Rebuild NC

Rebuild NC, North Carolina’s official disaster recovery initiative, has been a crusader in redevelopment efforts following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. The organization also serves as an excellent resource for disaster preparedness, as well as promoting business and residential resiliency.

In early 2017, Rebuild NC undertook a planning exercise to develop plans for each of the communities that Hurricane Matthew impacted. These plans outline storm impacts and specific strategies in four areas – housing, economic development, infrastructure and environment.

Strategies for Economic Recovery

For information regarding North Carolina’s strategies for economic recovery following Hurricane Matthew, please click here.


To learn more about the EDA’s leadership, tools, and resources to restoring communities that have faced a natural disaster, please refer here.


Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) provides national assistance to communities and states affected by disasters, including those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Find up-to-date information on current disaster recovery efforts.

Residential Preparedness

There’s no bigger headache than dealing with household repairs and maintenance following a disaster. Considering the time, as well as costs associated with getting your residence looking and functioning properly, establishing a pre, during, and post disaster plan can save you and your loved ones a world of stress. To download a flyer on how you can be prepared at home, click here.

Business Preparedness

Your business shouldn’t have to suffer because of a disaster – being proactive in planning can prove to be a wise investment, should an incident occur. Learn how to effectively promote business continuity through disaster preparedness activities before disaster strikes.

Disaster Assistance

  • If you live within the SEDC service area and are in need of assistance in recovering from Hurricane Matthew, please refer to the resources linked in the Rebuild NC above.
  • SEDC Service Areas: 
    • Bladen
    • Brunswick
    • Columbus
    • Cumberland
    • Harnett
    • Hoke
    • New Hanover
    • Pender
    • Richmond
    • Robeson
    • Sampson
    • Scotland

Water / Wastewater Agency Response Network

  • This agency provides access to a network of utilities helping other utilities in responding to and recovering from disasters


Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund

  • The SSCF provides grants for policies, plans, or programs that create sustainable energy and/or water initiatives. 
  • Approximately $75,000-$100,000