website. For more information, click here.

 

North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

The VOADs role is to bring organizations together and enable them to understand each other and work together during times of disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery. For more information, click here. For a list of recovery organizations, click here.

 

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

Designed to help funders catch up to these needs and offers tested response strategies. For more information, click here.

 

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Hurricane Dorian coverage, including an overview of the storm’s impact, critical needs, and a contact to learn more and share about recovery efforts happening after the storm. For more information, click here

 
Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

This report provides insight and practices for organized philanthropy’s recommended role following a disaster – from immediate relief to long-term rebuilding. For more information, click here.

 

Putting Community Information Needs, Civic Participation at the Heart of Disaster Recovery

A report on the Inform and Engage Fund, supported in part by The Patterson Foundation, recounts lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For more information, click here 

 
FEMA

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here

 
Council Foundations Disaster Resources

The Council provides resources to help members effectively respond to domestic and international disasters. For more information, click here.

Want to learn more?

Contact Barry Ryan, Vice President
barry@ncruralcenter.org