leveraging resources to address survivor needs

Too many homes still sit empty, condemned signs on the doors.

There Are Still People Who Need Help

When Long Term Disaster Recovery–Wayne County prepared its annual report in September 2018, the last thing on staff radar was another major disaster. The nonprofit was hoping to wind up its operation after successfully helping more than 50 households in their recovery from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. However, Hurricane Florence hit and LTDR-WC continued its work.

Surprisingly few individuals came forward seeking help with damage caused by Hurricane Florence. By March 2019, all of the small number of eligible cases had been assisted and no new cases were coming in.  The coalition chose to go dormant.

Suddenly, in the summer of 2019, partner organizations reported an uptick in the number of individuals and families with urgent disaster-related needs. In August 2019, LTDR-WC reactivated.

Same Mission Regardless of the Storm

The objective of the Long Term Disaster Recovery organization is to assist disaster survivors in their return to their “new normal,” helping to bridge the gaps that have not yet been met as they move forward in their recovery.

By coordinating with other partners through our Unmet Needs Committee, we can assist survivors with simplified access to resources that will enhance their ability to more fully recover, while preventing duplication of services. With partners like the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, United Way of Wayne County, 4-Day Movement, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries, and many others, we will be able to maximize resources for the most vulnerable of the survivors.

Regardless of the level of impact, case managers will evaluate each situation. They help ensure individuals and families move forward toward normalcy as far as our resources will allow. Referrals to other agencies are made as appropriate, including those related to mental health issues.

Anyone affected by a storm should first file a claim through their insurance if they have it. Next, they should apply for assistance with FEMA. The next step is for those who have suffered losses not covered by state or local government programs to contact Endeavors, the State’s Disaster Case Management Service Provider, to begin case work. Endeavors can be reached at DCMNC@Endeavors.org or 910-378-4913.

Case managers from Endeavors bring appropriate cases to Long Term Disaster Recovery–Wayne County.

And Always the Need for Funding

Thanks to donations, LTDR-WC served 340 disaster survivors from Fall 2016 through Spring 2019. More sources of funding are needed to assist the newly discovered Wayne County residents who living in moldy homes, with damaged leaky roofs and inoperable heating and air conditioning systems, and other needs. These are residents have little or no resources to address the challenges they are facing.

For these survivors with urgent needs, work can only begin with the essential ingredient of funding. The disaster recovery group is an affiliate of the Wayne Charitable Partnership and donations are tax deductible. The location is conveniently located in The Salvation Army offices at 610 N. William Street in Goldsboro. Donations can be sent directly to the group at
Long Term Disaster Recovery – Wayne County
610 N. William Street
Goldsboro, NC 27533