Who We Are

The North Carolina Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network (NCIDR) is a collaborative of public, private, non-profit, and faith organizations seeking avenues for community voice and equitable access to resources in a disaster recovery system. Working with the network is a great way for statewide organizations to be good allies for community-based organizations engaged in on-the-ground disaster recovery.

Monthly Meetings
The NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 PM on Zoom. Click here to view the calendar.

Our Members
Membership in the NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network is free, and everyone can participate in a way that is appropriate for them. Learn more about our members here. And join our mailing list by filling out this short form.

The NC Inclusive Disaster Recovery (NCIDR) network has developed resources for organizations serving historically under-resourced and marginalized communities. 

Disaster Resources and Engagement Opportunities: www.inclusivedisasterrecovery.org/resources
Calendar of coordination calls and webinars: www.inclusivedisasterrecovery.org/calendar

Action Teams

After Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, the NCIDR Network formed “action teams” to address specific issues and opportunities related to disaster recovery in North Carolina. A listing of the action teams and their conveners follows.

  1. African American Council
    Strengthening African-American voices who are advocating for equitable disaster resilience.
    Convener: Courtney Patterson, Blueprint NC and Frontline Resilience Eastern NC; Dr. Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Peletah Minstries
  2. Defensores de la comunidad Latina en Carolina del Norte
    An independent network of Latinx leaders and their allies, facilitation support by NCIDR
    Conveners: Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte (AMEXCAN); Lariza Garzon, Ministerio Episcopal de Trabajadores Agrícolas; Daniel Altenau, Organizaciones Benéficas Católicas De La Diócesis De Raleigh; Caroline Farmer, VolunteerNC; Daniela Archibold, CWS
  3. Policy Advocacy, and Research Teams
    Addressing systemic policy issues impacting disaster recovery through analysis, organizing, and participatory research.
    Convener: Scott Marlow, Long Rows Consulting
  4. Philanthropy Team
    Creating and connecting grassroots organizations with funding opportunities. In March 2020, this team partnered with the NC Community Foundation to award $250,000 to nonprofit organizations that are minority-led or focus long-term recovery efforts on serving traditionally underrepresented communities.
    Convener: Leslie Ann Jackson, NC Community Foundation

Key Strategies

Stage One 

  1. SURVIVIAL BASICS: Ensure disaster survivors have access to quality food, shelter, jobs, and transportation.
  2. INFORMATION: Ensure disaster survivors receive accurate information and easy access to recovery services
  3. REPRESENTATION AT DECISIONMAKING TABLES: Ensure disaster recovery decisions are made with inclusive community input.
  4. POLICY CHANGE: Ensure planning is strengthened, recovery service gaps are eliminated, and relevant innovation 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.
  3. POLICY CHANGE: Identify gaps and push for accountability.
  4. COMMUNICATION: Maintain an updated record of key resources.
  5. DATA: Support local municipalities to get the data they need post disaster.
  6. PREPAREDNESS: Constant alert and advocacy for disaster preparedness

Additional Disaster Resources

  • NC Rural Center: Resources listed by individuals, nonprofits, local governments, small businesses, and agriculture/farming.
  • NC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an affiliate of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigates and alleviates the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International: RAFI advocates for disaster and risk management policies that support family farmers in increasing the sustainability of their farms. Better risk management can save farms and help changing rural economies thrive.
  • ReadyNC.org: Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild.
  • NC211org: Community health and human services resources and services, and real-time support and communications during emergencies and disasters.
  • FEMA Information for NC: FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources.


Rural Forward, a program of MDC serves as convener for NCIDR.

307 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701

www.MDCinc.org | www.ruralforwardnc.org | www.InclusiveDisasterRecovery.org
+1 (919) 704-2639

Photo credit: Andrew Loeb Shoenig, MDC