Rebuild Communities Following Natural Disasters
North Carolina annually ranks second in federally declared disaster declarations in the southeastern United States. In order to protect public spaces, the lives of our citizens, and the wellbeing of our state, CTNC is committed to elevating partnerships and platforms dedicated to climate resiliency and recovery.
In partnership with SBP (Formerly St. Bernard's Project), Conservation Trust for North Carolina delivers an AmeriCorps program to support coastal communities with disaster recovery efforts as homeowners and businesses rebuild from the damage caused by Hurricane Florence (2018). Through SBP's disaster recovery efforts, CTNC supports trained service members helping North Carolinians rebuild communities to be more resilient to future storms and floods experienced along North Carolina's coast. Members are placed with host sites in the coastal plain and gain real-world, hands-on experience, professional development, networking, community engagement and volunteerism.
CTNC's AmeriCorps service program is managed by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and supported by a grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.
SBP shrinks time between disaster and recovery through five interventions:
Sharing the recovery model with other organizations
Preparing home and business owners through resilience training
Advising municipal and state officials
Advocating for policy changes and improvements to the disaster recovery industry